Useful local information
Teddington is home to the second largest park in London, Bushy Park. The park is a former Royal hunting ground and is where herds of deer still wander at will and was one of King Henry VIII's favourite deer parks. Teddington has a wealth of independent retailers specialising in designer and vintage clothing. Among the other unusual shops there is a cigar emporium, a well stocked kitchen shop and a children’s boutique. When you need a bit of rest and relaxation, you can take a short break at one of the many wine bars or cafes or relax by the river near the famous Teddington Lock – where the tidal stretch of the River Thames ends.
- Eating and drinking - NPL is located close to several restaurants, coffee shops and food outlets.
- Money - Britain's currency is the pound sterling (£). Credit cards - especially Visa and Mastercard - are widely accepted in restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. American Express and Diners Club cards are less commonly accepted. There are plenty of cash machines (also known as cashpoints or ATMs) available in and around Teddington.
- VAT - Value-added tax (VAT) is a 20% sales tax levied on most goods and services except basic food items, books and children's clothing. Restaurants must, by law, include VAT in their menu prices. If you are travelling for leisure or business purposes, you may be eligible for a VAT refund. The VAT refund scheme is called the Retail Export Scheme or Tax-Free Shopping.www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/consumers/overseas-visitors.htm
- Electricity - UK appliances are fitted with three-pin plugs that can be connected to the UK mains supply through wall sockets. Unlike the sockets in many other countries, these have a switch to turn the power supply on and off - make sure you've turned it on if you're trying to charge your appliance. UK power sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v, although in practice this can be slightly higher. To charge devices that are compatible with this voltage, simply buy the appropriate adapter from the airport or from high street shops. If your device runs on a lower voltage, however, then you will also need a converter to stop it from over-heating. Even if your country uses lower voltages, remember to check whether your device is dual-voltage (look for the 110-240v notation) before buying a converter.
- Emergencies - For any medical emergency, assistance can be summoned by dialling 3333 on any internal telephone. NPL has a large number of fully trained first aiders located across the site and automated defi brillator machines are provided for their use. Medical welfare facilities are available to all visitors if required.