45 Things Every Visitor To London Needs To Know

Key facts to bear in mind when planning a trip to our fine capital. Photos via the mighty Shit London.

1. Our restaurants use only the finest and freshest ingredients

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2. Though their preparation techniques can be somewhat puzzling

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3. And sometimes you have to wonder what goes into our meat

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4. Still, all the big-name fast food outlets can be found here

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5. And all sorts of refreshing beverages are available

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6. You can expect to come across unusual combinations

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7. And exotic services

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8. Some of our food may not sound all that appetising

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9. And our eating establishments may not sound especially glamorous

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10. But top-quality produce is available on every street corner

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11. Just be aware that not EVERYTHING is edible

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12. Our street markets arguably leave a little to be desired

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13. And the products on offer may seem underwhelming

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14. But hey, at least we’re honest about it

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15. Admittedly, customer service is not always all it could be

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16. And things aren’t always labelled clearly

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17. Or spelt correctly

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18. Plus, the ‘bargains’ on offer can be disappointing

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19. Our shops aren’t always imaginatively named

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20. And we sometimes struggle with window displays

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21. And OK, so our technology can be a little unreliable too

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22. Rules and regulations aren’t always observed

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23. But that doesn’t stop us trying to enforce them

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24. Be warned: London is not always paradise for kids

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25. In fact the whole place can seem quite unwelcoming to the untrained eye

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26. Sometimes the place is so unfriendly it can seem like even the road signs are mocking you

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27. You’ll get used to it after a while though

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28. And, on the plus side, our beautiful parks are famous the world over

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29. In fact London has more green space than any other big city on Earth

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30. Meanwhile, our travel agents are out of this world

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31. As a society we’re so polite and considerate

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32. We love to think up puns

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33. We’re fond of a swear word or two

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34. Our lorry drivers are especially fond of a joke

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35. As are our van drivers

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36. Admittedly some might describe our sense of humour as puerile

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37. For example, we’ll never pass up the opportunity to do this sort of thing

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38. And it may take you a while to get to grips with all our slang terms

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39. But Londoners are a helpful bunch, and are always happy to correct your mistakes

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40. And offer friendly advice

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41. We have a healthy lack of respect for authority

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42. We can be highly creative when it suits us

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43. And we are VERY discerning when it comes to pornography

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44. So come to London! See the sights!

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45. And don’t forget to tell all your friends about the time you visited the most magical, glamorous and welcoming city on the planet

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Huge thanks to Shit London for these photos. You might like to follow on Twitter, or even order the Shit London book.

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Luke Lewis is the executive editor of BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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