London facts & figures
London is Europe’s largest city and one of the largest in the world. It has a population of over 8.1 million in its urban area and over 14 million in the metropolitan area, and is divided into 33 districts.
Electricity, plugs and sockets
The power sockets used in the United Kingdom is Type G with three rectangular prongs. This type of plug is not common, so you’ll most likely need an adapter for your appliances. Normally, these adapters are cheaper if you get them before travelling, but you can also easily find them in London once you arrive. If you stay in a hotel, we recommend you ask to borrow one.
In London, shops are normally open from 10 am to 6 pm, however, some supermarkets and shopping malls are open until later. In the centre, you’ll find supermarkets open until 11 pm.
Current local time
The timezone in London is GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). In other words, London is 5 hours ahead of New York, 8 hours ahead of San Francisco and 11 hours behind Sydney.
European Health Card
If you posess the EHIC health insurance card, it will remain valid on your trip to London throughout 2020, which is the Brexit transition period.
Helpful Telephone numbers
- Emergency number: 999
- Emergency (dialled from mobiles): 112
- London area code: 020
- U.S. Embassy: 020 7499 9000
- Australian Embassy: 020 7379 4334