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London riots
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Am leaving for London in a few weeks..little scary with all the news coverage of the riots… Anyone have any firsthand knowledge of what we should expect? think it’ll all be over by the time we leave?

Just wondering if anyone has any opinions or info!

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I imagine what’s best would be to follow wether your country imposes a travel warning or not.

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Miranda,

Whenever things like this happen:

  1. they don’t last that long, so by the time you go there, chances are things will have died down
  2. people fail to realize that the unrest is only taking places in specific places, whilst the media makes it seem like it’s an entire city or country

According to a map in this BBC Online article, there have been incidents all over London, but almost all of them have been outside the city centre where all of the usual tourist sites are located. And in each location, they appear to have been spontaneous one-night things.

You’ll be perfectly fine. Just avoid large gatherings if you happen to see one, as a precaution. Tourists are not being targetted, or anything like that. This is a domestic issue, so don’t be too worried.


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http://homeoffice.go… UK seems to be identifying the continuing trouble with foreign terrorists and Northern Irish terrorists as a bigger deal… The US State department doesn’t appear to have any official warnings yet.

Usually these types of riots occur where poor people live, not where tourists visit. If you keep your head about you, pay enough attention to the local newspapers to know where trouble is occurring and don’t try to be a spectator at (or participant in) any demonstration, you should be OK. You need to be flexible. If lots of locals with bullhorns are milling around the Tower of London it’s probably not a good day to visit.

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thanks, i’m not TOO worried, and I am from Chicago, so I do know how to handle a big city BUT it’s still kinda scary. I’ll be keeping up with the news for the next few weeks that’s for sure…

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I lived ~ 400m from the epicenter of Copenhagen’s Ungdomshuset riots a few years ago. Aside from waking up to helicopters overhead and the occasional waft of teargas remnants, as long as you avoided that area, all was good. Relatives kept asking if I should leave the city. It made big news, but practical disruptions to those avoiding the area were nil. I can only imagine similarities.