Moving to London will be one of the most interesting experiences of your life. You’ll be able to experience life in one of the biggest cities in the world, as well as live in one of the most famous cities in the world. London is unique in that it has all the charm of a quaint English village set amid the million dollar deals of the financial world in the heart of the city. This dichotomy will, at times, enthrall you and frustrate you. You’ll love the open spaces and the small cobbled streets, as well as the international jet set lifestyle that is found in every part of the city.
One thing that you will want to do as soon as you are settled into your new London rental apartment is head to the grocery store. The big question is: Where to find a grocery store that has everything you need without having to trek all over the city? While many of the products are similar, you might find it hard to get some of your favorite items unless you know where to shop. One of the best parts of living in London is the fact that you are so centrally located and that there are some great grocery stores in every suburb of the city. The problem is that there isn’t a one-stop-shopping solution like you find in America or Canada. Super malls are not to be found in London, but you will find some surprisingly interesting alternatives.
Stocking Up on Staples.
If you want to buy the basics then the best stores are Tesco and Sainsbury’s. They have everything you need to stock your kitchen and, because many people in London do not have a car, Tesco’s deliver at a time that is convenient for you. Not having a car means that people don’t buy in huge quantities, but prefer to buy fresh food for each day. Really, what you can carry home from the store in a couple of bags. Higher-end stores include Marks and Spencer, and Waitrose. You’ll find an excellent selection of healthy food items as well as pre-packaged ready-to-go meals. If you want really fresh vegetables, dairy, fish or meat then you should head to one of the markets: Spitalfields or Covent Garden have a great selection from all over England that is bought in fresh.
You can buy nearly everything you would be able to at home, but if there is a certain item that you simply cannot live without, then you should be able to get it at the USA Food Store which is in Notting Hill, close to the Holland Park Station. The main problem with shopping in London is that once you get used to some of the food here you might actually struggle to get the same items back home when you visit North America!