Welcome To London
Welcome to London!
By far the coolest city on the planet and recently voted the world’s top destination, London is a great place to be. For a weekend. For a month. Or for longer…
Well you’ve got everything right so far. By coming to the London2live website, you’re already at the best place to find out everything you need to know about the fabulous city. Helping you to be prepared for everything you need to know – even if it’s going to be your first time in town.
You want to come to London?
You want to live in London?
You may want to study here?
Or to find work here, so that you can stay in London for a while?
Well keep on reading. This is where you’ll find out everything you need to know.
How to get into the country. What to expect when you arrive. How to get started. And how to live like a Londoner. Well, almost!
And most importantly of all – what you will get when you are here.
And in weeks to come this site will be explosive, with all sorts of additions including foreign language versions of the website. Yes! And useful things like a forum for you to meet other people staying in London and much, much more, so: watch this space!
This is the bit you can tell your Mum and Dad to show how much you know about the country and what a great place it is. Maybe you can get them to support you on your trip to the UK.
The UK or United Kingdom includes England, Wales, Scotland and is officially known as the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”. The United Kingdom is an island surrounded by water from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea, the English Channel, the Celtic Sea, and the Irish Sea.
Since 1993 the mainland is linked to France by the Channel Tunnel rail link and Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland.
What about the past?
The United Kingdom is a Commonwealth Realm, sharing the same person — Queen Elizabeth II — with the fifteen other Realms.
The United Kingdom also has several overseas territories, including Bermuda, Gibraltar, Montserrat and Saint Helena. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, are collectively known as the British Islands.
At its zenith, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth’s surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK’s strength seriously depleted in two World Wars and the Irish republic withdraw from the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation.
For latest statistics on Great Britain and more, visit www.statistics.gov.uk.
Ok, so you’re not in London yet – but you’ve decided you want to travel to London, the city they call the ‘Big Orange’ because of the orange coloured lighting throughout the streets of London…
Useful and practical information
Do I need a visa and passport to enter the UK?
Visa and Passport requirements for entering the UK depend on the country you live in and sometimes also the country you are traveling from.
Visit the site below to find out:
If you need a visa or entry clearance
Which application form you need to fill in
Which guidance note you should read
Where you should make your application
Find your Embassy and Consulate in the UK
Almost every country has an embassy or consulate in the UK and most of them can be found in London.
Bank Holidays in UK
A Bank Holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom. Some of these dates change from year to year while others are always the same.
Check dates for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Money, banks and credit cards
Opening a bank account?
Since the 9/11 attacks which caused an increase in security worldwide, it has become very difficult for anyone to open a bank account in the UK. But with a bit of planning, it can be done.
You will need to open the bank in person at the bank.
Choose from the main high street banks which are Nat West, Lloyds TSB, HBSC, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays as well as several building societies which operate in a similar way.
You will need:
1) Proof of identity: A Passport (but NOT EU Identity card)
2) Proof of address in the UK which may include:
– Tenancy Agreement (long-term only)
– A letter from your employer in the UK confirming your UK address (and if you already have pay slips from that employer it may help to show them)
– Proof of your most recent previous address in another country may also be useful.
Original Documents only will be accepted and the banks are very strict about this.
Banks in the UK still use cheques, however this ‘outdated’ system is gradually being replaced with credit or debit cards, which can be used in most shops and will provided with most bank accounts
Yes! Most Personal Bank Accounts in the UK are free of charge so long as you stay in credit.
That means that at the major banks you can get a credit card, monthly statements sent to your address and pay in and withdraw money, all for free, so long as you stay in credit.