Fast facts

London Info

Exchange rate:£1= $1.47

Weather:Probably cold, possibly wet — but impossible to predict


  • Call the U.S. by dialing 001+area code+number

  • Call Europe by dialing 00+country code+number

  • Within London, you can phone local numbers without first dialing 020, unless you are using a mobile phone.

  • Important numbers:

American Embassy: 020 7499 9000

Emergency: 999

Radiotaxis: 020 7272 0272

Black cabs: 020 7275 0272


  • Black cabs are easy to hail and always provide excellent service. Avoid minicabs. They are unlicensed, untrained, and often pricey.

  • The London underground (tube) runs from 6 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Purchase tickets inside at kiosks.

Net connections: for Time Out, the weekly calendar and the Evening Standard’s Web site.

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