Before You Go to London
Before You Get on the Plane
Before you visit the UK make sure you have all required documentation, including visas, work permits, marriage certificates, et cetera for your London relocation. It is a good idea to make a checklist. For advice and to download forms to apply for a visa – visit www.ukvisas.gov.uk. The visa process can take up to 14 weeks, so make sure you have left plenty of time to arrange this.
Have a check-up with your doctor and dentist before you go. Also stock up on prescriptions to take with you – you'll most likely be able to get them while staying in London but it's just another thing to worry about while you're there.
Receive all necessary immunizations before travel, and check with your local insurance in case they have coverage that would apply in the UK. Make sure you have your doctor’s international phone number in case you have a medical emergency and a UK doctor would need to obtain your medical records from your doctor at home.
Accommodation in London
Finding the right place to live in London can be a challenge. It's a city made up of lots of little neighborhoods all with their own culture & feel, so it's best to try & understand the different areas well before committing to one location.
Searching on FlatClub for short or medium-term rentals is a good idea - it gives you a base of operations to explore the city & find out which location will suit you best.
There are five airports in London. Once you’ve collected your luggage, it is a short journey into Central London with lots of travel options available, for further information just click on the following links:
Make sure you know the address, post code, and nearest tube stop of your destination. Taxis can be pricey so getting the tube is probably the cheapest option. Frequent buses travel 24 hours to Central London and are cheaper when you book in advance. Make sure you have English currency with you – avoid using the cash machines inside the airport as they charge you a premium for withdrawing your money.
Travelling in London
Travelling through the city is an important aspect of how to move to London. For tips on travelling within London once you arrive -along with fun things to go see- please check out our Tips from Locals guide!
The emergency number for the police, fire brigade and ambulance service is 999.
Be aware at cash machines – shield your PIN and make sure no one is standing directly behind you.
Try to avoid empty tube carriages (especially late at night). If you have to, choose the front carriage so you can alert the driver quicker in an emergency.