For general emergency, call
999 (free call from any phone including pay phones)
112 is the emergency number for mainland Europe and can also be used in the UK.
A non-emergency number is 101. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Direct-Gov offers a guide to emergency numbers.
London and the UK in general are safe places to visit and live. There are, as any big city, basic precautions to provide for your safety.
The Metropolitan Police offer resources for tourists in a variety of languages.
Note that sporting events, particularly football, can inspire drunken violence. The subway can be extremely crowded and create uncomfortable situations. However, reasonable behavior should prevent any issues.
Tap water in England is safe to drink, if sometimes heavily chlorinated, and the overall quality of drinking water in the Thames region is excellent. Water in London, which has a water table of clay, is hard (and creates scale with utility appliances).
If venturing out into the country, take along:
The weather can change swiftly and fog can set in suddenly. Advice is available from the Ramblers.
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