United Kingdom : Safety by City
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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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : LOW
You can relax when it comes to natural disasters, because, apart from constant raining, there are no threats!
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 : 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 : 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 : 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.
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- 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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56 Reviews on London
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.
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 .
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
"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.
London-no more dangerous than New York
Sis and I recently traveled to London for the Flower Show (bucket list) and I have to say that I found it to be just as busy and exciting as New York (where we are from).
For the most part, trains on time and we walked a great deal. People were uber-helpful and I can say I enjoyed my time there. Stayed in the neighborhood of Kensington, which reminded me of neighborhoods in the upper Bronx with all the Mom and Pop styled stores. Went to White City as well and kinda perplexed about what one poster was saying (shanked? watching a few old gangster movies, huh?) and it was alright for the time we were there. Have recommended a trip there to others.
actually i live in shepherds bush and i am sometimes scared cus there are some crazy scary people here that try mess with u sometimes espec if ur a black kid
i live in sheperds bush yh its not that safe mate 4 teens murder here the past 4 months 6 shootings in london in 24 hours london is seeing its highest murder rate which has already past new yorks and double Toronto’s
Yep. Agree with that. Lived and worked in London all my life and it’s fine there. City has a ton to offer. Main issue 99.9% of tourists will have is forgetting an umbrella.
I live in a tough neighborhood that makes Shepherd’s Bush look like Disney Land.
And tourists love it because it’s infamous for Gangsters and the real deep underground art scene with independent cinema, brilliant Pubs Clubs Bars, Parks Nature reserves, restaurants, illegal Raves, street markets, vegan-friendly! And every culture and people from all over the world.
And it’s still safe to walk the streets at 4 am.
Like any huge city you just keep your eyes open, oh and gang issues are always between other gangs, Come over to London and you won’t wanna leave, and hey, remember you can take the train to another great city Paris, and if you’re lucky you might get a day return for £60 if a seat sales on.
I’m a Londoner, born and bred, and I have to say that I think the city is relatively safe! Yeah you get the crazy ppl who wanna stab you but just stay clear of gang territory, just stick to the centre of town, along with places like Shoreditch and Brick Lane, and you’ll be fine!
But then again, there are stabbings in many places across town, but that is common with pretty much every other major city in this world I assume!
Afro Perspctive on UK security.
Since the early 2000s UK is becoming a slightly dangerous place that is beginning to follow US and SA Standards of crime.
Only God can save the UK from those crimes.
Stay alert.follow common sense..
Keep or money safe.alert the police.
Appreciate what British Pound.Thank you.
The UK must follow Europe and change to the right for driving purposes.
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.
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.
most stabbings and shootings are innocents,your defo from essex
“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.
Yes, I agree, exactly how many ‘Londoners’ were born in London????
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!
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.
I agree 100% with everything said above.
2019 i agree london is third world crime ridden stain ..
That is complete bullshit. You go to London once a month, so you clearly have no idea what you are talking about and you are basing your point of view from what you hear on the news, which generally focuses on negative stories. I live in London and have worked in every borough and I can say I have never felt unsafe. If you don’t look for trouble you generally will not find yourself in trouble. Visit London people it’s a fantastic City with so much to see and so much diversity!
Nice city but crime out of control
Sadly agree with what your saying. Also born and bread Londoner who moved out 2019 after being robbed myself and crime rates out of Control.
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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The police sirens may mean that it is small things, like someone who has fallen down a stair, it may be ambulances, you just need a bit of local knowledge to not go to the bad parts. Rape is not common, and stabbing is not, if you know where to go. It is only gangland related, not some random person.
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.
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.
Total made up bollocks.
ye tru dont wanna get chefed by k9
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.
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…
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………..
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
Just saw a guy today running with a 10 inch knife in the middle of the road in Wandsworth, as if it was a perfectly normal thing to do. Nothing special, fun place to live.
Police was out there everywhere in 2 minutes tough, so to me it seems they are trying to do their best.
I would rather go to the british countryside, cuz it is 100000x safer and there are some nice picturesque places 🙂
London = Mordor
Is Crawley area safe especially now with the Christmas market
HELLO!!! SUMMER BE MORE LIKE 38C, people are shocked how hot it gets in London, and hey we’ve great outdoor swimming pools too 😊
So come over for a Pint 🍻
traveling to London this summer.
What is the safest area to stay for holiday?
peckham, brixton and lewisham recommend you croydon as well
Nah tottenham is the place to go. But from personal experience peckham is nice aswell.
please don’t go to the areas in the above comments 🙁 they were being sarcastic. Just don’t go to london, fly there, and come to Dorset/Devon.
Everywhere is Safe
There’s a lot of unfounded scaremongering on here. There are virtually no unsafe places to stay in London. Any potential crime you might experience as a visitor would be tourist-aimed crime such as pick-pocketing, bag-snatching scams etc – or fights that break out in pubs and bars. Both types of crime are really avoidable if you are sensible and London nightlife venues have very effective and well regulated security.
Most hotels are in the central districts of West End and the City, plus immediately surrounding areas. It’s not a question of where is safe, as everywhere is, but if you are looking for upmarket, then Mayfair and Knightsbridge are smart areas although v expensive.
The safest and most suitable areas for a vacation are; South kensington, Shoreditch, Mayfair, Kensington and pretty much anywhere in central london zone 1 will be safe to stay in. You can easily commute to artistic areas such as Brixton , Notting Hill and Hackney which are neighbourhoods of interest, otherside pretty much all the attractions are based in central London and you will have a great and safe time there.
Its not dat deep
London isnt dangerous you just have to be smart. I was born in Camberwell but den moved to Fulham and I go to school in Sheperds Bush. It isn’t that deep just be smart, if you are a like 14 or something walk around with youre friends dont walk alone and dont carry expensive stuff around with you. And all dis gang stuff people are talking about as long as you dont get involved you are fine.
Shepherd’s Bush/White city. Mate they’re tame compared to Brixton, Camberwell, Croydon etc.
You need to get out a little more. West London (which Shepherd’s Bush/White city is in) is the affluent area of London, go south east or north east. No one even speaks English is these slums.
LOL, a lot of people exaggerating some not enough Ldn is fine as a tourist, especially in central London.
It’s like the safest part of ldn Shepherds bush white city Northolt ofc there’s gms there but West ldn its self is the nice and wealthiest part yh theirs a rise in knife crime and a lot more civilians are getting killed mainly because if youre a teen and wearing a tracksuit you’re just subject to getting g checked but again this isn’t an everyday thing and not something that happens in places u would go sightseeing if you’re a tourist sightseeing and in a hotel or whatever you’re most likely gonna be in central and all the suburban places which any1 could walk through with 0 trouble I assume u wouldn’t be on any estates so u wouldn’t even witness any of the day to day stuff that happens Hackney Tottenham Brixton Lewisham Peckham Newham there is so many places where there are gang activity too many boroughs to name but these days with gentrification there are nice parts next to the bad parts.
Kensington Chelsea fulham wembley places like that are the upper class places nothing will ever happen there truthfully if youre an easy lookin tourist with the cameras out loads of luggage bum bags the worst thing that will honestly happened to u is getting pickpocketed on the tube or getting scammed as for the “shanked” the guy above was talkin about no1s blindly going out and stabbing tourists just for the sake of it think of it as New york bad parts and good but theirs almost no reason to go to the bad parts unless u have family cos theirs nothing to do there as for the rape thats bs no1s just gettin taken down an alley and raped as for the drunkens thats the same for everywhere and for the constant sires thats the same for evey busy major city and yh I think London is the most watched City in the world in terms of surveillance personally Iv’e only ever witnessed 1 thing happen to a tourist that was a few months ago in JD sports in Barking seems some1 pushed and ran of with this ladys bag had loads of valuables in it, I felt so bad for her she was crying and everything had to catch a flight in a few hours so couldnt file a report. I think she was Swedish or something but this is something that would only happen in a place like Barking.
Remember Real England is outside of London.
What I can say is, fly into London if you have to, but then go out of London to experience real England. London is a boring global city, that could nearly be any other mutlicultural…. “Utopia:… save for a few nice old buildings when it wasn’t “culturally enriched”.
If you must go, then only go for a few days, see the museums, and a few historic sites. Always avoid East London, and especially the following areas and even more if you have an American accent(Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Islington, Tottenham). And many more, if you get off the tube and it looks like a …diverse… area, turn around, get back on the tube and forget whatever you had planned to do there.
So, after avoiding all those things and seeing the museums- which are worth going to. Then head out of London like a bullet, I’d recommend Dorset, Devon, Hampshire, Bath E.t.c. just avoid, Leicester, Birmingham, Luton, Manchester, Bradford, Slough. It is cheaper for you outside of London, and much nicer, you’ll see real England, and the people are friendlier and safer.
Top tip, Although the last census was nearly a decade ago, use wikipedia, go to the demographics part of any city you are visiting and make up your mind that way.
Stay away if you don’t want to be mugged, stabbed or blown up
Londonistan is no longer English and is highly dangerous in high immigrant areas . Unfortunately most of our major cities are turning into immigrant, crime ridden hellholes
London was a great city before
But then after sadiq Khan elected things changed for the worse crime has had a massive increase and many areas are turning into shithole at a fast rate which is very unfortunate and sad as a Londoner I used to love this city now I hate it I want to move out of London to somewhere else in the UK or even abroad when I have the money to do so
The crime in London is at its highest in years it is unsafe for women young children and elderly to walk on street at night or alleyway any time
People act like the problem doesn’t exist but when you hear of people being raped or killed every day sometimes multiple times you cannot ignore that
London is the shame of the country many people from elsewhere in the country have gone off visiting because of the crime rate they see what is happening but most people here either don’t know or are stupid.
Stupid enough to re elect sadiq Khan AGAIN
Whether London will recover from this I don’t know all I know is I am moving out of the city when possible this is not the London I grew up with and if I have kids in the future I would not want them to grow up in this sort of environment
If you are a tourist just stay in the central areas thats were all the museums and moments are don’t go into the suburbs at all nothing interesting just houses apartments and crime
NY is safer these days
Keep your wits about you wherever you go
I’m from Barking myself, although I now live in Norfolk. I am reading these comments about London and certainly agree that it is a city with potential dangers as well as the more joyful aspects of cities. It may shock those of you that I don’t always feel safe venturing out into Norwich late in the day, although it’s smaller in comparison, it’s a very sad reflection of the times and crime seems to be part and parcel of everyday society, be it whether you live in a town, city or village. BE STREETWISE AND ALWAYS KEEP YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU, avoid anything or anyone that could lead you down a dangerous road, that way you should be ok!
Its quite boring, and there is a risk of cross contamination in foods. The only good thing is that there is good toys and stuff.