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What is the expected weather in the beginning of March in the UK?[edit]

I would like to get the following information: 1. What is the expected weather in the beginning of March in the UK? 2. and when going by a privet car from Gattwick airport to the wales, is it necessary to pass any toll road? 3. If I'm going to Stanford hill or Golders green areas in London, should I pay the Congestion Charge (between 7:00 -18:00)? 4. Where should I put car if I want to travel in the center of London (tourist places) without to pay a lot of money on parking lot? 93.126.88.30 02:09, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

I live in NL, with a similar climate, and I've traveled the UK in various seasons. Early March the worst time of winter will be gone, but the tourist saeson will not have started yet. Likely you will see wind, cold, clouds and rain (lots of it), but no severe frost. Bring warm and dry clothing and be prepared to wear it most or all of the time. No need to bring a bikini. Of course you can be lucky too, it's too early for a real prediction. Happy travel! :) Jahoe (talk) 12:46, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
Oh, and forget about using a car in the center of London. Use public transport. It's abundant, though not really cheap. Jahoe (talk) 13:10, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
As Johoe says, it will rain, and if you head to the west of Wales you can experience horizontal rain. Travelling to Wales there is a toll on the Severn Bridge (about 7 pounds), if you are going to the south of Wales via the M4. Entering by any other road by travelling further north there are no tolls but the roads are not so good increasing your journey time and fuel costs. From Gatwick I assume you will go clockwise round the M25 but note if you go north (anti-clockwise) and go though the Dartford tunnel (or over the Dartford bridge in the other direction) there is also a small toll. There is here however no booth for this crossing, your number plate is scanned and you have 24 hours to pay on the internet, do not forget to do this, the fine is very high! As for travelling in London, find some cheap long stay car park in a town outside and take the train into the centre. Or as it is a rental car just take it back and get another one after your London visit. --Traveler100 (talk) 13:36, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
This might be piling on, but yeah, the easiest way to avoid the congestion charge is to simply not have a car while you're in London. Hobbitschuster (talk) 19:42, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
Did you mean Stamford Hill? Neither Golders Green or Stamford Hill are within the Congestion Charge Zone, so provided you aren't driving right through Central London to reach them you won't need to worry about the charge. That said you'll need exceptional luck in finding a parking space (even at weekends.), as many of the outer suburbs of Greater London have parking permit schemes, which are as (if not more complex than) car rental "excess" terms ;) I've been advised by many many people that unless you have a lot of luggage, getting a tube (or Overground) +bus combination is usually the best bet for most parts of North London.
Weather wise, an umbrella is strongly suggested.ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 19:58, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
Thank you all. I'm really surprised that this is the country - not friendly in meaning of drivers and transportation. 93.126.88.30 02:36, 20 February 2017 (UTC)
London is not England. Do not judge the rest of the country by experiences in this international city. --Traveler100 (talk) 05:58, 20 February 2017 (UTC)
On the contrary, I've not seen places where public transport is so easy and well organized as central London. And, at least for a tourist, it's fun too. Of course rush hours should be avoided, as in any city. Jahoe (talk) 15:11, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Long fingered, Opera gloves in London....[edit]

This is on the Tourist Office, as it's a shopping question. Where in London do you purchase long fingered, opera( shoulder) length gloves?


Asked by: ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 16:58, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

Hi ShakespeareFan00, you could try somewhere like...
  • Harrods (at 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL) - go to Knightsbridge station on the Picadilly line. They have stuff like this.
  • Or you could try Liberty London (at Regent Street, W1B 5AH) - go to Oxford Circus or Picadilly Circus on the Tube. They have a smaller range (from what I can see on their website), but have stuff like this.
  • There's cheaper, party shops, like Escapade (at 45-46 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AJ) - go to Chalk Farm or Camden Road Tube stations (both on the Northern line). They have stuff like this.
I can't find shoulder length gloves that easily, and the above three don't have these length (at least, I can't find them). The only thing I could find however, is Honour of London (at 86 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, SE1 7AB) - go to Waterloo train station or Lambeth North Tube. Note though, that they are a "world leading fetish fashion brand" - this may not be what you're looking for. They have stuff like this. I'm not sure what you're looking for exactly, but that is the only thing I could find.  Seagull123  Φ  19:11, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
Perhaps a weird suggestion, but eh... why not search kinky web shops? ;) Jahoe (talk) 00:16, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Country that has territory[edit]

In Europe, I remember there was a country that had pieces of its territory in another country, most likely because of a war of some kind. Can you please tell me what that country is? Asked by: 2601:248:1:1140:FC4F:F942:D4A:972E 04:08, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

Are you thinking of Russia, with the Kaliningrad Oblast? Ikan Kekek (talk) 04:12, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
Spain has an enclave inside France called w:Llívia (no Wikivoyage article yet!) . The UK has an enclave called Gibraltar in Spain. Spain also has enclaves in Morocco although I suspect that you don't mean non-European territory. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 04:46, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
@2601:248:1:1140:FC4F:F942:D4A:972E: The border between Croatia and Slovakia is piecemeal as well. Andorra is not what you asked but is similar--it is a co-principality whose two princes are the head of state of France (formerly the king, now the president) and the bishop of the Spanish city Urgell. Also, San Marino and Vatican City are surrounded by Italy... —Justin (koavf)TCM 04:58, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

The question is asking about places that are both enclaves and exclaves. An enclave is entirely surrounded by another country. An exclave is a small part of another country that is separated from the main part. The Kaliningrad Oblast, the pieces of Spain on the Moroccan coast, and (the largest example) the US state of Alaska are all exclaves, but none of them are enclaves because they all have coast on the open sea. So does Gibraltar, so it's also not an enclave, and it isn't an exclave either, because it's a British Overseas Territory (a type of dependency) and is not part of the UK. San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves, and so is a third country, Lesotho; but they are not exclaves, because each of them is an independent country.

Places that are both enclaves and exclaves tend to cause problems for their inhabitants unless the countries are on very friendly terms. The most numerous enclaves of this type are near the Belgium-Netherlands border, which definitely qualifies as friendly. There are parts of each country surrounded by the other, and sometimes parts of the other country within those (second-level enclaves). The area around the India-Bangladesh border used to be even worse, with numerous enclaves, including some third-level enclaves, causing real problems for people who lived there; but in 2015 the two countries agreed to cede all of these exclaves to the country surrounding them. See the article I linked for lists of other enclaves and exclaves and for various places that where similar issues arise although they are not actually enclaves or exclaves. --76.71.6.254 05:58, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the answer. 2601:248:1:1140:6C76:E67D:E095:FD52 15:31, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
Actually 76.71.6.254 the original question was about Europe, not Bangladesh/Alaska. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 06:03, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
Additionally, the OP's question was not hyper-specific or particularly literate on the nuances of border law. He's just asking about some European place with a weird border. E.g. there is a part of Estonia which can only be reached on a road by driving through a portion of Russia. Someone could walk through the wilderness to get to that Estonian piece but functionally, it's like the question he asked. There are, of course, many such examples--he's just trying to get us to think of something like an enclave/exclave situation, so we tried to name several. There are some tricky old borders in Europe--also parts of Switzerland that are on mountains and only accessible by crossing into Germany, etc. —Justin (koavf)TCM 06:12, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
Yes, good points. But I think Belgium-Netherlands qualifies as the weirdest case, and that is in Europe. --76.71.6.254 05:31, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Uber from Gattwick to Cardiff works for foreign drivers?[edit]

Is it ok to rely on Uber as a foreign? I want to take a car and to submit my driving to Cardiff (and back) through Uber and to save up money (the passenger/s take a part in the outcomes), but I don't have any experience with uber as a driver, especially not in UK. What do you think about it? 93.126.88.30 02:34, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Gatwick to Cardiff is a fairly long drive (3 hours). Even if Uber allows it, I'm not sure you'd find any passengers for that route. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 02:46, 20 February 2017 (UTC)
Maybe I can take to the half of the way etc. I don't have Uber drivers yet so I'm not experienced in it.93.126.88.30 14:47, 20 February 2017 (UTC)
Supposing you're not flying in your private car, check with the rental company too, they may not allow you to use their car as a taxi, or they may require additional insurance. Check immigration laws too. If you're on a tourist visa, working as a taxi driver is probably not allowed. Perhaps it's OK if you're an EU citizen, but I would check it anyway. The British embassy in your home country will give you advice. Jahoe (talk) 16:30, 20 February 2017 (UTC)
Wait, is this a one-off trip you're taking, and you just want to save some money on the fuel? Or do you want to start working for Uber regularly? If the latter, you're better off picking one city, and working there. The vast majority of people do not use Uber to travel long distance cross-country. But if you're just making a one off journey, then it's BlaBlaCar you're looking for, not Uber. That is a ride-sharing service, where travellers without cars can find people doing a trip they want to make and not pay much money, and solo drivers making a trip can advertise for passengers, to save money on fuel, make the journey more environmentally-friendly, and some company for the trip. A car hire company will definitely not allow you to take paying passengers in one of their vehicles. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 16:39, 20 February 2017 (UTC)
Well I think car rental companies have a problem with Uber, but I don't think they have any major problem with the classical ride sharing sites like BlaBlaCar (what are others active in the UK?) Hobbitschuster (talk) 20:12, 20 February 2017 (UTC)
Uber operates on the same basis as private hire taxis in the UK. So you will need to pass the application process (criminal record checks etc) of the local council in the area that you which to work. I think that Uber also requires you to use a vehicle that is approved by them, which can be leased (from a specialist hire company) if you are going to work for them for a few months. See some driver reviews. AlasdairW (talk) 20:25, 20 February 2017 (UTC)
Adding to my previous post; citing the Uber article on the English Wikipedia: In the United Kingdom on October 28, 2016, the Central London Employment Tribunal ruled that Uber drivers are "workers" entitled to the minimum wage,... etc.
In other words: you need a work permit to be a foreign Uber driver in the UK. For your purpose, the Uber way may not be the best way to keep out of legal trouble.
I'm feeling I'm pretty close to giving legal advice (which we're not supposed to do here), but keeping you out of trouble seems equally important. See for yourself what you do, and enjoy your visit to the UK! Jahoe (talk) 20:34, 20 February 2017 (UTC)
I think it is not risky to say that you should not fly into the UK, rent a car and try and Uber your way over to Cardiff because A) it probably isn't legal for Uber B) possibly isn't allowed by the care rental company and C) unlikely to provide the passengers you need to get over to Cardiff.
Seriously, National Express Bus will be direct Gatwick to Cardiff and will cost like GBP 25. Why think about driving? --Andrewssi2 (talk) 05:45, 21 February 2017 (UTC)