5 things everyone should know about living in London

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This article was created for The Travel Project by Hayley Jones, originally South African but currently living in London while she pursues her travel dreams.

This year my boyfriend and I decided to quit our jobs and move to London with the motivation to travel. Here are 5 things everyone should know before they make the big move...

The whole country is awesome

While London is the capital, England has so much more to offer! From tiny storybook villages in the English countryside to small university towns, the coastline and Stonehenge, England is a truly beautiful country. London is exceptionally busy, always buzzing with tourists and living here can feel a bit overwhelming at times. But travel a few hours outside of the city and it will seem like a different world. You can experience peace and tranquillity in the coastal towns of Kent, Yorkshire and Scarborough or in the countryside villages of Wiltshire, Sussex and Cornwall.

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It’s super busy

I’m sure most people already know this but if you’re a small town girl or from a laid back country like South Africa, nothing can prepare you for the hustle and bustle of London! It’s fast paced, everyone is in a rush and nobody pauses for a breath. It’s a rat race that can feel like a lot at times – but don’t let that turn you off, if you ever feeling like you need a break just refer to points 1 and 3.

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London is the ‘Travel hub’ of the world

Everybody here travels, has travelled or is planning to travel. This must have something to do with the fact that travelling is so accessible and affordable from London. Europe is on your doorstep, with options to fly, take a train or ferry to many foreign cities. Did I mention that there are 5 airports in London? Yes, 5! And various budget friendly airlines, there is nothing stopping you from spending a weekend abroad.

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There is always something to do

You will never be bored in London! This city is so full of life and you will never run out of places to go and things to see. Different events pop up every weekend from food markets to music concerts, art festivals and pop up shops, the list is endless. Timeout provides a detailed guide of everything happening in London every weekend so as unlikely as it may be if you’re ever bored you can just research online and be bombarded with options!

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London is truly diverse

London is a fascinating infusion of culture and diversity. More nationalities are represented here than probably any other city in the world. This is likely because London is one of the leading cities in terms of job opportunities, salary pay and a great base for those who want to travel – the reason we made the move. We are surrounded by an array of different nationalities, languages and cultures daily and it makes us feel more at home with our fellow expats.

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