Familiarise yourself with the etiquette rules you should know before visiting London. From acknowledging the queuing habits to the UK pub culture.
Londoners like to get from A to B as quickly as possible during working hours, and pre pandemic the rush hours were to be avoided. However, times have changed and become more relaxed in the city, with more people working from home, which means less crowds at the moment if you want to make an early start on your sightseeing!
However, London streets still get busy. Do not stand in the middle of the pavement looking at a map/phone, instead go to one side so you don’t get in anyone’s way.
Licensed black cabs know London’s streets the best, so we recommend using them instead of unregulated mini-cabs.
London is great to explore on foot, but plan your days to get the most out of your time here and break out the areas for different days, as there is a lot to cover.
There is tube etiquette! On the tube it is standard manners to give up your seat for pregnant women and elder people. On a crowded train, if someone is trying to get past to get off, then you should stand aside, even if it means you temporarily step off the train, and, when trying to board a train, it is important to let others off first. It is considered rude if you try to get on when others haven’t exited yet. You might find the tubes are quiet. This is because Londoners generally talk quietly, so avoid talking with loud volume. It will be appreciated!
Stand on the right on escalators, so those in a rush can walk past freely on the left.
Always wait your turn and que. It is considered rude to push ahead in a line and will upset those who have waited.
It is standard London pub culture that if someone buys you a drink at the pub, you should reciprocate, even if it means paying for a round of drinks for everyone in your group. They will all do the same.