Tips for living in London by Londoners themselves
21st September 2016
More solicitors and legal workers than ever work in London, and many people from across the world move to the capital.
This is why over 8.5 million people live in London – for most it is the perfect city to start pursuing a career.
If you have recently been offered to work as a lawyer in the city, there are many benefits that come with living in London. There’s always more things to do and reasons to move here than career alone.
Like anywhere, it can initially be difficult to settle somewhere new, but to help with the process we have spoken to some bloggers who have lived in the capital for some great tips to help you settle in.
Experience things you wouldn’t
London has an ever-growing population and there are always events and other things going on in the capital. There are also a number of new experiences you can get involved in and it is important you actively get involved.
Lorraine Chimbga, who runs the Life of a London Law Student blog, said she got to experience things she probably wouldn’t have in other parts of the country.
She said, “Living in London academically and as a professional has been an amazing experience so far. As a law student in London I was able to experience things I probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to elsewhere in the country.
“For example, my university's law society hosted the Barristers Cocktail Party each year, where top members of the judiciary would attend. As a student I met Lord Neuberger three times, which is pretty amazing. And of course another highlight was when I spoke before Baroness Hale regarding the issue of diversity within the legal field. Another invaluable experience was being able to have our annual Easter ball at The Savoy, and of course the boat party down the River Thames.
“Living here has definitely been a highlight for me and if I had to do it over again, I would definitely choose London. I have been able to meet and make friends with people from all over the world that I might not normally have met. The culture is rich and there is always something to do, something to explore and to discover.”
Visit some of London’s attractions
London is home to a number of top attractions, and although you will be busy in your new legal job, it is still important to have fun – so try and visit some of the capital’s top attractions. Here we take you through some that will nicely introduce you to London.
The London Eye
The London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel at 135m high and offers breathtaking 360 degree views across London and of the Thames.
The London Eye has become an internationally recognised symbol for London and is a hugely popular filming location.
Since opening back in 2000, the London Eye has become the UK’s most popular paid for visitor attraction, with millions boarding it every year.
If you have a free weekend, then the London Eye is a great place to go to get your bearings in London.
Buckingham Palace is a must-visit. If you get a chance to go on a tour of the sovereign’s London residence, then you should as it is highly recommended.
The palace has 775 rooms, including 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 19 State rooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 78 bathrooms and 92 offices.
You can learn about the history of the monarch at Buckingham Palace and get to see one of the most visited attractions in London at the same time.
Another tip for living in London is to visit the city’s free museums, which include the British Museum, the Museum of London, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate Modern to name a few.
You should try to do this as soon as possible as once you have settled in you will probably never get round to it.
A great thing about London is that a lot of its very best museums are free to visit – you can see some of the world’s best exhibitions and displays without having to pay a penny.
Eat out and experience London’s varied cuisine
When residing in London you just have to experience London’s highly-acclaimed cuisine. You can eat your way around the world in the capital.
There are Argentinian, Australian, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, Icelandic, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Jamaican, Moroccan, Nepalese, Polish, South Korean and Spanish restaurants on offer to diners.
London really is a foodie’s paradise and Angie Silver, the luxury lifestyle and travel blogger who runs SilverSpoon, said it is certainly worth experiencing London’s restaurant scene.
She added, “London has one of the world's most diverse restaurant scenes with options from all over the world and fantastic fine dining as well as casual choices.”
Find your special part in London
Tania Bunic, who owns the lifestyle blog The London Thing, said, “London is one of the most special places in the world. Every day thousands of people come here to live, work and travel and most importantly experience its diversity. Everyone finds his or her special part in London and makes friends for life.
“London is such an inspiration and seeing people chase their dream every day only pushes you to chase yours even harder.
“Being amongst the top largest cities in the world, you will never run out of things to do despite your taste or interest. There is something for everyone here no matter where you are from.
“I fell in love with East London 12 years ago as I love the creative and individualist vibe that you can find on its streets. I love discovering cool new and old spots around the city to dine, drink and experience. I decided to base my blog on that specific London attitude that you get after living here for a good few years and I also knew that I would never run out of inspiration or topics to cover on the blog.”
Travelling in London is one of the stressful parts of living in this metropolis, but it doesn’t have to be that hard. Here we share a few tips for travelling in the city.
- Stand on the right – When travelling on the London Underground it is important that you stand on the right, especially on an escalator.
- Go contactless - If you have moved to London then one of the first things you should consider doing is to get an Oyster card or to use your contactless bank card whilst travelling around the city. This makes your journey much quicker and is now the most popular way to pay on the London Underground and on a London bus.
- Download travel apps – If you download apps such as GoogleMaps, StreetWalk or Tube Map London Underground, then you are less likely to get lost.
Go to the theatre
West End tickets can be expensive, but anyone living in London really should try and go to the theatre.
There are hundreds of stalls in the city selling tickets to some of the best plays in the world, but if you want to save some money then there are always touring musicals and plays taking place at theatres in London’s boroughs and they can be half the price of their West End counterparts.
Image Credit: Iakov Kalinin (Shutterstock), The London Eye, g-stockstudio (Shutterstock), Fer Gregory (Shutterstock).