Your weekend in London can get started as early as Friday afternoon if you’ve just started your new job and you’ve been invited out on a Friday night for drinks after work. It is somewhat of a city institution and your colleagues are welcoming you to the city of London in the way that Londoners know best: Out for a boozy night on the town.
If you are moving to London as part of a relocation jobs program, you’re going to want to settle in as fast as possible. Your London relocation agents will help you with the practical side of moving to the city, but you’ll have to get used to working and interacting in a new city with quite different working conditions. London is a vibrant city and Londoners have active social lives that usually involve quite a bit more drinking than you are used to. It is very common to go out for drinks with the lads after work, any day of the week. It is a form of bonding and can carry on quite late into the night. If you are starting a new job, this is a great way to get to know your colleagues and co-workers and it will help you fit in and feel like you are part of the team.
Sometimes it can even be a part of the working day and it is quite acceptable for a work team to go to a pub at lunchtime and discuss business over a couple of pints and a pie. While drinking during the working day is a dismissable offence in many countries, it is the norm to have a tipple during working hours in London. Though probably not the norm to stagger back to your desk after one too many.
Going out for a pub crawl is one of the best ways to get to know your neighborhood and your neighborhood pubs. It’ll help you figure out which pub is going to become ‘Your Local’, and your local, will become a big part of your social life, and help you make friends and become part of your community. Get out and about your first weekends in London after you have settled in – it’ll be worthwhile, I promise. The Pub is an important part of British culture and community.
Do not try to keep up with amount of alcohol that Londoners can consume. They are notorious for being able to really put it away and still walk straight at the end of the evening. Four pints of British beer will have a decidedly greater effect on you that the same amount of American beer, which has lower alcohol content. This is probably why beer is not served in pitchers over here.
Bottoms up and have a great weekend in London!