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The massive White Tower is a typical example of Norman military architecture, whose influence was felt throughout the kingdom. It was built on the Thames by William the Conqueror to protect London and assert his power. The Tower of London – an imposing fortress with many layers of history, which has become one of the symbols of royalty – was built around the White Tower.
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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in UK. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to UK.
Currencie(s): British pound
Tipping: Not expected, however for the majority of people tipping is customary as a sign of appreciation. Workers don't officially have to rely on their tips to live and all staff in the UK must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage.
Corruption: UK has a corruption score of 20 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through UK, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, UK is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
UK is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.8 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in London is 18.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in UK since 2020.
UK scores a 9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Timezone: UTC-08:00 to UTC+06:00
Driving: Left-hand traffic.
WARNING: You might want to rent a car, but remember: this is a left-hand driving country. This might be the opposite side of the road than you’re used to, so it will require more concentration to keep from turning their car directly into oncoming traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug G
Weather: Currently light rain, with a temperature between 1.1 and 2.2°C (34 and 36°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 10.47 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to UK.