Travel Guide to London

Indian Embassy in London

High Commission of India,

India House

Aldwych

London

WC2B 4NA

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to London

The following documents are required to get a visa:

  • Original passport and old passports, if any
  • The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of submission of the visa
  • The passport should have a minimum of three blank pages for stamping purpose
  • Confirmed return air tickets
  • The visa application form duly filled by the applicant
  • Two recent passport-size colour photographs, which should not be more than three months old
  • Covering letter mentioning details of travel, details of the traveller, purpose of visit and duration of stay. The letter should be signed by an authorized person, along with company stamp and should be addressed to the Visa Officer
  • Income Tax Returns of the last three years
  • Proof of investments - Mutual funds, fixed deposits, national saving certificates and stocks & shares
  • Hotel confirmation details
  • Original bank statements showing all the transactions for the last 6 months, duly attested and signed by a bank official

About London

Attracting millions of tourists every year, London has become one of the leading travel destinations across the world. Situated near the Thames River, the city offers a unique blend of great architecture and cultural heritage that can make anyone fall in love with its beauty and elegance. If you are planning to visit London, here is everything you need to know about the city and the places that you must explore. Some of the must-visit landmarks in London include Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben Clock Tower, Houses of Parliament, British Museum, Madame Tussauds and Nelson's Column. Besides, you can also visit the famous galleries, theatres and restaurants to get the real glimpse of life in London. If you love to party, visiting famous pubs like The MayFlower Pub, The French House and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese should definitely be on your travel itinerary.

It is not just the nightlife and the architectural marvels that make London a famous travel destination; there are various activities that a nature-lover can enjoy. For instance, you can indulge in water activities near the Thames River or take a lively stroll in the famous parks of the city. There is Hyde Park, the big-wide green spread, and the Royal- St James Park. You can also visit London Zoo which has a wide variety of wildlife species like guerrillas, tigers, penguins and giraffes.

How to Reach London

Majorly, there are six international airports in London, namely, Heathrow, Luton, London City, Gatwick, Stansted and Southend airports. Heathrow Airport is the largest airport in London which is connected to major destinations around the world. If you are travelling to London from India, you can find various direct or connecting flights from major cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The major airlines operating between London and India are Air India, British Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa and Air France among others.

How to Reach the Tourist Places

Westminster Abbey is at the centre of the London City and is close to two other tourist places in London - the Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. To reach this destination, you can either use the London Underground Station in the Westminster City or take a cab.

To reach Tower of London, you can board the metro to Tower Hill station.

For Buckingham Palace, there are multiple stations like Victoria, St James' Park and Green Park where you can de-board and take a walk.

The best walk to the Royal Palace is from Green Park.

The other famous places can be accessed using the London Tube, the public transit system. It is, by far, the best means to travel across the city with great convenience.

 

Best Time to Visit

London is a year-round travel destination and has a mild climate base. During springtime, London has bright, long days and the average temperature hovers between 11° to 15°C. It might rain during this time.

Easter falls in the spring period, and the Central London part is decorated on the Easter Weekend in full bloom. The Easter Holiday is filled with fun and remains crowded too.

The London summers are warm and can be enjoyed by spending time outdoors in green spaces, rooftop bars or the beer gardens. The temperature remains around 18°C and can go over 30°C as well. It is the perfect weather to attend London’s summer music festivals.

The popular yearly festivals including Totally Thames festival and Halloween that are celebrated in autumn. The Christmas party mood sets in from November only.

In winters, the average temperature is 2-6°C. Since it does not have harsh weather, you can enjoy the off-peak tourist season by nicely wrapping yourself in cosy winterwear.

Post-December, there is January sale, and you can usually find cheap accommodation deals across hotels, local attractions and restaurants till February.

What to Pack?

  • Before going to London, check the temperature of the city and pack your stuff accordingly. However, do not forget to carry an umbrella
  • During winters, carry sweaters, jackets, scarves, stoles to keep yourself warm
  • You can also carry few accessories to glam up your look
  • Pack few pairs of footwear and include comfortable shoes and flip flops

Top Delicacies

  • Eton Mess: It is a delicious dessert made using cream, crushed meringue (made of egg-whites and baked crisp sugar) and the classic strawberry ingredient
  • Pie and Mash: A variety of pie accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and generous gravy
  • Bangers and Mash: The sausages and mashed potatoes dish served in the winters
  • English Breakfast: A mighty meal comprising of eggs, sausages, mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, black pudding and toast
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding: A moist, raisin stuffed sponge cake, dipped in toffee sauce, served with custard or ice-cream on the plate
  • Beef Wellington: A filet steak dish wrapped in puff pastry before cooking

Indian Restaurants in London

  • Gymkhana

    Location: 42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH

    Contact: 0203 011 5900

  • Trishna

    Location: 15 -17 Blandford Street, Marylebone Village, London W1U 3DG

    Contact: +44 (0)20 7935 5624

  • Bombay Palace

    Location: 50 Connaught Street, London W2 2AA

    Contact: +44 (0) 20 7723 8855

Shopping List Essentials

  • Vintage shopping is one of the top things to do in London. There are vintage dresses and retro clothing, cheap vintage shoes, design pieces and the collectables that can make you shop more
  • People who love books must explore the famous bookshops, book markets
  • Explore the high-end shopping streets where you can find big designer shops, boutiques and departmental stores. Search here for exclusive brands, fine jewellery, designer cuts, art, antiques, sculptures and exquisite hampers

Healthcare Centers

  • You can easily access late-night pharmacies like Boots Midnight Pharmacy, Pharma Centre and Bliss Chemist
  • There are NHS walk-ins like Soho NHS walk-in centre and Hammersmith NHS Urgent Care Centre
  • You can go for travel insurance when going abroad for a backup plan. In case of medical emergency, you can contact your travel insurance company to get a list of network hospitals in the city

Basics of Local Communication

Almost 98% of the population in London speaks English, so communication will not be an issue for you. The accents, however, can be a bit confusing at times. While having a conversation with the locals, try to use polite words, and you will not have any trouble finding the places you wish to go.

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What kinds of medical coverage’s are provided??

The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
  • Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  • Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
  • Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
  • Naturopathy treatment.
  • Non Allopathic treatment e.g. - Ayurvedic, Yogic, Homeopathic, Unani treatment(s).
  • Under no circumstances shall this insurance contract be deemed to provide cover and no liability be incurred to pay any claim or provide any benefit hereunder to the extent that the provision of such cover, payment of such claim or provision of such benefit would expose us to any sanction, prohibition, or restriction under United Nations resolutions or the trade or economic sanctions, laws or regulations of the European Union, United Kingdom, United States of America & India

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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption


Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.


Trip Delay


 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.