Moving to London
It is a known fact that expats don’t move to London for the weather. They do move for the professional and lifestyle opportunities this cosmopolitan city offers as the financial hub of Europe. A truly multi-cultural city, London has something to suit every taste.
To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in London.
Top 5 tips for expats moving to London
Home to people from 270 nationalities, each corner of London transports you to a very different world and culture.
Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to London:
Finding a place to live
London is a large, expansive city. The closer you are to the inner city the more you should be prepared to pay for housing. A large majority of expats live in apartments in central London. Families who are not accustomed to living in apartments, generally move further away from the city to the leafy suburbs.
Getting around in London
If you plan to drive around London be prepared to pay a daily congestion charge if out during peak hour. To avoid constant traffic jams, narrow streets and non-existent places to park, expats generally use the public transport system to commute and get around London
Cost of Living
The cost of living in London is considered to be high when compared to other expat cities. A large proportion of living cost will go to housing. London does, however, provide high-salary employment opportunities particularly in the Finance sector.
Access to healthcare
The public healthcare system (National Health Service or NHS) is available to all permanent residents living in London. It is advisable that you check whether your visa type provides access to the healthcare system. You will need an NHS card to access the system. Your first point of contact is a GP (general practitioner) with whom you need to register as an ongoing patient. A GP can refer you to specialists. To avoid long waiting lists on the public system, expats generally choose to take out private health insurance.
Fun Fact about London
Londoners are tea drinkers. Don’t expect to easily find ‘good’ coffee that you might be accustomed to. And never, ever put milk in your Earl Grey tea.
Meet your London Team Leader
Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) and a Trust and Estate Practitioner (STEP) who has over 30 years’ experience in commercial tax.
He continues to advise on both UK and overseas expatriate tax matters, covering all personal, business and capital taxes matters, and brings his planning experience to bear, on internationally mobile expats and associated share, options, and benefits issues and the application of double tax treaties.