LONDON Basic Travel Tips

• Familiarise yourself with your destination - the layout of the city and important routes

• Always carry a charged phone programmed with useful numbers - your hotel, local colleagues, police, or embassy - and the International SOS Assistance app

• Don't give out personal information and don't discuss your travel plans with strangers

• If walking in public, carry small denominations of currency. Keep larger denominations (notes) and cards in a money belt. If you suspect that you are being followed, enter any busy public place and call (local authorities) for help

• Travellers should be alert to suspicious packages or behaviour and report all related activity to local authorities.

City Security Overview

Visitors in London risk falling victim to petty crime – such as pickpocketing – in crowded central areas, though most incidents are concentrated in peripheral low-income districts. The East End, a little further out from the City of London business district, carries higher crime risks after dark, as can some housing estates to the north and south of the city centre; however, business travellers are unlikely to need to visit such areas. Instances of knife crime in recent years have increased in the city. However, such incidents are generally targeted and confined to peripheral and/or residential neighbourhoods; business travellers are unlikely to be affected. The most significant terrorist attacks in the city's recent past took place on 7 July 2005, when four bombings on the transport system killed 52 people and injured more than 700 others. Several attacks involving assailants using vehicles and knives in the first half of 2017 highlighted the continuing risk of terrorist incidents in the city.

Consult the International SOS Travel Risk Map for more information.


London is generally safe, though precautions should be taken after dark. As in all large cities, crime rates vary greatly from area to area. In some locations (especially poorer neighbourhoods in the north and east of the city and elsewhere on its fringes), gun crime, mugging and vehicle theft pose a problem. Petty and opportunistic crime remains the main risk to business travellers; in particular, pickpockets operate in popular tourist spots.

Visit the International SOS website for more information on health and security solutions.

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