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Tips for moving to London

Moving to London is an exciting and slightly daunting prospect.

Whether returning from a long stint away or your first time living in the city, there’s a lot to do, see and look forward to.

Tips for moving to London

A great local guide to moving to London makes the process so much smoother.

Use our guide to find out what you need to know before moving to London. We’ll share some tips for settling in and falling in love with a new community once you’re here.

View from newfoundland towards the City, London skyline at dusk.


If you’re a British passport holder or a UK citizen who has lived abroad for some time, visa requirements aren’t an issue. Moving to London as a foreign national, you may need to apply for a visa before you arrive in the UK.

The type of visa you require depends on your reason for moving to the city. If you’re bringing your passions, skills, and unique talents to an exciting new job, you’ll need to apply for a work or business visa in the appropriate category. 

One of the top moving to London tips is to check the government website for information about supporting documents and the application process. As a result of Brexit, you’ll also need to apply for a visa if you’re an EU citizen.



As any good guide to moving to London will recommend, you should focus on finding accommodation before you travel to the city. Searching for a property can be time-consuming, but our team is on hand to support your search every step of the way.

Residential leasing is quick, straightforward, and hassle-free. You get easy access to your desired lifestyle, freedom from unwanted commitments, and delivery by a reputable developer committed to the Estate.

Our apartments available to rent are ready for you to move in as soon as you arrive. We offer flexible tenancies, exclusive amenities, and the keys to a new community in Canary Wharf. Virtual tours are available if you’re moving to London for work but aren’t yet in the UK to view properties though if you're flying over for a trip and are able to visit we can accommodate this too. 

Our fully furnished apartments allow you to save on shipping costs whilst creating a home away from home. We offer the choice of furnished and unfurnished studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, all of which come with high-speed broadband, fully-fitted kitchens and a private balcony.

Bright airy 3 bed apartment available to rent at Newfoundland with Vertus, E14


Finding a pet-friendly apartment is vital if you want to relocate with your furry friend. You’ll need to follow the correct procedure to move to the UK with a pet. Passport, quarantine, and other requirements apply.

Look no further than 8 Water Street for pet-friendly apartments for rent. Here, you’ll find a community of pet owners with a programme of pet-friendly events.



Once you have moved to London, you'll need to get to grips with all the essentials. One of the first things you’ll need to do is open a bank account. This isn’t a problem. You can walk to numerous banks from all the Vertus apartments on the Canary Wharf estate.

Life in London’s about much more than dreaming of excitement in your apartment. Once you’ve unpacked, it’s time to discover the vibrant neighbourhood. Explore Canary Wharf's new district Wood Wharf, and East London markets such as Billingsgate. Don’t forget about landmarks such as The Shard, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London.

Staying closer to home, you can immerse yourself in a lifestyle you won’t find in any other part of the city. Enjoy live music, concerts, and fun outdoor activities, such as stand up paddleboarding (SUP) sessions and stunt shows. 

Paddle boards on the docks near Newfoundland

Unleash your inner fashionista at glamorous fashion events and soak up the entertainment of movie nights. Indulge your arty side and discover the 75 pieces dotted around the Estate. Or spend some time with friends and neighbours in any of the gorgeous green spaces.

From eating at the fabulous restaurants in Canary Wharf to making your way through the best markets in London, you’ll be living like a local in next to no time.

Familiarising yourself with local transport connections can make your intracity explorations easier. Your new neighbourhood boasts underground, DLR, boat, London City Airport links, and incoming Crossrail with Heathrow connections.


Live in one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Immerse yourself in the best of London living.

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