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Thomas Greene
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I'll be visiting UK on business visa for 4 weeks. Can someone please provide me some information like

1. What would be the weather like at this time of the year.
2. What is is dress code usually followed in UK .

Any other information you feel may be useful considering that this is my first trip outside my country.
Joanne Neal
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Originally posted by Thomas Greene:
I'll be visiting UK on business visa for 4 weeks. Can someone please provide me some information like

1. What would be the weather like at this time of the year.
2. What is is dress code usually followed in UK .

Any other information you feel may be useful considering that this is my first trip outside my country.


1. Snow is rare at this time of year - anything else is possible. Depends what part of the country you are in, but temperature ranges from low teens to low 30s centigrade (low to mid 20s most likely).

2. You'll probably be okay with smart casual, but if you can ask your client in advance that's probably the best idea.

The UK is very ethnically diverse so food shouldn't be a problem - again it depends what part of the country you are visiting.
We're a pretty friendly bunch once you get to know us, but as with any country some places are safer and more welcoming than others. Get advice from your client if you're unsure as they are more likely to have better local knowledge.

What country are you coming from ?


Joanne
shan Iyer
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I am in UK now on a work permit visa . Weather is very pleasant , in fact hot in the aftrenooon . Nights are a little chill but doesent mandate nay special thermalk wears . Sunset at 10 pm and sun rise at 4 am Great food ! Njoy your stay.


Warm Regards, S.Iyer
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Thomas Greene
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Thanks for replying.

Originally posted by Joanne Neal:


What country are you coming from ?


I am coming from India and city of my visit is London.
Thomas Greene
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I have heard that London is a very expensive place to stay in. Will it be a good idea to stay in London or should I look for a place somewhere in the outskirts of London? What could be the possible options?

Also, is there some site from where I can book a place to stay, so that I don't have to run around when I land in London.
Amit Agrawal
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Originally posted by Thomas Greene:
I have heard that London is a very expensive place to stay in. Will it be a good idea to stay in London or should I look for a place somewhere in the outskirts of London? What could be the possible options?

Also, is there some site from where I can book a place to stay, so that I don't have to run around when I land in London.


yeah, london is considered slightly expensive even by British standards. 20~30 mins travel to work is normal here but not very sure if living in outskirts would help you greatly.

as Joanne suggested earlier, it would be best would be to check with your client about local area. greater london is quite large and if you end up living on another side, it may mean more than an hour in travel (in extremely crowded trains and tubes)!

regarding booking in advance, i guess thats a good idea everywhere? there are quite a few travel sites, just try googling and you shd find many options. generally it�s a better to book atleast for a week which would give you time to know the area and other possibilities.

btw, uk immigration control would expect you to provide your london contact address so where ever you book, it would be better to carry that address in your handbag!
Thomas Greene
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Thanks a ton for all the information.

One last bit of information.

I am looking for accomodation over the net. My office is in Aldersgate Street.

Can someone please let me know areas which are not far off from this area or areas from where I can easily commute using public transport.
Alan Wanwierd
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I am looking for accomodation over the net. My office is in Aldersgate Street.

Can someone please let me know areas which are not far off from this area or areas from where I can easily commute using public transport.


What is probably more important than being 'not far off' would be being on a convenient line.

Aldersgate St is close to The Barbican which is on teh following lines:

Hammersmith & City: (Handy if you want to live in East London)
Metropolitan: (Good for North/NorthWest London)
Circle: (All central any accomodation will be expensive)
AND National Rail network. (Handy for North London)

If you look at this map:
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/tube-dlr-trams-and-train-travelcard-zones-map.pdf

and check any accomodation options against stations you should be able to find a decent compromise between expensive central living and overly long commutes.

Good luck
Amit Agrawal
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Joined: Aug 23, 2001
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Originally posted by Thomas Greene:
Thanks a ton for all the information.

One last bit of information.

I am looking for accomodation over the net. My office is in Aldersgate Street.

Can someone please let me know areas which are not far off from this area or areas from where I can easily commute using public transport.


in case you are still looking for a start..typically distance to zone 1 is inversely proportional to hotel cost so you may like to consider hotels near stations in zone 2~4 (north london, east london, north east London). Zone 2~3 of north London would be very quick access to your office.

if you would be comfortable in a nearby desi area - you may find areas like ilford, seven kings, goodmays worth exploring. These are all on national rail and you can get to your office via liver pool street station. other such options within east london are laytonstone (central line), east ham, barking etc. All these are like 30 mins & approx �11 a day away from your office.

in case you are ok with minor adventure, you can explore dockland hotels around limehouse, westferry, west-india-queue for hard bargains.

south of london is slightly different in terms of connectivity so no suggestions there. west london is bit too far from your office so if you want to avoid 1hour+ journey, you can simply ignore west london.
Thomas Greene
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Thanks a lot everyone for this valuable information
[ July 03, 2008: Message edited by: Thomas Greene ]
 
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