DRESS AND CUSTOMS
The dress code in London – and England in general – is generally liberal and very eclectic; there is room here for all kinds of personal styles, as visitors to the capital will see. Certain occasions, however, demand stricter dress codes; bars, nightclubs and many fine dining restaurants require a smart-casual or smart dress code, and many have been known to refuse entry to those not deemed smart enough. Similarly, there are stringent dress requirements for events such as Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta and Glyndebourne Festival, all of which should be checked prior to the event.
LOCAL TIME / bUSINESS HOURS
London time is GMT, with a daylight-saving hour implemented in late October. The weekend is Saturday and Sunday, with most shops and attractions open on both. On Sundays, however, many places have reduced opening times, usually from 10am-5pm. Business hours are generally 9am to 5-6pm Monday to Friday, with an hour taken at lunch.
LANGUAGE: British English
CURRENCY: Great British Pound (GBP)
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +44
24-HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT
- Ambulance: 999
- Fire: 999
- Police: 999
- Coastguard: 020 831 27380
- Helicopter: 999
EMbASSY CONTACT US: +44 (0)20 7499 9000
TIME ZONE: GMT
POPULATION: 7.5 million
The majority of Londoners identify themselves as Christian (58.2%) or atheist (15.8%). However many other religions are well-represented here: Islam (8.5%), Hinduism (4.1%), Judaism (2.1%), Sikhism (1.5%), Buddhism (0.8%), Paganism/ Wicca (0.3%) and other (0.2%).
Public holidays include New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Easter, and three bank holidays, two in May, one in August, during which some shops and attractions are closed.