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10 top tips to help you settle into life in London

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Ah London: that tireless innovator of art and culture; that proud custodian of iconic history; that cosmopolitan champion of modern multicultural life... Throw in some fine food and good times and it’s easy to see why so many people choose to move to London from overseas.

But what is everyday life like there: the transport, the lifestyle, the culture, the social scene? Before you can make the most of London’s infectious rhythm, you’ll need to focus on settling into your new home. These top tips will help you live like a local in no time.

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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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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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EU Settlement Scheme: 600'000 applications already

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The UK government has recently sent an update on their EU settlement scheme, following the completion of the pilot phase, which saw 200'000 applications processed. The Settlement Scheme is now fully in force, with 600'00 persons having already applied.

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Recycling in London: how does it work?

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Recycling is not the most glamorous topic, however it is a question that is often asked by our customers who have recently moved to London, and whose apartment or house is full of empty card boxes ... What to do?

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Understanding UK bank holidays

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We thought it might be useful to explain what “Bank holidays” are in the United Kingdom, as it can seem to be a strange name for what other countries around the world would call “national holidays” for example.

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Update on the EU Settlement Scheme

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Early February the UK Government issued an update on their test phase for the EU Settlement Scheme. The test has been successful so far, and the scheme will be fully live at the end of March 2019.

We have included the official summary form the Government below, as well as links to the Scheme's website pages. As of today, EU citizens and their families have until 30/06/2021 to apply.  

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Borough Market in London: Much more than just a foody’s heaven!

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Located in the Borough of Southwark, on the left bank of the Thames along the Northern Line, the Borough area was originally known for its Victorian setting. However, over the past 10 years, Borough has transformed itself into a trendy area for foodies thanks to the establishment of Borough Market - an enormous market which offers both English and international food.

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Travelling with children in public transport in London: our tips

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Travelling by public transport in London can be costly – London has one of the most expensive public transport systems in the world. However, it is extensive and covers huge distances (on the plus side). So what is the cost of travelling with children and how does it work?

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Childcare in London: what you need to know!

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When considering moving to London with very young children, it is inevitable that the question of childcare and which solutions are available in the UK will come up.

Simply London presents you with the different options to help you make the right choice.

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