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London is one of the most incredible cities in the world. It’s no surprise it attracts so many delighted visitors from all over the globe – but as with any large metropolitan city, it’s important to stay safe.
Travelling at night can be fraught with complexity, but this guide will help you keep on top of your travel plans while keeping away from potential problems.
Is it safe to travel in London at night?
Depending on where you are, yes. It is important however to take a few key precautions. These may include:
1. Plan your trip carefully
If you know you’ll be travelling at night, ensure you know a little about the area you’ll be travelling through before you get there. This will not only help you feel safer, but it will make you more aware of areas where you can get help if needed. You can plot your route online by using the Transport for London website – or alternatively call their phone line to be told your options.
Whilst being spontaneous is a part of enjoying your travels, you should focus on only travelling to areas you have familiarised yourself with if you’re travelling after dark.
2. Avoid walking alone
Travelling alone can sometimes be a little risky, and this is certainly true for those who travel at night. Don’t walk alone unless you absolutely have to. If you do have to, then stick to main roads which are well lit. Avoid shortcuts and detours, even if you think they might save you some time.
3. Stay alert
Don’t wear headphones or walk along looking at your phone. Stay alert and in control of your surroundings. Focus on your destination, and be aware of potential dangers along the way.
4. Use registered taxis
An added precaution is to only use registered taxis and minicabs while staying in the city. You should be able to see your driver’s registration clearly and ensure you book from a reputable company.
5. Be careful on public transport
Public transport is a fantastic and convenient way of getting around at night. However it can also be more risky, as many people use these out of hours services after they’ve been out for a night of partying or are otherwise up to trouble. Keep away from platform edges and report any problems to a member of staff.
6. Look out for pickpockets
Pickpockets operate in every major city, and London is no exception. To avoid getting caught, carry your belongings in a sealed bag close to your body, Again, remaining alert will help you identify potential threats along your journey.
7. Beware of traffic
Cars in the UK drive on the left side of the road, something you need to remember when travelling. At night it may be easy to forget and get into trouble. Be careful when navigating your way around.
8. Use a map
If all else fails, a trusty map of the city is your best friend! This will give you access to key information and help you make appropriate decisions about where you go and when while staying at the The Montcalm Hotel London.
Is London safe for tourists 2020?
Tourists are quite safe in London, particularly if they take the right precautions (as outlined above). It’s important to put your personal safety first and avoid situations and locations which make you feel uncomfortable.
One of the most vital elements of staying safe in London is choosing accommodation in the right area. Barbican Rooms by Montcalm offer you all that you need – comfy, spacious rooms and a hotel location which is easily accessible from many areas throughout London and noted for its safety.
Where possible, be sure to only travel to areas you know are safe – and avoid ‘off the beaten track’ destinations at night. This is a great way to safeguard your own personal safety.
Is the Tube dangerous at night?
More often than not, it’s perfectly safe to travel on the Tube by night. There are of course exceptions to this rule, when you may wish to make alternative arrangements or report an issue to a member of Tube staff.
As a general rule, it is wise to stick to stations which attract more customers, so you will have more people around you in the event of a problem. Many of the late-night services attract people travelling home inebriated from a night on the town – and while this doesn’t automatically make them ‘dangerous’, you should still be careful about your own safety by staying away from platform edges and exercising caution when you feel it is necessary.
With most journeys, you’ll be able to get around with no problems at all, whether you’re headed to a dinner at Hankies at The Montcalm or simply want to see the sights.
What areas of London are dangerous?
Most of London is perfectly safe for you to travel through. However for those eager to avoid crime, there are a few boroughs which have been flagged as particular ‘danger hotspots’. These include Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Lambeth. It should be added that this doesn’t mean you will be a victim of crime if you visit these areas.
As with so many elements of travelling, it is important to listen to your instincts. If you don’t trust a location, don’t go there. With so much to do in London, there is no reason to risk your safety while enjoying the latest London hotels special offers.
What is the most dangerous neighbourhood in London?
There are a few locations in London which are particularly dangerous, and it tends to be areas with heavy tourist footfall which reach the top of the list (Westminster gaining the #1 spot). However, don’t let this stop you enjoying seeing all the wonderful things this district has to offer.
With the right preparation and an alert mindset, you can enjoy stress-free exploring.