Living in London is all about being able to enjoy the city and experience all the this city has to offer. You won’t be able to discover it unless you know where to look, and many Americans moving to London use the fantastic guidebooks that are available to help.

The most important book you need when you are an American is the A-Z. All locals have a copy of this street map book so they can get around the quickly and safely. The London A-Z will be your most trusted resource while you are both moving and living in London and will help you find your way around the city, by road, tube and train. You can order you’re a-Z online through any reputable book seller, and you should consider purchasing one before you move to give yourself a chance to familiarize yourself with the maps and how to use it.

Other great guidebooks include TimeOut which is an online and print resource of the best places to visit as well as giving you a good idea of the restaurants, bars and other attractions. TimeOut has a number of different guides, including London for Locals and Eating and Drinking.

If you’re going to be living here for a few years, you’ll want to spend some time getting acquainted with your city in your own time. Remember that you’re not a tourist anymore, so you do not have to see all the sights in a day! It’s a good idea to shop around for special offers to great tourist attractions online and use the internet to discover a host of things to do while you are here.

Once you are settled into your new rental, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city at your leisure and planning your weekends and free time will be one of the most exciting things to do. Because you’re a part of this great city now, you’ll also be able to get information from your new friends and colleagues. Ask lots of questions; everyone has an opinion, and you’ll be first to know about the latest hotspots if you ask around.

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