Visiting

Business hours

Usual business hours are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Most shops are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday and usually open at midday on Sundays. Thursday is generally late night shopping and some urban supermarkets offer 24-hour shopping.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year's Day
March/April – Good Friday
March/April – Easter Monday (except Scotland)
May – May Day
May – Spring Bank Holiday
August – Summer Bank Holiday (except Scotland)
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Boxing Day

For more information, visit UK Bank Holidays.

Climate

The UK has a maritime climate controlled by Atlantic Ocean weather patterns, with the best weather usually between May and September.

For weather details in the UK, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency is the pound sterling (£).

Banks

Banks and government offices are generally open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, but this may vary in country areas.

Obtaining money is relatively easy and ATM’s (cash points) are wide spread and run on the LINK network which accepts almost all credit card types.

Credit cards, especially Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, although there may be a transaction fee.

Time zones and time differences

The UK is nine hours in summer and 11 hours in winter behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in London, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

United Kingdom's country code is +44.

For calls to United Kingdom from Australia dial: 0011 + 44 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from United Kingdom to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

United Kingdom’s power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz.

The 13-amp square-pin plugs are the standard. European round pin adaptors will not work.

Tap water is safe to drink in the UK.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

The UK is a major tourist destination and sources of information include:

Please note: This list of websites and resources is not definitive. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by Austrade. The information provided is a guide only. The content is for information and carries no warranty; as such, the addressee must exercise their own discretion in its use. Australia’s anti-bribery laws apply overseas and Austrade will not provide business related services to any party who breaches the law and will report credible evidence of any breach. For further information, please see foreign bribery information and awareness pack.