Moving to a city can be a daunting experience for anyone, but it goes without saying that making the decision to move to the capital city of London is a completely different kettle of fish. Despite this, many residents of Ely decide to make the move to the big smoke for a much more varied lifestyle and, of course, work opportunities. It’s also just 80 miles away so can be easily reached by car and public transport.

With millions of tourists venturing into the city each day, huge expenses to cope with and competitive job opportunities to fight for, you may be looking for some help and advice on moving to London without the worry and stress. If you are planning on relocating from Ely to London in the near future, these tips may come in useful.

1. Try out the city beforehand

The quaint cathedral city of Ely has a completely different atmosphere to the capital, and while you may be used to making day trips to London, it’s not the same as living there on a full-time basis.

With this in mind, it would be ideal to visit London as much as you can beforehand so you can make a much more well-informed decision on whether it’s actually the place you want to live. While hotels are convenient, you should try and get a flavour of apartment living, which is the norm in the capital city. At the current time, renting would be off the cards, so you can hire apartments for a number of nights if you wish to try it out. Native Bankside is a Grade II building of apartments that gives you the element of luxury but allows you to test out whether living alone in London is for you. You’ll also be in close proximity to London Bridge and the Southbank, so you can easily get around and explore the city. Once you’ve tested the waters, you may then decide to search for your own apartment to rent.

2. Find a job

Once you’ve sorted out your accommodation, the next step would be to find a job. Do be aware that this can be tough, so don’t be too disheartened if you are rejected multiple times before being offered a position. Just take into consideration the amount of competition you’re faced with in London compared to the smaller city of Ely that you may well be used to. In order to get the very best shot of securing a job, ensure that your CV and cover letter are up to date to show off your skillset and experience in the very best light. Most jobseekers in London get support from recruitment agencies before the move so that interviews are arranged to get the job search started.

3. Know how to get around

The quaint cathedral city of Ely has a completely different atmosphere to the capital, and while you may be used to making day trips to London, it’s not the same as living there on a full-time basis.

Getting around London is straight-forward once you know how. Most people who live and work in the city tend to get from A to B via public transport, whether that be by the Tube or by bus. The great news is that you don’t have to worry about purchasing tickets beforehand when using London’s public transport – you can simply use your contactless card on each journey to pay your way. If you’ll be using public transport on a daily basis, it would be ideal to invest in a monthly or yearly pass, as this will work out much cheaper.


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