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Ten UK Cities To Move To That Aren't London

Posted on Monday December 21, 2015 (16:40:36)
© Giuseppe Milo
London is the centre of the universe. At least that’s the impression you could get from watching British TV shows, movies or news programs. Rather than being the capital of a diverse and vibrant country, London sometimes seems to be shown as the last surviving city after the rest of the UK got sucked into a black hole.

Indeed, for many Londoners the M25 marks the boundary between the safety of the Big Smoke and the wild, uncivilised countryside.   more ...

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Living In London This Christmas? Here Are Ten Things You Should Do

Posted on Saturday December 19, 2015 (17:52:59)
© Garry Knight
Being away from family can be very difficult for expats at Christmas. More than most other celebrations, Christmas, for most people who celebrate it, is all about sharing with extended family and close friends. Spending Christmas away from all of them can make you pretty miserable if you let it. Nonetheless, if you enjoy Christmas and the Christmas season, London is among the best places in the world to be in at this time of the year.   more ...

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A Guide To The People You'll Find Riding The Tube Lines Of London

Posted on Saturday December 12, 2015 (10:36:15)
© Tony Webster
Samuel Johnson may have said, “when you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life”, but the man neglected to mention that it is the city’s people that keep it an ever-changing medley of cultures, faiths, nationalities, music, art, fashion, languages and attitudes.

There are over 300 languages spoken in the capital and 36% of the population was born outside the UK. There are more than 50 recognisable non-indigenous communities. London also boasts 72 billionaires residing in the city: more than anywhere else in the world.   more ...

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A Guide To The Islands Of The UK

Posted on Wednesday December 02, 2015 (13:53:39)
© Matthew Hunt
The United Kingdom is complicated beast, a dysfunctional family of nations muddling through their differences and staying together through thick and thin.

This land of hope and glory is not just a hodge-podge of political and historical alliances seemingly created just to confuse tourists, but a glorious landscape of green and pleasant vistas. Floating proudly and defiantly off the coast of Europe, the UK bobs in the waters of the North Atlantic, separate from the continental mass.   more ...

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Join Expat Focus For December Drinks In Aid Of Central London Samaritans

Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2015 (21:13:04)
On the 8th of December 2015, Expat Focus will be holding an evening of drinks in aid of Central London Samaritans.

This will present a great chance to meet other expats living in London, grab a beer or a glass of wine, and show your support for Samaritans. Plus, the first drink is on us!

The event will start at 7pm at the Phoenix, Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP.   more ...

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Lonely In London? You're Not Alone.

Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2015 (16:37:08)
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 (17:14:47)
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)
Image © Garry Knight on Flickr
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 ...