These are the services and such that I recommend for visitors to London, what I personally use myself or think are important for visitors to have.
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I personally use Uber because I often travel on my own and I like that I can do Uber Pool, which saves some money and is better for the environment.
Download the Uber app before you leave home, and use promo code Jessd418 to get a discount on your first UK ride. Only use Uber to get to your hotel from the airport if you’ll have cell phone signal (calls and data), don’t rely on the airport wifi.
If you won’t have cell service when you land in the UK, you can pre-book a taxi via Blacklane. I’ve not used them before myself but have heard a few decent stories about the service.
SIMs in London
In my experience, you can’t go too wrong with buying a SIM in London because no networks are particularly amazing here. You can pick them up at the airport, at most convenience stores and supermarkets, or order one from Giff Gaff ahead of time, they can send it overseas.
Unique London tours
I’m not a big fan of most organised tours however I have four that I highly recommend to my community.
Undiscovered London, a small, locally-run London business, does interesting, unique and affordable tours. They’re particularly great for meeting other travelers too. They offer:
I’m very proud to work with them.
Another tour that I personally love of is the Eating London East End Food Tour. It’s much pricier, but great for foodies. You’ll also learn a lot about London’s East End. They have other tours too but I haven’t personally tried any yet.
UK plug adapters
Unless you’re coming from the UK, then you’ll likely need to get a power plug adapter for your electronics.
For items that are dual voltage, get an adapter similar to this (make sure the input suits your own country.)
I don’t personally recommend trying to use single-voltage electronics with a converter.