There are few global destinations that offer the grandeur and excitement of London. Perched on the banks of the famed Thames, the city shines with possibility even in the greyest weather, and buzzes with an electric energy rivalled only by the likes of New York. Expats moving to London will encounter a multicultural, densely packed melting pot of people working feverishly against an amalgamated backdrop of cutting-edge technology and two millennia of rich history.

Living in London as an expat

London is the undisputed powerhouse of the UK's economy, and expats will find all sorts of great work opportunities in the city. Sectors that are particularly well established in London include finance, business, law, IT, medicine and engineering, as well as more creative industries such as fashion, graphic design and media. 

London might feel physically removed from Europe but is ideally placed to do some cross-continental sightseeing. London itself is also home to world-class tourist attractions, magnificent architecture, incredible theatre, concerts and art, plus beautiful expansive inner-city parks for restive lunch breaks. Foodies will delight in the fact that the city boasts a wonderful array of restaurants where expats can sample cuisines from across the world.

Accommodation in London

London is a huge and densely populated metropolis with housing options to suit every budget, lifestyle and situation. The areas and suburbs in the city are all very different in look and feel, from leafy suburbs with spacious terraced houses to central districts with compact apartments, diverse and eclectic communities, and an overwhelming array of shops and restaurants. Unless intending to own a car, expats should search for a property that’s close to a bus, train, or tube station. 

Expat families and children in London

Those relocating to London with families will be pleased to know that there is a wide variety of schooling options available to them, and those who'd prefer their child continue studying the curriculum followed in their home country are likely to find a good international school that meets their child's needs in London. The city is also chock-full of fun family activities, whether the family is in the mood to gaze over the city from atop the London Eye or if the day simply calls for a picnic in one of London's many lush parks.

Climate in London

Many expats struggle to adjust to the less-than-perfect weather patterns, with long English winters and relentless drizzles a trial for those hailing from warmer climes. Another common complaint relates to one of London’s greatest accomplishments and frustrations – its public transport system. Rush-hour commuting on the tube or bus can be unpleasant, particularly in rainy weather. Still, expats will be able to get to where they need to go without needing to use a car.

London has an enormous, colourful expat population. There are large, well-established communities of every major nationality, as well as sizeable populations of Asian and Caribbean immigrants. The result is a dynamic, energised environment that never ceases to surprise and always values people’s skills over their origins.

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