You don’t have to worry if you’re moving to London by yourself. True; this is a big city, but it is also one of the safest and most friendly cities in the world. You may disagree if you’ve spent time on the tube in rush hour, but Londoners are sociable and friendly and always willing to help out and to meet people from different places. When you’re moving by yourself you need to get out and make an effort to integrate and the best way to this is through your job.
Every city has its ‘no-go’ areas and London is no different. If you’re moving to London by yourself from a small town, you will need to get some ‘big-city-smarts’ and make sure you follow basic safety rules after you arrive.
Keep a lookout for pickpockets. They will certainly be looking out for you! Tourists or people who look like tourists are targets and pickpockets work in large crowds or groups of people. Do not travel with large amounts of cash on you, and split your cash between your pockets.
There are loads of police officers everywhere in London thanks to the programme that has put police officers back onto the streets and into the community. British police officers are exceptionally friendly and helpful and their distinctive uniform makes them easy to spot.
If you need even the smallest assistance after moving to London by yourself, do not hesitate to call 999, which is the English equivalent of 911 in the States. If you are injured in any way, they will help you immediately. If you have a medical emergency remember that The ER is called Accident and Emergency in England (A & E). The NHS will treat you in an emergency even if you are a foreigner.
All official and licensed taxicabs are marked. Do not ever get into an unlicensed taxicab. Not only is it illegal, it may also be potentially dangerous. You can catch a licensed taxicab at any time of the day or night or you can even phone for one and your position is plotted using GPS and the location of your mobile phone.The Tube does not run 24 hours a day. Don’t get stranded in the wee hours of the morning without a lift back home. Be organised.
If something goes wrong and you are in the unfortunate position of being arrested after moving to London by yourself. Know the telephone number of your Embassy. They will be able to assist you immediately.