Moving to London means that you are living at the very centre of the world. Though living in London you see up close that London has experienced a long and tumultuous history, it has always emerged from its struggles as a pioneering and vibrant city. Throughout the years, London has been at the forefront of the world’s political, cultural, and literary movements, and each series of change leaves its mark on this continuously evolving city. Whether fighting off barbarian invaders, resisting the Great Plague (or Great Fire), or rebuilding after the Blitz of World War II, this city has remained a strong, resilient part of the world. This fortitude manifests itself today in London’s incredible ethnic and cultural diversity, its countless museums and theatres, and its exciting nightlife. It is hard to say what the city of tomorrow will be like, but, based on its past, one would expect a strong, diverse city with citizens who expect their voices to be heard, and no stoppage of people moving here. Before focusing on your integration and attaching to the life imagined here are some home truths.

No one nation is perfect, and as a Londoner you must learn to love and embrace your city because it is impossible for any country to satisfy all your expectations and imaginings of it. If you are moving to London from abroad believing that the sun will shine every day, and the locals will all welcome you with open arms will not necessarily be what you end up seeing. One can’t say that there is no crime, no poverty, no undercurrent of dissatisfaction amongst some sectors of society and that no one will ever try and rip you off; it is a metropolis.  If that’s your line of thinking your love affair will sour very quickly as you are awoken very rudely from your dream. There are issues all over the world and by learning to separate the good, the apathetic and the bad, and make peace with it all then you can turn living in London into an incredibly wonderful reality.

It may seem like an unachievable aspiration, but by choosing to be honest with yourself, be open, be accepting and allow your new life after moving here to become all that you had hoped, just know that no one nation is perfect…you have to learn to love your new nation for what it truly offers you. Living in London and living the dream in this beautiful city  will be worth it.