Many of us choose to relocate at some point in our lives for a new job. Others might have somewhere specific in mind that they would 100% like to live – all you have to do is find the right job there.
There are far too many reasons to choose to work and live in London. Yes, the cost of living can be high, but the wages are much better. But what do we love about London? Besides the fact that it’s one of the most historic, exciting and career-driven cities in the world, we’ve found some other reasons too:
As one of the prime locations in the world for business, London hosts an array of conferences, seminars and networking events to help you develop your knowledge of an industry, or your job, and meet like-minded individuals. Hundreds of people relocate to London each year, with the objective of furthering their career. With the amount of industry specific events you’ll find, you’ve got every chance to do just that.
Events also create the opportunity to meet new people if you’ve just relocated to London. You’ll even find a host of coffee mornings, wine tastings etc. that centre around a particular business or industry. Career related, and fun!
Relocating with your family? Then you’ll have to consider where you could end up living, and where your children could attend school. Luckily, there are over 2000 primary and secondary schools to choose from.
London is pouring with music. Theatres host musical shows, there are venues made for live music, like the o2, Albert Hall and Brixton Academy, and if you’re just looking for a taste, you can hear the sound of buskers performing throughout the streets of London. You simply can’t not find music on your doorstep.
Museums, festivals, markets, art galleries, the theatre, and any other form of entertainment for that matter…culture bursts through London – there is no place like it. One of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world, London has four UNESCO world heritage sites in the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. There are over 300 languages spoken in London – 84% of Londoners, in fact, believe that the city’s cultural scene is important in ensuring a high quality of life.
If you like to treat yourself to a unique dining experience, you’ll have plenty to choose from in London. There are restaurants along most streets, from chip shops, to fast food, from buffets to high quality dining – you’ll never get round to trying it all. Whatever your fancy, London hosts every type of cuisine you can think of – your taste buds will love every second of it.
Travel and transport
Like to get away during the weekend? London hosts an array of transport that can get you across the world, the country, or just 10 minutes down the road. The Tube is one of the most popular forms of transport in London, particularly for commuters across the city.
Looking to travel further? London has national trains available that can get you anywhere in the country, whether it’s London Euston or St. Pancras you have a wide variety of places to choose from with either of these train stations.
Thinking international? The Eurostar will take you right in to the heart of Europe for a few days – which is particularly handy if you’re meeting with clients abroad. But if you’re a real jetsetter, Gatwick or Heathrow airport aren’t too far away. Two of the most well-known airports in the UK (Heathrow being the 7th largest on the world), whisk yourself away in style.
There are over 7,000 pubs in London, and you’ll likely struggle to find an empty one too. From rooftop bars, to clubs or just a local, you’ll certainly have your pick. And if you’re looking for something slightly more unique, you can always attend specific events e.g. gin, craft beer, wine.
Home of the 2012 Olympics, London has plenty of sports on offer to keep you entertained. Lords, Twickenham, Wimbledon, Emirates – they’re all right on your doorstep. For huge sporting events, it’s definitely the place to be for sports enthusiasts, whether it’s football, rugby, basketball or cricket.
The sightseeing opportunities in London are endless – and absolutely stunning. Whether you want cheap, cheerful, iconic, adventurous, famous or even just an all-round tour, there is no shortage of experiences available. Take an old fashioned London style double-decker bus across the city, and see every landmark from the top deck. Alternatively, visit them directly. Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye are all equally beautiful up close – and they sit right within the heart of the city.
As we’ve said before, the cost of living in London can be expensive, but the experience of living in this iconic city speaks for itself. The wages are also somewhat higher than a typical Solicitor job throughout the rest of the country.
Founded in 43AD,a great amount of history is instilled in London, and the beautiful architecture from the likes of Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace will leave you speechless. Buildings from the Tudor, Roman, Stuart and Victorian periods are breathtaking.
There are plenty of roles available in London, and plenty of law firms too. You’re bound to find a job you love here, and securing a role in London of all places would be a stand out addition to your CV, not to mention your career. Being able to say you have worked in the nation’s most prominent city for business is very attractive to future employers.
Seeing the city
As we’ve said previously, there is no shortage of things to do or see in London! One thing you mustn’t miss is the view from the likes of the famous Shard, Houses of Parliament and the London Eye – seeing the city from these buildings are what makes London truly exceptional. Despite the regularly packed tourists visits, these sights will amaze you and are a must see once you get here.
So if you are thinking about relocating to a new firm, or company, we would highly recommend the capital as one of the best places to live – it’s an experience to say the least. Why not try it out?
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