Time zone: UTC + 1
Currency: The British pound is the local currency. It would be best to exchange your currency into pounds before you travel or withdraw cash from a local ATM upon arrival. Mastercard, Visa and American Express are widely accepted, but having some cash at hand is always a good idea.
Language: The official language spoken in the UK is English. However, Welsh is spoken in Wales and Gaelic in parts of Scotland. There are also several regional dialects spoken throughout the country.
Transportation: There are many ways to travel around the UK, depending on your preferences and budget. Buses and trains are an affordable options. You can purchase a rail pass that allows you to travel across the country or purchase individual tickets as you go. The alternative is to fly domestically or rent a car. Many tour companies also offer guided tours around the UK.
Cuisine: London is the gastronomic capital of England, offering a diverse culinary range from upscale dining, world cuisine and indie venues mixed with chain restaurants and generic coffee shops. Beyond the capital, local pubs, restaurants and cafes in towns and villages across the country serve traditional dishes, locally brewed ales and plenty of cuppas (tea).
Safety: The UK is a safe tourist destination, but it is always adviseable to take basic precautions like locking your doors and windows, keeping valuables safe and being aware of your surroundings.
Tipping: It is customary to leave 10 to 15% of the bill as a tip when eating out if no service charge is added to your bill. It is polite to tip hotel porters and round up your taxi fare for black cabs and licensed minicabs.
Social: Casual wear is widely acceptable in the UK. However, Brits expect decent manners and respect for the local culture and traditions. When meeting someone for the first time, a handshake is customary.