Many of our clients at ADS have just moved to London… or made a mistake with their first
London accommodation so want to upgrade to better standard of living and really feel happy and
settled in London.
Therefore, we have put together some tips on What You Should Do When Moving to London?
London is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, whether you’re here for the
culture, history, or one of the best nights out in the world – it has something for absolutely
everyone. For those of you already sold on the city and thinking of relocating to London
permanently, you really couldn’t have picked a better time to make your move than 2021. Here
are our top six tips to make your new life in the big smoke as straightforward and stress-free as
humanly possible, oh and we’ll also save you a few quid at the same time.
Make Your Move During Winter… but if not… be ready to enjoy the Summer.
London can get pretty cold during the winter months, after Christmas and New Year, the city
really begins to slow down. January and February are great months to make your move to the
city. With tourists few and far between, accommodation is rife, giving you the very best chance
at landing your ideal property at a great price. The key factor here is to be ready for Summer as
summertime in London is one of the best places in Europe to be. Not only does London have
some of the best pubs, bars and restaurants in the world, it also has wonderful parks and
historical walks. One of my favourite things is to walk London by foot on a warm summer
evening or night.
Pay Attention to the Fine Print
If you’re looking to rent or buy in London, you’ll want to make sure you pay attention to the fine
print and do your due diligence before you sign any contracts. Like any big city, there are
unscrupulous characters out there, who will take advantage of newcomers. Do your research
first, and as a rule, always go through an accredited letting or sales agency, as opposed to
Craigslist or Gumtree. Remember the old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!
Shortlist Areas of Interest
London is massive, instead of traipsing across the entire city, make a shortlist of areas that appeal
to you and are within your budget before you go house/flat hunting. There can be a pretty large
disparity in pricing between London’s 32 boroughs, so it’s worth getting a grasp of your budget
before you start viewing properties. This will save you a tonne of time, and ensure that you’re
only viewing the most suitable properties for your wants and needs.
Search for Like-Minded People
Looking to flat share? For the most stress-free living experience, look for people with similar
interests to yourself. That is why ADS has become so popular. We get to know our clients and
mix and match them with people we feel they will click with. Whether that be similar hobbies or
careers, it’s a great way to get to know people and ensure that at the very least you share some
commonalities to build on in your new flatshare. We help with this process so please share with
us as much information as it will help us place you in the perfect flat share.
Keep Your Wits About You
London is one of the safest cities in the world, street crime is particularly rare, but it does happen
on occasion. If you’re new to London, exercise caution with your belongings until you
familiarise yourself with the city and its different boroughs. Some places are safer than others, so
don’t carry your phone and bags in a way that attracts thieves. Remember, it takes time to
familiarise yourself with a new area, so until you do, stay cautious, and you’ll be absolutely fine.