Moving to a London residence the first time? Top Tips

By : Nick Marr

London. Many people the world over will give a lot to move to this giant melting point of diversity with all its glamour. However, as a first timer you could be left feeling overwhelmed in the first few months of your stay. Here are some tips to help you acclimatise to the hustle and bustle.

  1. Learn how to strike off small talk, the weather is a good start for the British!  Small talk comes in handy in a variety of situations from those awkward moments in a lift to the brief meeting with your landlord.  Even when you don’t initiate the talk, it will come to you! Be fully prepared.
  2.  Setup a rubbish removal appointment.   Unless you are in London for leisure, you won’t have the time to clean up after yourself. There are quality companies to talk to for rubbish removal in London. Get them to take care of your domestic (or business waste) while you go about other activities that matter.
  3. Never shy away from an opportunity to socialise is so much to see and do in London. In the midst of all the rush, it is natural to think that everyone is too busy and won’t have time to buddy up with you. There is a high chance that the next individual is as keen to make friends as you are. Don’t be afraid to give it a go!
  4. Go to the Turkish supermarkets.  This is a great way to save money on food. They always seem to have magnificent discounts. Have a budget and a list though or you could be tempted to empty your wallet in one visit.
  5. Don’t hesitate to speak up. You must have noticed a theme in this piece right? You can’t enjoy life in the capital if you always bite your tongue. Always speak up for what you want when at work, when settling on a hang out venue with friends or when sitting in the tube and need your leg space.
  6. Don’t use the selfie stick.  You could probably get away with it for the first few days but the fact is you will scream “tourist” to most people.  That’s not a good thing if you are settling down in London for the foreseeable future. Imagine missing out on a great relationship because the other person decided against talking to you because you “look like a tourist”. Yeah.
  7. Don’t walk while using your mobile on major streets. There are people behind you and you will slow them down. There is also a huge chance of someone bumping into you and making you drop your phone anyway.
  8. You won’t get used to prices of everything. No one in London ever gets used to the price of things. They just suck it up and enjoy their life as much as they can. In fact, the only things you will get used to are the crowds and the underground crush!