If you’re a Canadian moving to London, then you’re in good company. According to the 2001 census, there were 72,518 Canadian-born people living in the UK at the time, with London being cited as the largest settlement of expats.
Many of you will be moving to London for work, others for education or even to join a loved one. We’re sure that you will gather lots of advice, tips and information from your own social network as well as the Canadian embassy, but we have put together a few hints and tips of our own on this page, including where to drink Sleemans!
One thing we will heavily recommend, is that you take a look at the 1st Contact Kickstart package which includes setting up a UK bank account, getting a National Insurance number, CV and Job Assistance, Accommodation Assistance, a UK Mobile Sim card and free international money transfer.
Visa type for Canadians in the UK
You can find full details of visa types applicable for Canadians on our Visa Information page. You may be particularly interested in either an Ancestry visa or a UK Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa, which you can apply for online now.
Finding a job in London
If you’re planning on working in London, then you’ll need to obtain a National Insurance number. It’s a good idea to spruce up your C.V before you get here and upload it to some job databases such as Monster. For more info on finding work in London, please visit our Working in London page.
Canadians in London who are looking for accommodation should seriously consider the option of living in Property Guardian accommodation. This involves living in a vacant property such as a former convent, which will give you a huge amount of space and costs approximately 60% less than the cost of standard rental accommodation. You’ll enjoy living in unique surroundings and get the opportunity to make new friends.
Canadian pubs in London
The Maple Leaf pub is the hub of Canadian expat entertainment. It can be found on 41 Maiden Lane in Covent Garden (postcode WC2E 7LJ). Not only does it serve your favourite Canadian beers, such as Sleemans on draft, but it also serves up typical Canadian cuisine and you can watch your favourite sports there.
Another pub that you might be interested in is the Albion in Blackfriars (2-3 New Bridge Street) which shows North American sports.
Canadian shops in London
Again, on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden you can find the Canada Shop at number 27 (postcode WC2E 7JS). It has an incredibly large range of all the food that you’ll miss from back home, along with beers such as Moosehead, Molsens and Sleemans.
Canada Day 2013
Get yourself down to Trafalgar Square on July 1st, 2013 for a day of Canadian fun. Starting at 10.30am the timetable includes an Alberta Pancake breakfast, a yoga session, cooking demos, hockey tournament, ‘Meet the Mounties’ and an evening concert. This will be the 8th Canada Day in London and if the previous ones are anything to go by, it promises to be an excellent celebration. For more info visit canadadaylondon.com
Canadian Expat Meetups
Meetup.com/London-Canadian-Expat has 1200 registered Canadian expats on it’s books and holds regular meetups at the Maple Leaf pub in Covent Garden (details above), so they’d be a great group to get involved with if you want to mix with people from home. For the ladies, there is also a Canadian Women’s Club which was started in 1932 by 2 Canadian ladies who had been girlhood friends in Canada. For more info, please check out canadianwomenlondon.org