In Honor of LFW: 11 Londoners Give Advice to Transplants

Or, if you’re moving to New York, advice from 10 New Yorkers.

To know London is to love London, but how can you truly know London unless you live there? I suppose you can’t. Getting to know a new city is part of the fun and the intrigue. It’s where the fear and the excitement comes from. It paves the way for a new romance. There’s nothing like the buzzy feeling of walking alone on a new street for the first time to take in your unexplored neighborhood, establish your coffee shop, map out your commute to work. These things — the unraveling of the unknown — are all part of the process that helps you settle in and make somewhere your home. But advice is crucial in this process. It’s important to have insight from the insiders so that you feel even a little bit wise. Getting lost and feeling lost are part of the process.

What you don’t want, according to these 11 veterans, is to get sucked into the money trap of a shiny black cab. You definitely don’t want to forget an umbrella. You should be prepared to eat a snack before the bar, to elbow up when walking down the street, and above all, to meet a whole new city of cool, interesting people. Let’s start with the ones in the slideshow above.

Good luck with the move — tell us how it goes!

Illustrations by Charlotte Trounce; follow her on Instagram @charlottetrounce.


Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond is a writer, creative consultant, and Man Repeller alumnus living in New York City.

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