What should you expect if you’re moving to London in 2012? Well London and the UK has had a tremendous year so far, filled with national pride. We’ve hosted the Olympic Games and of course the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations back in June, so London has definitely hit a high note at the moment. We wouldn’t go so far as to say that people are chatting to each other on the tube, but everyone does seem to be in a better mood lately. Expect for the cabbies unfortunately. But in case you’re thinking that you’ve missed all the fun, it’s not all over yet! There are still plenty of reasons to move to London sooner or later in 2012.
The Post-Olympic Buzz
The Paralympics begin soon, starting on 29th August and completing on the 9th September, so hopefully this will mirror the success of the Olympics and supporters will fill the streets and live screenings throughout London. Following the Paralympics, there is also a Victory Parade for the British Athletes of both games. This will take place on 10th September and will attract thousands of Team GB fans. It’s perfect for those who were unable to get tickets through the public ballot. The parade is expected to run through the City of London, to Trafalgar Square and ending up at the Queen Victoria monument outside of Buckingham Palace.
London’s changing skyline
The skyline of London is one of the most recognisable in the world and this year it welcomes a newcomer in the shape of the Shard. The Shard is located on London Bridge Street in Southwark and was opened on the 5th July. The building is the tallest completed skyscraper in Europe at present (Moscow’s Mercury City Tower is due to complete at the end of this year and will be taller by 73 feet) and will be occupied by offices, a 5 star hotel with 200 beds, 10 apartments, a public viewing and 3 floors of restaurants. Although the restaurants are unnamed as yet, bookings for them will begin to take place later this year. So if you’re interested in dining high in the sky, then get yourself moved in and settled in and await the announcements regarding bookings.
Jamie Oliver’s Feasts on the Thames
From 7th September to 30th December, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s events catering company, Fabulous Feasts, has joined forces with the Woods Silver Fleet to bring you beautiful cuisine whilst sailing down the River Thames. The food which is cooked onboard, is British, seasonal and free-range. The tables on board the vessels are large and communal which encourage a buzzing social atmosphere. For more info, visit dineonthethames.com
Christmas in London
There’s nowhere quite like Christmas in London. Ok, maybe Lapland has the edge, but still…. if you move to London before December you can be promised a really magical atmosphere in the month leading up to Christmas. Enjoy open-air ice skating, Winter Wonderland fairground and Christmas markets in Hyde Park, drink mulled wine on the Southbank, go late night shopping down Oxford and Regent Street under the twinkle of the Christmas lights. You can even watch or take part in the Christmas Pudding Race in Covent Garden on 1st December where festive charity runners dressed in Xmas fancy dress take part in a race whilst holding a Christmas pudding.
Monarchists who are moving to London this year, will love the diamonds exhibition at Buckingham Palace this summer. Running from 31st July to 7th October and entitled ‘Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration’, this collection displays diamonds worn by monarchs for over 200 years. Some have been inherited by the Queen, others she has acquired during her long reign.
We hope that some of these events are reason enough to move to London this year. The great thing about London is that there’s something for everyone and there is an overflowing calendar of appointments to keep you occupied throughout the year. It really is an exciting and vibrant place to live. But don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourselves!
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