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1. Posted by LoveTheTravel (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hello All,

I will be visiting London for the first time in August. I hope the situation will be better by then.
I have a few questions in my mind.
I have heard a lot about the Camden market.
Will it be open by then and is it safe to visit?
What is the better way to find directions between two places when roaming around the city?
How to know my London travel zone as fare changes vary when travelling between two different zones right?

Thanks in advance!

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jun-2020, 09:03 GMT by LoveTheTravel ]

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1339 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

>Will it be open by then and is it safe to visit?

No-one can foretell the future and nowhere anywhere is ever 100% safe.

At the moment all visitors to the UK are required to self-isolate for fourteen days on arrival. You will need to check whether that restriction has been lifted for your citizenship before your visit.

It is likely that at least some of Camden market will be open in August. You can expect social distancing measures e.g. fewer tables at eating places, queues, distance markers, hand sanitiser provided for use.

Keeping your distance from others, wearing a mask on public transport (this is mandatory at the moment, with potential fines, and is unlikely to stop being so by August) and in crowded places, washing your hands and using hand sanitiser frequently will help to minimise any risk.

Some places e.g. theatres are unlikely to be open in August.

>What is the better way to find directions between two places when roaming around the city?

Use googlemaps and the Transport for London (TfL) journeyplanner:

https://tfl.gov.uk/Widgets/JourneyPlanner

Tube stations can be much closer together than people realise. Walking can be quicker as well as much cheaper. This map shows the walking times between Tube stations:

http://content.tfl.gov.uk/walking-tube-map.pdf

>How to know my Londo travel zone as fare changes vary when travelling between two different zones right?

Fares vary according to how many zones you pass through. Most attractions are within zones 1 and 2.

You can check how many zones you'll pass through on a particular journey on the TfL zone map here:

http://content.tfl.gov.uk/london-rail-and-tube-services-map.pdf

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jun-2020, 09:31 GMT by leics2 ]

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4. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1268 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I live in London and at present things are opening up slowly. We felt the worst impact of the virus at the start but now have lower infection rates than the rest of the country - which doesn't mean that care isn't needed. As leics says, face coverings are mandatory on public transport which includes both Tube and buses. I like her suggestion that you check a map before assuming you need to take the Tube between sights, as many are closer than you might think.

At the moment the UK government intends to allow restaurants, pubs etc to reopen from 4th July if they can do so while observing social distance rules. These currently stipulate 2 metres apart but are under review and that's widely expected to be reduced to 1.5 or 1 metre. A lot may then depend on what happens next. It's not impossible that if by August London shows a spike in infections restrictions could be tightened again. Equally, if things go well more places may open. Keep an eye on the news ahead of your trip or check back with us - I'd be happy to update you on the latest situation.

The biggest challenge though could be the need to isolate on arrival for 14 days, which I suspect will still be in place for those coming from some countries but hopefully not all. Your profile doesn't tell us where you live but that could be a factor in whether your trip is viable or not.

5. Posted by zzlangerhans (Respected Member 77 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Are you asking if the Camden market is safe to visit because of coronavirus or in general? If it is the latter, I can assure you it is just as safe as anywhere in London. It is one of my favorite places in London and you should budget several hours there if you enjoy arts, unusual clothing, people-watching, and avant garde home decor. Don't forget to drop into the Regent's Canal for a walk afterwards.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1546 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

It truly helps people answer your questions if you fill out your Profile Page here. If we know your citizenship or where you are traveling from, we can answer questions about visas, passports, virus quarantines and other things that are affected. If we know your travel interests, it is much easier to suggest things you may enjoy visiting and even give suggestions on transportation, scheduling and possible discounts.

Just a thought. Enjoy your trip.