Thinking of living in London? London is here to claim it’s throne as the best city in the world to live in.
Before reading the reasons for moving to London, we suggest taking a look at the “London City Zoom Travel Guide” to discover some fun facts about the UK’s capital.
1. It’s a mixing pot of cultures
The UK’s capital is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. There are over 300 different languages spoken in London, and one-third of Londoners were born overseas. Not only does this make for an interesting variety of people to make friends with, but you can also enjoy authentic food from all over the world, on your doorstep.
2. The Transportation Hub
With 11 underground lines covering 402km, the streets of London are your oyster. The colourful lines might confuse you at the beginning, but you’ll soon be able to navigate the tunnels under the city like a local! London is undoubtedly the best-connected city in the UK, if not the whole of Europe. No matter where you want to go, there’s a train that’ll take you there. Brussels? No problem. Disneyland Paris? Sure, why not! Hogwarts? You can definitely try running through the wall at Platform 9 3/4 in Kings Cross Station. Stranger things have happened.
3. Cost of living is expensive, YES… but wages are higher!
It’s no secret that living in London is expensive. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive cities in the world. However, the salaries (usually) more than cover the extra living expenses. The average salary in London is £2,814 / €3,100 a month after tax. Other European cities have average salaries that are considerably lower. For example, in Amsterdam, the average take-home salary per month is €2,906. In Barcelona, the average monthly salary after tax is €1,436, whilst Budapests average net wage is just €751 a month.
4. Getting the job, the right job
The best thing to do is find a job before you move to London to avoid paying the high cost of living without the salary to cover it. However, job opportunities in London are endless, so if you’re able to support your self for a couple of weeks, why not head over and start having a look! No matter what field you are in. Comer Real Estate, bankers, artists, accountants or journalists, there is a job for you in London. We guarantee it!
5. The Neighborhoods
Are you a hipster? A fashion enthusiast? Corporate junkie? From Camden to Croydon, you’re sure to find a spot in London that you’ll absolutely love and suits your lifestyle and your needs. Not only that, but you can quite literally travel to foreign lands without ever leaving the city. For a taste of Italy, head to Little Venice. It might not be as sunny, but it does have its fair share of authentic Italian restaurants. Then there’s Chinatown. It has some of the best dumplings we’ve ever tasted.
6. Them Londoners
English humour is not world-renowned for nothing. Yes it’s dry, yes it’s sarcastic, but once you’ve had your taste of it, you’ll never look back. From Camden to Westminster, you’ll find quirky, alternative, interesting Londoners wherever you turn. Everyone is a character!
7. The music and clubbing scene
We all remember our first night in London… Oh wait? No we don’t! It was just a crazy blur. The intense parties, the party animals in it. Oh my, London is the place to be! There will always be a new bar, a concert or gig right up your street.
8. Food, food, glorious food
Just like the music scene, there are food outlets everywhere you turn. So you better get yourself a gym subscription if you can’t control the indulgence. The food is incredible and there are a lot of choices. The rustic markets caught our attention on how it brings a touch of the countryside to the city.
Did you know that the most popular dish in the United Kingdom is curry? Yes, the Brits are huge fans of Indian cuisine, and you can taste some of the best curries in the world around Brick Lane in London.
9. The London Skyline
The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, the Shard and iconic buildings… The view never disappoints. It’s even worth splurging on an over-priced cocktail in a rooftop bar, just to drink in the amazing view. The sights will truly amaze you.
10. Last but not the least, You’ll never run out of things to do
Regardless of what time of year it is or even what time of day it is, there is always something to see and do! From world-acclaimed attractions, Big Ben and world-class craftsmanship displays like the Tate Modern, to particular spots such as Cat Cafés, there’s something for everybody.
Or maybe just visit London?