Your partner or spouse has just got that fabulous relocation jobs offer and you’re moving to London. A dream come true for many people but it can quickly turn into a bit of a nightmare if you’re the partner tagging along for the ride.
The trick with relocation to London if you’re not going to be working for a while is to get as actively involved as possible. Relocation to London is not as simple as just moving home. You’re in a foreign country, away from friends and family, and if you’re not careful, your London adventure will be confined to a bit of shopping, cleaning and cooking while waiting for your partner to come home from work.
After you’ve seen all the major tourist attractions that London has to offer you need to make a concerted effort to get out and into your community. You may not legally be able to work in the UK as an accompanying spouse, but that does not mean you can’t get involved in your neighborhood.
If you’re one of the many Americans moving here each year one of the first things you should do is join one of the expat forums that are available online. In fact, I’d join up before you leave so that you can meet up with people that you already ‘know’ when you arrive in London.
There are a number of meet-ups for Americans living here each month and you can find a group that suits you. Not only will you be relieved to find people that speak English you can understand, but they will be able to help you find groups to join and places to go while you’re getting settled.
It’s just as important for you to meet new friends and enjoy the city as your partner. I always encourage couples to commit to their own enjoyment of the city after relocation.
American Expats.co.uk is one of the larger groups in the UK and offers a complete resource for expats and an avenue to meet other Americans in your neighborhood. It’s a link to home, and an important link in getting settled and established after your relocation.
American Expats in London is an informative and friendly group with loads of meet ups and meetings dedicated to making the transition of your relocation a lot easier.