London - CurrencyATMs are available in many parts of London - ensure you inform your bank before travelling abroad, and be aware you may be charged for cash withdrawals. It is advisable to exchange some cash before arriving in London.
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London - Notes and Coins
Currency Exchange in London
ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.
In London the banks are generally open 9.30 - 14.30 Monday - Friday, 9.30 - 12.00 Saturday, closed on Sunday.
Some branches offer extended opening hours, ie. opening at 8.30 and closing up to 17.00, Monday to Friday, and 16.00 on Saturday.
In the City of London the banks are open 9.30-15.00 Monday-Friday,closed on Saturday and Sunday.The City of London is approximately the areas near Bank, Liverpool Street, Monument, Cannon Street, Mansion House, St. Paul's and Moorgate underground train stations.