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Location Guide: London

Welcome to London, United Kingdom

London is the capital city of England and of the UK, and one of the largest urban zone in the European Union. It has a diverse range of peoples, cultures and religions in its population of almost 8 million. And more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries.

It’s a bustling city with a unique energy and exciting work and social opportunities. With first-class visitor attractions, top restaurants and bars, unparalleled shopping experiences and the growing buzz of the Olympic Games it is little wonder that London continues to dominate as one of the most desirable destinations in the world.

Working in London

London is home to many of the worlds Bluechip organisations and career opportunities are plentiful. With such a large population it is a competitive job market but with a strong CV, a great attitude and a little advice on handling the UK job application and interview process, it’s the place to progress a career at break neck speed.

Salaries tend to be higher in London that the rest of the UK as the cost of living is higher also. An average lower income salary would be in the region of £18,000 to £20,000 GBP (aprox €20,000 to €23,000). This is a gross figure and an average calculation on taxation is around 21% which would include National Insurance which provides you with free healthcare including free medication. On this salary you would expect to have a net take home monthly wage of around £1200-£1300. This would provide a reasonable social life while probably sharing accommodation with friends or colleagues.

Living in London

London is a major international air transport hub with the largest city airspace in the world. It is services by main 5 Airports within an hour by public transport from the city centre. Inside the city, there is a great transport network made up of underground tube trains and overground bus services. Both are frequent, reliable and fairly safe with many information and contact points. During rush hour commutes, using public transport can be a hectic and unpleasant experience, but it’s the same in any large city, and it is much cheaper and easier than trying to drive a car around the centre of London.

Cycling is growing in popularity in the London city area with many bicycles available to hire from vending points around the city – pick up and drop off at any of the points for a small fee. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is always pressing initiatives to increase cycling in the city, so it’s likely to get more and more popular over the next few years. Anyone familiar with cycling around other European cities will easily adapt to it in London.

The city has a massive range of attractions, ranging from tourist destinations such as the London Eye, The Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, as well as a massive range of restaurants, bars, concert venues, opera houses, and so on.

London plays host to a wide range of concerts and movie premieres and is always an excellent location to do a bit of celebrity spotting. For anybody interested in celebrity culture, it’s also an excellent opportunity to frequent the same bars, restaurants and shops as some notable figures. The city has a global focus and with such huge international links, there are restaurants and venues to cater to every nationality, no matter where you’re from when you get hit by a bout of homesickness. There are also minor communities of almost every nationality in the world, ensuring a homogenous and welcome culture to help make the big city seem that little bit more cosy.

Costs of living are high in the city centre and properties can be extremely expensive, and in high demand to boot, but the transport links make living outside the city centre and commuting in to work very time and cost effective.

Restaurants

Bars

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The Average Cost of Living In London

Restaurants

Average

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant

£10.00

Meal for 2 with 3 courses, mid range restaurant

£50.00

Combo meal at McDonalds, etc.

£5.00

Drinks

                                              Average

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught)

                                              £3.60

Imported Beer (0.33 litre bottle)

                                              £3.50

Wine (10 cl glass, depending on brand)

                                              £4.40

Cappuccino 

                                              £2.44

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle)

                                              £1.14

Water (0.33 litre bottle)

                                              £0.96

Transport                                                  

Average

One way ticket 

£2.80

Monthly Pass

£130.00

Taxi Start 

£3.00

Taxi 1km 

£2.49

Gasoline (1 litre)

£1.39

Monthly Rent and Living Costs 

Average

Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre 

£1,502.00

Apartment (1 bedroom) outside city centre

£944.00

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre

£2,837.00

Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside city centre

1,720.00

Utilities (electricity, heating, water etc.

for small apartment)

£147.00

1 minute of prepaid mobile tariff local

(no discounts or plans)

£0.14

Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

£19.13

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