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London is one of the most amazing cities in the world and you could spend years there and still feel like you have more to do.  The UK is full of picturesque villages, country pubs, rolling hills and historical cities that were developed long before Captain Cook set sail.

Disembarking from the plane in London is exciting but often daunting.  The more preparation you do before embarking on your overseas experience, the less hassles you will have on arrival.  Here are a few things to make your arrival a little easier:

bulletEnsure your 'Right to Work' documents are in order and you have proof of funds.
bulletHave a few pounds in your pocket when you get off the plane.
bulletEnsure you can carry whatever luggage you bring - and keep an eye on it at all times.
bulletHave accommodation sorted - at least for the first few nights.
bulletKnow how to get to your accommodation from the airport.
bulletBuy a London A-Z (street directory) which can be bought in Aussie bookshops- essential for getting around.
bulletAlways remember to keep an open mind, things won't always go as planned - it's all part of the experience.

London is a vibrant, multicultural city with a varied and exciting cosmopolitan culture, making it an interesting place to live and visit.  It embraces the diverse cultures of its population.  Whether it's reflected in the food, colourful street markets, the music, theatre or at one of the city's many festivals, in London you can mix with the world.

After you arrive in London, get through customs and collect your luggage, it's time to get to your accommodation and relax for a while. 

If you are after something temporary, until you find your feet, a hostel or backpacker's is what you're after.  You'll meet many travellers and get plenty of ideas of what to do.  A good place to start looking for hostels is Hostel London.  If you are planning on staying in youth hostels, look into joining YHA Australia for discount prices in all YHA hostels worldwide.

Finding long term accommodation can be one of the main difficulties of moving to London.  Word of mouth is a good way to find a home, alternatively look at The Gumtree.com or the London newspaper the Loot.  Depending on how particular you are, it may take hours or it may take weeks to find somewhere you are comfortable living.

Once you have found a place to stay and are ready to venture outside there are plenty of places to go.  London is home to countless historical and modern attractions, including the Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and much more.  To see more of what London has to offer take a look at the Visit London website which is full of things to see and do as well as information on travelling to the UK.

Working in the UK is not just about London and there are plenty more places to visit or work.  It's easy to get out and about and due to the large number of commuters and travellers within London, there are plenty of discounted national and international travel options.  Whatever your budget, whatever your destination you can arrange it in London.  For further information see our other travel sections.

A great way of finding out about travel, tours and news from home (Aussie, N.Z and South African) is from the free TNT magazine written by travellers for travellers. It's available every week from major tube and train stations and other locations frequented by antipodeans.


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