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Things to know before relocating to London

Things to know before relocating to London

If you have decided that you would like to live in London, you may well have made your decision based on things that you have seen on the television or in the newspapers. There is no doubt at all that London can indeed be a great place to live, however if you’re not used to it there is always the chance that it might come as a bit of a culture shock, too. This article will take you through some of the things that you need to know before making the final decision and relocating to the city.

The prices – of everything – will be a lot higher

It doesn’t matter what you’re buying in London, it will cost you a lot more than it might have done when you lived in your current town. Thanks to the fact that everything is so much more expensive, you will need to make sure that your wage reflects this, so if you are planning to live in London but work elsewhere, you might find that this is not financially possible. Just to put it into perspective, you could rent a four bedroom house in Liverpool for the same price as some studio flats cost in London. However, if money is not an issue, this shouldn’t matter.

Travel is hectic but frequent

If you’re coming from a sleepy little village where there is only one bus every three hours, you will be shocked at just how easy it is to get to where you need to be in London. Sure, you will notice that it can be busy at peak times, but there will always be a way to get from A to B, whether that is the tube, the overground, a bus, or even a taxi – you’re never more than a few metres away from one.

You may be shocked by the crowds

Many people feel that they would like to come to London to enjoy the hustle and bustle, however unless you have been before, you may be shocked at just how busy it can be – particularly when people are trying to get to or from work. You should also make sure that all of your personal belongings are kept safe, as it can be difficult to feel if you have dropped something in such large crowds.

There is a huge opportunity for entertainment

If you’re used to struggling to find something to do on a Friday night, then the entertainment that is available for you to choose from in London will definitely be most welcome. Not only do you have the usual choices like going for a meal or going to the cinema, but you also have theatres, museums, guided tours, and many other things to do.

No matter why you wish to move to London, it is important that you consider the difference that it might be from where you lived before. If you can see yourself immersed in this type of lifestyle then London could be perfect for you – and you may find that there are more opportunities than you could ever have dreamed of.

Maggie Peters