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    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

    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

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

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    32. We love to think up puns

    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

    Photo: Asad Qayyum

    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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