Expat Guide to Living in London
Whether you're already living in London or preparing to move to London, our Expat Guide to Living in UK offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in London. For answers to specific questions, visit our UK Forum to talk with expats in London.
Expats describe London as a love it or hate it city. With it's high cost of living and rainy weather, it's not for everyone. But, those who move to London and love it will tell you that the city's tremendous diversity, vibrant nightlife, incredible restaurants and varied neighborhoods.
Families moving to London who are interested in an American curriculum, IB program or bi-lingual education for their children, may be interested in these popular expat schools.
Expats moving to the UK who plan to work in London often want to live in a village or smaller city and commute to the city. Here are a few options to consider.
Tech jobs in London are sought out by wanna be expats all over Europe and other parts of the world. If working in London for Facebook, Google or a hot new start up is your goal, just take the time to research it and get it right!
An American expat in London offers some advice on what it takes to get settled in the UK's capital city.
Culture Shock Report
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in London handle it can be very comforting. Help others preparing to move to London by filling out our Culture Shock Report.
Submit a Culture Shock Report
Submit a Living Overseas Report
More Living in London Reports
What are people's priorities in London - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in London:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
More Moving to London Reports
What should you take with you when you move to London? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in London? Below are some of the responses from expats in London:
Submit an International School Review
Reviews of Schools in London
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in London. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in London:
Dream vs. Reality Report
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to London. If you are already living in London, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Overseas Retirement Report
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in London by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report
Having a Baby in London Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in London? Below are some of the reports from expats in London:
Working in London Reports
What's it like to find a job in London? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in London? Below are some of the reports from expats in London:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
Thanksgiving in London
There are numerous restaurants in London that offer wonderful Thanksgiving menus for expats and locals! Here are few of our favorites.
Study in London
London is one of the world's most popular study abroad locations with over 100,000 international students coming from more than 200 different countries. This guide will help you get around as it covers central topics such as UK visa, housing, universities in London and general tips & info about living in London.
10 Tips for Living in London
London is an amazing city with a diverse population, incredible parks, beautiful landmarks and warm pubs. Living in London is expensive, but for those able to make the move it can be the expat destination of a lifetime! Expat Exchange members in London share their tips for living in London.
London Fact-Finding Trip
Whether you're interested in upmarket Mayfair, less busy Notting Hill or family-friendly St. John's Wood, author Karen White offers detailed one- and two-week fact-finding tours that cover many popular neighborhoods and suburbs of London.
London Cost of Living
It's no secret that the cost of living in London is extremely high, but how high? For a newcomer or someone preparing to move to London, this cost of living comparison offers some insight.
American in London
Every American has their own idea of what it means to be an American in London. Some Americans, however, have a pretty strong opinion about the "right" and "wrong" way to enjoy the London American experience.
London: Key Topics
An overview of key topics for expats in London. Covers visas, schools, housing, cost of living in London and more.
London Information for Expats: Introduction
If you are now, or will be, an expat living in London, you have come to the right place. We have pulled together enough information so that, at the very least, you won't feel like you are flying blind after moving overseas.
Taxation of Expats in the UK
Information for UK Expats about UK Tax Issues. Includes residence claims, tax planning, tax compliance, PAYE tax (Pay as You Earn) and more.