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17 things to avoid in London

From TRAVELBOOK | December 27, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

If you are visiting a metropolis like London, Rome or Paris for the first time, you not only ask yourself which highlights must be on the program, but also: what is better to avoid in the respective city. In the forums on Tripadvisor you can find very good tips from holidaymakers for many travel destinations. Here is a selection of the things London tourists would rather not do.

1. Don't go to London completely haphazard!

The British capital is huge and has so many sights to offer that it's best to think about what you really want to see and how to get from A to B beforehand.

2. Never be late!

The British are very punctual and do not appreciate it when you arrive late to the restaurant or booked tours.

3. Don't forget the power adapter!

In England type G sockets with three openings are used, our power cables do not fit in there.

4. Don't go to the restaurant too late!

The English eat early - after 10 p.m. there is usually nothing going on in real restaurants.

5. Don't forget to reserve your tickets online in advance!

Buying tickets for the museum or other attractions online in advance, preferably from home, saves waiting time on site and sometimes a lot of money.

6. Don't stand on the left side of the escalator!

In England they say: stand to the right, walk to the left - the left side remains free for people who are in a hurry and want to pass. The Londoners take it very carefully, especially in rush hour.

7. Don't leave London without having enjoyed the legendary “Afternoon Tea”!

British tea culture is legendary and the tea bread that is served with it - often on a tiered stand - is extremely tasty.

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8. Don't make silly jokes about the royal family!

The royals are very popular in their homeland, and hardly anyone lets anything come of them.

9. Don't forget to say “Thank you”, “please” and “sorry” whenever it is appropriate!

Londoners are very polite and respectful and would like to be treated that way themselves.

10. Never push yourself in front of the queue!

Whether in the supermarket, when getting on the subway or at the bus stop - in England you always queue up behind the scenes - which is not always the case in Germany.

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11. Don't be afraid to ask for directions!

The Londoners are friendly and always happy to help.

12. Don't forget to visit a real English pub at least once!

Food and drink are usually ordered and paid for at the bar, the waiter brings it to the table later.

13. Don't forget to always have an umbrella with you!

London is known for its changeable weather, which can be very uncomfortable at times.

14. Don't miss out on dining out in India!

London has arguably the best Indian restaurants outside of India. The Pakistani and Bangladeshi food is great too. Brick Lane (photo) in the Tower Hamlets district is considered to be the heart of London's Bangladeshi community. There is also a street market here.

15. Better not do the victory sign!

The well-intentioned symbol, in which the index and middle fingers are stretched out to form a “V”, can quickly be taken as an insult if one presents the back of the hand. The British then interpret the hand signal as a kind of double finger. Also be careful if you want to order about two drinks in the pub and indicate this to the waiter with your fingers ...

16. When crossing a two-lane road, do not look left first!

This habit should be quickly forgotten in England, where there is left-hand traffic. In fact, on some streets in busy London there are extra hints for tourists as to where to look first.

17. Don't go on the subway in rush hour!

As a tourist, you should avoid the times between 7.45 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. and between 4.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the evening as much as possible - especially if you suffer from claustrophobia.

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