Are you thinking of moving to London?
Although the reasons for moving home are usually positive, like moving to a larger property or needing to move closer to a new job, the move itself can be traumatic. Whether you are considering a house removal down the road or to London from another part of the country, White & Company offer you a stress free house removal London moving experience that you can rely upon.
With over 8.6 million people living in our capital city, and with ever growing numbers of people moving to London, the Daily Mail article shows data on London’s rising population http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2936015/London-bigger-Record-8-615million-people-live-capital-taking-pre-WWII-peak.html. Where to live is the all-important question, here is a guide to the various areas across London:
All three areas are popular; Putney is close to the river and has a good selection of cafes and pubs. Clapham attracts young professionals and has an eclectic mix of restaurants and wine bars. Wimbledon has a number of family sized Edwardian houses, and the Wimbledon Lawn tennis Museum. http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/museum_and_tours/
Has the reputation for providing an excellent night out, whether that be visiting a club of seeing a band at the Brixton Academy. https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academybrixton/
Enjoy the bustle of Borough Market with its farmer produce or visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre www.shakespearesglobe.com/.
Visit the famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew www.kew.org/ for some inspiration on how to plant up your new garden.
The East End
This area of London encompassing Shoreditch, Hoxton, Spitalfields, Bethnal Green and Whitechapel has become increasing trendy over the past few years and is a cheaper alternative to the west of London.
Famous for a number of excellent curry restaurants such as Aladin Brick Lane and Muhib http://muhibindiancuisine.com/. It also has the Columbia Road flower market, perfect for buying the freshest of cut flowers in London.
Although much of the area was destroyed in the Second World War, the area has seen an increasing number of new housing developments in recent years.
Visit the fantastic Broadway Street Market, similar to Borough market or to one of the many pubs or small galleries, which are springing up across the area.
A popular place to live for the thirty-somethings, if you have a passion for vintage clothing, Portobello Road market is definitely the place to shop www.portobelloroad.co.uk/.
Is home to the BBC News and Weather Centre and has a vibrant nightlife and the well-known Shepherd’s Bush Empire https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2shepherdsbushempire/.
These are definitely the upper class areas of London. Buckingham Palace is situated here https://www.royal.uk/royal-residences-buckingham-palace and the upmarket department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge will sell you almost anything you could want to purchase www.harrods.com/ .
This area used to have an edgy rock & roll feel to it, but less so these days. Camden market still pulls in the crowds www.camdenlock.net/.
Still a popular area for professional with young families, you can still swim in the Heath’s ponds on a hot summers day, and the Christmas day dip is quite an institution http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/hampstead-heath/swimming/Pages/default.aspx.
A walk to the top of Primrose Hill will give you one of the very best views across London; top addresses in the area are Belsize Park and The Avenue.
This is the perfect location for visiting London Zoo https://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo, the area benefits from plenty of green open spaces. It’s definitely not a cheap area to live, Qatar’s former first lady, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, recently bought three properties Cornwall Terrace at a price in excess of £100 million. Damien Hurst bought a house overlooking Regent Park’s boating lake at a cost of £34 million.
Finding a property to buy or rent
There are many ways to find somewhere to live in London. The usual and most common way to find a property via an estate agent; you will be able to find plenty on any high street across the city. With the ever increasing strength of the Internet, more and more people are searching for properties using online sites such as:
Property prices if you are thinking of moving to London
There is no doubt that property in London is expensive, you can expect to pay an average of £18,000 per square meter in an expensive area and £8,700 in less central locations. Whilst finding affordable accommodation in London can be difficult, there are many ways in which to save money as well. There are many free events and festivals that take place across London each week, listings of what is happening can be found at TimeOut London http://www.timeout.com/london
Visas when moving to London as a Non-UK/Non-EU National
It’s very easy to find plenty of information about working abroad. However, what do you need if you are moving to the UK to take up a job and you don’t have a UK or EU passport? You will most probably require a work visa and one of the best place to find out all the information you are likely to need is the GOV.UK website https://www.gov.uk/
Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders can usually enter the UK without a visa as tourists, however this will not give you the right to work. If you’re caught working without the correct visa, you are very likely to be removed from the country and possibly barred from re-entering the UK for a number of years.
If you were not born in the UK, you may not have a National Insurance Number, which you will need to get before seeking employment. Only people eligible to work in the UK will be issued with one. You can find more information at Gov.UK National Insurance https://www.gov.uk/national-insurance/overview .
Finding the best London schools
From nursery right through to university, you will want to find the best education for your children. London has many different options to consider; state or private independents, mixed gender or single-sexed, UK curriculum or International Baccalaureate.
All children five to sixteen must be in full-time education and can receive a free place at a state school. Many people move to fall within a desired school’s catchment area, to stand a better chance of having a child admitted to a state school of their choice. The following list of sites may help you to select a school in your area:
• The Good Schools Guide https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/
• School Guide https://www.schoolguide.co.uk/
• The Sunday Times School Guide www.thesundaytimes.co.uk
• Tatler Schools Guide 2016 http://www.tatler.com/guides/schools-guide/2016
London removal company
White & Company has over 140 years of experience and branches around the UK. No matter where you are moving from in the UK, Europe or an International destination, White & Company will tailor your move to London to meet your exacting requirements. We run 220 specialist vehicles and when it comes to moving day, our traditional values, professional care and technical expertise will stand us apart.
As you can see, our branches stretch from the Channel Islands to Scotland and with a network of industry partners we are able to provide an exceptional packing, removal, storage and delivery service anywhere in the country. At each branch our team will have a wealth of local knowledge and can liaise with our other branches to make sure your move runs smoothly. As well as taking care of your house move, White & Company is able to offer a whole range of other services.
White & Company Removal Services
Our teams across the UK are able to pack your valuable, fragile and bulky furniture. We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move. All china and glassware will be wrapped in special paper and then packed in double-thickness cartons; furniture can be wrapped in bubble blanket for extra protection; and items requiring specialist care, such as antiques, can be packed in made-to-measure wooden crates. We can also offer an unpacking service to unpack your belongings onto flat surfaces and dispose of all packing materials.
You may find you need to store some or all of your possessions prior to moving home, or whilst you arrange for work to be carried out on your new home. We have 19 storage locations throughout the UK all providing secure containerised storage in personal dedicated storage containers. All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European standard BS EN 14873.
Because it is so important that your possessions are cared for throughout your entire process, White & Company are members of the British Association of Removers and all services performed are in accordance with European standard BS EN 12522.
When planning your move we know the cost of your removals or storage is important too…so when you are ready, either fill in the White & Company extensive online estimates form for a quote or contact your local White & Company branch to arrange a no obligation home visit during which we will explain the process and provide you with an itemised quote.
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White & Company are also proud winners of the British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition 2016.
When moving overseas, making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with an FX Firm (foreign exchange company). Simply follow the link below to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free no obligation account. White & Company/foreign-exchange
Whether you need to arrange monthly payments to service an overseas mortgage, or wish to protect yourself against exchange rate fluctuations and fix the rate for up to a year, we will be able to suggest the most suitable way to do so. Open your free, no obligation account in as long as it takes to stop for a coffee.
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