The best guide for Americans is going to be a map of the city and ‘the Underground’. While you’re living in London you’ll have to rely mainly on the public transport system to get around. Having a car is not only expensive, but it is a nightmare to find parking, traffic is gridlocked much of the time and you’ll be paying for something that you rarely use. The public transport system: Tubes, trains and buses, is efficient and will get you where you need to go quickly and cheaply…Except when it doesn’t.

Transport Guide For Americans

If you’re an American moving to London, then you will have to be prepared for the worst, in terms of transport. The weather does sometimes have an effect on the time of tubes and trains, and there are occasionally strikes or public threats that can close down some of the transport network for a period of time. You don’t want to be stranded at work with no way to get home on a winter’s night with sleet and snow swirling around you like you’re on an expedition to the poles.

Neighbourhood Guide For Americans

To avoid any problems, many people have decided to live closer to the city, so that they are never bothered by a lack of public transport. Walking in London is not only a necessity, but it’s a great way to explore the city. One of the first items that you purchase when you are moving to London should be a pair of sturdy walking shoes. You don’t need hiking boots, but a pair of good trainers will make a huge difference when you have to walk home to your London flat in freezing weather.

While some of the areas close to central London are extremely pricey in terms of residential accommodation. If you’re looking for somewhere within walking distance of the city centre, then you should look at places like Islington, which is about 2 miles from the city centre and is a trendy, and yet reasonably priced neighborhood. Bethnal Green and Stepney are neighborhoods in east London, and are perfectly located if you work in the financial district or close to Canary Wharf and the Docklands developments.

When you’re looking at your guide for Americans you need to tell your relocation company exactly where you’ll be working and how far you’re prepared to walk in bad weather!

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