Useful Information

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Currency Exchange

The currency of the United Kingdom is the British pound.

The majority of ATMs accept Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro cards.

The easiest and cheapest way to carry money is in the form of a debit card, with which you can withdraw cash either over the counter in a bank or from an ATM.

Foreign currency can easily be exchanged during regular weekday working hours at banks, post offices, larger travel agents, some hotels and Bureau de ChangeĀ kiosks.

Some banks are open on Saturdays and a few are open for a few hours on Sundays. If you need British currency when the banks are closed, you can obtain it at larger high-street travel agents, in exchange offices in large department stores, at counter desks in larger hotels or at one of the many independent Bureau de Change. Regulations require all Bureau de Change to clearly display all exchange rates and full details of any fees and rates of commission.


british_plug75The Type G electrical plug is used in the UK. This plug has three rectangular blades in a triangular pattern.

Time Zone

In November, the UK operates on UTC.


The weather in the UK in November is cold and usually between 4 and 11 degrees Celsius. There is often rain and sometimes even snow.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

999 is the emergency number in the UK. This number will put you through to an operator who will ask you whether you want to reach the Fire Service, Police or Ambulance services, and will direct your call accordingly.

The telephone code for the UK is +44.