Survial Books Logo

Welcome to Guides and Tourism Books | Londons Secrets

Viewing category "Living and Working in London"

Car Boot Sales

Posted on: 28th Apr 2014

One of best places to save money as well as have a fun half-day out is at a car boot sale, which are held regularly throughout London. Apart from being able to pick up cheap secondhand/vintage clothes, DVDs, CDs, books, toys, electronic and electrical goods, plants, fresh food, home furnishings, designer pieces, furniture, assorted bric-a-brac, collectibles and numerous other items; you may even be lucky enough to find a bargain antique (numerous valuable antiques have been purchased at car boot sales over the years). Most take place on Saturdays and/or Sundays, while some are daily events or also held on other days of the week – confirm dates and times in advance (if possible) and bear in mind that most boots aren’t held on Easter, Christmas and New Year Sundays/weekends. There may also be a fee (shown below).

6a00e553dd55ed883401156f7756bb970c 500wi

            Among London’s best boot sales...

Congestion Charge

Posted on: 28th Apr 2014

In an effort to reduce traffic and improve the flow in central London, a ‘congestion charge’ was introduced in February 2003, which has proved successful, although unpopular with those unable or unwilling to forsake their cars, who must pay £10 per day to enter the restricted area. In the early days of the congestion charge, Transport for London stated that it had reduced the number of cars entering central London by some 70,000 a day, although more recent figures suggest that London is now just as congested as it was before the charge was introduced. Most vehicles (motorcycles, scooters and mopeds are exempt) must pay the fee to enter the Congestion Charge Zone between 7am and 6pm, Mondays to Fridays. There’s no charge on weekends, local public holidays, designated non-charging days (e.g. between 25th December and January 1st), and between the hours of 6pm and 7am.