Here are 15 things you should never do in London to make the most out of your time there.

No matter what part of the world you’re from, you’ve likely seen the iconic red telephone booths that adorn many of London’s bustling streets, and heard the ‘posh’ accents that many of its inhabitants possess–but there’s so much more to see and know about the city. To better help you, the traveler, we asked the TripAdvisor community to chime in on what they think tourists shouldn’t do when visiting London in order to take advantage of all it has to offer. Here are 15 things you should never do in London to make the most out of your time there:

Inside the Natural History Museum; Photo by TripAdvisor Traveler Soleil_Gal
Inside the Natural History Museum; Photo by TripAdvisor Traveler Soleil_Gal
  1. Don’t improvise on your travel plans. There are a lot of things to see and do in London, and although exploring a city by foot is usually the best route, you’ll need to plan very carefully and prioritize the places you want to see on any given day. Some sights are far away from each other and will require that you take the train or bus.
  1. Don’t forget to use the London Tube to get around the city, especially when you’re traveling from the airport to the center of the city. Also, make sure that you stand on the right of any stairs or escalators as to not block people from passing. This is especially important during peak hours.
  1. Don’t forget to buy tickets online in advance for museums and certain sights. This will save you a lot of time and, sometimes, a lot of money too. You can also consider buying a London Pass, which will give you discounted access to several attractions around the city.
  1. Don’t be late. Punctuality is imperative to the English and being late for tours or restaurant reservations is a no-no.
  1. Don’t forget your manners–say “please,” “thank you,” and “sorry” when appropriate. Londoners are known for their politeness, so it’s only respectable that you reciprocate it. In addition, follow the common rules of conduct, some of which are as follows: Don’t ever skip a line (also know as a “queue” in England), no matter if it’s while waiting for the Tube, to buy tickets for a show, or at the grocery store.
Big Ben; Photo by TripAdvisor Traveler Berenice D
  1. Don’t forget to bring an adaptor with you. Outlets in London are different from those in the U.S. and other countries: It’s a three-pin outlet. Although some hotels may already have adaptors that you can borrow during the duration of your stay, call in advance just to make sure.
  1. Don’t poke fun at or make offensive comments about the Royal Family, as they are highly esteemed and loved in the UK.
  1. Don’t forget to grab a bite at a traditional English pub. You order and pay for your food and drinks at the bar, and then the waiter brings them to you at a table. As a heads up, tables are numbered, so remember yours when you place your order.
  1. If you get lost, don’t be afraid to ask for help. English people tend to be very kind and willing to help out-of-towners; all you have to do in return is show your appreciation.
  1. Don’t forget to take your umbrella and sunglasses with you wherever you go,as London weather can be quite temperamental: A sunny day can turn into a rainy one at the drop of a hat depending on the season.
A red telephone booth in Covent Garden; Photo by TripAdvisor Traveler Roberts69
A red telephone booth in Covent Garden; Photo by TripAdvisor Traveler Roberts69
  1. Don’t make the “peace sign” with your hand. Certain gestures are not universal in their meaning, and England is no exception–this particular hand sign backwards is the equivalent to lifting your middle finger. (Be especially mindful when you’re ordering two drinks at a pub!)
  1. Don’t forget to carry extra change.Some public bathrooms charge a small fee, usually around 30p (the equivalent to 47¢). This is true for bathrooms in train stations.
  1. Don’t ever cross the street without looking both ways. In England, traffic approaches from the right side and because it’s the opposite in many other countries, it can be too easy to look to the left out of habit. Although the phrases “Look Left” and “Look Right” are painted on the pavement in England, it’s always best to look both ways in any situation just to be safe.
  1. Don’t forget to eat some Indian cuisine, as it’s very popular in London. The most well known area to get it is Brick Lane, a street in East London, but you can also venture to Hounslow or Goodge Street.
  1. Don’t leave London without having experienced afternoon tea!