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Dangers & Annoyances

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 containing other people.
  • Many town centres can be rowdy on Friday and Saturday nights when the pubs and clubs are emptying.
  • Unlicensed minicabs – someone with a car earning money on the side – operate in large cities, and are worth avoiding unless you know what you're doing.