Wherever you travel in the world, the time doesn’t always stay the same. This is due to the positioning of the earth and the sun, thus there are a number of different time ‘zones’. London falls into the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) zone.

However, the rest of Europe doesn’t automatically have the same time zone; just because one country on that continent does the rest don’t have to follow suit. Travelling from country to country can be confusing as the time can change as much as 12 hours depending on how far you go.

At various points in the year, the difference between certain countries can also change due to daylight saving time, which will be explained later. But wherever you are in the world, you can find out the time in other places, for example, London.

Time zones variations
Time zones variations can be hard to keep track of.

Air travel

With the modern advances in technology, international travel has become normality. It is estimated that 1.5 million people fly to a different country everyday, for a variety of reasons. While some are going to enjoy a holiday, others are hoping to explore. Some people even live in one country and work in another.

Not all people using air travel are going abroad; increasingly, air travel is being used within the country, to go from one place to another. This internal transfer can be very beneficial and save people a lot of time and in some cases be the only method of internal travel (e.g. in countries like China and Brazil).

Although aeroplanes are the primary mode of air transport, helicopters are incredibly popular for shorter journeys, or trips involving less people. Helicopters are a great way to see the sights or hop from one city to another, but with all this international travel, how do you keep on top of the time back home?

So How Can I Keep Track of Time?

There are a variety of ways in which you can keep track of the time in London while you are away.

Phone: Being from London, your phone will automatically be set to GMT. Some people decide not to change the time on their phones when they enter a different time zone so that they can always refer back to the time in London.

Watch: You can also buy watches with a number of faces on. These are great, as they allow you to see the time in your current location, as well as the time in London simultaneously.

Apps: If you’re going to be using your phone and would like to update it to the time in your current location, then you could always download an app. There are numerous apps available, some of which are completely free, allowing you to program in a variety of time zones. This means you can quickly and easily check the time in London from anywhere in the world.

Time Map: If you prefer to have something a bit more solid, then you can always buy a time map. This is a map of the world that has the different time zones coloured in. It tells you how much time difference there is between zones. Although this is good, it does mean you have to work the time out yourself, so you’ve got to be OK at maths for this one!

Daylight Saving

Daylight saving time is the practice of moving the clocks forward one hour in the spring, and back one hour in the autumn. A favourite American saying reminds people to ‘Spring clocks forward an hour in spring, and let them fall back an hour in fall’.

Daylight saving
Daylight savings can affect the time.

The exact dates of daylight saving changes every year depending on when the weekend falls, so it’s important to take note of when they are, as this affects the time zones. Not every time zone practices daylight savings, so always make sure you check – after all, you don’t want to get confused on timings!


So many people fly across the world every day that it’s hard to keep track! Wherever you are though, there are lots of easy and simple ways that you can keep track of the time in London.

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