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A Typical Night Out At A High-End Club In London

moove2london on 26 Aug 2015

What To Expect When Partying Alongside The Rich And Famous

Find out how to party alongside celebrity A-listers in London. Get on the guest list, book a private table and dress to impress in Mayfair’s finest venues.

We’ve all seen pictures of glamorous celebrities partying at exclusive venues in London, but many Londoners are unaware that it is possible to join the elite socialising at these high-end clubs. The trick is to follow the venue’s rules of etiquette to the letter and to act like you fit in. Here is an idea of a typical night out at a high-end club in London so you’ll know what to expect.

Many of London’s most select clubs tend to be concentrated around the Mayfair and Kensington areas of town, which are naturally renowned for being expensive areas of London. Celebrities and A-listers from around the globe can be seen out and about at spots such as Boujis, Mahiki, the Roof Gardens or the Funky Buddha. On a night out, you might expect to see famous actors, sports stars and even younger members of the Royal Family.

Dress Code
It pays to make an effort when dressing up to attend one of London’s most exclusive clubs. Gents would be advised to wear a blazer with a smart shirt and trousers, whilst ladies can dress to impress in a classy dress and heels. It may surprise you to learn that too much flesh on show can be considered inappropriate, so play it safe and keep it elegant.

Getting In
Some of the clubs have membership policies, although many also open their doors to non-members – be sure to check in advance to avoid disappointment.
Members of the public queuing outside will often feel an air of nervous anticipation as they wait in line to see if they can get in. To gain a better chance of admission to a high-end club, it’s a good idea to arrive early from around 10pm or get your name on the guest list by using a service such as Capital A List. Booking a private table is also an option. As a general rule of thumb, ladies will find that their entry is free before 11pm, whereas gentlemen will often pay around £20 at any time of night.
If you’re going out as a group, then take a look at the male to female ratio in your crowd. It will usually be easier for a group of ladies to get past the bouncers than it will a group of males and a mixed group will do better if there are more girls than guys. It’s imperative that you act respectfully and don’t appear to be drunk in the queue or you’ll be turned away.

Inside The Club
Once you’re inside the club, you can be expect to be treated like a star as you party alongside the rich and famous. If you’ve booked a private table, then you’ll often have to agree to a minimum spend of roughly £150 to £500 for the table, but for this you’ll get table service and a comfortable seat to return to between tunes pumped out by an international DJ. Drinks are understandably pricey – the current trend in clubs such as these is to drink champagne, cocktails or top quality vodka.

End Of The Night
Most clubs close at around 3am and on your way home you may well come across the paparazzi snapping away at some celebrity who has stumbled out of the door before you. As with all late night journeys home in London, be sure to take care and keep your wits about you. Never get into an unlicensed vehicle – instead travel in a black cab or licensed minicab.

Established Travel Publication Puts UK On The Map

moove2london on 24 Jul 2015

Backpax Map 2015 Banner

Once upon a time, information was gathered from printed material and everyone loved a good magazine. That’s when Backpax came in, launching a free travel publication 15 years ago.

However, things have changed. Backpax has responded by hot-footing into the digital age with a swanky new website ( full of travel articles, hostel and tour reviews, special deals and job vacancies.

But, staying true to its print roots, backpackers are now able to pick up the new funky fold-out Backpax map at hostels around the country which is full of great information and makes a perfect souvenir.

We haven’t looked back!

Since launching the new website, alongside its pocket-sized travel map, Backpax’s founder Sharon Henshall has noticed more backpackers engaging with the brand.

“With so much content now available online, we felt it would be best to – sadly – say goodbye to the magazine, and instead make all of our articles available through a new website,” she said.

“We still wanted something tangible out there for backpackers to pick up, so we thought: let’s create a map to go alongside the website. Backpackers love a good map!”

While the website provides regular up-to-date content, including latest job vacancies, special offers, backpacker-related news and reviews, the printed map is published once a year and highlights all of its advertising hostels throughout the UK and Europe.

The fold-out A2-sized map also has tour listings, job agencies, as well as advice on unmissable train routes and fun-filled festivals.

Backpax was founded by seasoned traveller Sharon in 2000. She set up the magazine after returning from over a decade backpacking the globe, and realised that there weren’t many travel magazines out there for those visiting the UK and Europe.

So, with her infinite wisdom about life on the road, she set about creating Backpax, informing travellers about the must-sees and dos while travelling the continent.

“There are so many hidden gems to be explored outside the main backpacking hot-spots, London and Edinburgh.

“From our sprawling countrysides to rural towns, secluded beaches to industrious cities – there’s so much out there, which backpackers don’t know about.

“Our aim with Backpax is to really help travellers, and those who are working over here, to get a unique and enriching experience.”

Backpax Maps are available to pick up at a number of hostels
throughout the UK and Europe. To view our list of advertising hostels,

To view the Backpax Map online, visit:

How to start your own business in London

moove2london on 03 Jul 2015

For the budding entrepreneur, starting a new business can seem like a minefield. In order to get started, you need to break the process down into manageable chunks, and focus on making as much progress as you can. Try to dedicate some time to planning each day, working around your current work schedule to move closer to your dream. Here are some steps to get you started:

Come up with an idea

In order to start your own business in London, you need to come up with a solid idea as it’s a competitive market. There are many ways to do this, but here are some of the most popular:

• Find a gap in the market – what do people need in London that doesn’t currently exist?
• Focus on your own skills and experience – how can you use your qualities to benefit others?

For example, if you’re an experienced engineer, perhaps you can develop a product that responds to a common challenge people face in their everyday lives as city-dwellers.

Get creative – and write all of your ideas down, no matter how ridiculous they may seem. You only need to look at the success of the Banana Guard to see this approach works incredibly well! If you have an idea, but don’t know how to develop it, you can enlist the help of an external engineering or production company to produce a prototype.

Evaluate your skills and knowledge

Once you have your idea, you need to work out what you can contribute to the business, and where you may need some extra help.

For example, if you have a great business idea, but can’t get your head around the financial aspects, work with an accountant to develop your business plan. This will help you minimise any financial risk, and plan the tasks that must be completed to take your idea to the next level.

There are many services available in London within your reach since it’s such a big city. Or you could take advantage of one of the many free workshops run by community hubs to help you evaluate your ideas and resources. As London inspires so many to have a business of their own, start up owners network at events and they’re fantastic places to go to meet like-minded people and gain contacts to help you. It’s all on your doorstep, so grab the opportunities.

Seek professional advice where necessary

If you’re not experienced with business strategy, growth, or sales, find yourself a reputable and experienced mentor. Whilst this will require an initial investment, it will help you ensure your business is a success – and maximise returns further down the line.

If you don’t want to make the investment yourself, investigate schemes that can help you achieve the same results.

Learn as much as you can

Education is key to business success. The more you learn, the better you become. Schedule some time each week to learn and, if you can afford to, consider undertaking professional qualifications relevant to your area of business. If you’re going to hire staff, take a management course to ensure you can lead your team effectively.

Also research businesses you admire and learn from them. Little Bou Boutique is a great example of a small retailer that operates online and has a good social media presence with their customers. As well as selling designer children’s clothes, they have a voice for the industry that parents trust and want to listen to. The blog outlines different styles for the season and designers to try, whilst their Facebook page is a resource for parents to ask questions and interact with the owners. If you’re considering setting up an online retail store – which doesn’t have the overhead costs associated with London – their digital marketing strategies are well worth checking out.

Get on with it!

If you’re determined to run your own business in London, get started as soon as you can! One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is simply not starting. Focus on getting the important tasks done, rather than striving for perfection. Any time you spend deferring your idea is halting your progress. Set clear, measurable and well-defined goals to ensure you keep moving.

Advice For Moving Home Within London

moove2london on 05 Jun 2015

Essential Tips For Tenants Moving Across The Capital

Tenants who regularly move across London can choose from a variety of transport options for their removals – find out which is the best for your needs.

With the housing ladder being exceptionally difficult to get on in London, many young people including students, graduates and young professionals are tenants out of necessity. The regularly changing circumstances of housemates, such as job moves or relationship statuses, result in tenants moving between rental properties every year or so, as rental contracts are typically 6-12 months in length.

Along with the headache of organising utility bills and informing main companies of your change of address, many people worry about how they’re going to move their worldly belongings from their old property to their new one. However, for many people, particularly those with few possessions or those who have been living in furnished accommodation, it really doesn’t need to be as difficult as you would expect.

Here are some convenient removal and travel methods to consider using for your move.

Car Sharing

You can either enlist the help of a willing car-owning friend on a Saturday afternoon in exchange for a couple of pints or you can use a car share or hire company such as Zipcar or Easycarclub. These two companies work in slightly different ways. Zipcar is a commercial company and drivers can pick up one of their hire cars from a multitude of locations in London, whereas with Easycarclub, private owners rent out their own cars to motorists at a charge. Both are reasonably priced ways to gain access to a car for your move.

Man With A Van

If you have a driving licence and are over 21, you can hire a van for yourself. However, if you don’t possess the above credentials or have no desire to drive a van in London traffic, then you might feel drawn to the idea of hiring a man with a van. The benefit of hiring a driver along with your transport is that often the driver will help you move your belongings as part of the hire cost. This is excellent for those who want to get their move completed in half the time, or who need assistance with bulky furniture such as a bed, sofa or dining table. This can actually end up being a more cost-effective method of moving home than hiring a car.

Public Transport

If you don’t have any large items, then the cheapest way to move house could be to use London’s public transport system. You could pack a couple of suitcases or sturdy laundry bags full of clothes and take advantage of the Tube, London Buses or Overground network, all courtesy of the credit on your Oyster card. If possible, avoid travelling in rush hour and dodge extremely busy interchange stations such as Oxford Circus on a Saturday afternoon.


Whether it be a licensed mini-cab firm or a Black Cab, moving to your new house with the assistance of a taxi can be an easy and affordable option, particularly if the distance you’re travelling is a short one. When booking the taxi, make sure to tell the operator that you’re planning on bringing luggage, so that the driver knows to clear boot space for you if necessary.

Before deciding which method of removals and transport to use for your big move, it pays to get organised. Use Ebay or visit a charity shop to declutter your unnecessary possessions in advance of packing. Be sure to gather adequate robust boxes and wrap your breakables in appropriate materials such as bubble wrap or newspaper. Good luck with your move!

Optimising Your London Home Office

moove2london on 04 Jun 2015

The home office has for a long time been the place where many self-employed people find themselves during the week – trying to shut out the noise of your flatmate watching TV, the neighbours next door and the council dustbin collection every Tuesday at preciously 8 o clock. It is the place where your empty coffee cup is always a distraction and where your Facebook page is never closed.

Recent studies found that of the 30.2 million people working in 2014, 4.2 million were people who worked from home. This figure constituted 13.9% of the working population. These figures show an alarming number of people working from home amongst the distractions of everyday domestic life. Thus the importance of a work space that is both comfortable and allows for optimized productivity is very important when working in your London home office.

Room 4 Interiors take a look at how to turn your home office into the optimal work space:

1. Go Modular

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For many London home office, the amount of floor space available is limited. In most cases you are lucky if you have an extra room to dedicate to an office. Changing to modular furniture you create the optimal amount of desk space within the minimum amount of floor space. Modular furniture is a great way to create a desk unit that fits into your office space perfectly, while simultaneously allowing you to extend or alter your desk unit when needed. One of our top modular picks at the moment is this Hampton White Computer Work Station, with expandable shelving, it is the perfect fit for those who spend most of their days staring at a computer screen. The white finish helps to keep your small office space light and open. Pairing this with a Hampton Desk and Four Drawer pedestal, you have the perfect desk unit for your work space.


2. Make It Yours


The best part about having an office at home is being able to own that space and make it yours. You produce some of the best work when you are comfortable in your surroundings. Include personal elements into your home office such as pictures of your friends and family, unique and quirky stationary that may bring through your personality, unique home office furniture or simply paint the walls with your favourite colour. Your home office space is your own, so bring your own style through when designing it. Furniture pieces such as the ones pictured above are great for creating a unique work space. With a mixture of white and oak finishes, it can bring texture and creativity to an otherwise plain space.


3. Get Organised

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You should never underestimate the power of an organised work space, especially when you are working in a limited space. One of the first steps towards a productive work day is making sure that your work space is neat and tidy, thus allowing your thoughts to follow the same pattern. Create dedicated spaces where everything should go. By doing this you ensure that you not only know where you’ve left your favourite pen but you also know where all of your invoices are filed. Including cute organization tools or accessories is also a nice way to make your work space more unique and fun.

4. Storage is the Key

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One great way to create the facility for organisation is to ensure that you have enough storage space. A large cabinet can be a great way to create storage space with a stylish touch. Placing baskets, shelving units and holders inside the cabinet will ensure that your stationary and important documentation stay neat and organised. Items such as the Portobello Display Cabinet is a great piece to keep the light feel of your office space while still creating the necessary storage space.


5. Make It Comfortable


A necessary addition to any garden home office is comfortable work seating. When working long hours, you need to ensure that you have the appropriate home office desk chair. An uncomfortable environment, or stiff dining room chair can see your mind wondering towards the couch in the lounge or even worse, your comfy and oh-so inviting bed. In order to fully utilize your work space you need to ensure that you are comfortable enough to want to stay in it.

For some great home office furniture ideas or contemporary modular office furniture, Room 4 Interiors has wonderful pieces for your London home office.

Bedroom Storage The London Way

moove2london on 03 Jun 2015

With a Michelin starred restaurant down the road, a celebrity footballer’s car on the sidewalk and a host of trendy designer eateries and bars within walking distance, not to mention the shopping – London has fast become one of the most desirable places to live internationally. An increasing number of people are moving to the English capital, with housing becoming in high demand.

For many Londoners, practical living space has become an ever increasing issue. A 2011 RIBA study, “The Case for Space: The Size of England’s New Homes” found that the average living space in London was decreasing annually. The average London one bedroom home was 46sqm, 4sqm short of the recommended minimum for a single storey, one bedroom home. This 4sqm equates to a single bed, bedside table and dressing table with a stool.

Moreover, consumer market research indicated that consumers tended to purchase homes with more rooms, despite their dissatisfaction with the room size. Many new London homeowners found that they did not have enough space to move their furniture around, with 69% of occupants of fully occupied London homes stated that they did not have enough storage space for all of their possessions.

Due to the rapid decline in average living space, there has been a steady increase in inventive storage designs and architectural concepts. Some of which have been pioneered by the likes of Bedroom Storage Maker, who bring consumers innovative storage design with a chic and sophisticated finish.

Here we take a look at some of the bedroom storage solutions that can make your London bedroom a more enjoyable place to be.

1. Get Organised

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The one problem with almost all wardrobes, is the mess. We all have that heap of shoes in the cupboard or the pile of jumpers that used to be organized until you needed that specific black jumper at the bottom of the pile. Everyone opens their cupboard and thinks to themselves, ‘I should really organize this’. Our solution; get organized. We found that one of the best ways to have an organized cupboard for longer than a day is a great storage system; shelves, shelves and more shelves. Having a shelf for each clothing specific item is a great clothes storage system, ensuring that your jumper and jeans don’t get married and run away together.

Shelving kits such as the ones below are great for separating your clothing items easily and make for an easy and affordable addition to your wardrobe.

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2. Utilise your empty space

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Every house has a wall that is not being used, where you have attempted to make it look less sparse by hanging a painting or canvas. That space could be used far more efficiently and can create a lot more bedroom storage space. The area above your bed is a great way to utilize your bedroom space and can make your room look elegant and sophisticated with some great décor pieces.

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Not only does this give you a lot more space, but it can also transform your bedroom without much effort, creating an open wardrobe effect. We love the industrial geometric look this season with natural, raw wood or stone feature walls. Raw steel and dark wood shelf elements such as the closet storage systems pictured below are great against a dark wall feature. Adding some greenery such as hanging plants, flowers or even fake flower elements are another great way to turn your London bedroom storage into something a little more on trend this summer.

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3. Embrace the open wardrobe

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For many London homes, the amount of built-in closet space available is not nearly enough and the space in the room is no consolation. Because of this the option of adding another wardrobe to your room is not a viable option and most of your clothes end up in a semi-neat pile in the corner of your room. This may be the time to start considering an open wardrobe. Without the chunkiness of a closet, open wardrobes take up much less space and can be extremely versatile, adding to the overall look and feel of your bedroom. One Spring / Summer ‘15 interior trend that we are seeing more and more of this season is soft pastels and white décor finishes. With white structured open wardrobe solutions such as the one pictured below, you can allow for an increase in the amount of storage space while still keeping your bedroom on trend, light and open.

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Why Property Investors Should Look to the London Suburbs For Great Returns

moove2london on 18 May 2015

We Take a Look at London’s Up-And-Coming Areas for Property Investors In 2015

Discover the property hotspots of London in 2015 and find out why you should consider investing over renting in order to get ahead in the property sector.

In recent years, London has become an increasingly expensive place for tenants. With the average cost of rent representing an average of 49% of a person’s salary, London unsurprisingly stands out as being the most expensive place in the UK to rent a home. So why are people so bound to the idea of being part of ‘generation rent’? Maybe it’s because they’re unaware that the banks have started lending again to the most first-time buyers they’ve seen in seven years.

If you look out to the suburbs in Transport Zones 3 and beyond, there are some reasonably-priced pockets of London that have much to offer first-time buyers. Areas that were once considered a little downtrodden, such as Walthamstow and Stoke Newington, have become trendy in recent years and now offer a village-style atmosphere for those that took a risk and invested in them.

Investing in a small property in the suburbs could also provide an owner with the opportunity to make huge capital gains, as house prices in certain London areas are forecast to increase by as much as 20-25% in the next 5 years. This sort of scenario would allow an owner to build a deposit for a much larger property within a relatively short space of time.

For those who don’t wish to move to Outer London, but are still attracted to the potential of a profitable location, there is also the option of taking out a buy-to-let mortgage, allowing you to purchase a home with the sole purpose of renting it out. As a landlord, your tenants would cover your mortgage payments with their rent and you could watch the value of your property grow rapidly.

Tips for choosing a great London suburb to invest in
• Look at the high street – a main thoroughfare containing independent shops and new delicatessens is a great sign of wealth in the area.

• The age demographic – if an area is inhabited by people who are mainly in their 20s and 30s then it would be reasonable to assume that they would have disposable income to spend in the area.

• Property developments – if big companies are spending money investing in a region, they’re likely to have done their homework. It’s also possible that the property developers are creating new jobs and amenities, such as shops and gyms.

• Transport links – any planned changes to an area, such as the new Crossrail train line, will almost certainly make it an attractive area to invest in. Equally, locations that are situated a few tube stops down from an area that is already fashionable are also well worth a look.

London property hotspots for 2015 – Croydon and Manor Park

Property developers Berkeley Homes are due to complete their Saffron Square development in Croydon this year, which will contain around 800 new homes with approximately 10% being set aside for a shared ownership scheme. Transport links are being improved and there is a £1bn regeneration of Croydon’s current hub with the opening of Westfield.
North of the river, Manor Park in East London is due to get a Crossrail station in 2018. Forecasters are estimating that there is as much as a 50% increase to be made on property in the area. Zoopla estimates that the average 2 bed property in the area of E12 is approximately £222,650, making it an extremely affordable area for investment.

Of course it can still be difficult for many to get a foot on the housing ladder. Help is out there in the form of rent to buy schemes and shared ownership, and some buyers even choose to move in with their parents for a while to save up enough cash for a deposit. London’s continuous pattern of increasing property prices seems to prove that there’s a still a lot of money to be made for those who are able to invest.

How To Learn The Knowledge Of London

moove2london on 15 May 2015

Black Taxi Driver Training In The Capital

London’s black cab drivers are required to learn ‘The Knowledge’. Find out more about how to take the exams and become fully qualified as a cabbie.

London’s iconic black cabs are renowned for providing one of the best taxi services in the world, with the drivers having an incredible familiarity with the streets of the capital. Many Londoners are attracted to the prospect of becoming a black cab driver for many reasons – you get to be your own boss, set your own work hours and earn a decent wage. However, becoming a black cab driver in London is far from simple. Those who achieve the green badge status with a black cab qualification are required to undertake a rigorous study programme known as ‘The Knowledge’, which was created in 1865.

What is the Knowledge?
The Knowledge is an examination process designed to help London’s potential taxi drivers learn the quickest legal route between two possible locations in London. The basis of the Knowledge is that drivers must learn 320 routes, known as runs, within a 6 mile radius of Charing Cross, which covers an area of approximately 113 square miles. Many of the students choose to learn the runs by driving round them on a scooter and also by attending an independent Knowledge school. Drivers can apply to be an ‘All London’ taxi driver, allowing them to accept passengers in any area of Greater London, or a ‘Suburban’ driver who is allowed to ply for trade in restricted areas of the suburbs outside of London.

What are the stages of the examination process?
There’s approximately 34 months between a student sending in a primary application and ultimately becoming qualified and receiving their licence. Initially, the student must pass basic medical and character reference checks before receiving their introductory Knowledge pack. The pack contains the Blue Book, which is the handbook to learning the Knowledge of London. In addition, students receive a DVD and a booklet of advice. After approximately 6 months and learning the first 80 runs of the Blue Book, candidates may be ready for an optional self-assessment stage, which will not go towards any official marks but will give a fair assessment of progress during this early period.

When ready, candidates then continue to the written examination stage which should take place within 24 months of receiving the initial pack. The pass mark for the exam is 60% and those who don’t make the grade can retake the exam.

The next stage is a series of one-off appearances with an examiner who will spot-test students on place locations and routes. Intervals between appearances get shorter until there is roughly 3 weeks between tests. Following the appearance stage, ‘All London’ candidates will need to take a test to ensure they have a reasonable knowledge of suburban areas, whilst ‘Suburban’ candidates will need to demonstrate familiarity with central London.
Once applicants have passed all stages of the examination process, they can make a final application for their licence and start to think about some of the logistics of becoming a London taxi driver. All drivers should take out some taxi driver insurance and also decide whether to purchase their own black cab or rent one out on a weekly basis, which tends to be the more popular option.

A career as a black cab driver is hard work and often involves working antisocial hours, yet can be extremely rewarding for those who enjoy working with the general public and want to carve an independent career path for themselves!

Personal Training Courses in London

moove2london on 17 Mar 2015

For those of you who would like to pursue a career in sport and fitness, you might be interested in taking a personal training course in London with a view to becoming a personal fitness instructor or perhaps specialising in a field such as nutrition or weight management.

Discovery Learning is a 14 year old company offering personal fitness training.
Their courses are flexible and offer a choice of either full-time intensive training or part-time with an appealing mixture of home study, online learning and tutored attendance days. Discovery’s online learning platform includes materials such as videos, presentations, quizzes, and learning challenges and tools.
Depending on the type of course a student takes, some complimentary extras are available to students including 1 month free public liability insurance, DL branded uniform, a free website, professional business course etc.
The courses available are developed by a series of industry specialists such as sports scientists or recognised experts in sports nutrition and weight management.
Each course also includes a student support team to assist you with your learning. They are accessible via phone, email or live chat.
After you’ve completed the course, Discovery can also assist in helping you to find employment opportunities and keep you updated with relevant industry news.
Payment options are available when booking a course – offers change throughout the year but include deals such as discounts when paying in full, or 0% interest on instalments.

Current courses include Personal Trainer courses as well as:

CPD (part-time only)

  • Behaviour Change and Motivational Interviewing
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention and Intervention
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Indoor cycling
  • Suspension Training
  • Core Strength and Stability
  • Kettlebell Instructor Course
  • Circuit Training
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • First Aid Course
  • Introduction to Sports Injuries
  • Sports Nutrition Course
  • Business and Marketing

Level 2

  • Gym instructor Courses
  • Exercise to Music
  • Childrens Fitness Courses
  • Childrens Exercise nad Obesity

Level 3

  • Exercise Referral
  • Pilates Instructor Courses
  • Sports Massage Courses
  • Pre and Post Natal Exercise
  • Strength and Sports Conditioning
  • Nutrition for Physical Activity
  • Sports Conditioning

Level 4

  • Obesity and Diabetes Management
  • Lower Back Pain Management

A recent follow-up survey of 200 Discovery Learning graduates found that an impressive 92% of them have returned to Discovery for an additional course.

Discovery Learning Venues include London, as well as nationwide locations such as Manchester, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Nottingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Cardiff and Ipswich, so you could perhaps even obtain your qualification at a local venue before moving to London if that suits your situation better.

What is the London living wage?

moove2london on 06 Mar 2015

The London living wage is the calculated amount per hour that a person is thought to need to earn to cover their basic living costs. The London living wage is higher than the living wage for the rest of the country – this is because typically basic living costs in London – such as food, accommodation, transport etc are higher in the capital than the rest of the UK.

The current London living wage is £9.15 per hour, as opposed to £7.85 nationwide. This amount has been calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.

Unfortunately the living wage is quite a bit higher than the current minimum wage which is set at £6.50 for over 21s and £5.13 for those aged between 18 and 20. So the London living wage calculation can be seen as being somewhat problematic as there are large quantities of people living in London who are earning minimum wage and therefore unable (by this calculation) to meet their own basic living costs.

Employers in London are not obliged to pay the minimum London living wage to their lower-earning employees, but nevertheless there are some organisations such as the GLA (Greater London Authority) that choose to do so. Here is a full list of employers in London that pay the full London living wage – if you’re thinking about moving to London and are worrying about having enough money to survive, then you might want to consider applying for a job with one of these companies:

11KBW London
3i Group London
89up London
A View Opticians London
ABTA The Travel Association London
Accenture London
ACEVO London
Action Aid London
AD Porta Limited London
Advantage Accreditation Limited London
Aequitas Consulting London
Age Concern Kensington and Chelsea London
Age UK Camden London
Age UK Enfield London
Alford House London
Allen & Overy LLP London
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris London
Altitec Ltd London
Ambler Primary School and Children’s Centre London
Amnesty International London
Amnesty International | International Secretariat London
Anglo American Services UK Ltd London
Anthony Nolan‎ London
Aquaterra London
Ark London
Ark Academy (Brent) London
ARK UK Programmes London
Armour Intelligence Ltd London
Arup London
Ascham Homes London
Aspire Community Works London
Association of Teachers and Lecturers London
Attic Removals London
Attic Storage London
Aviva plc London
Bangla Housing Association London
Barclays London
Barking & Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service London
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust London
Barrow Cadbury Trust London
Barts Health NHS Trust London
Bastows London
Bates Wells Braithwaite London
BCS (Electrical and Building) Ltd London
Beazley Insurance London
Bethnal Green Academy London
Bhatt Murphy Solicitors London
Bilmes Solicitors London
Bindmans LLP London
Blackfriars Advice Centre London
Blackstone Chambers Ltd London
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church London
Bootstrap Company Ltd London
Boxing Academy London
Bristows LLP London
British Bankers’ Association (BBA) London
Bromley-by-Bow Centre London
Buddy Enterprises Ltd London
Burke Hunter Adams LLP London
Burma Campaign UK London
Business in the Community London
BVCA London
CAFOD London
Cambridge House London
Camden Town Brewery London
Campaign Company London
Canary Wharf Group London
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School London
Cartias Social Action Network London
Casual Films London
Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster) London
Catholic Trust for England and Wales London
Catlin Group London
CCLA Investment Management London
CDF – Community Development Foundation London
Cedar Communications Limited London
Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church London
Central Hall Westminster London
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