If you are moving to London on business, it can be quite an upheaval. In particular, if you are moving from abroad, the first few weeks can be quite unsettling. The change in culture, attitude and living arrangements can take some time to adjust.
Finding your way around
If you’ve moved to London from abroad, the sheer size of the city can take your breath away. It’s always busy, there’s always noise and finding your way around can be an absolute nightmare. The London Underground system takes some getting used to, so expect to get lost at least twice in your first week. Buy an A-Z of London as one of your first purchases and take it with you everywhere. Once you start to get used to the transport system, you’ll find it’s very efficient and useful to you.
If you have relocated due to business reasons, your company is probably sorting out your accommodation until you can get settled in and find somewhere more permanent to live. Or perhaps you’re only in London for a fixed-term project that means purchasing a property isn’t worthwhile. In these circumstances, there are a few options available to you. Renting somewhere is an option, but you run the risk of not having any furniture which, if you buy it, you’ll have no use for when you go home again. Alternatively, look into London serviced apartments. Because these come furnished, you have all the amenities you need including a kitchen. If you’re going to be in London for a while, it can get expensive to dine out all the time, something that would probably be necessary if you stayed in a hotel. It also means you have somewhere to call home, without feeling like a guest.
London is a lively city which, consequently, means there are literally hundreds of things to do. If you want to go shopping, you can head to Oxford Street or a little further out to the Westfield shopping centre; both will cater to almost every shopping need you have. There are so many museums and art galleries to visit that you can easily wile away days wandering around them all. The London Eye and Madam Tussauds are also worth checking out while you’re in London, as well as a river cruise down the Thames. The more places you visit, the more you will start to feel at home and know your way around.
Meeting new people
If you are struggling to meet new people, there are always events going on all over the city that give you ample opportunity. Have a look in the local publications to see what’s happening and head over to check them out. Take a couple of colleagues from work or invite them out for dinner after work if you’re nervous about going somewhere alone. It might take a bit of time, but the more you put yourself out there, the bigger chance you have of making new friends and experiencing new things.