The United Kingdom

Capital London

Population 65,110,000

Area 242,900 km2

Key facts

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 0.89 GBP and 1 USD is worth 0.83 GBP.

British
Banknotes

£5£10£20£50£100

British
Coins

£1£21p2p5p10p20p50p

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 145.33 Mbps and mobile is 103.51 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density The United Kingdom has more ATMs than most other countries.98.63 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in The United Kingdom, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

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.

Type G 230 V, 50 Hz  

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).

Public holidays

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 Patrick’s Day will take place on March 17.

Date Holiday name
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

Tourism

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.

There are no Best Western hotels in The United Kingdom.

There are Radisson hotels in 24 cities.

The Accor 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.

The Subway chain operates in The United Kingdom.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in The United Kingdom.

The Starbucks chain operates in The United Kingdom.

Weather

What is the weather like in London?

Today the sun in London, rises at 7:23 AM and sets at 5:05 PM. The climate of London may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9OvercastLow: 0.6°C (33.08°F)High: 9.3°C (48.74°F)
FridayFeb 10FogLow: -0.9°C (30.38°F)High: 8.6°C (47.48°F)
SaturdayFeb 11OvercastLow: 3.8°C (38.84°F)High: 12°C (53.6°F)
SundayFeb 12FogLow: -0.9°C (30.38°F)High: 9.3°C (48.74°F)
MondayFeb 13FogLow: 1.5°C (34.7°F)High: 9.9°C (49.82°F)
TuesdayFeb 14FogLow: 1.5°C (34.7°F)High: 12.2°C (53.96°F)

Weather data for London (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Glasgow, London.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 21 cities. Bolt is available in 17 cities.

Car Rental Sixt , Hertz are available, but Avis is not present in The United Kingdom.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.8, The United Kingdom is placed 29th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In The United Kingdom traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 3.20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in United Kingdom

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

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.

Alcohol allowance

  • 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

Tobacco allowance

  • 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco (including shisha tobacco) or 200 sticks of tobacco for heating.
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