Callum SmithOctober 17th

The idea of living in London may sound daunting to some people. Long commutes. Overcrowded trains. Expensive rent. Expensive food. Well…...expensive everything!

But once you’ve settled down, you’ll quickly realise why London is one of the most exciting cities in the world to live in. The UK’s capital city is a melting pot of people from all over the globe, and you’ll definitely find the people and places to help you relax and enjoy your time in the big city.

Here are 5 tips on making your time in “the most influential city in the world” (according to Forbes) an unforgettable experience.

#1 Get touristy

When it comes to entertainment, London has a lot to offer. To say the least. The most popular tourist spots are a bit pricey, but they’re a great way to learn all about the fascinating history of the city. Some of the most famous attractions include The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, The London Dungeon and Madame Tussauds.

Top tip: Get great discounts on some of the city’s best attractions with your TOTUM card.

#2 Visit the museums and galleries

London is full of fascinating museums and galleries to explore, and best of all, most of them are free to enter. The main ones that we would recommend for you to visit are The National History Museum, The Science Museum, The National Gallery, The Victory and Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

#3 Boost your career with endless opportunities

When it comes to learning and networking, there is no better city to be in than London. With so many social and professional events taking place daily, and a variety of academic and commercial institutions scattered around the city, the capital city is truly an excellent hub for you to learn, develop and progress.

#4 The parks

British weather isn’t great. That’s a given. But when the sun is shining, there’s no place you’d rather be than in London. With some of the finest gardens and green spaces in the country, you’ll find yourself sunbathing, boating, enjoying picnics and soaking up some rays at every given opportunity. A few park favourites include Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, Victoria Embankment Gardens, St James’ Park, Crystal Palace and Greenwich Park.

#5 Shopping

London boasts some of the world’s best shopping centres. From high-end luxury goods in Mayfair to unusual finds in Covent Garden, to huge malls such as Westfield – not to mention the famous Harrods of course – you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice.

If you’re wondering where to start, we recommend you head over to Oxford Street – arguably the most recognisable shopping street in the world, and home to the famous Selfridges. Other shopping spots include Bruton Street, Camden, Greenwich and Hatton Garden.

Interesting facts about London:

• Over 8% of Brits live in London.

• Big Ben’s real name is Elizabeth Tower.

• Over 19 million tourists visit London every year.

• When it was first founded by the Romans, London was called Londinium, then Lundenwic.

• London Zoo was the first Zoo in the world.

• There are more international phone calls made from London than any other place in the world.

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