THE SIMPLY LONDON BLOG

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

Christmas British traditions: what is Boxing Day?

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The best time of the year regarding bank holidays in the UK is probably Christmas time, where people will get 3 public holidays almost in a week.

These bank holidays are Christmas-Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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The tradition of the Christmas Jumper

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With Christmas approaching rapidly, we would like to introduce you to a very British tradition: the Christmas Jumper.

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Primary State Schools League Tables 2017: Schools in London are performing very well

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Each mid-September, the British Department for Education publishes data of the test sat in May by Year 6 pupils. The test is known as SATs and is a National Curriculum assessment. This test is used in all government-funded primary schools in England to assess the attainment of pupils against the programs of study of the National Curriculum. 

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How is the Council Tax in London calculated?

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The local tax in London, also called the Council Tax, covers a range of services offered by the Councils to its residents: education, cleaning, recycling, etc. It is due whether residents rent or own their property. The Tax varies depending on where you live in London. How is it determined?

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Renting in London with a pet

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Whilst finding the right home in London can already be a challenge for incoming expats, it becomes even more difficult if expats come over with a pet (cat or dog). We thought it might be useful to summarise what happens in these circumstances, and what to know before starting a London home search.

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State Schools - Admissions calendar for Reception and Secondary transfers

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In a British parent’s life, at least two milestones are unavoidable: the first one is the entry into Reception class, which is the first compulsory school class at Primary stage, the second one, at the end of Year 6 is called Secondary Transfer.

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Living in Soho in Central London: living the high life?

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Historically known for its nightlife, synonymous with smoky bars and clubs, Soho is reinventing itself as a new neighbourhood where the movie media industry mingles with trendy city dwellers.

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The legend of the Black Cab "Knowledge Exam"

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Whilst Uber drivers in London rely solely on GPS positioning, the legendary Black Cab drivers rely on something commending a lot more respect: their memory and knowledge of London streets. Whilst you might think that anyone can become a black cab driver, this is actually entirely wrong.

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Looking for a rental property in London? Why floorplans are so difficult to find online

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Finding a rental property online can be adventurous and treacherous. But finding a floorplan telling you the size of a rental property can be even more difficult!

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As an expat family, is it a good option to send my children into the State Schools system?

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As the Education Specialist at Simply London, a number of my clients often ask me the same question: what type of school would be the best for my children, State (free) or Independent (private)? The answer is not straightforward...

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