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March 23, 2010

Moving to London?

Moving is a harrowing experience in its own right but when it comes to moving to a new city in a new country the task stats to seem far more gargantuan than packing up your old kit bag and moving to a new suburb. Moving to London is no different but it doesn’t have to be as frightening and mammoth as it sounds.

If you’re immigrating to London there are a few things you should take into consideration when planning your move. If you’re from a sunny Southern Hemisphere country it will be a little difficult to adjust to the weather at first. London weather is not very predictable but it thankfully does get warmer than many other parts of Britain in summer. Between the winter months of November and February below zero temperatures are not uncommon and it is very wet and windy. The summer and spring months are relatively temperate but it does rain year round. When packing for your move it is important to take the weather and the time of year you will be arriving into consideration. Just because you’re coming from the sunny beaches of Australia doesn’t mean your not going to be stepping into snow, so make sure you have adequate warm clothing and protective gear before you go.

London has one of the greatest public transport systems in the world; the system is so refined that owning a car is unnecessary. There are several forms of public transport to choose from but the most popular is the London Underground. Getting around London by tube allows fast and easy access to the heart of the city without worrying about the cities notorious traffic or getting lost. For someone who is new to London the tube is the perfect form of transport, it is also the cheapest, is very safe and highly reliable. London is famous for its big red busses which are very popular forms of transport especially once the tube shuts at night. You will be able to purchase a bus map at any travel centre or tourist office which will help you decipher the bus routes, which bus stops you need to be at and when. Cash is paid directly to the driver for single journeys and day passes are also available which come in especially handy when you wish to spend the day sightseeing. The traditional black taxi cabs can be pre-booked via phone or hailed on the street. They are the most expensive form of transport and most people only use them once the tube and busses have stopped running.

Places of Interest

You can’t go to London without witnessing the 40 minute daily Changing of the Guard ceremony in which the Queen’s Guard, accompanied by a band, arrive at Buckingham palace for their shift. The London Dungeon and Madam Tussaud’s wax museum are favourites amongst locals and tourists alike. Filled with Gothic horrors, torture chambers and re-enactments of some of the most gruesome scenes the London Dungeon with its heart stopping atmosphere never fails to entertain visitors. The life size wax works of Madame Tussaud’s feature pop stars, actors, serial killers and political figures and a visit to this wax museum is not to be missed.

A visit to London’s own orient, Chinatown, is highly recommended for the bright colours, fabulous little shops and excellent Chinese cuisine. The Chinese New Year celebrations are not to be missed and feature, apart from a great party, huge papier-mâché lions dancing through the streets and awesome fireworks.

Experience London

If you have made the decision to live and work in the UK the hassles of visas, applying for foreign bank accounts and job hunting arise many appear challenging to say the least. Whether you’re exploring the world, your career or your finances, 1st Contact offers a range of services to make living and working in London easier. 1st Contact’s services are open to candidates from all over the world who wish to live and work in the UK.

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