You’ve successfully completed your relocation to London. Which means you are living there. This means that you’ll most likely have a place of your own. Which in turn means that you’ll need to stock it with the basic essentials. Which means only one thing: Going grocery shopping.

Much like taking public transport, knowing where the hospitals are, or figuring out the fastest way to get from your home to your office, figuring out a proper routine for your grocery is one of those basic essentials crucial to building a life in your new city. One thing that you’ll have to get used to after your relocation to London is the distinction between the ideas of the supermarkets in the States versus that of grocery stores in the UK. This is particularly true if you’re used to doing your grocery shopping at supersized places like Wal-Mart’s or the like. If you do want to find places like that while living in London, you’ll have to venture outside of the city centre and into the surrounding suburbs for the large-scale places.

For the most part, shopping in London is done in smaller sized stores, with there being many outside markets dedicated to selling things like fresh produce. London Farmers’ Markets are famous for their numerous quality offerings, with the Notting Hill Farmers’ Market and the Blackheath Farmers’ Market being popular areas for those looking for something tasty to bring to the Sunday Lunch. Otherwise, you should find small grocery stores in your area offering you whatever you’ll need to fill up your house.

One particularly appealing service that many grocery stores offer in London is the option to have your groceries delivered to you place. Now if you’re just buying the paper and a pint of milk, then maybe that doesn’t sound like such a big deal. But if you find yourself lugging a week’s groceries onto the tube at rush hour you soon realize having someone else on hand to take it to your place can be a blessing.

You’ll have to educate yourself about these matters as fast as possible after your relocation. Having the basics sorted will leave you more time to enjoy the city.

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