Quality medical treatment is widely available at National Health Service (NHS) hospitals throughout the country, and (much more expensively) through private medical practices.
Chemists (pharmacies) can advise on minor ailments such as sore throats and earaches. In large cities, there's always at least one 24-hour chemist.
For medical advice that is not an emergency you can call the NHS 111 service (phone 111).
The tap water is safe to drink.
Before You Go
No vaccinations are required to travel to Britain. For more information, check with your medical provider in your own country before you travel.
If you're an EU citizen, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – available from health centres or, in the UK, post offices – covers you for urgent medical treatment, including pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care. However, it will not cover costs such as being flown back home in an emergency, so private travel insurance will also be needed.
Citizens from non-EU countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and the UK.
If you do need health insurance, make sure you get a policy that covers you for the worst possible scenarios, including emergency flights home.
England is a remarkably safe country, but crime is not unknown in London and other cities.
Watch out for pickpockets and hustlers in crowded areas popular with tourists, such as around Westminster Bridge in London.
When travelling by tube, tram or urban train services at night, choose a carriage...
Police have the power to detain, for up to six hours, anyone suspected of having committed an offence punishable by imprisonment (including drugs offences). Police have the right to search anyone they suspect of possessing drugs.
Illegal drugs are widely available, especially in clubs. Cannabis...