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Moving to London: What You Need to Know - Essential Living

Moving to London: What You Need to Know

London Lifestyle

So, you’re thinking of moving to the capital, the big smoke, London Town? Well, here’s a few tips for the capital newbies to help you adjust to London living.

London Boroughs

London has 32 boroughs and each one of them has a unique style and sense of community. It’s a good idea to look at London not as a single city, but as a place made up of lots of different towns and vibes.

What you experience in the trendy East London borough of Bethnal Green, will be totally different to what you’ll find in the North London borough of Islington. Bethnal Green is a charismatic hub, boasting all the latest vibrant, quirky hotspots. Whereas Islington gives you a whole host of fashionable shops, boutiques and upmarket cocktails bars to peruse, whilst being close to rural retreats like Hampstead Heath.

You may see London as just a big southern hustle-and-bustle place to be, but there’s so much more to each borough than the fast-paced walking.

The Tube

The famous Underground – better known as the Tube, but never the train: it’s the Tube.

The Underground map may look a little daunting at first, but we promise it’s actually quite simple. Get studying the different colours and line names now, so when you get to the capital you’ll know your way around the Northern Line straight away.

We recommend getting yourself an Oyster card or a bank card with contactless too –  it’ll become more important than your house keys! You can use your Oyster/contactless card on the Tube and on buses.

Remember, don’t always be fooled into thinking the Tube gets you places quicker than walking, because that’s not always the case. You’ll soon understand the shortcuts between stations when you start your commuting and travelling. For example, it’s quicker to walk from Leicester Square station to Covent Garden than it is waiting and getting the Tube.

Travel Etiquette

This is a big one! If you’re caught dawdling on the left side of the escalator, be prepared for the sound of tuts and a few evil stares thrown your way – walk on the left, stand on the right.

Nothing gets to a Londoner more than having to wait around, especially on their morning commute to work. Always have your ticket or Oyster card at the ready so you can get through the barriers or on that bus as fast as you can. We’re not going to lie to you, it will be busy so under no circumstances put your bag on the seat next to you – let your fellow passengers have a seat too.

Get More For Your Money

We all know London has the reputation of being the priciest city in the UK – and while this may be right, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways around it. Londoners love a deal as much as the next city dweller.

Grab yourself the LDN Card and get your hands on lots of London-lifestyle discounts. From hair salons, to river trips, right down to pilates classes – anything London has to offer can come with a discount.

And don’t forget the famous Tastecard. Dine and drink at London’s top restaurants and bars for half the price. Make sure you’re Instagram-ready for all the yummy foodie snaps you’re about to upload.

Culture Club

With over 300 different languages spoken in London, it’s no surprise that the capital is full to the brim with culture. It is home to four world heritage sites: the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace, and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

Did you know three of the world’s top-ten museums can also be found in the capital? They’re all free too. So get your culture hat on and get exploring the wonders of the different corners of the world in London.

Food and Drink

The most important thing to know about moving to London is that you’re moving to food-and-drink heaven! Whether you’re into Thai, Greek, or French – London has it all. Food markets are scattered all around blending flavours from all over the world. From Camden to Shoreditch, you’ll be finding the best street food there is.

If you’re into craft ales or whacky, out-there cocktails, you’re in luck too. No matter your taste, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the capital of delicious food and drink.

Keep Up

One thing you should get used to when moving to London is the hustle and bustle of city goers. The London-living pace sees everyone in a rush, either on their way to work or on their way to their late-night yoga class.

A way to keep up with the pace is to always keep walking. No dawdling, and definitely no stopping in the middle of the pavement to take a photo of the red letter box. You’ll soon get used to the pace of the capital and it won’t be long until you’re setting the pace yourself.

Dog and Bone

London definitely has its own style when it comes to language. It’s worth polishing up on your cockney rhyming slang in case you ever find yourself in the East End. Londoners’ also tend to talk really fast, so don’t be worried if you didn’t catch what someone said straight away.

One of the most cultural, fast-paced, non-stop cities in the world – London has everything to offer. With their cheeky southern charm, your soon-to-be fellow Londoners will be welcoming you with open arms.

Take a look at our Instagram to see why London is, in fact, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You can also get in contact with us on Facebook and on Twitter @EssLiving.


Dressage Court - Bethnal Green

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