London Vacation Safety Tips That You Need To Know

I wish I didn’t have to write this, but it’s happened again. Terror has struck in my country, the United Kingdom, for the second time in a fortnight, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. On the 3rd of June 2017, seven people were killed and 48 people were injured on a terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market. Those who weren’t mown down by a white van were stabbed for getting in the terrorists’ way. Within eight minutes, emergency services had arrived on the scene, and the three perpetrators were shot dead. It has happened again. As of today, twelve people have been arrested in connection with the attack in Barking. If you are planning on travelling to London this summer, it’s understandable that you’re probably scared. As long as you keep these London vacation safety tips in mind, then you will be able to enjoy your time there much more.

London Vacation Safety Tips

This is the second attack alone this year in London, and many people have died as a result of Islamic extremist terror in the United Kingdom. But, as I said in my post about Manchester, it has never been more crucial to pull together, and carry on as normal. Don’t cancel your trip to London because you’re frightened; that is precisely what these monsters want. They want to disrupt the peace and make people too afraid to venture out and go about their lives. But don’t allow them this power. Go to London. It may feel scary, but go anyway.

Obviously, it’s essential to be on your guard whilst there, more than ever before. But with this country’s amazing security and emergency services, safety has never been more of a priority – remember that. Additionally, familiarize yourself with all the essential London vacation safety tips to keep in mind while you are there. Know what to do in the event of chaos, and be prepared. The police have shared some key advice to follow if this type of event is to occur again, which I will cover in this post.

London Vacation Safety Tips.
The eyes of the law by Per Gosche on Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Run, Hide & Tell

The Metropolitan Police have shared the technique of ‘Run, Hide & Tell’. In the event of panic, you must first run to a place of safety. If there is nowhere to run, then you must hide. Barricade yourself in if you can, and turn your phone to silent or vibrate. Finally, inform the police. Call 999 the first moment you can and tell them what is happening.

Borough Market. London Vacation Safety Tips
Borough Market by Dom Fellowes on Flickr // CC BY 2.0

What To Do If You Cannot Speak

In the event that you call the police and cannot speak, they have shared the following advice. If you are on the other line and not making a noise in an emergency, you’ll be asked to cough or make another audible sound. But, if you need to stay silent, then dial ’55’ to inform the operator of the situation. This will prove that you have not dialed 999 by accident, and that you are actually in an emergency.

London Bridge. London Vacation Safety Tips
London Bridge by Mirko Toller on Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Take Precautions on Public Transport

When using public transport in London, it’s essential to take all the precautions necessary. Always check where the closest emergency exits and fire escapes are. Sit close to the front, near the driver if possible. This will enable you to get off the bus quickly if a problem arises. On the tube, never sit in a carriage if there is no-one in it. Sit in a busy carriage instead. Keep valuables out of sight and zipped away, and move away from people who are acting strangely or aggressively.

Underground . London Vacation Safety Tips
Underground by Victor Vic on Flickr // CC BY 2.0

If you are visiting London this summer, then above all, have a fantastic time. It’s important to keep these precautions and London vacation safety tips in mind, though – more important than you think. But most important of all, is that we will not let these perpetrators win.

About Lauren Davidson

Since 2013, Lauren has been writing for various travel and lifestyle websites. Her first piece of writing was a travel guide on the Algarve region of Portugal, where she lived for over a year. Currently residing in Sheffield, England, she is studying Journalism and has a blog at You can follow her on Twitter at @Lozikinz.

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