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All the information you need for your relocation to London: Renting in London, Schools in London, Practical Tips for Expats moving to London

5 pitfalls you should avoid when relocating to London

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After you land in London to start your new adventure, you’ll want to hit the ground running and settle into life here as quickly as possible. You won’t want to get caught out by the capital’s quirks, its inflated prices or the UK’s political turmoil. So, here are five top tips to help you avoid those obstacles that might trip you up when you arrive in this world-class city.

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The top 5 universities in London

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You’ve already chosen to study in the best city in the world – London has been ranked the number one student city on the planet for the second year running by leading global education network QS. Now it’s time to decide which of the capital’s first-class universities is right for you – the only problem is there are so many to choose from.

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The top five areas to live in London

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To say London is a truly global city is an understatement: 8.1 million people from over 270 nationalities reside within its 600 square miles of wonderful space. This wealth of diversity and opportunity poses one – rather marvellous – problem for anyone moving there: with so many different areas to choose from, deciding where you want to live can be tricky – the term “spoilt for choice” springs to mind.

Thankfully, the kind people at The Sunday Times have released their Best Places to Live in London Guide 2019. They’ve considered factors including house prices, jobs, schools, commute, culture, community spirit, and crime rate, to help you find the best possible quality of life in the capital.

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The Chiswick area in West London: where country village meets big city

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Situated on the banks of the Thames, this desirable west London suburb is an enticing mix of attractive period properties, generous green space, independent shops and restaurants.

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Storing bulky items when renting in London

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Some of our customers ask us if the rent of an apartment includes a "cellar" as we often see in Europe - a private space in a building basement. This would of course allow them to store things they do not use often, such as bulky bikes, empty suitcases, etc. 

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Introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London

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The Mayor of London has introduced a new measure to curb air pollution in London.

A great initiative, which will motivate drivers to drive in London with cleaner vehicles, or else they will have to pay a charge in order to drive in Central London.

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The trendy area of Marylebone

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Situated near the West End, between Regent’s Park and Oxford Street, Marylebone has become a super-trendy area in the heart of London. In the space of a few years, the main area, Marylebone Village, has transformed itself into one of the trendiest areas of the British capital.

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The American’s guide to moving to London

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The famous “special relationship” between the UK and US dates way back to 1785 when they established diplomatic relations with each other. Throw in a shared language – with the odd difference in spelling and pronunciation of course – and it’s easy to see why so many American citizens relocate to London. However, 234 years of bonding aside, there are subtle differences to life in London compared to a US metropolis that take some getting used to – and these stretch beyond how you spell or pronounce aluminium/aluminum.

To ensure a smooth relocation process, here’s a quick heads up of those quirks that might catch out an American moving to London...

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The top boroughs for high-performing state schools in London

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It doesn’t matter how much you love your job or how excited you are about calling London home; if your children are relocating with you, they will be your priority. Choosing a school that matches your family’s requirements will, therefore, be one of the most important decisions you make during your move. So, where should you focus this search to ensure you live within the catchment area of high-performing schools? 

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How to import your pet from Europe to London

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Moving day D-15: you signed your lease, registered your children in school and found the perfect au-pair for your baby, but have you thought of your pets? It would be a shame to realize, the day before your move, that your pets must stay on the “continent”, for lack of preparation.

Simply London explains the rules and the formalities you will have to comply with when coming from Europe with pets.

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