Explore the city
Every city has its own charm and London has so many things to offer. Don’t miss out on London’s mix of tourist attractions and green spaces. Make the most of free attractions or exhibitions such as the British Museum and the National Gallery, or enjoy the views along the River Thames and at Hyde Park. Be prepared to queue for tourist attractions and stay calm in particularly busy areas.
Spend and budget wisely
As a notoriously expensive city, your budget may be significantly affected when you move to London. Work out your living costs first and then find out how much you will need to spend on necessities such as food and drink. Also, don’t be afraid to shop around to find the cheapest deals. But…
Be ready to pay more
Social and leisure activities are more expensive in London as well so enjoying a night out or a meal at a restaurant can make a dent in your pocket if you do this regularly. Don’t miss out on having fun and enjoying yourself though. It is always good to find new areas and places to go out to but be careful on how much you can affordably spend. It will be very hard to find a pint for less than £4!
Watch out for cash machines with fees
One little thing that can make a larger impact on your spending in the long run is fees to get cash out of an ATM. Be wary of cash machines and only use those that advertise their service as being free, where possible. It may not seem like much but paying to get money out is rather absurd, and it will add up. Watch out for machines in tourist areas in particular, and play it safe and go somewhere else if you’re not sure.
Work out your travel options
London is known for its busy transport network so work out your travel options. The London Underground is not the only way you can get around the city. With the bicycle scheme, buses, trains and taxis, staying above ground can help give a better idea of how the city is laid out. Also, London has five main airports and the Eurostar, if you plan to take a break further afield.
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