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Before arriving in London, it is good to find out about the currency, that is, the British Pound (ENGLISH POUND). The change euro / pound varies every day but to be able to provide the accounts you must be present that currently (September 2010) 1 pound is worth about 1.2 Euro. In other words, each price that you will find in pounds must be multiplied by 1.2 to obtain the respective price in Euro.

The English (NOTE) ballots foresee the following cuts:

  • 5 Pounds = 6 euro more or less
  • 10 Pounds = 12 euro more or less
  • 20 Pounds = 24 euro more or less
  • 50 Pounds = 60 euro more or less
  • 100 Pounds = 120 euro more or less

The coins (COIN) instead are the following:

  • 1 penny = 0.012 euro
  • 2 pence = 0.024 euro
  • 5 pence = 0.06 euro
  • 10 pence = 0.13 euro
  • 20 pence = 0.24 euro
  • 50 pence = 0.60 euro
  • 1 Pound = 1.20 euro
  • 2 Pounds = 2.40 euro

Units ranging from 0.01 to 0.99 are called Pence (which in the spoken language are always abbreviated with the letter P). So if we make the purchase in a supermarket il the total of the purchase is 14.87 pounds the teller will tell you: Fourteen Pounds and Eighty-Seven P

It is very important to get to know you as soon as possible with the currency so that you do not have problems to pay especially for not getting cheated when you give it back. In London, too, fake ballots turn, so you have to be very attentive especially in the markets (Portobello, Camden, BrickLane, etc.) and who sells merchandise on the street.

Unfortunately, in London you run the risk of accumulating 1-2p coins that you will rarely use. In some large supermarkets (for example il Sainsbury in Camden Town) they have a machine that changes the small stem coins into coins / larger stem papers