SpareRoom - if you’re happy to share, this is the perfect option! You can usually organise viewings quickly, it can be a nice option to share if it is your first time to London. It’s great for meeting new people and discovering a new part of London. Obviously you’ll save money also.
Rightmove - the equivalent of RealEstate.com. From my experience, it takes a while to work out how the property market works, but once you get a feel for it and know what you’re looking forward- act fast! The good places go quick! It's best to work out the area you want to live in first - then narrow the search to those specific streets! London is too big and overwhelming -plus you want the neighbourhood vibe right? :) A few of my favourites are, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Clerkenwell, Islington and Pimlico (have to include Pimlico because that was our first ever spot!)
*Make sure you are not getting ripped off with dodgy terms, fees etc. If you have a friend in property it might be worth running it past them before signing off on anything.
Airbnb - There are some seriously awesome Airbnb’s in London. The unfortunate fact though - they are not realistic for long term living. A great way to use Airbnb in London though is when you first move over. The best thing we did when we first moved over was stay in 3 different airbnbs (each in a different area) I couldn’t recommend this more. It was the best way to get a true indication of which areas suited us best. When you get over here you’ll realise how each area is just so different from one another.
Citymapper - most useful app i’ve downloaded (you’ll get it once you start using it) Just type in your destination and it will show you all the different options you can take. If you’re not confident on the bike yet, it will even show you a few different routes to take - follow the quiet option :)
Santander Cycles - first half an hour for free! £2 for 24 hours.
Uber - we all know Uber :)
Black cab - great if you’re just in zone 1 (capped fee of £5) Download gett
Walking - try to do this as much as possible, it’s always the best option! If it isn’t raining that is:)
Tube/Bus - If you have a contactless debit card, use this instead of the Oyster card. It works out to be cheaper.
Revolut card - great for peer to peer lending, paying back friends, and when you’re on holiday.
Transferwise - cheapest most reliable way to transfer money between countries.
Barclays - can’t complain about my experience Barclays. HSBC is apparently also good.
It will depend on your industry, but these sights have all been super helpful for me:
Linkedin - update your profile! It is a great platform for new jobs.
Escape the City - go to one of their events, they are super fun.
Working in Startups
Twitter - if you don’t already have a profile, create one and start following people you’re interested in. All of the latest information around the London working scene is shared here.
My advice would be to choose the brands and companies you are most interested in being associated with, apply for an intern role and work your way up. There are also so many startup, early stage companies in London where you will be able to get loads of experience quickly.
Anyone in PA, events or admin
Secs the City - a centralised platform for all online agencies and recruiters
Australasian Recruitment - specialise in setting up Australia and New Zealand workers
Go to local meetups. Get involved in the communities you’re interested in.
Find out about cool events!
People to follow on social:
Poppy Loves London
B.Local !! The most important one! :)
If you’re unsure about how to go about the whole visa process, hit up BritBound. We used them when we first came over and it took the pressure off. They made sure everything was perfect- plus it’s something you can’t afford to get wrong so it’s worth it!
I’m not really the person to ask, but I'm pretty sure they all offer fairly similar services:
Gumtree, Ikea, Amazon, Argos
NSH - Register with a doctor in your local area. Click here to read more.
Boots - Note* You can book eye appointments at Boots
Push doctor - Online doctor
Vitality - Private health (also great discounts and offers, 50% off virgin active gyms)
Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose (I’ve just listed these from budget to expensive)
There are a few others if you want to go even more expensive - M&S and Wholefoods :)
not bothered to go out? Use Deliveroo or UberEats
Boring but important:
Apply for a visa here
Apply for a National Insurance Number here
Register with a GP here
Bloggers with great advice:
London New Girls
Join a sports team :)
Weekend Escapes, Food, Popups, Coffee etc etc etc need a whole other blog...
Hope this was helpful! Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like any more tips.