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An island country in Western Europe, consisting of Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and Northern Ireland.

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What is the purpose of numbers on some UK street name signs?

As a frequent traveller around the UK I have developed a somewhat unhealthy obsession with street signs and their small but significant differences. Can someone explain what the purpose of the small ...
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Taxi not accepting payment by credit card (although advertised)

Tonight, I took a taxi from point A to point B (both being in the same city, Liverpool, UK), but I only had 5 pounds on me, so I asked the driver if I could pay with a card, because it was advertised ...
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Cancelled UK visa on entry

My friend applied for a UK visa last month (that is, June 2015) for 3 weeks in the UK, but got 6 months. Since she got more days, she decided to extend her stay, because she has a six-month visa with ...
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US Girlfriend Denied Entry to UK

On November 11, my American girlfriend flew over to the UK to visit me. She was detained and questioned, and refused entry under the belief she would not leave within those six months. This was due to ...
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The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Reporting Obligations?

I am informed that a new "Act of Parliament" has a section entitled... Obligation to record information against an overseas visitor’s consistent identifier So when a patient registers for a ...
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Can I leave the airport during a connecting flight if I am a citizen of the country where I have to change planes?

My brother is British, who is traveling to Scotland coming from Qatar on Qatar Airways. He'll have to spend two hours and a half in Heathrow as his ticket is a connecting flight and he has to change ...
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Is it true that you can receive emergency care in the UK completely free of charge?

In a related question @GayotFow mentions that: I am aware that visitors can received emergency treatment from the National Health Service (NHS) for free. This seems a bit suspicious but other ...
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Is there any common country to visit for persons holding UK and Schengen visas?

I have a UK visa and my friend has a Schengen visa. Is there any common country where we can meet with our visas?
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Emergency UK visa for an Australian to visit a critically ill parent

My wife has just been informed that her mother is in critical condition while on a tour of England. She has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and looks like she will not make it. I am wondering if my ...
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Which lane to enter on this roundabout? (UK)

I have added 2 images showing the roundabout. There are two lanes on the approach to the roundabout, which lane does each one go into? So for example, if I was in the left lane, which of the 3 lanes ...
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Identifying reserved seats on British trains

Is there a clear way to tell on British trains (generally) which seats/tables are reserved seats? In Germany we definitely made some mistakes accidentally taking seats that were eventually reserved, ...
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How to use purchased train tickets for London Heathrow Underground to Norwich

I am travelling from London Heathrow Underground to Norwich, UK on the 18th of June 2017. For this purpose, I purchased tickets via trainline.com and these were delivered to the USA (perhaps it was ...
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How do I safely navigate a two-lane roundabout in the UK?

In a two-lane roundabout, drivers may be expected to use the outer lane for a ¼ circle and the inner lane in all other circumstances. Using the inner lane requires: Crossing the outer lane to the ...
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Can I board a UK train I am booked on half way with a mobile, advanced ticket? [duplicate]

I have a ticket from Southampton to Manchester in the next month or so. Its a non-refundable Single Advance ticket but due to circumstances out of my control, I won't be in Southhampton on the date - ...
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Visa for volunteering in England

Hi I have been accepted to do 4 weeks volunteer work at Kew Gardens. I've been informed that I need a Standard Visitor Visa but I have also read that this visa does not allow unpaid work. I'm heading ...
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Guide for how to behave or what to expect at a Panto in England?

I have been invited to a Panto in England. Now have I been told quite a bit about it, but I think it is going to be quite a shock for people who have never been to such a theater performance. Is ...
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Can I visit the Trinity College (Cambridge) library and see some of their rare books

Can I visit the Trinity College (Cambridge) library and see some of their rare books: Newton Principia, Ramanujan, etc., as displayed in the "The Man who Knew Infinity" movie?
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What does the letter “A” signify at the end of the expiry date on a British rail ticket?

I just bought a 7 day season ticket this morning when I noticed the letter "A" at the end of the expiry date. The last time I bought the same ticket on the same route, there was no letter. Does this ...
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What happened to the Prime Meridian sculpture in Greenwich?

This weekend I visited the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Surprisingly the sculpture by the end of the line was not there, so I wonder what happened to it. Here's a picture of what it used to be ...
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Will I be allowed back in to UK despite a passport stamp as shown?

I am a Canadian who entered the UK a few weeks ago from Holland. I am an idiot and didn't really have much of a plan for how long/what I would be doing while in the UK. I didn't have a ticket out of ...
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UK last train cancellation and unhelpful staff - what to do?

Last night, we were planning to travel on the last train of the night to get us home, which was the penultimate train from the station. (Exact route withheld for now, but it was with Chiltern Railways ...
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In the UK, what rights do you have if a hotel is overbooked?

Today I had a pre-paid reservation for a hotel, booked a month ago or so. They rang me to say they had a problem at the hotel, and had to move a number of guests elsewhere as the rooms weren't ...
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UK visit visa denied for lack of financial proof. Should I reapply, claiming my uncle as a sponsor? [duplicate]

I applied for a visiting visa (priority) from Japan (where I currently live and work) to the UK for 5 days and it got it denied under provisions 4.2 (a, c, e). I am Ukrainian and before coming to the ...
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Is there a map that shows the walking time between London Tube stations?

Sometimes when gadding about in central London I am set back by a station closure or some other incident that requires me to find another station. In those cases I don't care if the station is on the ...
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Do we have to expect a queue for the shuttle from Watford Junction to Harry Potter Studio?

We have tickets for the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio for 10 AM on a Thursday (April, 18 2019 to be precise). I've read that shuttles leave every 20 minutes from Watford Junction but I can't find ...
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What are “Signal Failures” on The Tube and why do they happen so often?

As a Londoner, my tube journeys are often delayed by "signal failures". What constitutes a signal failure? How do they occur? Why do they happen so often? Why can't they be effectively ...
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Getting a UK passport renewed when you have dual nationality and a different name in your second country?

I recently applied to renew my UK passport. Since the last renewal I became a citizen of Costa Rica, which in common with other Latin American countries requires you to have two surnames (apellidos) ...
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UK visa refusal letter suggests mix up of applications. What should we do?

We applied for a visitor visa from Bangladesh to attend a convocation ceremony in the UK. We were handed refusal letters from the VAC. The refusal letter outlined reasons that were clearly from other ...
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How should a family with young children apply for UK visas?

We are sponsoring a family to visit us in UK as friends from Madagascar for two weeks. They have a 6 year old and a 16 month old. Do the kids need their own visas, and are they the standard visitor ...
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Aren't there road signs that show populations of towns in the UK?

I had a trip from Heathrow Airport to Swindon and later turned back to the airport via the M4. During the trip I haven't noticed any signs that show populations of towns. When I searched for London ...
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Deported from UK but got a fresh clean passport. Will the US know?

My brother who is from Bangladesh got deported from the UK back in 2009 for working illegally while being a student. His old passport was not machine readable. Since then he has obtained a new clean ...
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How should I tip for food in a UK pub? At the bar, or at my table?

I'm in a pub in England. I went up to the bar and asked for a plate of fish and chips (to be served to my table) and a pint (handed to me on the spot). My money was collected at the bar. I would like ...
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How do you drive a British car? Is it with the left hand and foot or right? [duplicate]

So, I'm an American. I'm right-handed and I drive on the right side of the road :) My clutch is the pedal furthest to the left, followed (from left to right) by the brake and the gas. I use my ...
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How can I know if I am still refused entry to the UK?

When I traveled to the UK about two year ago (in April 2014) with my British Oversea Citizen (BOC) Passport, the officer at the counter said, 'you're refused entry', after scanning my BOC Passport. '...
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Does this form letter mean that I didn't get the visa?

This is the only email I've received other than Sheffield notifying me that they have received my documents. I just got it today and it addresses me with "Dear Applicant" and not by my full name, I ...
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What is the oldest train in the UK still operated regularly for a non-tourism purpose?

What can I find the oldest train in the UK still operating regularly, and the train(s) is/are operated for common service but not solely for tourist attraction? And which route(s) are they serving?
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Is it normal/expected to tip taxi drivers in the UK?

I've lived in the UK all my life, but since I have got relatively few shared taxis in my life, I don't have that much experience of what the social norms are for tipping. I almost always tip roughly ...
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Overstay in UK 8 years ago - with mention in passport

I over stayed in the UK (Scotland) for more than a year and while returning to India, they wrote (handwritten) 1515/a in my passport. It happened 8 years ago. Will there be still any record of that ...
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Do I need a UK or Ireland transit visa when flying from the US to a Schengen country? [duplicate]

I am travelling to Budapest and therefore have a Schengen Visa. I hold an Indian passport and a valid US visa. I'm travelling from Chicago-Heathrow-Budapest and returning by Budapest-Dublin-Chicago. ...
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Why does collecting a UK train ticket need you to insert a card?

If you book a UK train ticket online, for most routes, you're given a 8 character code. You then head to a UK railway station, go to the ticket machine, tell it you want to collect a ticket, give it a ...
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London Tube Strike: What to do?

Unless something miraculous happens, the entire London tube will be shut down by the unions on 8 July 2015. The BBC is reporting that the strike will begin Wednesday afternoon and continue all day on ...
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Urgent entry to the UK

I'm writing on behalf of my aunt. My aunt (a Philippines citizen) and uncle (UK citizen) live in Qatar where he worked. My uncle recently, and suddenly, passed away and we need to fly his body to the ...
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Should we disclose a romantic relationship at a UK landing interview for non-EU citizens?

I am traveling to UK soon with my girlfriend for an exchange programme. My girlfriend is not a Brit and she will also participate in the exchange programme. We each hold a Mainland China passport with ...
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Are train tickets from Gatwick to Brighton more expensive when bought at the airport?

Last year I travelled from Liverpool to London and bought the tickets the same day. They were quite expensive, and would apparently have been much cheaper if I had bought them a day or two before. ...
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Are there “Doctor Who” themed tourist attractions in the UK?

The last time I was in Edinburgh I bought a coffee from an outlet that excited me in the sense that I was drinking coffee from the Tardis. I am fully aware of the fact that the Tardis was inspired on ...
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Getting refused entry and removed at Heathrow, X in passport

I have been to the UK 12 times and I also had a 2 year visa. My boyfriend lives in England and we have been together 8 years. Last time I visited I was refused entry because I didn't have a return ...
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How quickly can I withdraw funds from my bank account after being granted a UK visit visa?

3 days after applying, I received my UK standard visitor Visa a few days ago. Now I need those funds I showed, to book my flight tickets and other stuff. How quickly can I withdraw funds from my ...
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How do I access bicycle lockers at UK train stations?

In the UK, some train stations have bicycle lockers, such as in Earley or Lancaster. It looks like smaller stations (but not the very smallest) are more likely to have those than larger stations; I ...
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Should I wash dishes before leaving a serviced apartment?

I have been staying in a serviced apartment for 3 weeks and will leave soon. The service was once a week. They didn't wash dishes so far, I did myself. I wonder if they expect me to wash dishes ...
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Frequent Traveller to the UK Does Not Want to Fill Out Landing Cards, Be Interviewed

A US citizen has been visiting the UK 4 or 5 times a year for either personal or business reasons. He is tired of the same procedure of filling out a landing card and waiting in the queue for his ...