City Manager

City Manager

Nooriza Nabi

nooriza.nabi@mycityhighlight.ch

Good To Know

1. London has a twinkle in its eye and is great to visit during summers. July is the perfect time to explore London’s outdoor attractions. Take a stroll at Trafalgar Square or Covent Garden to see great street performances. Summers is a great time to have a picnic in any of the royal parks of the London as they are blooming at this time of the year and become so lively.

2. With rich culture in arts, music, museums and festivals, London is widely
believed to be the cultural capital of the world. Museums and local festivals are a not to be missed places to visit when in the city. But I would highly recommend to plan wisely and in advance to watch one of the musicals before you leave the city.

3. London offers a lot of food festivals during summers and the best part is that a lot of them is in outdoor to let everyone enjoy the sun. To see where the locals go after work or on weekend, visiting a local english pubs is a must go to enjoy a couple of drinks in the open during the evenings.


The fastest and the cheapest option to reach the city from all the London airports is via Underground. Every airport is well connected to the city either via trains (DLR, Overground) or Underground.


Police/Ambulance/Firebridgade: 999
Non-emergencey Police: 101
Non-emergency NHS: 111
Taxi: +44 0871 871 8710


An oyster card is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of travelling around London. A Oyster card costs £5 (refundable) and can be loaded with pay as you go credit for you to spend on travel. The card can be purchased at TfL Visitor and Travel Information Centres, stations and Oyster ticket stops.

If you bay a single ticket take in to consideration that London has been divided in Zones and the single tickets cost accordingly. The price varies from £4.8 to £8.5.

Find an overview on the map you can find in this "Good two know section" at the top (map for public transport).

An alternative might be a day pass. This costs £ 12,10 for four zones (center).

Tip while travelling in Public transport: When on escalators, always stand on your right as the left is kept free for those in hurry. Londoners follow this rule religiously and its good to respect it.


- Specialties of the town to eat: Typical British food; Pie and Mash, Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Steak and Kidney Pudding, Bangers and Mash, which can be found in traditional English food pubs. ‘Sunday Roast’ - a traditional meal served on Sunday typically consisting of; roasted meat, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and gravy. ‘Afternoon Tea’ is a light meal including sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, pastries and cakes. London is also known for its wide variety of international food, especially Asian and Indian food. And there are several vegan options as well, such as the Wild Food Café and to-go food at Planet Organic which are both recognized as highlights of MyCityHighlight.
- Specialties of the city to drink: Old-fashioned cask-conditioned beer and craft beers from small-scale breweries. Typical meal times: Dinner between 7pm and 9pm. It can be very busy in central London, especially at weekends, so it’s highly recommended to book a table in advance. ‘Afternoon Tea’ is typically between 4pm and 7pm.
- Tipping: 10 - 15 percent. Be aware that many restaurants add on a 12, 5% service charge to your bill.
- Is the tap water safe to drink from the tap? Yes


- A cup of coffee in the restaurant: around £2.00
- A lunch menu in the restaurant: around £10
- A ride in a taxi: Minimum fare at all times: £2.40, 1 Mile (1.6km): from £5.60 - £9, depending on time of day.


Where to go out
- Popular places for pubs, bars and clubs can be found in the entertainment areas of Soho, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Leicester Square.
- A little further out from the central, Shoreditch in East London, is where you can find a wide variety of bars and clubs, such as the XOYO as recognized as a highlight of MyCityHighlight.
- You can also find the biggest clubs in London; Fabric, Ministry of Sound and Heaven in MyCityHighlight.

Opening times:
Most of the traditional pubs close at 11pm; however some chain pubs and bars have extended opening hours till between 12.30am to 3am. The clubs generally closes around 4am, while some stay open all night.


Shopping areas:
- Oxford Street and Regent Street: includes large department stores such as John Lewis, Selfridges, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and Liberty. This is the place to go for less expensive fashion, in stores such as Top Shop, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Primark, Forever21, Nike Town and River Island. You can also find the Disney Store and Hamleys – large stores with kids’ toys, clothes and much more.
- Mount Street and New Bond Street in Mayfair and Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Sloan Street in Knightsbridge: exclusive areas with especially international designer- and luxury brands such as Mulberry, Hermès, Chanel, Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton and Valentino.
- Covent Garden: includes market stalls, but also several British fashion brands such as Jack Wills, Barbour, Karen Millen and Burberry Brit.
- Portobello Road Market, Stables Market in Camden and The Old Truman Brewery: perfect places for vintage clothing, antiques and crafts with independent shops and stalls.

Opening times:
- Oxford Street:
Monday – Friday: 9:30am -8pm
Thursday: 9am - 10pm
Saturday: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 12pm -6pm
- Shops in other areas generally from 9am to between 6 and 9pm. Some markets and shops can be closed on Sundays.
- Most food stores and supermarkets such as Tesco, which is recognized as a highlight of MyCityHighlight, are open from 6 or 7am until 22 or 23 pm, some are open 24 hours.


Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons.


- The Tube generally run between 5am and midnight, Monday to Saturday, with reduced operating hours on Sunday. After midnight there are several night busses operating. There is also a new 24hr tube service on Fridays and Saturdays called the 'Night Tube' running on Piccadilly, Victoria, Central, Jubilee and Northern lines.
- Remember that in the UK, they drive on the left, and they also walk on the left – be aware of the busy traffic, in additon to the custom of standing on the right hand side on the escalators to that people can pass you on your left.
- Queuing is a custom in London as people line up whether it is for the bus or the museum entrance.
- It is custom to be polite and give up your seat at at the train or bus to children, elderly and pregnant women.


Hello: Hello, Hi, Goodmorning/Goodevening.
Thank you: Thank you, Thanks, Cheers.
Please: Please.
Goodbye: Goodbye, Bye, Take care, See you later.


With the help of the filter "With free wireless" you find highlights that offer free wireless.
Apart from that one of the most valuable and recent developments within London has been the creation of Free-WiFi on 250 London underground stations. Free-WiFi at the underground stations work along ticket halls, walkways and platforms but limited to operating within tunnels. The criteria for accessing the Free-WiFi is being a mobile (i.e. having a sim card of these phone operators) or broadband customer of EE, Virgin Media, Vodafone, O2 and Three. Aside from the underground, Free-WiFi is also available at over 79 overground stations.
Another form of tourist attraction which offers Free-WiFi is shopping centres and larger department stores. Examples of such include Westfield (Stratford City and Shepherds Bush), Selfridges and John Lewis.
The local Costa or Starbucks, which are found all around London, provide Free-WiFi also. WiFi in both cafés don’t require a mobile sim card hence especially convenient for foreigners.


London’s public bike sharing scheme, Santander Cycles, includes more than 750 docking stations across London and is available 365 days a year. Hiring a bike is great way to see London as many of the popular sights are quite close to each other in the city centre. It’s very easy – simply hire a bike at the docking station terminal by following the instructions on the screen and using your bank card. It costs £2 for 24 hour bike access.


My souvenir recommendations

'I Love London' Hoody

'I Love London' Hoody

There's nothing better than showcasing your love for London! The popular 'I Love London' hoody is a must for any tourist visiting the city. They can be found all across London both in souvenir shops and stalls.

Cool Britannia Cool Britannia , The London Pavillion, London W1J 0DA, Storbritannia

Crest of London Crest of London , 1 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NA, Storbritannia

Big Ben Clock

Big Ben Clock

Stunning Big Ben clock is a masterpiece which will remind you of London every time you will see the time. Place it on your work desk or in living room at home, this is a great souvenir to take back home.

Crest of London Crest of London , 1 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NA, Storbritannia

Cool Britannia Cool Britannia , The London Pavillion, London W1J 0DA, Storbritannia

Harrods Guardsman Shortbread Tin

Harrods Guardsman Shortbread Tin

Shortbread is a quintessential British experience! Fine quality produced by Harrods, the shortbread will truly be loved by all. The cute London Bear Guardsman tin that holds the shortbread serves as a great souvenir along with being an ideal money box when you're done with the shortbread!

Harrods Harrods , 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UK

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4.5/5

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4.2/5

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4/5

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4.2/5

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3.6/5

Big Ben

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3.4/5

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