London is quite simply one of the most exciting places in the world to be. Just like other famous cities, like New York and Paris, London is always bustling with things to do and places to visit. It’s a great place to visit, but if you’re thinking of moving there to work or study, there are a few things that might make your first few weeks a little easier.
Don’t hang around at breakfast
This one is for your first day.
We know it’s tempting to stop and take it all in when you first move to the city, but it’s important to remember that there are millions of people living their lives at the same time. This means that there are people going to work and school, and generally getting on with things.
While Londoners may not carry quite the same amount of morning rage that some New Yorkers do, it is a good idea to avoid hanging around when you first go exploring this city, staring at maps while carrying huge backpacks. The one thing London does very well, especially at the start of the day, is move. It’s quick and it’s efficient. If you’re standing still with a vacant smile, you won’t be very popular with Londoners.
Get where you need to go and take in all the atmosphere after the breakfast rush. London moves very quickly.
Get the free culture
Unlike many cities, London has plenty of stuff to see for free. And that means you can get to experience some truly breathtaking cultural treasures for nothing. In fact, the first few days of anyone’s London life should be spent visiting The National Gallery, The British Museum and The Science Museum.
There is plenty more that you can visit for free. Do as much as you can while you’re getting acclimated to London life and you’ll see more in a week than others will in a year.
Visit The Globe
A reconstruction of the theatre that Shakespeare performed at, The Globe is only a few meters away from the original. Located on the South Bank, which is one of the most beautiful parts of the city, the theatre is a must-see.
Pay £5 and you can watch a performance while standing up, which was how all but the most well-off viewed the plays back in the Bard’s day.
Find a place to rent (take your time)
Whether you’re moving into one of the many luxury apartments in London for rent or a budget rental, it’s important to find the right neighbourhood. London is huge, and it’s various neighbourhoods are all different. Take some time to get to know London before you start making longer-term rental choices. London has places that suit some people and not others. That variety of cultures and moods is part of its charm. If you have the time and resources, get to know as much of it as you can before you settle down.
London is a beautiful and exciting place to be. If you’re going to live there, you’re lucky. Dive in and enjoy one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet!