Life in London - some useful tips




Life in London - some useful tips
London areas London is divided in several areas, or focal points at which all the energy concentrate. They are distinguished by the kind of activities and the type of people that hang around. For example, the vibe in Brixton will be totally different from the one in Hoxton, or the West End or Camden Town. Once you move to London you will realize that each area represents a sort of micro-environment with a reality of its own. The best way to find out about London areas is checking them out and hanging around!!!
Life in London - some useful tips
Open-air atmosphere art in Covent Garden It is quite broad and centrally located, the type of people you would find there is an extremely trendy crowd, very posh people who are getting out the opera house, tourists, thieves, loud drunkens, townies on the lash wearing big wigs and football t-shirts, street artists and jugglers.
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Street life and shopping in Camden Town.The feeling is very similar to the one of a small town, in fact, if you have been hanging around the area for a while, you could easily spot familiar faces, the usual faces amongst tropical birds. The atmosphere in Camden is very colourful and young. During the market days, Saturday and Sunday, Camden town is overflowing with people of all sort. Goths miserable teenagers, indie rockers, metallers, hippies, punks, dealers, crack heads and police men. However there is no danger in Camden, as long as you do not stop and buy your geer from unsafe sources. As you walk through the market for the first time, you will find yourself look at the crowd with astonishment. From teenager to eternal rascal, the crowd walk up and down to spend pocket money on some fresh mushrooms, beer or a new cool t-shirt. At first, you might be caught by a sudden desire to dread your hair and pierce your clit too…I must admit is very hard resisting to Camden’s silly fashions. If you feel like carry on with the “promenade”, you can safely carry on walking along the canal path that takes you towards Regents park and the London zoo.
Life in London - some useful tips
Radical chic in Hoxton Hoxton sq., in the Shoreditch district, and Brick Lane are some of young people's favourite areas. The stereotype could be identified with the 20-something dressed in over-priced torn clothing and numerous 80s retro fashion items, sometimes including pink legwarmers. Ridiculous haircuts also de-rigeur. Usually making bad art in an overpriced warehouse apartment while living on seemingly limitless parental funds. However, the area bursts with crowd, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. In the Sunday morning the Spitafield market does the rest.
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National Insurance Number/Taxes Once you arrive in London, after you got your job, the first thing you should do is arranging a national insurance number through your local job centre. That would prevent you from being overcharged with taxes. What you need is to get a national insurance number to proof address, a letter you’re your employer, and your ID NIN Once you have done it, the amount of taxes will drop down to a much lower rate, and the previous overcharge can be claimed back with the tax reclaim at the end of each tax year on March. You could do that by yourself, by contacting the inland revenue, which will take a lot of time and hassle, cause they always try their best not to give your money back, or getting an agency to do it for you. Check out TNT to find out which agencies can do the dirty job for you.
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Safety behaviours Do not get money from cash machines late at night, especially with your headphones on. Be very aware of people asking for a lighter or the time, late at night in areas that you do not know. Ignore people who are trying to provoke you and looking for a fight, especially they are very chav looking. Do not expose your properties in areas looking unsafe and deserted or dark. Do not stare and look for eye contact, you never know how people react here. When the bus, tube or the street is really packed, mushy style, try to keep an eye on your bag and back pockets. Do not walk late at night in parks, unless you are looking for bums or troubles. Do not buy pot in Camden high street, is not a good deal and if you complain they’ll have ya!! If you are planning to go to an unfamiliar area, always try to find out about it and plan your journey in order to avoid getting stuck in uncomfortable situations.
Life in London - some useful tips
Travel card If you need to plan your journey you can use the Internet and check on TFL. If you are going to travel frequently long distances, the tube is the best way to do it. Monthly, daily, weekly or oyster cards are available to fit your needs. The bus is much cheaper but travelling this way, will not ensure you to be on time, especially during peak hours.
Life in London - some useful tips
Medical service Once you move to a permanent area, you should register with your local GP. The registration and the support provided is totally free and in order to register you need just a few information. Your local medical centre is the first place to contact for prescriptions and health check up, if you need a specialist you will be directed by your GP.
Life in London - some useful tips
Bank account Opening a bank account in London, is a very long and painful process. The main things you need to provide to the bank in order to open an account are: Proof of address (a letter from your landlord, two following bills with your name), Letter from your work, ID If you are opening a student account, you need to be attending a full time course and you need a letter from your college rather then your work.
Life in London - some useful tips
UCAS is an institution that will help you in dealing with your college enrolment. Also the web site is very useful if you are looking for a directory and a search engine of subject and courses in the whole United Kingdom. See link studying.
Life in London - some useful tips
Transport to aiports The most popular airport in London, is Heathrow but the cheapest flights land in Stansted. National express, organizes very frequent bus rides that are connected to any airport to the city. In general, a bus takes about two hours depending on the traffic. On request these buses will stop at some stations before the centre of the city. There are also very frequent express train lines that connect airports to the city, Very fast but a bit more expensive than the bus. Heathrow, which is also reachable by tube, has an express train line to Paddington Station, Gatwick to Victoria and Stansted to Liverpool street station or Tottenham hale.
Life in London - some useful tips
Expenses in London London, as you might all know, is a very expensive town and is very hard to enter this crazy mechanism of working and living the city which sucks all your money dried from your bank account. However, after a while, once you have understood and met the right circle of people, you could find a way of living smoothly apart from surviving. Usually at the beginning is quite normal that you will earn enough just to survive and have some fun, especially if your English is not very good and if you do not have any useful qualifications. In general however the minimum wage that set the limit to a decent free life style is around 900 pounds a month. It is enough to pay the rent, keep yourself alive to work more and allow to have two days a week of fun.
Life in London - some useful tips
Job Finding a job in London is very easy, but it’s hard to find the right one which rewards your skills. Professionalism, Ability to sell yourself, good English, skills qualifications, a good CV, work experience, networking, and research (especially on the world wide web) are the right keys to get the best out of London jobs. However if you are not qualified and you want to start from the beginning a new career, then maybe you should start right from the bottom, and many web sites and job centre will help you with finding a place to work.
Life in London - some useful tips
Best music shops Soho is great if you are looking for second hand records, but it is the best rated and very hidden but so varied and intimate records shop in which you can listen to music and can talk with the retailer. Also check the web site www.roughtrade.com. Then check out this RADIO STATION...
Life in London - some useful tips
Markets In Camden, Saturdays and Sundays are definitely the best days for the market although is very crowded. Spitalfield market, near Liverpool Street and Market near Vauxhall on every Sunday, offers a far higher quality standard as well as a higher price range. Portobello market is really famous as well. Beside its antiques, the type of products is very similar to the ones in Camden, while lacking of the same funky atmosphere of which Camden is characterized.
Life in London - some useful tips
Sports Due to the lack of nature, London’s sport and activities are very urban. If you can skate or roller skate really well, then people will look at you with a lot admirations and respect. You should feel confident enough to show off your skills around south bank or Liverpool station. If want to cycle you should always wear a helmet. London transport is fostering this activity by making popular cycling routes. Using bikes is very helpful to keep fit while, saving transport money. Jogging in parks is probably safer, but just do not do it late at night, since you might get mugged. Lately is becoming very popular kite flying in the park, but if you prefer to swim in the summer, then you could do it in the fresh “clean” water of Hampstead pond. The water is not very inviting but is quite pleasant once you forget about the tadpoles.
Life in London - some useful tips
Parks Some of London parks maintain a very wild landscape, and due to their beauty they are always the best places in which people choose to mill around, practice recreational activities and do BBQ. Hampstead is one of the top rated and placed in a really accessible position in respect to the town centre, is ideal for walking dogs and solitary strolls. Richmond covers the greatest area, which is impossible to cross by foot. So, if you have a car or a bike it would be easier to enjoy the most out of this amazing park with baby.
Life in London - some useful tips
Exhibitions Ica institute of contemporary arts which puts on exhibitions around the areas of new medias and contemporary arts. The white cube exhibition gallery is really small exhibition space that became one of the most influential galleries of the past decade in the richest area of artistical activity. Modern Tate Gallery is an institution that houses the United Kingdom's national collection of British Art, and International Modern and Contemporary Art. Chek also few links to free museums in London: British Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum, London Transport Museum, Museum of London
Life in London - some useful tips
One dot zero is a multimedia organization that puts on every year, In London and other city worldwide, one of the most cutting edge digital media animation and cinema festival Usually his events are based at the ICA where is also possible to buy dvds produced by this multimedia company
Life in London - some useful tips
Cabs-taxies there are two types: traditional black cabs, are very reliable and use a meter to calculate the price of your journey, sometime are very expensive but if they are cool and they like you they will set a low tariff for your journey. Mini cabs that are usually found in the street, like birds of pray, right outside a nightclub, you should negotiate the price before the journey. If they are found in the street and are beeping at you when you are walking down the street they are almost certainly without a permit. If you are a girl, do not accept a life from dodgy mini cabs. They could only be weird who are trying a new technique to get laid.