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London - how safe is it for tourists?

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laurawaterford Thu 10-Jul-08 20:07:24

With all the terrible news about stabbings in london just recently my children are wondering where I'm bringing them. Of course I know we will be fine. It's probably like any city with good and bad places. Do Londoners agree - any tips please about where to avoid would be really appreciated. And I'm sorry if Iv'e put anyone's backs up after all the great tips Iv'e received on my London challenge thread

southeastastra Thu 10-Jul-08 20:08:03

avoid south london and you'll be fine

claricebeansmum Thu 10-Jul-08 20:08:19

TBH being a tourist is rather different from being part of a gang on an estate at war with other gangs.

southeastastra Thu 10-Jul-08 20:08:55

<waits for all the south londoners to clobber me>

Kbear Thu 10-Jul-08 20:09:43


kbear of SE London

nancy75 Thu 10-Jul-08 20:10:09

london is perfectly fine, yes even south london, dont join any street gang while you are here, avoid hanging about in alleyways after dark and you should make it out alive.

Kbear Thu 10-Jul-08 20:10:30

Yes London is safe IMO, come and enoy our wonderful city! <<waves flag>>

CountessDracula Thu 10-Jul-08 20:11:17

I disagree
I think it is a terrible place, you will almost certainly get mugged and a high possibility of a stabbing or worse. I would stay at home tbh

cocolepew Thu 10-Jul-08 20:11:44

We were there a few weeks ago, touristy bits are fine. But then again we're well 'ard.

bythepowerofgreyskull Thu 10-Jul-08 20:11:47

I would say that the areas you will go to as a tourist you will be perfectly safe..
there are areas in london as with any city of this size across the world that you shouldn't go to but they aren't on the tourist route smile

southeastastra Thu 10-Jul-08 20:11:55

my dp had him bum felt in hamleys, watch out for that

sfxmum Thu 10-Jul-08 20:12:08

just don't act too touristy

perfectly safe to do all that stuff

CountessDracula Thu 10-Jul-08 20:12:35

I feel men's bums in hamleys sometimes
I wonder if it was me?

cocolepew Thu 10-Jul-08 20:13:01

Nobody felt my bum and it's nice shock

CountessDracula Thu 10-Jul-08 20:13:36

Your bum is nice?
Or not having it felt?

geordieminx Thu 10-Jul-08 20:13:49

I dont live in London, used to stay in Croydon a few years back, there were quite a few stabbings and muggings. I dont know which areas are good/bad. I guess its the same as any major city - safer places and not so safe places. You just make sure you dont put yourself in any unecessary danger - unlit streets, visable valuables etc.

zippitippitoes Thu 10-Jul-08 20:14:06

just dont talk to strangers

southeastastra Thu 10-Jul-08 20:14:11

it was a big man with a beard countess, does that sound like you?

cocolepew Thu 10-Jul-08 20:14:59

Well, both.

CountessDracula Thu 10-Jul-08 20:16:14

I do get mistaken for Gerry Adams sometimes

zippitippitoes Thu 10-Jul-08 20:17:11

of the adams family?

laurawaterford Thu 10-Jul-08 20:17:29

which part of Hamleys and will I have to wait around there for very long do you think?

southeastastra Thu 10-Jul-08 20:17:41

tut, dp also had him bum felt on the tube, so avoid packed carriages

Snaf Thu 10-Jul-08 20:18:35

London is pretty much completely safe for tourists, stabbing-wise, at least. You may get your pocket picked by a cheeky cockernee ruffian with a soot-stained face and a large pocket watch hanging off his weskit, but otherwise you'll be fine.

Gangs tend to avoid Madame Tussauds, as a rule.

scampadoodle Thu 10-Jul-08 20:19:49

Oh fer gawd's sake, it's not Jo'burg!!!

Behave exactly as you would in your home town: don't flash cash or valuables, keep an eye on your belongings, don't go to scuzzy areas you're not familiar with (especially after dark). It's just common sense.

Where are you staying?

(For the record, I live in an area - Islington - where there have been stabbings, but if you lived in fear all the time you'd never go anywhere.)

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