Teach in London
London truly is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in which to live and work.
London has something for everyone. From history and culture to food markets and shopping, it is one of the most visited cities in the world for a very good reason. The city is renowned for its arts and fashion schools, which make it one of the world’s fashion capitals. Because if this, shopping in London is among the best in England and offers everything from luxury to discount brands. If you’re keen to teach in London, you’ll be spoilt for choice with activities to do, cuisines to try, places to go and people to meet.
From the London Eye to the historic Tower of London, there are so many memorable things to do. Many of the city’s top attractions are free, making them affordable places to soak up some culture (or to escape the weather!). Some of the most popular museums include the V&A Museum, The Tate Modern, and the National History Museum. If you’re looking for entertainment, the West End hosts incredible theatrical performance, as do the outstanding National Theatre and The Old Vic, and nearby Leicester Square is home to world movie premieres – an unforgettable experience!
And when you tire of the tourists, and the tourist attractions, that’s when you know you’re a Londoner. That’s when the city becomes your own, with all its history, all its cutting edge trends, all its hidden gems. Relax after work in a historic soaker boozer, rub shoulders with celebrity chefs at the mouth-watering Borough markets, go ice-skating at Somerset House, take a dip in a Hampstead Heath pond, enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch at Columbia Road Flower Market, visit long-dead historical figures at an atmospheric cemetery, or enjoy endless summer evenings in one of London’s many parks and gardens. London’s famous Parks and Commons, including Hyde Park. St James Park, Regent’s Park and Hampstead Head, or dozens or others, are particularly noteworthy and well worth a visit.
A city of villages: finding a place to live
London is not a “cheap” city to make your home, although the wages in London are higher than the average national salaries because schools apply “London Weighting” (an additional salary payment). If you live and teach in London this extra money goes some way to counter the higher costs of living.
Finding a good area to live can be daunting, as a rule of thumb the lower the zone number on the tube map, the higher the cost of renting a house or apartment is, in reverse the higher the zone number the less you can pay for accommodation but more you are likely to be charged for travel to and from the centre of town. In London you can live in a very lively area with lots of clubs and nightlife or for the sake of a couple of extra stops on the tube you can live in an area with a very local, small community feel with rolling countryside just minutes from your door. Talk to your consultant about what you personally are seeking in terms of what type of area in which you want to live.
Top Ten Things to do in London
- National Gallery
- Natural History Museum
- London Eye
- Tower of London
- West End Show
- Buckingham Palace
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Tate Modern
- Hyde Park
- The London Dungeon
Top Ten (Alternative) Things to do in London
- Brick Lane
- London Cemeteries
- Postman’s Park
- Museum of London
- Imperial War Museum
- Borough Market
- Columbia Road Flower Market
- Kew Gardens
- Discover creative street art on an East London walking tour
- See a sing-a-long film in Soho
Literary links: novels set in London to help you set the scene
- Bleak House, Charles Dickens, 1852-3
- Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf, 1925
- Hangover Square, Patrick Hamilton, 1941
- The Ministry of Fear, Graham Greene, 1943
- Under the Net, Iris Murdoch, 1954
- London Fields, Martin Amis, 1989
- The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi, 1990
- Downriver, Iain Sinclair, 1991
- High Fidelity, Nick Hornby, 1995
- Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman, 1996
- Bleeding London, Geoff Nicholson, 1997
- Tunnel Vision, Keith Lowe, 2001
- Soho, Keith Waterhouse, 2001
- Brick Lane, Monica Ali, 2003
- The Calligrapher, Edward Docx, 2003
- Night Haunts, Sukhdhev Sandhu, 2006
- The House by the Thames, Gillian Tindall, 2006
- A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Xiaolu Guo, 2007
Useful links for life in London
journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk – Transport for London’s live travel information for Buses, Tube and Overground services.
www.tfl.gov.uk – The main Transport for London site, information on the types of tickets available, tube and bus maps plus live travel news.
www.thetrainline.com – Along with sites like ‘raileasy.com’ – take advantage of London’s connections and see a bit more of the UK.
www.walkit.com – A website to help you plan your walking route – often the best way to get around London
Things to do in London: get inspired!
www.timeout.co.uk – one of the longest established online and print magazines for London entertainment listings
www.visitlondon.com – tourist site but lots of information to give you some ideas
www.tripadvisor.co.uk – let’s face it, anyone who’s planning a holiday checks out tripadvisor
Secret London – quirky, weird and wonderful
London Street Art – East London’s most spectacular graffiti murals
Relocation Genie – a useful service for Teach In teachers that helps you find long or short term accommodation before you arrive
www.airbnb.com – stay in someone else’s home while you look for yours
www.gumtree.com – Local noticeboard for everything from cars to flats, a good place for finding flat and house shares in and around the London region
www.zoopla.co.uk – Good search options plus the option to download an app version for hunting on the move
www.primelocation.com – Popular and well stocked in good houses and flats all over London and UK
www.tntmagazine.com – Popular and London focused magazine for Australian, Kiwis and Canadians – good accommodation section along with lots of news and event information to keep you from getting homesick