relocating to london
So you’ve decided to say goodbye the Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium, and Radio City Hall, and say hello to London Bridge, Westminster Abby, and Buckingham Palace.

Congraluations on making the move to London from New York!

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Moving to London from New York is no easy feat, but with the right preparation you can make your transition a smooth one and enjoy a successful relocation. Moreover, by finding similarities between the two countries rather than focusing on their differences, you can avoid or significantly minimize the impact of culture shock.

Take some time to learn about your new home

A great way to get to know London is to read all about it before you relocate. Better yet, a guided tour of London once you arrive will introduce you to all the hotspots England’s capital has to offer, including over 300 museums and historical sites, its popular shopping districts, its nightlife, and London’s eclectic cuisine. A knowledgeable tour guide will also offer you the inside stories regarding London’s most famous neighborhoods, such as Westminster, the West End, Mayfair, and South Kensington, as well as its lesser-known areas, such as Chiswick, Marylebone, and Putney.

When it comes to communicating with your newfound co-citizens, we suggest you learn the differences between American and British English and memorize a few words that can help you assimilate better to their culture and way of living.

Different can be good

If shopping is your passion and you’re already homesick for Manhattan’s Lower East Side or Midtown Manhattan’s Saks Fifth Avenue, have no fears.Londonis home to some of the most acclaimed designer shops and retails malls in the world. From the famous Savile Row (where men’s suits are made to measure), the massive Westfield Mall, Marks & Spencer, Hamleys (London’s flagship seven-story toy store), and designer shops Harrods and Harvey Nichols, there is no lack of class, couture, and style inLondon. You can also check out the markets of Portobello Road and Spitalfields for some vintage clothing and unusual souvenirs, or head to Bond Street where you will find designer stores Cartier, Versace, Jimmy Choo, D&G, and more.

If you’re a sports fan moving toLondonfromNew York, you can always catch the latest NFL, NHL, or MLB games on cable or satellite TV. However, if you want get caught up in the enthusiasm of the locals, it’s time to familiarize yourself with English football, otherwise known as soccer. English football games are the most attended, most viewed, and most anticipated events in all of Britain. If you are lucky enough to get tickets, check out the new Wembley Stadium, the state-of-the-art sports arena which is home to England’s cup finals, the Football League’s playoff season, the qualifying games for the World Cup Finals, and the Carling Cup Final.

Weather-wise, you might be wondering ifLondonis really as miserable and wet as you’ve heard about. According to the World Weather Organization,London averages only 12 rainy days and two inches of rain per month. So why doesLondonweather get such a bad rap? The catch is that when it rains inEngland, it may rain for a week straight, turning the dreary weather into headline news. Fortunately, while London rain is persistent, it is oftentimes only a drizzle, which means you and your family can still go out and enjoy a great day.

Shipping your belongings

Not sure what possessions to take with you and which to leave behind? Moving to a new country is not supposed to be easy. However, it is our role as an international shipping company to help you by providing the best rates for shipping from New York to London and the professional advice you need.

At NYShipping we count with a dedicated staff of overseas moving professionals and free consultations with a relocation specialist to assist you in planning your move to the UK. For a full list of our services to the UK and other tips, click here for more.

Written by Einat Mazafi
Einat Mazafi is the owner of NY International Shipping, an International Shipping and moving company based in New York. She is also a specialist in providing the best relocation solutions to clients worldwide.