Newcomers Guide to London UK

Travelers flock to London to enjoy the historical and cultural opportunities provided. Most people who visit this city instantly fall in love with the cultural diversity of the residents as well as the features this large city has to offer.

Housing Options

Finding a flat or a house is not difficult, especially on the outskirts of Central London. Flats are available for rent or purchase. Renting flats is done weekly, not monthly like most other places. Some flats come furnished, making the transition even easier. Canadians can hire agents even from the comfort of their current homes to seek properties that will best fit their needs. Virtual tours are available online of many properties as well.

Before settling on a flat or a house, it’s important to understand the layout of London. The large city is divided into many boroughs, each with a distinct personality. For example, Brixton is known for its African culture, while Wimbledon is known for its Indian flare. More families live in Northern London because the schools are better and there is more room to relax and have a proper home. Young Canadians moving to London may be more interested in living in posh Notting Hill or punk rock Camden. There is a borough that fits every type of personality.


Living in a borough does not mean you have to work there or spend your time only in that small section of town. Many Londoners don’t own a vehicle, but this is never an issue because public transportation is readily available. Cabs can be costly, but buses and the Tube are reasonably priced. An Oyster card is available for a monthly fee, giving residents access to trains, the Underground and buses all within their zone. The zone is determined based on the rate of the Oyster card. Stops get you all over the city at all hours of the day. Some bus lines even run 24 hours a day across the entire city. Traveling to cities and towns outside of London for vacations or day trips is also easy with public transportation.

Aside from setting up home, there’s a few differences between London and Canada. The climate is slightly different as England is an island, so rain is common throughout the day. The summers are mild, but winters are cold. Another major difference is daily life. Most shops are specialized based on needs. For example, stationary shops sell school supplies and chemists are pharmacies. Supermarkets are newer, but less common than fruit stands or butchers.