London, England’s capital, set on the River Thames, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times.
At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations.
Across the Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.
London is home to many world-famous tourist attractions offering something for everyone. From landmarks such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eye, fascinating museums such as the Natural History Museum, art galleries such as the Tate Modern, historic palaces including Buckingham Palace, and a number of beautiful London parks, and much much more! There is so much to see and do in London you need to allow plenty of time here to appreciate all it has to offer.
Moving to London
The official website of the Home Office and UK Border Agency provides valuable advice on all types of visa and immigration. You can apply online, making the process much easier than it used to be.
Moving is such a big city that if you decide to move in, you should really plan in advance. The best option is to have a reliable London removal company that you can trust to do the move for you. Make sure you read reviews on removal companies at Removal Reviews before booking your mover. You can also check out the British association of removals.
If you have come to the UK for a job, we recommend checking with a UK resident for your prospects – see if there is a lot of demand for your position, and where exactly that demand is. When going out for interviews in the UK, you will be asked for recommendations, so bring letters from your employees and be prepared to be asked for contact details of previous jobs.
Finding a place to live in London can be a challenge. Although if you’re open-minded, flexible and able to give it a bit of time it’s not any more difficult than finding a place to live in any other city. You are looking at paying between 600 and 1000 pounds per month in rent. It all depends on where you want to live. Rents are more expensive in London than in many other cities, but food and alcohol is a lot cheaper here than in Finland and the other Nordic countries.
Depending on where you’re staying, you can learn more about the types of schools in your area. Education in Britain is supported by taxes, compulsory schooling also ends at 16, and from there students can continue in higher education, join the workforce, or take on a skilled apprenticeship. It’s something very important to research if moving with your family.
The tax system in the UK is fairly simple, but the first thing you need to determine is where you will actually be paying your taxes. It might be in the UK, or it might still be back home. Taxes are collected by HM Revenue & Customs.
The Trafalgar Square London
London – Best Places to See
In no particular order:
- St Paul’s Cathedral – visit the cathedral and climb the dome for spectacular views over London.
- Windsor – walk around the town and to the side of the castle to see the start of the Great Park.
- Walking from Westminster, through St James’s Park, to Buckingham Palace.
- Hampton Court Palace – visit inside and walk around the gardens.
- London Transport (external link) river boat from Westminster Pier, around the Thames Barrier and back to Greenwich. Climb the hill to the Royal Observatory, then Docklands Light Railway to Bank via Canary Wharf.
- British Museum – including the refurbished Great Court.
- National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery.
- A visit to the Houses of Parliament – (external link – see “attending the evening sittings”).