The United Kingdom is a member state of the European Union located in Northern Europe. The United Kingdom has only one border country: Ireland.
English is an official language in The United Kingdom. It means that if you speak it, you would be able to communicate with almost everyone. If not, it is highly recommended that you acquire some basic English before traveling to The United Kingdom.
The national currency in The United Kingdom is British pound (GBP). The pound (£) is subdivided into 100 penny (p).
With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 0.87 GBP and 1 USD is worth 0.83 GBP.
Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.
Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in The United Kingdom is 168.55 Mbps and mobile is 80.04 Mbs.The global average is 164.00 Mbps and 114.16 Mbps respectively.
ATM Density The United Kingdom has more ATMs than most other countries.96.28 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.
SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in The United Kingdom, a passport or ID is required as identification.
There is one common socket type used in The United Kingdom. Type G is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.
The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).
In the year 2023, The United Kingdom will celebrate 6 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are 10 holidays that are only celebrated in certain parts of The United Kingdom. The next one Saint Andrew’s Day will take place on November 30.
|January 1, 2023Moving holiday||New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day||Regional holiday|
|January 2, 2023Moving holiday||New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day||Regional holiday|
|January 3, 2023Moving holiday||New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day||Regional holiday|
|March 17, 2023||Saint Patrick’s DaySaint Patrick’s Day||Regional holiday|
|April 7, 2023Moving holiday||Good FridayGood Friday|
|April 10, 2023Moving holiday||Easter MondayEaster Monday||Regional holiday|
|May 1, 2023Moving holiday||Early May Bank HolidayEarly May Bank Holiday|
|May 8, 2023||Coronation Bank HolidayCoronation Bank Holiday|
|May 29, 2023Moving holiday||Spring Bank HolidaySpring Bank Holiday|
|July 12, 2023||Battle of the BoyneBattle of the Boyne||Regional holiday|
|August 7, 2023Moving holiday||Summer Bank HolidaySummer Bank Holiday||Regional holiday|
|August 28, 2023Moving holiday||Summer Bank HolidaySummer Bank Holiday||Regional holiday|
|November 30, 2023||Saint Andrew’s DaySaint Andrew’s Day||Regional holiday|
|December 25, 2023Moving holiday||Christmas DayChristmas Day|
|December 26, 2023Moving holiday||St. Stephen’s DayBoxing Day|
What hotel chains are present in United Kingdom?
There are Mariott hotels in 33 cities.
The Hilton hotel chain operates in The United Kingdom.
The IHG hotel chain operates in The United Kingdom.
What fast food chains are present in United Kingdom?
The McDonald’s chain operates in The United Kingdom.
The KFC chain operates in The United Kingdom.
The Burger King chain operates in The United Kingdom.
What is the weather like in London?
Weather data for London (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com
Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.
Subway Systems The subway system is available in Glasgow, London.
Emergency phones in United Kingdom
Smoking & Alcohol
Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.
Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Illegal
Medical usage: Legal in certain circumstances
Alcohol and tobacco allowances are only available to those aged 17 and over.
- 4L of spirits or strong liqueurs (over 22% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), or 9L of fortified wine (such as port or sherry), sparkling wine or any other alcoholic beverage of less than 22% ABV.
You can mix these allowances as long as you don’t go over your total alcohol allowance.
For example, if you only bring back 4.5L of fortified wine (50 percent of your total alcohol allowed of 9L), you may also bring back 2L of spirits (50 percent of your total alcohol allowance of 4L) to make up your 100 percent alcohol quota.
Please keep in mind that this is merely an example and that different combinations are possible.
In addition, you may also bring back:
- 42 litres of beer, and
- 18 litres of still wine
- 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco (including shisha tobacco) or 200 sticks of tobacco for heating.