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29 tips for when you first move to London

04 April 2018

Here are their top tips for city living.

  1. When you get tired of London, its crowds and its noise, talk a walk across Waterloo Bridge – preferably in the winter when the Southbank is sparkly with fairy lights – and remind yourself what keeps you here. Victoria Briggs

  2. Find a park that’s close to you, and go and familiarise yourself with it. Especially if you work in central London and will be forgetting what grass looks like sometime soon! Laura Evans

  3. Take the number 38 across London, from Clapton Pond to Victoria, and soak it all up. Melanie Miller

  4. Visit all the free museums and galleries as soon as you can otherwise once you start to settle in you will never get round to it. Tania Rahman

  5. Don’t be that person who leaves early to go home and get a good night’s sleep when your group is going on somewhere else. You’ll miss the 3am snacks, the 4am night bus crowd, and inevitably a huge and life changing adventure that your friends will talk about for years. You’ll nod along and hate your past-self who was hungover the next day anyway. Flora Bartlett

  6. Mind the gap between your salary and your rent. Ksenia Ivanova

  7. Don’t give up! It’s difficult to adjust in many cases, rent is ridiculous, but it’s all worth it. Tatjana Berthelsen

  8. Don’t go to Hendon… ever. Kat Comer

  9. Eat at Gaby’s Deli on Charing Cross Road for a cheap first date. If they say no then they’re too pretentious for a good time. Janet Chan

  10. You will get used to the crowds. You will get used to the underground crush. You won’t get used to the price of everything. But still, suck it up and stop moaning. Ben Willison

  11. Don’t walk while using your phone, you’re just slowing the pace of life for the rest of us. Matthew Skipper

  12. Unless you want to fall into the ‘hopeless tourist’ category, put down the selfie stick. Cheers. Charlotte Winter

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