If you have just completed your relocation to London and started your new job, you will probably be 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.
How to Handle a Night out with the Boys
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. This is 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 dismissible offence in many countries, it is the norm to have a tipple during working hours.
Best Tip for Americans Moving here: Do not try to keep up with amount of alcohol that locals 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.