Local Information

Weather, Currency, Visas and More


Banks are open Monday through Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 h.


The weather starts to cool down in London in September when the autumn season is setting in. At this time of year, the average temperature is 16°C.

Credit Cards and ATM

All forms of credit card are widely accepted. There is not an ATM located within the Southbank Centre but there are ATM’s a short distance away.


The UK currency is the Pound Sterling. There are numerous bureaux de change in London – often located inside banks, travel agents or Post Offices, as well as at London’s airports and major train stations.

Emergency phone numbers

Please dial 999 / 112 if you require any emergency services.


Most restaurants add a 12.5% discretionary service charge to bills. Other restaurants indicate that service is not included and a similar gratuity would be appropriate. Any gratuities to taxi drivers or hotel porters are at your discretion.


20% VAT is charged on most applicable items, but certain items are subject to a zero or reduced rate.


Contact your mobile service provider to confirm whether your mobile is compatible with the UK network and to learn how you will be charged. Please ensure you keep mobile phones on silent during scientific sessions.

Visa and Passport requirements

If you are unsure whether you require a Visa, please visit the UK Government website www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa to check your position. If you require a visa letter, this is available on request during the registration process and will be sent to you once full payment is received.

Contact Us

IFA 2019 Congress Secretariat, c/o MCI UK Ltd, Durford Mill, Petersfield, GU31 5AZ. United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 (0) 1730 715 208.

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