From antique books to adorable bears, there are endless things to buy in London when you come for a visit. As an expat, I feel compelled to bring a few of the best gifts from London when I return to the US to see family and friends.
My first year living in London was a whirlwind. It’s incredible how much I’ve learned in 12 short months, like how to eat with a fork in my left hand. And though I did a TON of advanced research before we arrived, there are some lessons I learned only after moving to London.
Are you tired of the same old suggestions for what to do in London? Sure, Westminster Abbey and afternoon tea are lovely. But if you’re looking to escape the crowds, or need ideas for a return trip, try these non touristy things to do in London.
I created this 4 day London itinerary to celebrate my one year anniversary of moving to The Big Smoke. In that time, I’ve spent countless hours exploring the city on my own and playing travel guide for visiting family. I’ve done all the typical touristy stuff and uncovered a few hidden gems. And now, I’m sharing my best tips for spending 4 days in London!
After taking a summer road trip across Britain, I’m convinced it’s the best way to enjoy this amazing island. A self drive UK holiday is the perfect combination of freedom, exploration, and relaxation. Not having to worry about train timetables or tour schedules means you can see the country’s storybook villages and famous sights at your own pace. And I guarantee this charming UK road trip itinerary will make up for the mild terror of driving on narrow country lanes!
So you want to move to London: congratulations! Moving to London from the US was one of the best decisions of my life. But it didn’t come without its challenges, especially with the post-Brexit immigration rules. That’s why I’ve compiled a detailed moving to London checklist to help other expats navigate the process.
With world-class museums, gorgeous architecture, and 71 Michelin-starred restaurants, it’s no wonder London attracts 20 million visitors every year. It’s a destination steeped in history, where centuries-old churches are wedged between towering skyscrapers. But with so much to see and do, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! That’s why I’ve compiled tons of London sightseeing tips that I’ve picked up during my time exploring the city as an expat.
Britain is a nation of dog lovers. Even in a metropolis like London, it’s not uncommon to see Labradors frolicking in the park or Yorkshire terriers trying to keep up during a morning jog. And yet, renting in London with a dog is difficult.
London may be home to 71 Michelin-starred restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you have to blow your entire travel budget on food. Despite what you may have heard, there are plenty of delicious, cheap eats in London to satisfy budget travelers and foodies alike. And with over 33% of residents hailing from outside the UK, you can bet the affordable food options will be as diverse as the city’s population.