So you’re going to be moving to London and you’d like to know a little more about English culture and their way of life before you get there. Watching English television is one of the best ways of getting to know your new country and London in particular. The British are particular about their telly (television) and have a thriving television industry. Watching some British TV before you arrive will also attune your ear to the regional accents that are found across England. Sometimes they can be incomprehensible to foreigners, but if you listen to them long enough you’ll find yourself slowly starting to understand individual words and phrases.

The best show to watch if you want to get an idea of a London accent is “East Enders”. It’s a soapie, so you’ll have to get used to the characters, but it will give you a good idea of the way that many people in London live and work. You can also watch “Coronation Street” which is one of the longest running soap operas on television. A fair word of warning, if you’re used to the wheeling’s and dealings of the rich and famous, or is it ‘bold and beautiful’ people on American soap operas, you’ll find that British ones are very different. Most of them are about ordinary people and the struggles and lives they lead.

One of the biggest shows on the telly at the moment is Top Gear. Hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, it’s a rollicking motor show with a difference. Watching Top Gear for just one episode will give you a good example of the way that the English use sarcasm as wit. No, really…Top Gear has been banned from the States because they’re so rude about cars! It’s all a bit of fun and Clarkson is especially witty.

Crime dramas, murder mysteries and science fiction, you can find it all on the telly in London. Having a good look at some of the more popular celebrity guest shows like Graham Norton. Standup comedy is also another way of learning out more about the way that British people laugh at themselves and have an irreverent sense of humor.

Once you’re living in London of course, you’ll be able to see your favorite comedians and entertainers in the flesh. London has dozens of live shows every night of the week catering to every possible entertainment taste.