A Simple Guide for the Newbie Londoner

Last Updated: 

June 5, 2024

Moving to the Big Smoke is unbelievably exciting and is one of the greatest adventures you could ever hope to have, especially if you’re planning on moving to London on your own.

However, it will be somewhat of a culture shock, whether you are moving from a nearby town, a smaller city, or even from overseas and as such, the following guide will provide you with some invaluable advice when it comes to surviving your first few weeks as a newbie Londoner.

Key Takeaways for Newbie Londoners:

  1. Cook at Home When You Can: To manage the higher cost of living in London, cook at home as much as possible. Use money-saving strategies like buying discounted products from supermarkets after 9 pm.
  2. Be Loyal to Your Location: Embrace the area you live in as part of your new identity in London. Research thoroughly to find the right neighborhood, and ensure you rent or buy from reputable sources.
  3. Be Brave with Your Fashion Choices: Express your personality through your fashion choices, balancing style with practicality. Considering London's variable weather, be prepared with weather-appropriate yet stylish clothing, like combining suits with running shoes and always having a waterproof coat and sunglasses handy.

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Cook at Home When You Can

Although it can seem a brilliant deal when walking the length and breadth of Charing Cross Road, for example, to grab a slice of pizza from a street vendor on your lunch break, but these little costs do tend to add-up.

As you’ll probably already know, the cost of living in London is significantly higher than, say, Leeds and the rest of the North and as such, you need to get yourself in the Londoner mindset of not spending money when you don’t have to. Instead, cook at home when you can. Waiting until the 9pm mark when the supermarkets tend to reduce their products is a secret money-saving tip which some Londoners live by.

Be Loyal to Your Location

Another incredibly important thing to remember on your quest to quickly become a Londoner is that the area you’re living in, whether you’re renting or have bought a property, is part of your new identity.

This makes searching for the right area for you to stay in, for however long you’ll be in London for, all the more important and you should do as much research as you possibly can. In addition, if you’re looking for rooms to rent in London, then make sure you go with an authenticated and reputable company and check out the reviews before you sign a contract.

Finding the right place to stay is crucial for embracing life in London. If you're seeking comfort and convenience, especially in the vibrant area of West London, consider exploring serviced apartments in West London. These apartments offer a blend of home-like comfort with the amenities of a hotel, perfect for those who are new to the city and want a hassle-free living experience. Whether you're staying for a short term or planning a longer residence, serviced apartments can provide the ideal base to explore and connect with your new neighborhood.

Be Brave with Your Fashion Choices

The third part of becoming a true Londoner, even if only for a couple of months or so, is to start to care less and less, as time goes by, about what people think and instead start to express yourself and your personality in every way you can, especially in the way you dress.

The trick to dressing to fit in with the London crowd is to combine this stylistic impression of who you are through your clothing and accessory choices with the practicality of London life. Naturally, as the capital of England, the weather in London can vary as many as sixteen times in the course of one day and as such, staying as weather-proofed as possible while still ‘styling it out’ is vital.

Even after being in London for only a few hours, you will have noticed business people on the tube and buses with immaculate suits and ties combined with running shoes and trainers. Keeping a waterproof coat, a pair of sneakers and a pair of sunglasses is the best way to protect yourself from the weather and stay as comfortable as possible with all that walking.

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