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An Expat Talks about Living in London, UK


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An American expat in London offers some advice on what it takes to get settled in the UK's capital city.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

London

How long have you lived there?

3 Years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Become a member of something that interests you, whether a service organization, sport, art, or hobby. For instance, I joined the Royal Horticultural Society, which oversees several gardens in the UK, as well as organizing internationally regarded garden shows, as well as a community ceramics studio.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

London is a very integrated and accepting city. People who come here should expect a level playing field as far as race is concerned.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

All major industries are represented. London is a major financial center and other industries, as well.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

All of the above, with work and family being top priorities.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

London takes time to know and understand, as do Londoners. Do not take our common language for granted - it takes effort to make friends and to settle in, learning English rythms, ways of seeing the world. Do not mistake friendly responses for friendship; in most cases, it's simply their being polite. Be patient and you will eventually feel as though you're accepted.

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