Moon Living Abroad in London
By Karen White
First Edition, March 2012
Price: $17.99 USD
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Freelance writer and adoptive Londoner Karen White knows what it takes to make the move to London. In Moon Living Abroad in London, she shares her seasoned advice on transplanting to this bustling English city. From obtaining visas and arranging your finances to finding employment and choosing schools for your kids, White uses her firsthand knowledge of London to ensure that you have all the tools you need to navigate the ins and outs of the moving process.
Packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, plus extensive color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps, Moon Living Abroad in London will help you find your bearings as you settle into your new home and life abroad.
What’s inside Moon Living Abroad in London
Here’s what author Karen White loves about London:
- In London you can live in a normal residential street (with backyard and local park) yet be less than two miles from the heart of town.
- World-renowned museums (such as the British Museum and Tate Modern) are free.
- The shopping is spectacular— whatever you are after you can find it here, you just need to know where to look.
- The numerous green open spaces and parks are a hallmark of the capital, where you can walk the dog in the woodlands of Hampstead Heath, ride bikes past wild deer in Richmond Park, or feed the ducks in Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake.
- The extensive system of public transportation (with its mix of the Underground, trains, buses, trams, boats, and even bicycle rentals) is a godsend.
- Here history is on every corner, evident in the capital’s streets and architecture, from 18th-century shepherd’s cottages to the grand Georgian villas and the occasional medieval churches.
- It’s magical to wander around London—especially the City of London and Clerkenwell on a Sunday—when all the streets are deserted and you can explore its back alleyways without fear of being run over.
- Markets galore: Borough Market is a gourmet’s heaven; Portobello Market and Camden Passage are great for antiques; Brick Lane has tasty fast food; Cabbages and Frocks has lovely jewelry and clothing; and don’t forget Camden Market, with its overwhelming choice of everything.
- Nothing beats watching the street entertainers on the South Bank and strolling along the southern edge of the River Thames on the weekend.
- There is always something well worth seeing, be it a play, a concert, a gallery, a movie, a museum, exploring on foot—the list is endless.
- With just an Oyster card, there is so much you can do that’s free.
Karen White was born and raised on the West Coast—but she always longed to broaden her horizons and live in Europe for a while. When the opportunity to study as an undergraduate student in southern England arose, Karen went for it . . . and she fell in love with Britain in the process. She moved to London a few years later to start life as a graduate student. She spent her spare time there exploring narrow, ancient streets in the City of London, London’s historic core; visiting numerous galleries and museums; and spending way too much money in fashionable boutiques and trendy markets. All of these activities were usually followed by a half-pint of bitter. She also met her British husband during this time, sealing her fate as a future Londoner.
Save for a two-year stint back in California, Karen has been based in England for nearly two decades now. She has worked as a copywriter and copyeditor for advertising and corporate communication companies in London, as well as a multinational British corporation. She is now a freelance copywriter, producing marketing material for companies on both sides of the Atlantic. She lives in London with her husband and two children.