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When we have children, planning a trip becomes a list of possible contingencies and many factors to take into account: the weather, the clothes we will pack, the schedules ... here are some tips.
To organize your trip to London well, do not forget to make a list with everything you will need, and print the information that you will need to include it with your luggage, do not forget these suggestions.
London's climate is of the Atlantic type, that is, it is characterized by humid and mild winters, a mild summer and quite irregularity and constancy of rain.
It is because of this variability that it is advisable to be well prepared, since rain can appear suddenly and several times a day.
To try to avoid showers as much as possible, it is best to travel to London in the months of July or June, when temperatures are around 20ºC on average.
Spring and autumn are more unstable times, with temperatures around 13ºC, and winters, although they do not reach extreme temperatures, are very humid.
What to wear to London
As London weather is so unpredictable, it's best to prepare for all the possibilities.
As almost always in travel, the best option is to equip yourself with several layers of fine clothing, to be able to adapt according to the weather.
So that children can have fun even in the rain, do not forget to bring wellies, a rain jacket and an umbrella.
London stores close quite early if we compare them with other more Mediterranean European cities.
The usual hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. some are also open on Saturday mornings daily, and most shops are closed on Sunday. Supermarkets have the same hours.
In tourist areas and shopping centers the hours are longer, they close at 9:00 p.m.
Banks, offices and post office buildings are usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it should be consulted since some banks close earlier.
For lunch or dinner, the restaurants open from 12:00 and close at 22 or 23:00. depending on the area.
Although the United Kingdom is part of the European Union, this country has not adopted the euro, and its currency is the British pounds (£).
Each pound is equal to 100 pence (pennys). The coins are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 pence, plus 1 and 2 pounds.
Tickets are 5, 10, 20 and 50 pounds.
Normally, foreign currencies can be exchanged in establishments of the main Europeans, as well as in banks in the city. However, it is cheaper to do it before traveling, since commissions are usually established around 5%, or use traveller's checks.
In any case, check the exchange rate well before making any financial transaction.
Plugs and electricity
The electrical current in London is 220 v., Check the power of the devices well before plugging them in.
Also the shape of the plugs in London may require an adapter, as in the UK they have three pins, two parallel and one at the top.
You should probably use an adapter or voltage transformer, they are usually offered in hotels or in hardware stores.
Medical assistance and police
For citizens of the European Union, the best option in the event of an accident is to have a European health card, which is valid for 1 year.
Otherwise, it is convenient to check what the medical coverage is and, if necessary, take out private insurance during the period that we are going to stay in the country.
Medical assistance in hospitals is free, but the same does not happen with medicines, so it is convenient to bring the medicine that we have to take regularly, as well as the prescription.
The medical assistance number is 0208 994 9874, it also has a 24-hour line. On the number 0208 677 8383, and emergency services are made by calling 999, both the fire department and the police.
Passport and visa
Citizens of the European Union do not need any type of visa for their stay, just a valid identity card or passport.
In case of residing outside the European Union, check the possible visas you may need, for this, go to the consulate indicating the duration of the trip. Remember that children must bring their own documentation, that of the parents does not work.
If you travel to London with children, keep an eye out for the following holidays, as many shops or museums close:
1 of January New Year)
Good Friday (the date varies according to the year)
Easter Monday (date varies by year)
April 23 (Saint George's Day, patron saint of England)
May 1 (Labor Day)
Spring Festival (last Monday in May, in 2012 on May 28)
Summer festival (last Monday in August, in 2012 on August 27)
25th December, Christmas)
December 26 (Boxing Day)
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