Recommended Reading

Newcomers Handbook to Living in London by Janetta Willis.

Where to Live in London by Sara McConnell (Simon & Schuster UK). 
A guide to the different residential areas of London. This book is slightly outdated, but still offers help when trying to decide where to look for your new home or flat!

Not for Tourists Guide to London 2010 by Jane Pirone. 
A locals guide to various neighborhoods showing local amenities on maps, including, post offices, schools, movie theatres, bars, dry cleaners, etc.

American in Britain 

A bi-monthly magazine published in the UK for the American community. Can be received in home or picked up at many American social clubs. Lots of useful information on what is going on in the UK/US community and helpful information on taxes and real estate. Contact them at for subscription information.

Living and Working in London by Janet MacDonald. 
Another of the Survival Books, this gives advice specific to relocating to and working in London.

Living and Working in Britain : A Survival Handbook by David Hampshire (Survival Books Ltd.) 
A great guide for anyone moving the UK – especially those who are hoping to work out employment here.

Living in London 
An indispensable guidebook primarily geared towards assisting Americans who are relocating to the London area. It is published by the Junior League of London (registered charity) and available from Amazon or contact them at 020 7449 8159 (phone) or 020 7629 1996 (fax). This book can be especially helpful if you can get it before you move to the UK.

Buying or Renting a Home in London: A Survival Handbook by David Hampshireand Sue Harris. 
It covers everything a prospective buyer could wish to know including buying for investment, renting, the best places to live, finding your dream home, finance, the purchase procedure, moving house, taxation, insurance and much, much more, including a comprehensive survey of all 33 London boroughs.

Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson. 
Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.

The English by Geoffrey Elton. 
A survey of the English experience through a thousand years and more, this book concentrates on the lasting characteristics of a people who early on discovered the fact of a national identity. The outstanding hallmarks of this experience were the existence of a strong central authority (in the monarchy), the provision of a system of law, and with these two the possibility of preserving individual rights and liberties in the face of a long sequence of historical vicissitudes.

Frommer’s Best Day Trips from London: Great Escapes by Train, Bus or Car by Donald Olson, Stephen Brewer. 
We give you all the information you need to plan your day trip, from train schedules to parking information and the best places to pick up picnic supplies or enjoy a more leisurely meal. Detailed maps and suggested itineraries for each destination guarantee that you’ll see as much as possible without feeling rushed. And if there’s so much to do that we think you might want to extend your trip, we give you the scoop on the best places to stay, from budget B&Bs to luxury hotels.

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