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Lonely In London? You're Not Alone.

Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015 (15:37:08)
Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
Moving abroad is a brilliant way to immerse yourself in a new culture and give your life a makeover. Many expats decide to make the move for reasons related to their careers, perhaps being relocated by their companies, or to set up their own business in a place where the overheads are lower than they would have been at home. Others move to retire, to provide a higher standard of education for their children, or simply for a change of scenery.   more ...

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Interview With Kerry Chislett, Senior Business Development Manager, Pickfords

Posted on Thursday November 12, 2015 (16:14:47)
Kerry Chislett
Kerry, tell us a bit about yourself. What's your background, and how did you come to work at Pickfords?

I’m an expat myself; I followed my heart to come to the UK from New Zealand, to join my wife and childhood sweetheart, so one could call me a ‘stealth expat’! Prior to that I lived and worked in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and America.   more ...

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London - Recommended Blogs

Posted on Friday October 23, 2015 (18:15:01)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at London, UK and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.

Girl Gone London
http://girlgonelondon.com/

The blog of an expat who moved to the UK from Florida, and now lives in a village just outside London, Girl Gone London contains a wealth of information for expats.   more ...

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Finding Your First Expat Home In London: A Brief Guide

Posted on Wednesday October 14, 2015 (20:05:00)
London - your new home?
Househunting is a challenging task wherever you are. From the first time you fly the nest, to the first time you buy a house, and all the renting and flatsharing in between, finding a place to live is rarely straightforward.

For many expats, England's capital city is a dream destination. A multicultural city filled with opportunity, boasting quick transport links around Europe, surrounded by countryside and a short train ride away from the sea, it can seem like a great place to begin an expat life.   more ...

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Should You Buy Or Build A House In the UK?

Posted on Monday July 20, 2015 (14:16:10)
Image © Dave_S on Flickr
When you move to a different country, you are faced with the option of either buying a home or building your own from scratch. These are two different paths that come with their own sets of benefits and challenges.

Buying
The main advantage of buying an existing home is that you can complete the deal and start living in your new home in a shorter period of time.   more ...

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The Ten Most Surprising Things About Moving To London As An Expat

Posted on Thursday July 16, 2015 (12:48:21)
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There are few cities in the world – perhaps no other city – that can offer you the kind of experience that London can. The architecture, the iconic locations and sights, the infrastructure, the constant buzz, the vibrant business and cultural scenes, the incredible mix of people you will encounter – it’s difficult to be an expat in London and not be grateful and happy for the chance to live in this city.   more ...

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Moving To the UK - What To Expect As A New Expat

Posted on Monday July 13, 2015 (14:45:23)
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There are many good reasons to move to the UK. Despite being such a small island, it has one of the largest economies in the world, which continues to witness steady economic growth, translating into lucrative employment and business opportunities.

Some of most highly regarded universities are located in the UK, such as Oxford and Cambridge. The country’s National Health Service is considered an excellent example of a universal healthcare system on which many other countries have based theirs.   more ...

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The Expat’s Guide To (Affordable) Renting In London

Posted on Saturday May 16, 2015 (01:01:33)

London: the home of cockney rhyming slang, jellied eel pies and world-famous football clubs.

Whether it’s for the promise of increased job opportunities or the brilliantly multicultural feel, London draws in thousands of new residents every year from across the world, keen to get stuck into the world of employment, as well as give back to their local communities. The National Office of Statistics revealed that in 2014 London was the only region across the whole of the UK that saw a migrant population increase of over 10% (13.8%). There must be something in those pies!   more ...

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A Guide To Tipping In London: Who, How Much, When And Where?

Posted on Thursday April 30, 2015 (02:52:28)

Tipping is one of those minor but important customs that is different everywhere you go and is rather tricky to figure out. For expats, it’s among the bigger of the small challenges. Should you or shouldn’t you tip? How much should you tip? What’s a good way to tip? Going against tipping etiquette can be quite embarrassing, and it could make you less welcome at your favorite restaurant.

The UK doesn’t have as much of a tipping culture as the US or Canada, but in some situations it is seen as traditional, while in others it’s just the polite thing to do. Depending on the total bill, it might be seen as considerate to leave the change behind. And of course, if you’ve received exceptional service, it is fair to offer a generous tip. Conversely, if you’re unhappy with the service, you are not expected to leave a tip.   more ...

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Why Moving To London Will (Probably) Make You Happier

Posted on Friday February 20, 2015 (01:06:36)

London is considered to be among the world’s most desirable cities for overseas workers. In a 2014 survey, London topped the list of popular cities beating other major international cities like New York, Paris, Sydney, Berlin and Rome. London is also a beautiful destination with fascinating architecture, a thriving music scene and great art and culture opportunities. Here are some of the reasons why moving to London may make you happier.

Lucrative job opportunities

Expats who move to London with the intention of securing employment will be glad to know that the city has a thriving business culture. Professionals with varied backgrounds and skills will be able to find excellent job options with the prospect of further growth.   more ...