It’s a big wide world out there, and London seems to attract people from every corner. As a hot-pot of bubbling opportunity, London has always been the global epicentre for new ideas, fresh ventures, cutting edge technology, and culture. 

We have been working in these parts for quite some time now, and feel pretty qualified in being able to pop together a guide on what you should expect when working in London. 

Work

London is the place to be for young professionals, it attracts highly skilled workers that want to make money and live well from across the world. 24% of London’s population is 25-34 year olds, no wonder, as the average salary in London is much larger than anywhere else in the UK. 

When it comes to the variance of industry, London has everything. London has been a financial hub since the middle ages, with Canary Wharf and Square Mile as its epicentre. Apart from traditional banking, London thrives in foreign exchange, and bond trading.

Europe’s largest tech firms have used London for a launchpad over the years, and is home to over 40,000 tech companies in the inner city alone. From big multinationals to small start-ups, the variance is staggering.

Due to the high number of University students, London has a constant stream of young professionals that are keen to work, and bring lots of fresh ideas to the workplace. The creative media sector has been getting bigger year after year, Film/TV Production, Theatre, Game Development, Digital Marketing and Advertising, are all attracting professionals. 

London’s transport network is one of the most developed transport networks in the world. When regarding your commute to and from work, it is easy and relatively affordable to get around the city at a low cost. 

Office space

London probably has the widest range of workplaces that a company could look for. A contemporary, sleek, modern building with high tech infrastructure? Sure thing. An old warehouse, with warm red brick, big group spaces, creating a focus on collaborative work? We’ve got that too.

It is easy to stumble over some beautiful locations in London, one of the more striking things about the city is the contrast building to building. Juxtaposing architectural wonders sit next to each other, creating a mix of style that is unlike anywhere else.

Have a look at a few wonders that we look after, there’s a huge range of different types of spaces.

Balancing work and life is a concept that has taken far more prevalence in recent years. Therefore needing a workspace that reflects a team is necessary. 

Culture 

If you are a history buff, expect to be practically falling over architectural gems left and right. 

The Tower of London was originally built in 1078, predating Columbus discovering America by 400 years. St Pancras Old Church supposedly started construction as early as 314CE. There are still parts of the London wall still standing, which stood as London’s defense in its medieval days, some sections of the wall date back to 190-225CE, which is honestly mind blowing.

How many people can claim that they walk past such historically important places on their daily commute? Not many, that’s for sure.

Because London is such a melting pot of cultures, the variance of different high end cuisines is massive. London has become the Babel of the modern world, more than a third of Londoners are foreign born. London now encompasses over 270 nationalities, and 300 languages. So if you are looking for something different to what you are used to, you won’t have to travel far to find it. 

Multinationalism is something we have always been extremely proud of, and our collective culture is deep rooted in a general attitude that sharing is caring. 

When tourists come to visit, they will be excited to try what they think Britain is: Fish and Chips, Pie and mash, Eton Mess, with an English Breakfast and Cup of Tea. 

Let them have it, and leave us to feast on the plethora of food we have to offer… Kimchi, Sushi, Goat Curry, Ugali, Mezze, Schnitzel, Peking Duck, and the rest please… This just scratches the surface.

There are 66 Michelin starred restaurants in London. 5 of those hold 3 Michelin stars, which is the highest award for the best quality food that can be awarded. Which is quite the achievement. And if you’re not feeling like dressing up fancy and sipping on wine, there are thousands of different establishments that cater for all kinds of dietary requirements. 

So what next?

There’s only one way to get the true experience of London. Get out there! Get on the streets, get smelling, tasting, walking, talking, and exploring the wonders that it has to offer.