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 and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Candids By Jo
First the gorgeous images catch the eye, then her words draw readers into a languid, delicious train of thought. Jo calls herself a visual storyteller, sharing her experiences and loves as a Bostonian in the crazily wonderful city of London. With a wide range of topics from travel to delicious meals, her recent post with expat thoughts of the Brexit situation as Britain voted to leave the EU are especially poignant for new and old expats alike.
Rhyme and Ribbons
Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amanda’s sense of joy is infectious – not to mention her incredible images of mouthwatering recipes that will send anyone scuttling towards their kitchen. With posts full of advice (one especially helpful guide accompanying her recent visa application) this ‘expat imposter’ blog is full of inspiration, what life is really like on the other side of the Atlantic and the joy of making a London home with an English gent.
Adventures of a London Kiwi
Sharing her musings of everything from brunches to Brexit, Emma’s blog is a must-read for any new arrivals in London. As well as the posts devoted to London itself, there is also a ‘Travel Link-Up’ once a month, which encourages bloggers to write about a chosen subject and share their posts with one another. Emma’s enthusiasm and warm personality shine through in every post, making Adventures of a London Kiwi a joy to follow.
Emm In London
Born in England, growing up in South Africa and living for a spate in Nigeria, Mandy shares many of the places and things make her smile, and musings as seen from her unique perspective. With her passions ranging from politics and street art, to architecture and an addiction to media, Mandy is a lady to explore the world alongside.
Girl Gone London
Girl Gone London is a tome of expat advice, brimming with personality and tips for anyone looking to make the move to England. Sharing the experience of first being a student abroad, then settling into the wild and wonderful multicultural world that is London, this is a fantastic read for not only fellow Americans but anyone who wants to follow their overseas dreams (and features a recent guide for people who are unsure about what is happening politically in England at the moment).
With stunningly composed images and the sweetest smile, Jaime charts her adventures both in her beautiful new home and around the world. Hailing from America, her dreams were of an expat life in the UK, where she has settled into the publishing world, in amongst a few servings of peanut-butter and jelly French toast and a hobby collecting ornamental pineapples. She writes honestly of her expat experiences living so far from her original home and how that impacts her life in Great Britain.
Estelle shares her love of writing and musings on life a country or two away from her Belgian roots. With an entire category on her blog about the experiences she has had as an expat, her frequently updated thoughts on life in the UK are interesting to read, and well worth following especially for newly migrated expats.
Lines Of Escape
South African native, mostly London dwelling Kasha is a globetrotting traveller with a wanderlust for the quirky side of the world. She explores new and unusual destinations around the world (including Hull) for a living and shares her thoughts as a cat-loving expat who has settled into a whole new culture (though one that thankfully stocks a bevy of her favourite Polish cuisine from childhood).
The May Fairy
Mischief with a side of sarcastic realism are The Mayfairy’s zeitgeist, sharing the thoughts of this blonde Kiwi bombshell. Full of humour, wicked graphics and a soupcon of sass, this antipodean export tells life how it is through the medium of blog (Note: her horoscopes are especially wonderful and irreverent.)
Posh Broke & Bored
Striding through the streets of London in vibrant lippy and glorious shoes, Malaysian Jasminne has made her home in the mecca of the stiff upper lip. Sharing her vivid thoughts and insightful puns, her stories are studies in searing emotion, clever quips and adventures in expat luxury. An recent and evocative article to read is Jasminne’s “My God, what have EU done?! 5 Thoughts on Brexit”.
Jess On Thames
With 10 years served in Brussels – the political heart of the EU – before skipping 3 years ago across the pond to the chiming peals of Big Ben, Jess finds herself occasionally flipping through the language dictionary stored in her memory (American English, Belgian French, England English, French French and a touch uniquely Minnesotan) and sharing the world she loves through a lens. Along with two cats transported through several stringent country borders by car, she illustrates the ups and down of life as a long term globetrotting expat.
We’re always on the lookout for more sites to feature – if you run a blog about living in London, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!