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  10 Websites Expats Need To Visit Before Moving To London


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The experience of moving to a new city is made much easier when you have access to the right information. Dynamic and diverse London also happens to be Europe’s biggest city, and easy availability of information and useful resources on where to live, how to travel and even how to pay your taxes, can be a huge help in getting settled in this exciting and fast-paced city. Here are 10 websites expats need to visit before moving to London.

Rightmove

Rightmove is a highly popular property search website and more than 90 percent of the UK’s estate agents are listed here.   more ...

  UK – Five Recommended Expat Blogs


Articles - United Kingdom (UK)

Moving to a new country is daunting at the best of times, and the initial thought of leaving the comforts of your home and moving somewhere completely different can seem overwhelming. But if you’ve got your heart set on moving abroad, there are plenty of resources available to help ease your transition. We’ve spent some time perusing the internet to find our favourite blogs dedicated to expat life. Below are five of our favourites written by expats in the UK.   more ...

  Moving To London? Read Our Expat Guide To Travelling On The Tube


Articles - United Kingdom (UK)

“The Tube” is London’s underground rail network, a highly efficient mode of travel to and from a large part of Greater London and some parts of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. The Tube plays an important role in the life of anyone visiting or living in London. Here is our simple guide to travelling on the tube.

• The network consists of 12 different railway lines, and you will find a poster of a Journey Planner at each station. This will tell you which line you need to take for any particular station. It’s also a good idea to get a smaller version of the planner that you can keep with you while you travel. These are available at any station or newspaper agent.   more ...

  Best Employment Opportunities Outside London and the M25


Articles - United Kingdom (UK)

As global connectivity increases, and the U.K. falls prone to the same decentralization affecting the rest of the world's major population centers, there seem to be an increasing number of reasons for even the most well-heeled professionals to live outside of the M25 (for non-U.K. residents, the motorway ring that forms a kind of informal 'boundary' enclosing London from the rest of the country).

London will remain the prime English stronghold of the financial and communications industries, but obviously not everyone is employed in these industries, and both are mobile enough to allow them to be represented elsewhere in the country. While it is far and away the most visited U.K. city - with Edinburgh coming in second - there are those for whom massive popularity is their cue to seek out something different. Expatriates with an eye to 'going native' in England may also enjoy the relative challenge of working and residing in a city with a slightly less international profile to it.   more ...

  A Newcomers' Guide to UK Accents


Articles - United Kingdom (UK)

The English language, given its unparalleled distribution throughout the world, has become such a complex and syncretic beast that we can sometimes wonder if it might be better to classify some of its most esoteric variants as different languages altogether. From the intentionally un-grammatical constructions of Internet message boards to the Rasta argot of Jamaica (in which the phoneme "I" is substituted for other phonemes with disagreeable connotations), it is sometimes fascinating to see how far the language can be bent without breaking.

Even single deviations from a rule - such as the habit of some New Zealand residents to pronounce all vowel sounds like the "i" in "dig" - can dramatically alter the perception of the language as something familiar. Of course, one doesn't have to travel far from the historical birthplace of the English tongue to encounter a very non-standardized English that is at odds with the Queen's English of BBC broadcasters, or for distinct dialects that might be mutually unintelligible.   more ...

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