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The UK currency is the pound sterling (£/GBP), more commonly known as pounds and pence. There are 100 pennies, or pence, to the pound.

Notes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and £50. Coins come in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.

All our catering and retail outlets accept cash and card payments.

Currency exchange in London:

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. Exchange rates vary so it is worth shopping around to get the best deal. A good tip is to ask how many pounds you will receive in total after all charges have been deducted.

Credit cards and contactless payments:

Credit and debit (bank) cards, especially Visa and Mastercard, are widely accepted across London. American Express and Diners Club cards are becoming more commonly accepted, although it is still advised to carry an alternative payment method with you.

Contactless cards are widely used in the UK and many businesses accept them as payment, up to a limit of £30 per transaction. Travellers can use a contactless card instead of an Oyster card when using public transport in London.

All contactless American Express cards, from any country, can be used for travel within London, however some non-UK Visa and Mastercards are not accepted, so you may need to check with your card issuer. Contactless payments may still incur an overseas transaction fee and these vary by card and by bank, so it is a good idea to check with your card issuer before tapping your contactless card.

Cash machines:

There are plenty of cash machines (also known as cashpoints or ATMs) around London, however there are none situate at either the Arena or Fan Central. If you have a non-UK account you will almost certainly have to pay a charge when you withdraw cash. We suggest you contact your bank before travelling to find out details of restrictions and charges.

You might see cash machines in some corner shops and small supermarkets. Check before using them as they are likely to charge a fee for every transaction. Many cash machines also provide the facility to top up your mobile phone credit.

Credit: visitlondon.com