Although London is generally accepted as a safe city, it’s still a good idea to make sure that you keep yourself aware in new places. This doesn’t have to be specific to London, as safety is important anywhere you go, particularly if you are in a big city for the first time.
Unfortunately, cities like London, Dublin and New York are known for things like pickpocketing, so you’ll want to make sure that you invest in good bags with strong straps and clasps, or ensure that you keep your valuables hidden in inside pockets.
One of the main safety concerns about being in a new place is travelling around different areas and making sure that you get from A to B safely. There are lots of little things you can do to make sure that you’re being sensible on holiday and keeping yourself, the people you’re with and all your things safe and secure at all times.
Don’t forget that hotels like M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel are staffed with highly trained individuals who are there not only to cater for your needs, but also your safety. If you need anything during your stay to make you more secure, please don’t hesitate to ask or ring down to reception.
If you’re arriving to London by air, the most common way for people to get to their hotels is by train or via the Tube. Most of the airports are serviced by direct train links into the city; travelling this way is also less costly, and the transport leaves and arrives at regular intervals.
However, the public transport doesn’t run all night, so if you arrive early in the morning or late in the evening, you might want to consider getting a taxi. Although this is a more expensive option, it’s also the safest way for you to get into the city, with the added bonus of you being left right at the door.
For added safety, we recommend that you take the taxis that are right outside the terminal doors. These have official identification and are driven by people who are certified, so you know you will be taken right to your hotel. If this seems a bit costly, ordering an Uber is also a good choice, as you can track the journey on the in-app GPS.
A taxi from London Gatwick to M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Hotel will take around one hour 25 minutes, while from London Heathrow it will be one hour 22 minutes and from London Stansted Airport your journey should be one hour, in low traffic.
When in the city itself, Uber will serve you well, as will the black hackney cabs, although these are more expensive. If you would like minicab recommendations, please ask the reception team at our hotel, who will be able to tell give you firms with competitive prices.
Try not to arrive too late
London is a city that’s full of nightlife and so many wonderful things happen in the Big Smoke at night. Whether it’s theatre, music or nightclubs, there’s always something to do.
However, we would advise that you try not to arrive too late into the city, if only for the reason that you’ll find it more difficult to check in to your hotel. As we mentioned, the public transport will become less frequent and you might have to wait a while for a taxi or an Uber, particularly if you arrive at the weekend.
Keeping track of people and bags when it’s late can be difficult too, purely for the reason that you’re likely to be much more tired, so it’s better for you to arrive earlier in the day.
As we mentioned, the nightlife in London is amazing, so another good reason to arrive early would be so that you can enjoy it!
Leave important documents in the hotel
Our hotel rooms are all equipped with a safe that you can use for anything valuable or important you may have brought with you.
Not only should you keep your expensive jewellery and such in the safe, but it’s a good idea to lock your passports, any extra money and any other travel documents – such as travel insurance – in here too.
Don’t travel into unknown areas of the city by yourself
There are lots of great bits of London that are remote, punctuated by old buildings and ruins that house fascinating history about the city.
However, we would advise you not to travel to these areas by yourself – there are lots of great organised walking and cycling tours led by knowledgeable experts who are familiar with the routes.
Not only will you be safer, but you’ll also learn some interesting facts and work up an appetite, as these walks can last between one and three hours!
Don’t forget to travel in a group if you’re planning on staying out late in the city too, no matter where you are, there’s always safety in numbers.