Welcome to London, one of the best-known cities in the world. For yogis who want to travel in London, there are a ton of free things to see and do! Make sure to check them out, like the Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and much more. We have plenty of information to get you started when planning your trip, including helpful tips like why to purchase an Oyster card.
If you are going to take the Tube, it is worthwhile to buy an Oyster card, which will save you money and time from buying an individual ticket each time. Rush hour in the Tube is the most hectic time, avoid the hours of 7:30-9:30am and 5-7pm if you can. Also, a common mistake is to take the Tube everywhere. Check a map, it is often faster to walk, especially if there happens to be a line change.
Keep reading to learn visa information, public holidays, currency information, and some fun facts. Safe travels, yogis and yoginis!
Important dates in the UK
New Year’s Day – 1 January
Good Friday – 30 March
Easter Monday – 2 April
Early May Bank Holiday – 7 May
Spring Bank Holiday – 28 May
Summer Bank Holiday – 27 August
Christmas Day – 25 December
Boxing Day – 26 December
The Romans founded London in 50 AD and today it remains one of the world’s leaders for arts, commerce, and finance. It is the fifth largest metropolitan GDP in the world.
London is diverse. Over 300 languages from around the world are spoken there. According to the Census, 60% of Londoners are white, 20 percent are Asian, 15 percent are Black, 6 percent are Indian, and 3 percent are Pakistani and Bangladeshi each.
London’s largest economic industry is finance and it is also one of the four capitals of international fashion in the world. You will notice the architecture of London is not characterized by one style, perhaps because of the variance in time between when all the structures were constructed.
For yogis looking for green space, you are in luck – London has over 40 percent green space. For yogis interested in the urban offerings, there are more museums, sights, and shows to experience than you could probably fit into one trip.
Good to know
A tourist visa is not required for stays under 90 days. No vaccinations are required. Passports must be valid for the duration of your stay (six months remaining validity recommended).
Culture and Etiquette in the UK
The Tube: Especially on the Tube, Londoners like their ‘me time’, so it’s not the best place to try to make a new friend. Most folks are on their way to or from work, and they don’t want to have to make chitchat. If you need help or directions, they are usually helpful. Remember to ‘mind the gap’ when getting on and off the Tube so you don’t get hurt! On the escalators, stand on the right, and if you are in a rush and need to walk, pass on the left.
Tipping: At restaurants, tips are around 10-15%. At the bar, there is no need to tip. If you are having table service at the bar, then you can tip what you would at a restaurant.
Taxis: All cars drive on the left-hand side of the road. Taxis will be on the left and when they are for hire, will have their taxi sign illuminated. Take the black taxis, which are regulated and know the roads the best. Taxis are metered and begin at 2.40 Euros. Most will accept card payment but be sure to ask before you get in.