This time last year I made one of the biggest life changes in my life thus far. I packed my bags, said goodbye to the comfort of the North and headed down to London. This was a moment I had dreamed about since I graduated from University so there was all the feels. I was excited, scared and nervous just to name of the emotions flickering through my body during those first few weeks. As time went on, I realised there were many thing people do not share about living in London so I thought I would be the one to share them with you incase you were thinking about making the move yourself.
Service charge down here is a thing
Maybe it is the northern charm that means there is no need to place a mandatory service charge on every meal you eat out but it is the norm in London. I don’t mind paying it, it is just something to bare in mind when you are budgeting for meals out. Also if you end up with a bad experience you can ask for it to be removed. (Even though the majority of us will not do this – myself included)
Your friends may live in London but that doesn’t mean they live close by
When I first moved down I was excited to see some of my friends and while I do get to see them it is pretty much like 2/3 times a year. A lot of us live on other sides of London, that mixed with life means we do not get to meet up as much as we would like too. I come from a town where my best friend could say are you free and if I was we could be hanging out in the space of 20 minutes. It takes you at least 40 minutes to get around most places in London so it was a bit of a adjustment.
Walking: the best way to explore
There is so much to see and do in London. I found I stumbled across some of the nicest places when I am walking from A-B. Take where I work for example in central London. It is surrounded by a lot of areas which I need to make more use out of. I would highly recommend walking from one place to another if you have the time. Especially in the summer when the weather is as beautiful as it is right now.
Do I regret moving to London? Not for one moment. It is full of adventure, optimism and bursting with something new each and everyday. I talk more about the practical side to living in London such as finding a place to stay and the cost of living in this video if you want to find out more about my day to day experience.
If you are looking to move to London, good luck and strap in. You’re in for a whale of a time.