Explore like a Local

An Insider’s Guide to Living in London

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This relocation guide help new Londoners and expats get settled in the capital. This e-book explores all of the practical issues you may face when moving to a new country and it answers the questions that many others have asked before you. Read on and learn about the London rental market, how to set up all basics and utilities, how to find a school for your child, leisure centres, groceries, taxes – and a lot more. The guide includes actionable insights and direct links to official websites that can help you along the way.

This issue covers your visa limitations, tax variations, your eligibility to work, even the best mobile phone contracts - it is loaded with useful stuff you’ll require during your stay.

The guide includes actionable insights and direct links to official websites that can help you along the way.The e-book is published one chapter at a time and here you will:


What paperwork do you need to take care of?

It is a glorious moment following great deliberation and months of planning, when you’re finally able to up sticks and plant them again on far-away shores. We know that you’re courageous and spontaneous (that’s why we like you), but having your paperwork in order before your trip will ensure a smooth landing at the other end.

This chapter will focus on the little (often legal) administrative precautions that will save you major headaches during your first few months in your new home. From understanding your visa limitations, tax variations and best mobile phone contracts to your eligibility to work and the bureaucratic prerequisites of getting paid; we’ll show you how to dot the i’s and cross the t’s leaving you free to explore all that London has to offer.

In this chapter we hope to guide you through the not-so-glamorous practicalities of relocating to London.

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  • Visa
  • National Insurance Number
  • Bank Account
  • Taxes
  • Income Tax
  • Council Tax
  • Bills
  • Energy
  • Mobile Phone
  • Broadband

2.1 Getting Started Visa

First thing’s first. If you don’t have the valid entry documents for your visit to London, you won’t get much further than the airport. You can find out everything you need to know from whether or not you are eligible for a visa to general trends in processing time at the UK Border Agency Website.