Things we wish we’d known before moving to London.


“When a man is bored of London, he is bored of life.” Most Londoners will remember this popular phrase from the 18th-century author Samuel Johnson.

But Samuel Johnson didn’t catch the North route to work every day, nor did he have to manage through crowds of selfie stick-toting tourists looking for Harrods.

While it’s hard to get tired of London — it’s full of excellent bars, eateries, and entertainment — being here can be a dull experience. Mainly if you’ve traveled to London from a calmer, less chaotic place.

But there are ways to make life in the capital more manageable. I requested my co-workers to give what they wish they had known already moving to London and attached some of my own thoughts.

Here’s what you should know:

“Get the bus places. It may take longer, but when you first arrive it is a great way of actually learning your way around the city, rather than just knowing which tube stop to get off at. Also its affordable and you’ll most always get a seat.” —Will Martin

“The Overground is vastly superior to the Underground — it has to air-condition and is less crowded. So if you can find a place to live where your commute is on the Overground, definitely do that.” —Jim Edwards

“Insure your Oyster card by registering it on the TfL website, that way, if you lose it (and you will lose it), you at least won’t lose the money on your travel card.” —Chloe Pantazi

“Avoid Westminster like the plague on a weekend, especially during summer. It’s chaos.” —Charles Clark

“I wish I knew about sacrificing stylish shoes for comfortable ones as you do a lot of walking.” —Joe Daunt

“Don’t take the first flat you see. Stick to your rent budget and hold out for what you want. But when you see the flat in your budget say yes immediately. Good flats go in hours.” —Jim Edwards

 

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