London constantly evolves but some things don’t change. Sticklers for queuing, Londoners let passengers off buses and trains before boarding themselves. They stand on the right-hand side of escalators, allowing others to pass. And they don’t tend to tip much.

Classic advice worth repeating: get an Oyster card. Load it with prepaid credit for discounted travel on public transport.

Stay abreast of London’s news with the free papers offered outside tube and train stations and scan websites such as and

If you need a trim, Mayfair barbers Geo F Trumper grooms gents with aplomb, while women should consider nearby Jo Hansford salon, which counts Angelina Jolie as a client. An edgier option is east London’s Korean café and unisex hairdressers Hurwundeki.

Looking for a souvenir with a difference? Wander the stalls of Notting Hill’s Portobello Road and Alfies Antiques markets. Or stop by the  gift shops at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Design Museum.

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