Season. The 'London Season' is chiefly comprised within the
months of May, June, and July, when Parliament is sitting, the
aristocracy are at their town residences, the greatest artistes in the
world are performing at the Opera, and the lioyal Academy is open.
Families who desire to obtain comfortable accommodation had
better be in London to secure it by the end of April; single trav¬
ellers can, of course, more easily find lodgings at any time.
Passports. These documents are not necessary in England.
except for the purpose of procuring delivery of registered and poste
rrstante letters (eomp. p. 44). A visa is quite needless. American
travellers, who intend to proceed to the Continent after visiting
London, should provide themselves with passports before leaving
home. Passports, however, may also be obtained by personal appli¬
cation at the American Consulate in London (p. 4U). The visa of
the American ambassador, and that of the minister in London of
the country to which the traveller is about to proceed, are sometimes
Custom-House. Almost the only articles likely to be in the
possession of ordinary travellers on which duty is charged are spirits
and tobacco, but a flask of the former and '/-dh- of the latter are
allowed for private use. Three pounds of tobacco may be passed on
payment of a duty of 5*. per pound, and (in the case of cigars) a
slight fine for the contravention of the law forbidding the importa¬
tion of cigars in chests of fewer than 10,000. Foreign reprints of
English books of which the copyright still exists in England are
liable to confiscation. The custom-house examination is generally
Time. Uniformity of time throughout the country is maintained
by telegraphic communication with Greenwich Observatory (see
2. Routes to and from London. Arrival.
It may not be out of place here to furnish a list of the principal
routes by which Transatlantic visitors may find their way to England
and London, and also to indicate how they may continue their
European travels by passing from London to the Continent. An
enumeration of the routes between the Continent of Europe and
London may also prove serviceable to foreigners coming in the
reverse direction. It should, however, be borne in mind that the
times and fares mentioned in our list are liable to alteration.
Routes to England from the United States of America and
Canada. The American traveller has abundant room for choice in
the matter of his oceanic passage, the steamers of any of the fol¬
lowing companies affording comfortable accommodation and speedy
transit. When the fare is much below the average it is obvious that
the passenger must not look for equal comfort.
Vunard Line. A steamer of this company runs every Wed-