MICEport DMC in England
From the grandeur and bustle of London, to the pastoral countryside that inspired Shakespeare, to some of the quaintest towns you'll ever experience, England delights. Stand in a desolate field and ponder an ancient stone circle. Strike up a conversation just to hear the Queen's English. Bite into a scone smothered with clotted cream, sip a cup of tea, and wave your pinky as if it's a Union Jack.
London is the L.A., D.C., and N.Y.C. of Britain — a living, breathing, thriving organism…a coral reef of humanity. Blow through the city on a double-decker bus, and take a pinch-me-I'm-in-London walk through the West End. Ogle the crown jewels at the Tower of London, hear the chimes of Big Ben, and see the Houses of Parliament in action. Cruise the Thames River, and take a spin on the London Eye. Hobnob with the tombstones in Westminster Abbey, visit with Leonardo, Botticelli, and Rembrandt in the National Gallery, and explore Harry Potter's stomping grounds at the film studio in Leavesden. Enjoy Shakespeare in a replica of the Globe Theatre and marvel at a glitzy, fun musical at a modern-day theater. Whisper across the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, then rummage through our civilization's attic at the British Museum.
The main language spoken in England is English but there are many dialects within England with many different accents - so be ready...
VAT and Tax Refunds
To be able to claim a tax refund you must be a non-European Union visitor to United Kindom. Look for the ‘Tax Free Shopping’ sign in the windows of participating shops. You must complete a valid tax refund document obtained from the retailer and present the tax refund document and goods to Customs on departure from the European Union. A customs officer will check the goods and validate the tax refund document. You can receive your refund on the spot at some airports, otherwise you should mail the validated tax refund document back to the shop and a refund will be issued.
VAT is charged on almost everything, but remember that refunds only apply to goods being taken out of the country, not services. For more information, visit the official customs website here
The currency in England is the pound sterling (£).
Voltage is 240 volts AC at 50HZ. Appliances generally use standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets. Most non-UK appliances will require a transformer and a plug adapter for use in the United Kingdom.
Shops are generally open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 8.00pm and on Sundays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. In smaller towns many shops tend to be open on Sundays.
England is warmer and sunnier than any of the other countries making up the United Kingdom. The month with the most sunshine is July, which is also England's driest month.
On average, the sun shines for about 1340 hours every year in England. The south coast has the clearest skies (i.e. the least cloud cover) due to the prevailing winds in that area. This means that counties like Kent and Sussex benefit from significantly more sunshine, attracting local and international visitors to their shores.
The months July and August have nice weather with a good average temperature.
On average, the warmest month is August.
On average, the coolest month is January.
December is the wettest month.
July is the driest month.
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