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Work & Play in London

Going to London? Don’t Miss Out on These 5 Must-Dos in the City for Everyone

Exploring every art gallery and museum there is to explore. Having lunch with the Queen (or at least taking the obligatory photo outside Buckingham Palace). Seeing Big Ben in the flesh or cruising down the Thames. Staying out until all hours in the morning because there are just too many bars and restaurants to choose from.

No two OEs are created equal, and that’s why London is the perfect destination for travellers and people wanting to work and play overseas alike. The capital city of England is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, and there’s something for everyone regardless of their tastes.

Discover London’s Nightlife

In a city as large as London, it’s no surprise that the nightlife there is world-famous. From theatre and comedy to live music or a night out on the town, you’re guaranteed to find something that will suit your nightlife preferences regardless of your age or interests.

If you’re into music but your pockets aren’t very deep, a visit to Hootananny Brixton is a must. This venue offers loads of free roots, reggae, ska and folk gigs which is perfect for live music enthusiasts with broad tastes.

The London Nightlife Ticket is also an affordable way to see the best of London’s nightlife. It offers free or discounted entry to 19 nightclubs throughout London, along with special drink offers, discounts on attractions and tours, and so much more.

Be a Sport

There are many similarities between New Zealand and England, but one of them is our united love of sport. While you’re in London, and whether you’re living and working there for a couple of years or just visiting, getting amongst the sporting vibes is a must. Football is probably the most popular sport in England (it’s practically a religion), so make a date to check out a Chelsea, West Ham or Arsenal match. If rugby is more your style, a visit to Twickenham is a must. And if you prefer racquet sports, Wimbledon’s grass turf is one of London’s most popular annual sporting events.

Get Some Fresh Air

London is home to some beautiful parks and wide open spaces, like Hyde, Regent’s, Richmond and Greenwich Parks. If you’re really keen to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, a visit to Hampstead Heath is essential. The Heath is comprised of a massive 791 acres of woodland, playing fields, swimming ponds and meadows; if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of wild deer. During summer, the Hampstead Ponds are very popular.

Essential Shopping

If shopping is more up your alley, a visit to Oxford Street and neighbouring Regent Street is a must. Both streets are home to a wealth of high street brands, including Zara, H&M, Top Shop, Next and John Lewis. For a different shopping experience, visit Covent Garden, and if you’ve got very deep pockets (or are happy to simply take a wander), Harrods is a must-see. For kids and kids at heart, Hamleys is home to many floors of toys.

Get Cultural

With more than 170 museums in London, lovers of culture are definitely spoilt for choice. Between them, the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) could keep a cultural enthusiast occupied and entertained for days.

Art galleries are aplenty in London too. The Tate Modern is filled with modern and contemporary art, while The National Gallery is home to much older and more classic works of art.

Everywhere you look, London is also filled with old architecture worth exploring. St Paul’s Cathedral is a work of art (you can’t take photos inside unfortunately), while Westminster Abbey is a sight to behold.

Moving to London? Crown Relocations Can Help

London is the perfect international base for tourists who want to expand their horizons and New Zealanders wanting to work and play for a few years — or longer. If you’re planning on moving to London from New Zealand but aren’t sure how to get your belongings there, Crown Relocations is the answer. Offering furniture moving, office moving, shipping, storage and everything in between, Crown is your local trusted international moving company. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation moving quote.