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Jan-Peter van Tijk

"I wish I'd found InterNations sooner: It would have made my first few month as an expat in London much less overwhelming."

Therese Yeboah

"For me, the InterNations events are the best part. I attend almost every get-together and always get to know lots of friendly fellow expats."

Enjoy living and working in London

Are you an expat living in London? You will surely come across many questions, such as ʺWhat documents does the British aliens department require for a work permit?”, ʺWhich diseases do I need to have my pet checked for before bringing it along to the UK?ʺ, or ”What can other expats recommend for expat insurance providers in town?”

Looking for all of the information that is important for living and working in London can take you hours. However, by using our London expat guide you can greatly simplify your relocation to London. Beginning with culture and sights top tips about local organisations & companies - the guide deals with all the different facets of the expat life in London.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in London. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from living in Washington, D.C. to living in Tokyo.

Top Articles in the London Expat Guide

  • Moving to London

    Expats moving to London are often attracted by its cultural as well as professional diversity. You will be pleased to discover that it is also an exciting and accessible place to settle in. But before you get ready for moving to London, read our guide on accommodation, visas, education, and more.
  • Living in London

    Living in London is the dream of many an expat. The city’s flair and its multicultural society attract millions of visitors every year. On InterNations, you’ll learn more about living in London, about getting around the city and about London’s exciting nightlife and ample leisure opportunities.
  • Working in London

    As an expat, you will appreciate working in London due to the professional opportunities the city offers. Not only is the financial sector thriving again, but the creative industries also prosper. Our guide to working in London gives you advice on the economy, the job search, etiquette and more.
  • Jobs in the UK for Foreigners

    Many expats dream of finding a job in the UK. Are you curious about which sectors have the most jobs for foreigners? Read our InterNations Guide on jobs in the UK for foreigners for information on this plus tips on how to find work and how to get your international qualifications recognized in the UK.
  • UK Facts and Figures

    The UK in numbers: find an overview of the most relevant statistics and figures below!
  • Safety and Crime in the UK

    Much to the relief of the nation’s residents, crime in the UK is usually low key. As long as you adhere to a number of standard precautions, chances are you won’t see much in the way of crime in the UK. Still, crime and terrorism are frequent worries there. Our article tells you why.
  • UK Dentists

    UK dentists enjoy a good reputation, but you better not be on a budget. As we have already mentioned in other articles on the topic of healthcare in the UK, dentists do not offer their services free of charge. Instead, you have the choice between going to a private dentist and an NHS dentist.
  • Banks in the UK

    There are lots of different banks in the UK offering lots of different services. Yet, opening an account in the UK can be challenging for expats. We provide you with an overview of the most popular banks, the services they offer, as well as tips on how to open a bank account.
  • Advice for Car Owners in the UK

    For expats, owning or buying a car in the UK can pose new challenges, such as import restrictions, paperwork to register the car, or vehicle taxes. We have compiled a quick introduction to these topics, including some advice on buying, renting, and leasing a car in the UK.
  • UK Visas and Work Permits

    This overview of UK visa regulations offers a clear introduction to UK visa requirements, along with details of the relevant authorities to contact for detailed information. It’ll help you kick off your expat life in the UK!
  • British Cuisine

    For a long time, British cuisine wasn’t romanticized like the food cultures in France or Italy. But thanks to the popularity of curry, celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, and an obsession with local ingredients, any mention of the new British food scene will now whet your appetite!
  • Social Security in the UK

    If you are planning to relocate to the UK, it will affect your personal finances. Don’t just think about short-term costs! It’s never too early to consider financial cushions or retirement planning. Our in-depth guide explains how social security, pensions, and other government benefits work in the UK.
  • Schools in the UK

    Are you relocating to the United Kingdom with your children? Then you’ll probably need plenty of information on schools in the UK. Our detailed expatriate guide introduces you to the system of state education throughout the country, from primary schools to A-level exams.
  • UK: Expat Destinations & Neighborhoods

    Where you settle in the UK obviously depends on your reason for relocating. Most foreign residents, though, move to a handful of cities. We introduce some of these popular destinations and their neighborhoods below: from Greater London, over Manchester, and Leeds to Edinburgh.

Information for the Expat Life in London

Are you looking for specific information, such as telecommunication providers in town or a doctor speaking your native language in the UK? On top of our expat guide, you will have access to our expat directory for London, which provides you with a complete catalogue of all expat-relevant locales and relocation services in London. Moreover, you also can take full advantage of our London expat forum in order to look for tips and information from your fellow expatriates.

Become part of InterNations London and you’ll be warmly greeted with a welcoming Hello from our expats living and working in London.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside London? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Rome or living in Abu Dhabi!