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Getting Used To The London Life

August 16th, 2016

United Kingdom is a great place to live in and London is a dream destination for millions of people looking to move to a new country. With museums, Art galleries and historic sights, there is just so many things to do in London. This multicultural city offers the ideal place to live the good life.

Moving to a new city is like meeting a new person. Every city has its own character and when you first come to a city, it takes time to get used to its traits. London has a rich character, but there are some things that take a little bit of getting used to.

The London Climate

The climate

Contrary to popular belief, its not always pouring in UK, but truly sunny days are few and far between. If you are from a warm country, this could be a big change, but one that’s easy to get used to. Just make sure that you make the most of those rare sunny days.

The London Underground

London has a fabulous public transport system – over ground trains, buses and the famous London Underground. If you are new in London, using buses and over ground trains will help you get a better view and an idea of how the city is laid out. When using the Tube, make sure to practice some simple, yet, crucial tube etiquette. Londoners are quite particular about these.

  • When on an escalator, always stand on the right and walk on the left
  • During rush hour, walk off the escalator
  • Avoid eye contact or unnecessarily friendly arguments with anybody on public transport

The London Tube

The Language

Yes, English is the most widely spoken language in UK, although not the only native language. Even if you have a good grasp on English, getting used to the different local dialects, street slangs and new phrases could be tough. The British pronounce words differently. You might hear people saying ‘Ta’, or ’Cheers’ to mean ‘Thank you’, or saying ’What’s on the box?’ to mean ’What’s on TV?’ Start following British shows and news. London is home to expats from all over the world and it is estimated that over 300 languages are spoken in the city. If you are living in London, you are sure to find someone who speaks your language.

The Jokes

In books, poetry and films, British comedy is popular all around the world. When you move to UK, you will soon find out that the humor originates from the culture itself. Bantering or ‘taking the mick’ is making fun of people, and it’s really not a bad thing. Teasing someone is a common way to show affection. So don’t get upset or offended. Before you know it, you will be on the wagon as well.

The Driving

The British drive on the left side of the road unlike most countries. The cars have steering wheels on the right and driving here could take some getting used to.

There’s More to UK than London

Although London is a magnificent city, there are many other cities in UK rich in culture and wonder. Lush green hillsides, breathtaking moors, marshlands and a stunning coastal countryside, are defining features of the UK. So if you ever feel exhausted of city life and are done with London attractions, take a weekend trip to the countryside and you are sure to return rejuvenated.

Living in London is tough and wonderful at the same time. Crowded streets, a high cost of living and being away from home will make you think; but one thing’s for sure; give it a few days and you will never want to leave. Just let go off all the stereotypes and preconceived notions and you’ll be on your way to becoming a true Londoner.