Top Tips For Moving To London
Posted on October 27, 2015.
As one of the most expensive but popular cities to live in, moving to London brings with it many exciting opportunities but new experiences nonetheless. At Global Guardians we supply property guardians across London in empty premises. Our service makes sure that properties are safeguarded from vandalism and squatters. Learn our top tips for navigating the London underground and apply to become a guardian today.
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. For more information about what we do at Global Guardians visit our About Us page. Whether you’re looking for a guardian to keep an eye on your property or are thinking of becoming a guardian, get in touch with us today. Read part two for tips on how to navigate the London Underground system.
It’s hard to think of London functioning without its Underground tube system. Learn our top tips for navigating the London underground and apply to become a guardian today. At Global Guardians our main objective is to find suitable guardians to safeguard empty properties across London. If you are planning to move to London read part one of our article for more tips on living in the city. Plan ahead your route Make things easier for yourself by planning ahead how to get from your current location to your destination. You may have to change tube if your journey runs over two lines, so work out how best to do this. Always check the end of a line before boarding a tube so that you know it is heading in the right direction, particularly if the line splits. Carry a map of the underground with you at all times until you are comfortable with the system. Look out for line closures or delays Most underground stations will have a board that displays any line closures and each platform should notify users of any delays. It is worth downloading the TFL mobile app to keep up to date with all of the latest underground notifications or alerts. Stand on the right on the escalators When entering and exiting the station, stick to the right hand side of the escalators. Keep the left hand side clear for people moving up and down the escalators. It can be incredibly frustrating for someone in a rush if there is a person blocking their path, so stay vigilant. Buy an Oyster Card Navigating the London Underground system is a lot easier when you have an Oyster Card. You can register online or collect one from one of the stations. Also, the TFL’s online system allows you to make payments online so that you can skip the queues at stations. Have your card ready at the barriers and be sure to hold it to the touchpad when you enter or exit the station to avoid being charged unnecessarily. Be conscious of your fellow passengers Where possible, always move as far down the carriage as you can if there are no available seats. You don’t want to be that person blocking the doors and stopping people from boarding! If you do get a seat, be aware of your fellow passengers and make sure your bag or belongings do not obstruct the floor or another seat. Also, keep an eye on your valuables! Unfortunately underground users are easy targets for pickpockets, so stay alert. Avoid travelling during rush hour Unless you absolutely must, avoid using the underground during rush hour. Queues will be even longer than usual, the platform will be stifling, and trains will be ridiculously packed. For your own comfort, travel outside of peak times, particularly when you are adjusting to the system. For more information about what we do at Global Guardians visit our About Us page. Whether you’re looking for a guardian to keep an eye on your property or are thinking of becoming a guardian, get in touch with us today. Read part one for more tips on adjusting to life living in London.