London – The city of success

The city of success

London is a diverse city, where everyone is welcome. Londoners work hard but they play harder. From watching a fabulous musical at the Westend, to feeling like royalty by visiting Buckingham palace you’ll never grow tired of this magnificent city. Living in London may seem to be more expensive than other cities. But with a little bit of research and careful budgeting, it is affordable for most. To save you precious time we’ve compiled a list of things you need to know before making the big move.

Visas

If you are a non-native you will require a visa to live and work in the U.K. Check out the U.K. government website. By answering a few questions on this website you will be able to work out what steps you need to take, to make your dream of working and living in London a reality.

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Income tax

Tax deductions vary with different incomes. Below is a list of some of the different brackets. Check out the income tax rates for a more comprehensive list.

Income of up to £11,850 is tax free.
Income of £11,851 to £46,350 – 20% tax rate.
Income of £46,351 to £150,000 – 40% tax rate.

Everyday living costs

*Prices are approximate.

Accommodation

Renting a house (ideal for families) – a typical 3 bedroom house close to the city can cost around £1200 pcm. We love using www.rightmove.co.uk for all our rental needs. You’re sure to find a house to suit you and your family here.
A houseshare (ideal for single people) – a houseshare will cost around £600 pcm. The following link will give you plenty of options https://www.spareroom.co.uk/. Here you’ll find the perfect houseshare to suit all your needs.

Food

1L of milk: £0.80-£1.00
Loaf of bread: £0.70-£1.50
A dozen eggs: £1.30-£3.00
1kg chicken: £5.00-£10.00
1kg white rice: £0.90-£2.00

A typical grocery shop can cost between £40 – £60.

Going out

When you’re finished with work for the day the best way to unwind is by exploring London. We’ve listed below some of the things we enjoy doing.

Going out for Coffee – £3 – £4.
Grabbing lunch – £6 – £11.
Sit-down meal at a restaurant – £20 – £30 (not including drinks).
Parks and Museum – Entry to parks and most museums is usually free.
Theatre – London’s Westend is known for producing and playing the best musical productions from around the world. A typical seat at the theatre costs £60. Be sure to check out https://www.westendtheatrebookings.com to see whats on.
Cinema – £15 – £20. The new IMAX de lux seats are so comfy, you wont want to get up after the movie is finished.

Be sure to also take a trip to visit London’s monuments such as The Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and The Houses of Parliament.

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Everyday is a day of adventure living in London. We hope the information provided helps you with your journey!