Few cities offer the grandeur and excitement of London. It shines with possibility in even the greyest weather, and offers opportunities for career development and personal discovery unmatched elsewhere. Expats moving to London encounter a multicultural, densely packed amalgam of people working feverishly against a backdrop of cutting edge technology and two millennia of history.
London might feel physically removed from Europe but is ideally placed to explore it, a proximity that is a key benefit of living here. London is also home to world class tourist attractions, magnificent architecture, incredible theatre, concerts and art, plus beautiful expansive inner-city parks for restive lunch breaks.
There is no denying that London is expensive – by some estimates the third most costly city in the world for expats, although the weakening pound is making the city cheaper for Europeans and Americans. The long English winters can be a trial for those hailing from warmer climates. Expats also face the challenge of London's public transport system. Rush hour commuting on the tube or bus system can be unpleasant and almost certainly malodorous, but you will get to where you need to go without recourse to a car.
London has a huge expat population. There are large, well established communities of Asians, South Africans and Australians, and a sizeable population of Americans and Caribbean immigrants. The result is a dynamic, energising environment that never ceases to surprise and always values people’s skills over their origins.