Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Surviving your first weeks in London

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A rundown of some of the stuff people don't tell you when you move to London and how you can make it through those first few weeks!

After work drinks
Nobody in the history of ever has said 'fancy a drink?' and actually meant one drink, fact. After work drinks happen in London Monday-Friday and you basically will get totally hammered. How do you survive this without bailing on the social events? SNACKS. Get yourself an 'after-work-drinks-snack-stash' to keep you going. 

Sweaty tubes
The UK so has the tube system wrong compared to the spacious, air conditioned glory that is in Spain and alike. There are a few things you need to survive, no matter how many stops. First up, music. Load your iPod or spottily account with as many tunes as poss. Also, you need reading material (always grab the free papers). This combo means no awkward eyeballing with the tube weirdos. 

Oyster card, obvs. You don't want to be messing around with tickets. Also, you need a cute oyster card holder, I got mine from paperchase

On top all of this you need a good deodorant because it gets real sweaty on there. I would massively recommend Sure Maximum Protection which is a bit pricier than others, but works way better. 

Expensive lunch
As well as permanently drinking, everyone likes eating too. This can get pretty costly though, so make like some of the people where I work and have Friday as your lunchtime treat day and try to take your own food in or hit the supermarket on all the other days. 

Dead phones
Always have your phone charger or a portable one with you and make sure you keep it well charged. You don't want to get stuck somewhere on your own after the after work drinks with a dead phone. 

I'm sure there is more, but hopefully some fellow new Londoners can relate!


9 comments:

  1. Haha this was brilliant! I culdn't have thought of better tips myslef and I go to London so often :) agree with the dead phones one, for some reason you're on it so much throughout the day it needs to be juiced up! Xx

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    1. so true, I'm terrible at keeping my phone topped up! x

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  2. Ahhhhhh after work drinks! Definitely such a London thing! I'm now living in Newcastle after 5 years living in London and the culture is so different. No one goes for drinks after work here because everyone is rushing home to their kids!

    Free papers are a must, always loved the free Time Out on a Tuesday :D

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    1. haha yeah and the geordies love a drink! x

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  3. This is brilliant! I'm just about to move to London and am slightly terrified but these tips are great! xx

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    1. Exciting!! You will have the best time ever. Hope it goes well :D x

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  4. Argh, after work drinks sounds like too much work for me :P I like to go home and eat dinner! Funny how cities are different :) x

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    1. it is a nightmare sometime haha x

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  5. haha this post is so funny, but so true and necessary. Also I think it should be warned that, esp during rush hour, the possibility of being knocked off your feet or about is like 95% ;p x

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