How Safe Is London for Travel?

London, United Kingdom
Safety Index:
68

London is the top tourist destination everyone wants to visit at least once in their life, wherever you’re from. It is one of the most important capitals in Europe, and one that contains so many activities and sights that you can’t visit them all on one trip.

It is an international capital for music, culture, universities, fashion, business and finance, and the city to be in, if you are yearning for some new experiences and a different breath of Europe.

While it is a very safe city, it should be noted that it is filled with tourists, and as such it is a great place for pickpockets and scam artist to circulate, so this is a huge issue in London and around its landmarks.

Having said that, you can relax, because London is very high on the ranking of safest and most dangerous cities in the world.

Warnings & Dangers in London

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

London is considered a very safe city. Even though there are parts that are dangerous and should be avoided, it is, for the most part, completely safe to travel to, and if you use your common sense, your trip should go smoothly.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Taxis and other forms of transportation are known to be very safe and reliable in London, as would be expected in such a developed European country.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpocketing is the most common form of street crime in London. It is common to a certain degree and there are even some locations known for pickpocketing being reported there, mainly popular landmarks. Take basic precaution measures and minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

You can relax when it comes to natural disasters, because, apart from constant raining, there are no threats!

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

When it comes to mugging and kidnapping, London is relatively safe. However, you should be careful and avoid dangerous areas where you could get attacked.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

London has recently been targeted by a terrorist group and it is now publicly announced that the threat to the UK is severe.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

Since London is so filled with tourists, it only makes sense that there will always be people trying to scam them. Always be cautious with people trying to distract you, help you with your luggage, or groups of people acting strange. Always check your change twice and negotiate everything in advance.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

London is mostly very safe for women to travel to. Just follow your basic common sense and general rules of things to avoid, and you should be fine.

So... How Safe Is London Really?

London, like other popular European cities is very safe. Violent crime is rare and there is very low probability that, as a tourist, you will experience anything more than petty crime.

However, London can be dangerous in some areas at night as you can run into groups of drunken people acting strange.

Crime rates in such areas are broadly in line with the European average (though there are significant variations between different parts of London).

You should avoid wearing football shirts or showing any kind of support for any football team, because such shows of support might end violently, since some rivalries are taken very seriously in the UK.

The biggest nuisance for tourists has to be the risk of pickpockets, so you should be very careful when visiting important city landmarks and tourist areas, or crowded places such as airports, train or bus stations and public transportation.

Do not leave your valuables in plain sight or at a visible place in a locked car, and always lock the car when exiting the vehicle. Pickpockets, as well as beggars often work in teams.

Another thing to watch out for is crossing the roads, since every year tourists suffer from traffic accidents because the British people drive on the left side of the road which is highly confusing for people from around the world.

These are some of the risk tourists might encounter, but apart from petty crime and football rivalry, there are no reasons to be worried – just use your common sense and things will go smoothly.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Member countries of the EU do not need visas to enter the United Kingdom, as well as some other countries, but there is a considerable number of countries that do. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the United Kingdom. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality.
  • Currency - The British pound is the currency in London. Keep in mind that this is one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the prices of accommodation in London are skyrocketing. You should bear in mind that you will need about 100£ per day, including accommodation, and if you're based in London - 150£.
  • Weather - The weather in London is mild with cool summers, and heavy rainfalls during the year. The best time to visit is during summer, from June to August.
  • Airports - The two busiest airports are London based (Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport), and the third busiest is Manchester Airport, also the busiest of the non-London airports.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to London, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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London Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 7° C
Feb 7° C
Mar 9° C
Apr 11° C
May 14° C
Jun 17° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 19° C
Sep 17° C
Oct 13° C
Nov 10° C
Dec 7° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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991215182123232016129
Low
°C
456710131515131075
High
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484854596470737368615448
Low
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394143455055595955504541

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23 Reviews on London

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    Anonymous says:

    Right, I’m from london, and I can just say, it depends where you go, if ya in central, ya be good mostly but if ya get into places like shepherds Bush or white city, it’s gonna be hard not to get robbed shanked or pickpocketed. If you’re a child and you’re gonna live here, ya gonna get shanked or almost.

    1. Don’t talk rubbish. I travel around London on a Dailey and nightly basis and I have never been attacked or mugged. Stop trying to sound street with you description of shanked … wannabe s like you make the rest of us laugh .

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        Anonymous says:

        Just because you’ve neve been stabebd or mugged, doesn’t mean it can’t happen to someone else. It TOTALLY depends on where you go in London. Jed you’re probably just your average commuter. Stop trying to act like you know so much about London

        1. "Anonymous" is full of BS

          I’ve lived in London my entire life, and Jed is absolutely right. You’re just an idiot. WTF is wrong with Shepherds Bush or White City? Maybe like 15 or 20 years ago you had to watch yourself a little bit but even then, you’d never get “shanked” as an average person. And now? Shepherds Bush & White City are now the home of Westfield, lovely homes, lovely restaurants, etc. The previous home of the BBC, etc.

          Ignore this idiot, he’s full of crap, I grew up in Highgate, and would often find myself in Shepherds Bush/White City as a kid, and also as an adult largely due to Westfield, and I’ve never had a problem, it doesn’t feel dangerous in any way & there are loads of schools around where kids young and older walk home by themselves without a fear in the world, because it’s not unsafe. I’ve had more issues in Islington, and Camden than I have there, and even they’re considered “safe” areas.

          Ignore scaremongering BS, London is one of the safest cities in the world, it’s the most watched place in the world. You’re protected round the clock by high definition CCTV cameras that’re monitored 24 Hrs a day 365 days a year in central control rooms, in the extremely unlikely event that anything bad does happen, rest assured that no matter where you are in the city, you’ll have one of the best police forces in the world with you in a matter of minutes, or even seconds.

          Use common sense and you’ll be fine. Ignore this dude, as Jed says, he just wants to sound hard.

  2. Absolute nonsense that it rains constantly. This really annoys me as a Londoner. It rains less than in Rome, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and Buenos Aires.

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    Eijah Knight says:

    Trust me!

    Born bred Londoner. Most of the people who live here are not even from London and don’t know shit. The city is fine, just be safe and smart. Yes there is crime but if your not involved in gangs or selling drugs you should be fine. if you don’t like mix of races in one city then it’s not for you. Amazing for shopping, night life and football. Just avoid going into estates and areas you don’t know to well. Check out Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, amazing shopping centre. Harrods, New Bond Street, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square. Amazing for designer clothes.

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      dont worry says:

      most stabbings and shootings are innocents,your defo from essex

      1. Alex

        “Don’t worry”- you’re so full of BS, most stabbing victims are NOT innocents, they’re people who’re involved in gangs/drugs, also we don’t have many shootings in London. Shootings are mainly in Manchester/Birmingham, and even so, considering the population we have very little shootings.

        Elijah is right, London is super safe, use common sense and you’ll be fine.

        “Don’t worry”, you’re* so full of BS you’re* “Defo not from London”, or just a troll, or idiot.

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    Saif Rahman says:

    Experience of London

    Born and raised in London, left London after graduation and moved to China to live and work. I must say I feel safe in my small town in China than London. I’ve been to bigger cities like Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, much better, high tech, more safer, secured, more developed than London. I would visit London for a short period of time but I would never want to live there ever again. I used to work in Leicester Square and Mayfair, sometimes it’s safe but at night time it’s scary. Beggars, drunk people and others causing problems looking for trouble, which I hate the most. It also happens in other parts of London as well, unexpected troubles happen. London is sometimes safe, but always watch your surroundings, be careful who you talk to, don’t use your phones a lot in public places, use common sense, and most importantly be safe!

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    The wizoad says:

    London is unsafe. Forget “drunks” its coke heads in bars and gangs waiting to rob you. If you’re young and white you’ll get robbed. If you’re young and black you’ll probably get stabbed. Nothing racist with the stabbings you just ain’t gonna be “from the endz fam” I used to go London at least once a month and it used to be safe. Now I don’t ever go out in London. If you’re a tourist forget London. There are better place with less diversity.

    1. I agree 100% with everything said above.

  6. Stabbing and rape

    It is very dangerous to be in London. Rapes and stabbing is very common and it happens almost every day. Every 10 min or so you can hear police siren – that means it is very dangerous. Drug dealers are everywhere and drug users as well. People are very strange and no one on the street would offer you any help if something bad would happen to you. It is very bad.

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    Patrick C says:

    Knives everywhere

    There was a fight outside my window involving knives and timber beams (this is leafy green Fulham mind you, and no I do not live in the estates).

    Police came, had a chat with them and were on their merry way. Did not even take away their weapons nor did they search them.

    This should give you the idea how safe you should feel.

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    Patrick C says:

    Knives everywhere

    I live in leafy and safe Fulham, 20 min walking distance from Olympia Centre.

    I do not live in the estates. I live on a quiet cul-de-sac type residential street.

    Brutes fighting on early morning with knives right under my window. Police comes, has a 5 minute chit chat with them and go on their merry way. No search for weapons, no nothing. They continued their fight 20 minutes later after police went away.

    This should give you an idea how safe London is, if this kind of stuff can happen in a ‘rich’ neighbourhood.

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    Anonymous says:

    Not Safe, try areas in Berkshire

    I am not a Londoner but I visit the place often. I would reccomend staying out of East London. It’s unsafe and there are a lot of stabbings. I would suggest the area around Waterloo station. It’s a lot safer than other places. If you go on the tube be savvy and make sure you hold purses or wallets securely. There are many pickpocketers on the London underground. Terrorism threat is very high and has been increasingly becoming worse. If you see anything suspicious, report it and don’t investigate. I wouldn’t reccomend teenagers below 16 coming here on their own.

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    Ugly123 says:

    Its changed

    IM born and bread in London…All i can say that it has changed. As an older person who is very street wise…..the younger generation are in danger constantly.London is not a safe place to live…

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    Witheld for safety reasons says:

    Enoch knew what was coming

    I was BORN in London in 1950. I lived there for over 40 years. I drove buses and minicabs in London. It WAS the place to be in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s. Mod’s and flower power, etc.

    Now it is a sh**hole. Successive governments have allowed people into the UK who have totally different values on human life. These people have remained in the big cities in the UK and turned them into dangerous places. Perfectly fine if you turn a blind eye to all the crap around you – but if you are a decent person who wants to do the right thing, you will not last a day. Crime is rife. Virtually every motorbike and car I owned, was damaged or stolen. I now live in Devon, where most smaller towns do not even have a police station – because they do not need one!!! I cannot understand why anybody on this planet would want to take a holiday in London. You want your bumps felt!! I will never return to the city of my birth because the town has been hijacked by all the WRONG people. Enoch Powell has been proved right!! Nuff said………..

  12. Football shirts?

    I live in London and I don’t agree with the football shirts thing! I’ve seen so many people walking around in different football shirts, lots that aren’t British teams, like Junventus, PSG, Real Madrid etc and nobody seems to turn a blind eye. I don’t think people care do they?

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    Non tourist says:

    Tourist stick to tourism areas

    Central London, Westminster etc, is relatively safe. It has is pitfalls as does any other major city on the planet. As long as you keep your wits about you you would be unlucky to suffer anything other than petty crime if anything at all
    If travelling outside of central then you could run into problems. East London is becoming increasingly dangerous, particularly if you wonder off the beaten track at night. My advice to any tourist would be to stick to the tourist areas and you should have a good time. There’s nothing for you to see on the estates any way so you have no need to be there

  14. Brilliant

    In May I took a trip to London. We stayed in a hotel near Waterloo station. As a young adult and all the hysteria on the news I was quite anxious on the first night. We were walking near the station and with all the lights it lit the city up. It gave people a better view of their surroundings. This put me at ease and I have grown to love London.

  15. London born and raised (East End) immigrated back to parents country(Mediterranean). Come to London every two years (holiday ) Love London ,feel safe place like any city ‘ just use common sense and have a good time ”if you see trouble ! just cross the road and mind your own business .As they say if you stick to tourist areas no problem just watch out for pick pocketing mainly in tube stations and trains .Ps ”There is no City 100 percent safe in the World.

  16. London is open to all.

    As a born and bred Londoner it’s actually quite funny to read some of these reviews. I’m 53, grew up in the East End and have lived in Camden for the last 25 years. Never been mugged, had my pocket picked, never seen a stabbing or heard a single gun go off. London is an extremely safe city to visit so please don’t worry about coming here. The secret of travelling safely ANYWHERE (not just in London) is to look confident and hold your head high. If you don’t want to be a victim, try not to look like one. Happy travelling.

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