April 1st and 2nd might not be the ideal time to visit London. The Group of Twenty Economic Meeting (The G-20 Meeting) is scheduled for April 2 and international leaders are expected to arrive on April 1. As you may know, this meeting often attracts those disenchanted with Globalism, including groups that are often referred to in the press as anarchists. While we don’t know exactly how to classify the protestors, we do know that the protests associated with these meeings (wherever and whenever they are held) often descend into violence. We urge travelers to avoid London during the G-20 Meeting.
A number of groups are planning protests and London’s Metropolitan Police believe that the protests will stretch the police force to its limits, according to an article in the Times Online. Although the formal G-20 meeting will be held at a site in the Docklands, there is some fear that the protests in the City of London (on the 1st) may be difficult to control. See this article in the International Herald Tribune for more information. In addition, the G-20 is the first international meeting that will be attended by American President Barack Obama and his presence may attract protestors related to U.S. foreign policy.
If you have a vacation scheduled in London on April 1 and 2, we recommend relocating to the countryside as an alternative. After all, Bath, the Cotswolds, York, Wales and the Southeast are waiting for you and can be reached by car or train.
If don’t want to change your plans, you might consider taking day trips from London on the April 1st and 2nd. If you elect the day trip option, be sure to depart the city very early in the morning and return late at night. See our London Guide for a list of enjoyable daytrips just outside the city, although we do not recommend the daytrip to Greenwich during this period.
If you are determined to stay in the London, we recommend that you avoid public transportation during the G-20 meeting and check the local news for updates.
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