It really won’t take long to settle in after your relocation to London. Tasks that might seem insurmountable right now, like opening a British bank account and how to pay council tax will be a breeze in a couple of weeks. If you’ve hired one of the savvy London relocation services agents to help you find a home in the city you will be settled even faster.

There is one thing that will take a lot of getting used to when you are moving to London: Grocery Shopping. It might sounds like one of the more simple things that you have to master. How hard can it be to walk into a grocery store, choose your products and pay for them? That’s the easy part. It’s not as easy as it looks. Many Americans moving to London find it hard to adjust to the different names of groceries and food items, but if you read up on it you can make yourself a handy list when you go to the store.

What About Weight?

There is nothing more frustrating than needing a 6oz tin of something, only to be confronted with an array of tins that range from 10 – 50 grams. When you’re looking for cilantro and there are dozens of green leafy things that ‘sort of’ resemble cilantro but actually look like parsley but are called dhanya, it can be enough to cause a nervous breakdown.

The best thing that you can do when you are planning your relocation to London is throw away your cook books; the American ones. Get yourself a set of cookbooks with UK weights and measures and buy all of your cup measures, jugs and scales when you arrive. When you’re planning what to pack before your relocation to London, don’t bring anything that has an American measure. In fact, I’d leave all cooking utensils, pot and pans at home. It’s not expensive to buy kitchen equipment in the UK and you’ll save yourself a dozen or so grey hairs by following a British recipe book.

If there is a recipe that you absolutely have to have, you can get handy conversion apps for your Smartphone, that will help you decipher what you need and how much you need of it while you standing in the store.