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If you’re moving to London or you’ve just moved here, chances are that you’re still trying to adjust yourself to your new home. The weather, the people, the geography, the culture; there’s no place like home. And it’s not only adjusting to your new home that can be a challenge, but also letting go of all those things you can’t do back home in the States. There’s a word for this condition: homesickness. And if you’ve fallen victim to it, don’t worry as you’re not the first and you won’t be the last. There are ways to stave off the feeling of being homesick to make your adjustment to your new home easier. It may take some effort on your part, but you can still do a lot of the things from back home in your new home in London.

Take barbecuing for example. It’s one of those things that can bring back the feeling of home in a single bite. London does allow you to have a barbecue on your property, so long as you’re practicing the proper safety measures and you have the space to allow for it. It’s not very sensible to start up a fire in your living room so if you don’t have the room, you might have to make other plans. Also, let your neighbors know what you’re doing. Who knows, they may have problems with it (the smell could be an issue) or you could invite them over. You’re new to the neighborhood, so be decent about things.

Contrary to popular belief held by many Londoners, there many places available for the purpose of barbecuing. If you don’t have the space to have a barbecue (and that’s also taking into account the amount of people you may wish to have over), then there are parks where you could have one. Just be sure to check if you will be allowed to barbecue so that you avoid the risk of incurring a fine.

Moving to London doesn’t have to be a painful experience if you can figure out how to comfortably adjust to your new home.

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