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Looking for storage in London? It’s dead simple

Storage solutions aren’t just the remit of crafty Scandinavians and top men. We know there are times when you need a helping hand keeping your stuff safe – whether you’re going on holiday, moving somewhere new, or just trying to clear some space.

So, you’re in luck. We have all the know-how and pop-cultural references when it comes to storage in London. All you need to do is decide which option suits you best.

Short term storage

You probably already know there are huge warehouses dedicated to storing people’s weird and wonderful possessions over long periods of time. But did you know you can do it for a weekend too?

We have self-storage facilities for just that. You can come and go as you please, 24/7, and rest assured your belongings are safe and secure (we monitor everything with CCTV). You don’t even need to travel far to find one close to you. We have places in Battersea, Chelsea, Fulham, Twickenham, Richmond, Wandsworth and West Molesey.

But don’t worry if you’re looking for something more long term. You can hire space at the above locations for an extended period of time too.

Storage in LondonImage courtesy of legogenre.com. Dramatisation may not have happened. Not necessarily an accurate depiction of Kiwi Movers’ facilities and/or personnel.

Long term storage

If you have big items, like furniture, then you might prefer to choose something bigger – like a warehouse – for your storage. Choosing a location like this is particularly useful if you need a facility for a while (e.g. 1+ months), and you’re not fussed about accessing your things 24/7.

There’s no minimum stay and we can offer you discount rates for longer stays too.

All those nice little extras

Choosing the right place for your storage is one thing. But who’s going to help you pack? Who’s going to make sure your stuff arrives safe and remains in tip-top condition throughout its stay?

 

Storage in London

Look, there’s a Kiwi Mover right now!

 

If you need a helping hand, our lovely team offer the following services:

  • We’ll pack and unpack your things
  • We’ll deliver your furniture and heavy items (like bikes and boxes)
  • We can ship them internationally
  • We can also help you build and dismantle furniture or anything else causing you a headache

 

Storage in London

If you’re looking for some storage in London, share a few details with us and we’ll call you back with a quote. It’s super quick and simple.

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Moving to London and saving for a deposit? Find the best rates

January isn’t the easiest month when it comes to money. Chances are you’ve just received your Christmas credit card bill and your bank balance is looking drier than those cost-cutting homemade sandwiches you’ve been gnawing on for two weeks.

So isn’t it even crueler that now – in January of all months – that we punish ourselves even more by looking for a new home or a better savings account? On the face of it, yeah. But now is actually the most popular time to go on the hunt.

Whether you subscribe to ‘new year, new me’ – or just want to regain some sense of financial control – there’s no reason why saving for a house deposit needs to be a headache. The first place to start is finding the right account. Then once you’ve got it opened, you can start the hard work after that.

Preferably next month.

How to compare savings rates

The first thing on everyone’s mind when it comes to saving is getting the best rate. Well, unfortunately, this economic climate has put interest rates at rock bottom. And there isn’t much evidence to suggest it’s going to change soon.

Anyway, on a more positive note, you can choose from plenty of digital tools to help you compare rates. The most popular websites include moneysupermarket.com, moneysavingexpert.com, and comparethemarket.com.

 

Instant access vs. fixed rate

When you’re choosing the right savings account, you’ll always be given two options: instant access or fixed rate.

It’s a bit confusing, really, because you’re actually comparing two different things:

  • Instant access means you can make withdrawals and deposits to your account 24/7, without getting a penalty (usually a reduction in your interest rate). The main downside, however, is that you’ll generally ‘pay’ for this flexibility with a lower overall interest rate compared to a fixed rate account.
  • Fixed rate means you’ll receive (you guessed it!) a fixed rate for a specific amount of time. It’s usually between 1-3 years and after that you’ll revert to an instant access account or a variable interest rate.

So whichever one you choose depends on what matters most to you:

  • Getting 24/7 access to your savings, but with a potentially lower interest rate (Instant Access)
  • Getting a higher interest rate, but you can’t access your money for a set period (Fixed Rate)

 

House deposit

Manage your savings on the go

Another thing to keep in mind is how you want to manage your account. Some people find online banking is a good way to manage their progress and make sure they reach your goal. Others might find it’s too convenient and tempting to make withdrawals, so they’d prefer the old school method.

Here’s the different options you’ll likely be given:

  • Online/mobile banking – good for 24/7 access and doing things DIY-style, bad if you need to speak to someone directly
  • Telephone banking – good for getting 1-2-1 support, bad because of charges and limited opening hours
  • In branch – good for speaking to someone directly, good because of closures and limited opening hours
  • Post Office – good because they’re convenient, bad for doing anything more than making deposits/withdrawals

All you need to do is decide how vigilant how you want to be about saving.

 

Saving for a house deposit

Do you have any tips about how to save in the New Year? You know what to do. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter.

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5 glorious reasons to move to London in 2017

Fancy making a big change this year? You’re not the only one. January is one of the most popular months to start job hunting. And, inevitably, moving to London – with all its infinite possibilities – feels like the top of everyone’s list at least one point in their lives.

If you think 2017 is finally the year for you, then you’re in luck. There’s so much incredible stuff happening in London this year. And making the move might not be as hard as you think.

But if you’re still unsure – or need a gentle push – here are a few reasons to move to London this year.

1. World ParaAthletics Championships

In 2017, the World Para Athletics Championships (14 – 23 July) and the IAAF World Championships  (4 – 13 August) will be hosted right here in London.

They’re the biggest sporting events to happen in London since the 2012 Olympics – and will bring in thousands of athletes and fans from across the world in the coming months. We don’t need tell you, but we’ll say it anyway: this is going to be huge. If you work in events, sports or marketing, it could be worth looking into the job prospects that this event will generate.

2. The London Short Film Festival

It runs until 15 January, so there’s still time to catch this wonderful festival before you hear about it from someone else.

The LSFF attracts filmmakers and artists from across the world, eager to showcase their walk and hold talks with members of the public. It’s just one of the many cultural highlights in London this year. So if you miss it, don’t worry: there are more festivals on the horizon.

3. The Magical Lantern Festival

Speaking of more festivals, this is one you definitely don’t want to avoid.

The Magical Lantern Festival will be hosted at Chiswick House Gardens and – in conjunction with Chinese New Year – will represent the ancient trade links between Europe and Asia. You can watch an internationally-renowned life-size lantern show and enjoy incredible food. All for less than £20.

4. The dumplings at Chinese New Year

It’s the biggest celebration of Chinese New Year outside of Asia.

Chinatown

Flock to the West End and welcome the Year of the Rooster in this wonderful international celebration. There will be music, a parade, and some seriously good food for you to enjoy. We recommend the dumplings.

5. Learn about what Theresa May and the Romans had in common

On 3 March 2017, Mary Beard – Professor of Classics at Cambridge – will be lecturing at the British Museum on Women in power throughout the ages.

If you’re familiar with Beard’s work, expect lots of fascinating insights into the ancient world and what they can tell us about humanity – and politics – today.

Anyway, let’s be honest: the British Museum alone is a good enough reason to move to London.

Thinking about moving to London?

We’ve only given you five reasons. And we know, that you know, there’s more to it than that.

If you’d like more inspiration about what’s going on in London, have a look at Timeout online. There’s plenty of stuff on there. If you’d like some information about how to move to London – the nitty gritty details – read our blog. That’s got plenty of stuff too.

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Does New Zealand Exist? Is Sydney the Capital of Australia? – What confuses visitors to Australia and New Zealand, according to Google…

Does New Zealand Exist? Is Sydney the Capital of Australia? – What confuses visitors to Australia and New Zealand, according to Google…

As a firm specialising in shipping from London to New Zealand and Australia, we’re always interested in perceptions of different places, depending on where you are. Visitors to the nations we serve always appear somewhat confused about the laws, culture, weather, politics and (sometimes) the mere existence of the places they plan on seeing.

Researchers in 13 countries, including Malaysia, India, Germany and France collated the top autocomplete suggestions for queries about Australia and New Zealand, along with each country’s largest cities by population. The ‘searching’ countries were based on the countries from where most visitors to Australia and New Zealand come.

Each researcher typed “Does (place)…” into the search box and let Google’s autocomplete function work its magic.

See the full results for every country, city and place at the bottom of this article.

The most common searches for our major cities had little to do with culture or entertainment in Australia and New Zealand. They were almost exclusively focused on the availability of Uber and airport wifi.

Some nations are more interested in the ability to immigrate to our shores. India in particular is curious about the english language requirements of obtaining residency.

What do visitors want to know about New Zealand’s towns and places? Top autocomplete suggestions by country

Does New Zealand… celebrate Halloween?  – USA

Does Auckland… have Uber? – South Africa

Does Wellington…get snow? – USA & South Korea

Does Christchurch…have Uber? – New Zealand, Australia, and South Korea

Does Hamilton?…have dialogue? – South Africa and the U.K.

Does Dunedin…hospital have wifi? – USA, New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong

Does Tauranga…have an airport? – Australia and South Africa

What do visitors want to know Australia’s towns and places? Top autocomplete suggestions by country

Does Australia… have the death penalty?  – USA

Does Sydney… get snow?  – Canada and Singapore

Does Melbourne… get snow?  – Canada, South Africa, and India

Does Brisbane… airport have free wifi?  – Australia, USA, South Africa, and China

Does Perth… have a beach?  – South Africa and Singapore

Does Adelaide… have uber?  – Japan, Singapore, and the U.K.

Does the Gold Coast…have shark nets? – USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong

Does Ayers Rock…change color? – Australia and the U.K.

Does the Outback…where does the Australian Outback start? Hong Kong and South Korea

American are more interested in the culinary offerings of their down-under—themed steakhouse than the majesty of the Australian wilderness

Does the outback

the Weather in both New Zealand and Australia was a popular topic, as exemplified by this example from google Malaysia

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The Chinese are worried they will arrive at Ayers rock after it’s closed. Looks open to us.

when does Ayers rock open

Regan McMillan, director of Kiwi Movers, believes the results reflect the different priorities of travellers around the world:

“As Kiwis located in London who come into contact with people from all over the world, it’s easy to assume everyone is clued up about life down under, but this research suggests otherwise.

“The fact that people need to check what currency Melbourne uses, whether we are part of Asia or if New Zealand is part of the EU shows that the life in Australia and New Zealand is not as well understood as we might have believed.”

Australia and New Zealand on each other

Search Place Australia asks New Zealand asks
Does New Zealand have daylight savings time? have a constitution?
Does Auckland airport have free wifi? zoo have polar bears?
Does Wellington get cold? zoo have elephants?
Does Christchurch have uber? have uber?
Does Hamilton island have a supermarket? have an airport?
Does Dunedin hospital have wifi? hospital have wifi?
Does Tauranga have an airport? have fluoride in the water?
Does Australia have nukes? have goods and service tax?
Does Sydney have fluoride in the water? have uber?
Does Melbourne zoo have pandas have snakes?
Does Brisbane airport have free wifi have a beach?
Does Perth have uber? have uber?
Does Adelaide have power yet get snow?
Does Gold Coast have shark nets have shark nets?
Does Canberra water have fluoride have a beach?
Does Ayers Rock change colour have an airport?
Does the Outback where is the outback marathon how hot does the outback get?

Other English-speaking nations on Australia and New Zealand

Search Place the USA asks Canada asks South Africa asks the UK asks
Does New Zealand celebrate halloween? have poisonous animals? exist? have an NHS?
Does Auckland have uber? have uber? have uber? get earthquakes?
Does Wellington get snow? have a casino? get cold? have a casino?
Does Christchurch have fluoride in the water? airport close at night? what are things to do in Christchurch? have a beach?
Does Hamilton what are things to do in Hamilton? have a fire ban? have spoken lines? have dialogue
Does Dunedin hospital have wifi? have an airport? have an airport? does it snow in Dunedin?
Does Tauranga celebrate auckland anniversary? have uber? have an airport? have uber?
Does Australia have the death penalty? celebrate thanksgiving? have any borders? have a queen?
Does Sydney airport have luggage storage? get snow? have a Walmart? have spiders?
Does Melbourne get cold in the winter? get snow? snow when does summer start in Melbourne?
Does Brisbane airport have free wifi? get snow? airport have free wifi have a beach
Does Perth airport have a curfew? get snow? have a beach perthes disease qualify for disability
Does Adelaide airport have showers? what does Adelaide look like? how much does liposuction cost in Adelaide? have uber?
Does Gold Coast have shark nets? have daylight savings time? have daylight savings time? have daylight savings time?
Does Canberra have an airport? have uber? snow have trains?
Does Ayers Rock have two names? does it cost money to climb ayers rock? what does ayers rock look like change colour?
Does the Outback have a gluten free menu? have a happy hour? what does the outback look like how long does the Australian outback spectacular go for?

 

Asian countries on Australia and New Zealand

Search Place Singapore asks Japan asks Malaysia asks South Korea asks Hong Kong asks China asks India asks
Does New Zealand is a visa required for New Zealand? what time is it in New Zealand? have snakes? accept refugees? allow dual citizenship? have rabies? require IELTS?
Does Auckland in which continent is auckland? is auckland dangerous? experience winter and why? have earthquakes? have earthquakes? airport close? airport close?
Does Wellington where is Wellington? where is Wellington? does it snow is Wellington? get cold? Is Wellington north or south of 40 degrees s line of latitude? na get snow?
Does Christchurch what time is it in Christchurch? airport have lockers? does it snow is Christchurch? have uber? get snow? have an earthquake today? have a beach?
Does Hamilton na have talking? does it snow is Hamilton? na does lewis hamilton have a new girlfriend? na na
Does Dunedin na na na na hospital have wifi? na na
Does Tauranga na na na na celebrate auckland anniversary? na na
Does Australia is Australia part of Asia? have the death penalty? have winter? have mountains? have more sheep than humans? have a structural deficit problem? accept TOEFL?
Does Sydney get snow? have palm trees? have Uber? domestic airport have showers? have a subway system? have a Walmart? have fireworks on Australia day?
Does Melbourne what must I do in Melbourne? what currency does Melbourne use? what is a must do in Melbourne? have beaches? and Sydney have the same time? what currency does Melbourne use? get snow?
Does Brisbane get snow? have a beach? airport have free wifi? have daylight savings time? have trams? airport have free wifi? have hard water?
Does Perth have a beach? airport have a curfew? airport have a curfew? have daylight savings time? airport have a curfew? have toll roads? get snow?
Does Adelaide have uber? have uber? what does Adelaide look like? have daylight savings time? what does Adelaide look like? have an aquarium? airport have showers?
Does Gold Coast have daylight savings time? flood? How long does it take to get to Australia zoo from gold coast? is gold coast Australia expensive? have shark nets? airport have duty free? what is there to do in the gold coast?
Does Canberra have a beach? get snow? Does it snow in Canberra? have uber? have a mayor? have a beach? have trains?
Does Ayers Rock is ayers rock a meteor? what does ayers rock mean? Things to do in Ayers rock is it called Uluru or ayers rock? na what time does ayers rock open? what does ayers rock look like?
Does the Outback what does the Australian outback look like? what does the Australian outback mean? how much of Australia does the outback cover? where does the Australian outback start? Where does the Australian outback start? what does the Australian outback smell like? does it snow in the Australian outback?

 

France and Germany on Australia and New Zealand

Search Place Germany asks France asks
Does New Zealand is New Zealand in the EU? why is the Kiwi the symbol of New Zealand?
Does Auckland is Auckland a town? is Auckland a dangerous town?
Does Wellington is Wellington in Canada? what is Beef Wellington?
Does Christchurch how many people does Christchurch have? does Christchurch have earthquakes?
Does Hamilton is Hamilton a good watch brand? does Hamilton have things to see?
Does Dunedin is Dunedin worth seeing? na
Does Tauranga na na
Does Australia is Australia an island? does Water swirl the other way in Australia
Does Sydney is Sydney the capital of Australia? is Sydney the capital city of Australia?
Does Melbourne is melbourne worth seeing what is the Melbourne cup?
Does Brisbane is brisbane dangerous where is Brisbane?
Does Perth is perth expensive what is there to do in Perth?
Does Adelaide is adelaide worth seeing what is the weather like in Adelaide?
Does Gold Coast what are gold coast attractions? na
Does Canberra why is the canberra the capital of Australia and not sydney? Canberra is in which country?
Does Ayers Rock is ayers rock a monolith? what is ayers rock?
Does the Outback how big is the outback? what is the Australian outback?
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Quick & dirty guide to London Christmas markets

There’s a certain universal truth at this time of year. We all know someone – whether it’s a friend, colleague, or slightly eccentric loved one – who’s been giddy about Christmas markets since October 31.

You know them. And whilst their clawing excitement was easy to brush aside before, Christmas is fast approaching. It’s practically here already. So if you want to get the most from those outrageous hotdogs and naff woolly jumpers, now is your time to shine. Here are a few gems based right here in London.

Real Food Christmas Market

Where: Kings Cross Square, N1C 9AL
When: 14 – 23 December, 12.00 – 19.00
Social:
@RealFoodFest

Looking to do something a bit special on your lunch break? The Real Food Christmas Market is a packed-full of festive artisan treats, mince pies, and spiced mulled wine (or hot coffee, if you prefer).

This little institution has been going for a while now, but it’s still one of the best ways to soak up the hustle and bustle of London during the busy festive season. It’s not just for commuters, either. The Real Food Christmas Market is great for picking up last-minute gifts.

What’s more, all this lovely stuff is provided by independent, local producers – so you know you’re doing a little good as munch on a German pastry.

London Christmas marketsImage courtesy of realfoodfestival.co.uk

 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Where: Hyde Park. But you knew that anyway.
When: 18 November – 2 January, 10.00 – 22.00
Social: @WinterWonderLDN

It’s been 10 years since Hyde Park Winter Wonderland first opened its doors, and since then it’s been one of the most popular Christmas markets in London. There’s live music, an ice rink, and dozens of food stalls dotted around this festive hotspot. You can even visit Santa himself.

Word to the wise, though: it can get pretty busy here, so it’s a good idea to book ahead. There’s even a Winter Wonderland app.

Photos taken at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London, in 2011.

 

Sutton House Christmas

Where: Sutton House, Hackney, E9 6JQ
When: Every weekend from 26 November – 18 December, 12.00-17.00
Social:
@SuttonHouseNT

If the idea of visiting a big Christmas market – potentially filled hundreds of small children – doesn’t appeal too much, then Sutton House might just be up your street.

This charming 500-year old property will be bejeweled this season, offering something truly special for everyone. Promising an ‘alternative’ to other London Christmas markets, here you’ll find dozens of artists and entrepreneurs creating one-of-a-kind gifts and tasty treats. You’ll be hard pushed to find a more beautiful setting too.

A delightful traditional christmas scene at Sutton House, Hackney, showing a beautifully decorated tree, gifts and open log fire

Image courtesy of cityshowcasemarkets.com

Greenwich Market

Where: Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ
When: Open until 24 December, 10.00 – 17.30
Social: @GreenwichMarketLDN

Ever visited a Christmas market within a World Heritage Site? Well, you’re in luck.

Greenwich Market is absolutely gorgeous at this time of year, and is a perfect way to get your fix of mulled cider, pulled pork sandwiches and do some boutique shopping. We here you can also pick up some nice presents here too.

Greenwich

 

London Christmas markets

Have we missed out something special? Share the festive cheer with us on Twitter.

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Our top first-date locations for Kiwis in London

One of the biggest advantages of living in a city like this is you’re never stuck for new and interesting date ideas. And that’s doubly true if you’re both Kiwis in London.

There’s plenty of restaurants and bars to keep any pangs of homesickness at bay. But what if you’re planning something a bit more romantic than a pint and game of rugby down the road?

We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves.

The New Zealand Cellar

Located in Pop Brixton, this award-winning wine retailer and bar is one of the best places in town to enjoy New Zealand’s finest.

Not only is this a stylish venue, the team are experts in New Zealand wine – so they’ll be more than happy to help you pick the perfect tipple for your date.

Want something extra special?

Check out their upcoming events – we’ve got a feeling you might be interested in their exclusive wine tasting classes.

Sacred Cafe

If you’d rather keep things a bit more low key, check out Sacred Cafe.

This was one of the first places to bring Kiwi-inspired gourmet coffee to London – and it’s perfect for grabbing a lazy cup and enjoying a slice of lolly cake.

lollyImage courtesy of sacredcafe.co.uk

Sacred Cafe also doubles-up as a bar and restaurant in the evening. And take it from us. You’d be kicking yourselves all night if you didn’t try one of their legendary espresso martinis.

Geffrye Museum

Okay, so there’s nothing about New Zealand to be found at the charming Geffrye Museum. But if you want to absorb yourselves in the history of London – who doesn’t? – and wander around their little gardens, this is definitely the place for you.

The Geffrye Museum is made up of beautiful homes and outdoor spaces that have been around since the 16th century.

If you’re extra lucky, you could plan to visit this museum when it’s restored almshouse is specially open. It’s a quaint and romantic way to see what London life used to be like hundreds of years ago. There’s also a nice coffee shop around the corner.

The Castle Climbing Centre

Fancy putting your new date to the test?

It’s already pretty well established Kiwis are an active bunch. Let’s be honest, we wouldn’t be offering to move people’s homes for them if it wasn’t true. So there’s better than digging out your lycra, chalk and heading to a good bouldering centre.

The Castle Climbing Centre (you heard right) is exactly what you’d imagine it to be – and you can take advantage of these adrenaline-pumping heights and scenic surroundings on your date.

We suggest booking a class together and finding out exactly what one another are made from.

Date ideas for Kiwis in London

Are you an expat living in London? Do you have any recommendations for Kiwi-inspired dates in the city?

Share your thoughts with us on Twitter.

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The Ultimate A List Fixers

The go-team team for removals in London

Over the past few years Kiwi has developed a great partnership with a variety of Personal Assistants and Concierge’s in London and none more so than the lovely Polly Hadden-Paton (You Need a PA) and Vicky Silverthorn (You Need a Vicky) who received a great write up in the Evening Standard Magazine.

We’ve assisted Polly and Vicky with a number of their clients moves in the last year and we are very proud to keep building our successful partnership. We greatly appreciate being listed as their go to team for removals in London. You can read their testimonial in the cutting from the ES Magazine below.

A list fixers

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Moving to the UK from America – Proof that people are seriously considering it

Our website has experienced a 53% increase in traffic from America over the past few days, which got us wondering if the American election result is driving interest in people moving to the UK.

So we analysed Google search data using Google Trends to see what other things Americans have been searching for since Trump became President-elect.

The graphs tell their own story.

November 9th – The day after the election result

A huge spike in Americans making searches about moving to England.

move to UK

…and Scotland

move to Scotland

 

…and the UK in general

 

move to UK

Here are the results Americans will have seen when Googling ‘move to the UK’

 

visas google

Which explains this…

UK visa

Then we noticed this. A huge spike in Americans trying to find out who the UK ‘president’ is.

 

UK president

And this is what Google would have told them…

 

uk president Google

 

Which explains this spike on November 10th…

 

Theresa May

So by day two of President Trump, Americans are digging deeper into what life might be like in the UK.

Which explains this…

what is brexit

And this…

 

nigel farage

And sadly this…

 

racism in UK

Regan McMillan, director of Kiwi Movers believes Americans seriously considering a move to the UK should take a breath before committing:

“We’ve experienced a 50% increase in traffic to our removals and shipping pages from America in the days after the election, compared to the same period last week.

“Most of our enquiries come from UK residents looking to ship to America, so this spike is interesting.

“Our advice to any Americans seriously considering a move to the UK is simple. Do your research and take your time.

“If you’ve got pets, get their vaccinations up to date now. If you’ve got kids, remember UK school term times are different to yours.

“If you’re bringing lots of stuff, shipping it in advance is cheaper than air freight. But most important of all, don’t forget about Brexit. Things could change here very quickly.”

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Does England have snakes? What people Google before moving to London and the UK

If you’ve ever wondered what people overseas think about the UK, wonder no more. We’ve crunched the data and can reveal PRECISELY what people from all over the world want to know before they move to or visit the UK.

A team of researchers based in 13 countries collated the local Google autocomplete suggestions for search terms relating to Great Britain, the United Kingdom and the popular tourist and residential locations over here.

The results are fascinating, hilarious and at times, a little worrying.

For example, why are people in Poland so concerned with the safety of our largest cities?

And why do South Africans need to know whether the UK has a death penalty?

Many of the queries were related to the standard of living over here. The weather, the shops and of course, weather the Lake District has wifi are all legitimate concerns for a savvy traveller looking to visit or relocate to the UK.

Here are our favourites. Head to the bottom of the page for the full results.

 

 

Moving to London from New Zealand

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Here’s what Americans want to know about Bath.
bath

Germans don’t know what Yorkshire is…

yorkshire (1)

The most searched query about Birmingham from people in the UK…
birminghamOptimistic Kiwis want to know if they can get into Cambridge.cambridgeWe’ve all wondered about this one, actually.
cotswolds (1)
South Africa’s top questions about Edinburgh
edinburgh

Yes, it has pandas and a Primark. In fact, Scotland used to have more pandas than Conservative MPs, thanks to Edinburgh Zoo.

Yes Spain, Glasgow is safe.
glasgowKiwis on the Lake District…
lakedistrict
Yes, Kiwis. It has wifi. It also has stunning scenery, great food and no snakes.

That’s the spirit, Poland.oxford

 

And here’s a map of the British Isles, according to Google searches performed overseas.

 

 

Google Autocomplete map of the UK

 

Top queries – English speaking queries

 

Query   Canadian Google Australian Google New Zealand Google American Google British Google Irish Google South African Google
Does… Great Britain include Ireland have a president use miles rule Canada include Ireland include northern Ireland have the death penalty
Does… United Kingdom have states have states have a written constitution have universal healthcare have a constitution have a federal government
Does… England have provinces have snakes have snakes use the euro have a constitution want northern Ireland have a 4th of july
Does… Wales have a prime minister compete in the olympics have its own language have a king have its own parliament have an olympic team have a football league
Does… Northern Ireland use pounds compete in the olympics want to leave the uk want to leave the uk have an olympic team accept euros have an olympic team
Does… Scotland have provinces have bears have an olympic team belong to England have a veto on Brexit? use the euro use the euro
Does… London have a Walmart have uber get snow have uber have hard water have uber
Does… Manchester have an international airport united have snapchat airport close at night united play tomorrow airport have wifi airport close at night
Does… Liverpool play today play today have an airport have an airport have a christmas market qualify for europa league
Does… Glasgow snow have uber airport have a train station have uber have a flag have uber
Does… Edinburgh zoo have pandas have a beach have an airport have a subway have uber zoo have pandas
Does… Cardiff have a beach have a beach have uber have a beach have a beach have a beach
Does… Yorkshire terrier shed tea contain pesticides pudding have gluten pudding have gluten bank open on a saturday tea come from yorkshire
Does… The Cotswolds what does the Cotswolds mean what does the Cotswolds mean what does the Cotswolds mean what area does the Cotswolds cover where do the Cotswolds start what countries does the cotswolds cover
Does… Bath and bodyworks sell in china have a Primark and body lotion expire have a cathedral have a park and ride
Does… the Lake District have mountains have wifi have wifi have a beach have a beach have wifi
Does… Birmingham zoo have wifi have uber have uber have a zoo airport have a smoking area have a port
Does… Oxford have a medical school have uber care about GCSEs accept transfer students accept btec have a business school
Does… Cambridge accept transfer students accept btec accept btec accept transfer students accept btec have a christmas market
Does… York university have a gym have a beach have free wifi college have a nursing program have uber have free wifi
Does… Newcastle have a beach get 7flix have a beach have a beach have a beach university have a reading read

 

Top queries – Non-English speaking countries

We’ve left blanks where there was no autocomplete suggestion.

 

Spanish Google French Google German Google Polish Google Dutch Google Belgian Google
Does… Great Britain mean the same as England have an immigration surplus belong to the Schengen region
Does… United Kingdom belong to the Schengen region use the euro have multiple countries
Does… England is England easy to travel to is England part of Europe have summer time get flooded have summer and winter have a constitution
Does… Wales is wales a country is wales a country have its own language belong to the UK have its own government have its own government
Does… Northern Ireland is NI a country does northern Ireland have snakes have the euro have safety concerns have a lot of people have postcodes
Does… Scotland is Scotland independent does Scotland have mosquitos drive on the left have its on country have a king have a parliament
Does… London is London dangerous for tourists does London have a Sephora have safety concerns have a port have a port
Does… Manchester is manchester a safe city does manchester have things to do united have a chance in the champions league City plan on bidding on Messi united have debt
Does… Liverpool is Liverpool a safe city does Liverpool have things to do have safety concerns how much did Lverpool pay for Suarez have multiple airports
Does… Glasgow is Glasgow safe have safety concerns have multiple airports have multiple airports
Does… Edinburgh does Edinburgh have museums have a Primark have a lot of people have a lot of people
Does… Cardiff have a lot of people have safety concerns have a lot of people have a lot of people
Does… Yorkshire what is Yorkshire how do you make Yorkshire pudding
Does… The Cotswolds what is the Cotswolds
Does… Bath is bath expensive have a lot of people have a lot of people
Does… the Lake District have many lakes
Does… Birmingham is Birmingham safe have an airport have safety concerns have a lot of people have a lot of people
Does… Oxford is oxford university public or private does oxford have things to do have past papers is oxford difficult to get into have an airport have more than one university
Does… Cambridge is Cambridge a city does Cambridge have multiple universities have past papers is Cambridge difficult to get into have a lot of people have a lot of people
Does… York have an airport have good weather
Does… Newcastle United travel to Poland have a lot of people have a lot of people

 

 

A note on methodology

We had researchers in each of the ‘searching’ countries, using their local version of Google. For non-English speaking countries, we used the local language to perform the search. In some cases, we had to modify the format of the question to replicate a realistic search. For example, the English translation of the German searches was ‘Has England…’ rather than ‘does England’.

We selected the counties from which the most visitors to the UK come, plus the largest English-speaking countries outside of Great Britain.

We conducted our analysis between October 19th and November 7th.

Each researcher used the same browser (Google Chrome) on a laptop or desktop computer.

Google autocomplete offers a suggestion based on the most popular search terms made in the user’s locality. These suggestions do change and can be influenced by device, but the suggestions Google makes are a very strong indicator of what other users have searched for.

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A guide to hygge for Kiwis and Australians living in London

Cosyness. Comfort. Sense of well-being. There’s lots of different ways to understand hygge – the Danish practice of creating little moments, whether it’s just a coffee or having friends over for a dinner, feel relaxed and content.

(In case you were wondering, we have it under expert authority it’s pronounced hue-guh )

But the truth is that this isn’t just a Danish idea. The Swedish call it mysigt – coupled in with the Norwegians who also have their own version of hygge, koseligt.

Regardless of who came up with the idea first, we’re pretty sure our Scandinavian neighbours know a thing or two about making winter a little more enjoyable. After all, Denmark have fewer daylight hours in winter and yet they still rank amongst the happiest people in the world.

So if you’re feeling the hygge craze like us, here’s how to deliver some into your own home.

 

Be mindful

Sure, a big part of enjoying hygge (as you’ll soon see) is creating a lovely and warm atmosphere for your friends and family to enjoy. But at its most basic level this wonderfully Scandinavian concept is about being in the moment. If you’ve just moved to London from warmer climes like New Zealand or Australia, it may take a bit of mental adjustment to live in the moment when that moment is freezing cold and bleak, but it’s important.

Putting aside your stresses of the day – and making sure the topic of conversation is welcome for everyone – goes a long way. As does avoiding the temptation to moan about your bad day in the office.

Instead, hygge is all about enjoying the right here and now.

We’re not saying this is always easy. Being mindful is a skill in itself. We also have the sneaking suspicion that the shorter-than-average Danish working day might give them an unfair advantage over us.

 

Creating a comfortable setting

If you’ve heard about hygge before, then you probably know that everyone seems to be preoccupied with candles and mood lighting.

Bear with us, though, there’s good reason behind this.

 

Hygge lighting

 

It doesn’t matter whether you’re with friends or curled up on the sofa while there’s a gale blowing outside. Soft, gentle light is a quick (and cheap) way to make everything feel more relaxed. It signifies the day is slowly winding down. And it helps create a cosy retreat from the end of a hard working day.

Blankets never hurt anyone either.

 

Do what you love

Does the thought of diving nose-first into a good book make your toes wiggle? Or would you prefer going to the pub and enjoying one or two with your mates on the weekend?

Good. Channel it.

You’ve probably already guessed  hygge is a pretty open concept. That’s because feeling relaxed and doing what you love is entirely unique to you. There’s no right or wrong answers.

It’s what makes hygge a bit of an art form, really. Learning to switch off and find some me-time can take a lot of practice. But if this happy bunch in Denmark can lead the way – and it seems it’s working – there’s no reason we can’t learn a thing or two either.

Do you have any tips on how to make your home more hygge? Tell us how it’s done on Twitter.

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Top 3 places for second-hand furniture in London

Moved to London? Check.

Got the keys to your new flat? Check.

Found a great place around the corner to help make your new place feel like home? Not so much.

There’s thousands of shops in London where you can spend a small fortune to decorate your flat. But we know from experience this isn’t always practical if you’ve just moved to a new city (and you can’t afford to wait a few pay days for a decent couch).

That’s where upcycling and buying second hand comes into play. Not only is it good for your wallet, it’s better for the environment too – plus it gives you the chance to get creative and make your new home entirely unique to you.

With that in mind, here are a few tried and tested places to find upcycled and second hand furniture in London.

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Goldfinger Factory

This furniture-showroom-meets-cafe, based in Trellick Tower, is a fantastic place to purchase artisan decorations, upholstery and even pay for refurbishments/repairs.

But it’s not all about gorgeous upcycled furniture. Goldfinger Factory are committed to giving back to the community – including providing free interior design courses to young people who’d like to acquire the skills and knowledge to make it in the industry.

It’s so good, in fact, we’d recommend setting aside a Saturday afternoon to explore Goldfinger Factory in all its Modernist glory.  

greeninmind.org

If the thought of re-painting pinewood cupboards and sanding old dining tables sends you into a cold sweat, check our greeninmind.org.

This wonderful company is dedicated to breathing new life into tired or out-of-fashion furniture and creating something truly one of a kind. Every item is unique – thanks to its co-founder Gary – and is a great way to make your new home feel special, without resorting to buying brand new.

If you’d like to learn more, we suggest reading about their upcycling process and seeing exactly what goes into creating these stunning items.

Old Spitalfield Market

Got a free Thursday anytime soon?

Old Spitalfield Market is legendary for its furniture, accessories and all sorts of weird and wonderful items on Thursdays. Here you’ll find everything from independent businesses to exclusive boutiques, meaning you can spend as little or as much as you fancy.

It’s also a great excuse to grab a quick bite and do some much-needed people watching in this vibrant part of London.

Second-hand furniture in London

You’re not short of places to buy furniture and dabble in interior design in this city. This blog is only a tiny snapshot of everything on offer – and that’s not including what’s available online too (think preloved.co.uk, snaply.co.uk and even gumtree).

All the advice we can give is be patient, get creative, and don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and do some experimenting.

Are there any other markets and shops you’d recommend for second-hand and upcycled furniture? Share your thoughts and let us know on Twitter.

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How to plan your next London office move

There’s no hard and fast rule to planning a smooth office move. It can take months of planning and organisation, not to mention the logistics of actually moving on the day.

You can always ask your employees to chip in and do their bit. But chances are, if you’re an SME based in London, you’d prefer staff time wasn’t spent packing computers and hauling heavy boxes. It’s bad for morale. And it’s worse for insurance reasons.

So if you’re planning a big office move in the near future, here’s a few helpful things the guys at Kiwi Movers can do.

Experts on site

One of the biggest stresses on moving day is making sure equipment gets from A to B without damage, loss or hiccups that may disrupt business as usual.

That’s why we’ve got our expert team of moving professionals at hand. They’re trained to make sure all office equipment, including archives containing sensitive information, are safely packed and secured during the office move. We can also insure your valuables during the move.

Dismantling/rebuilding of office equipment

Chairs, desks, cabinets, the lot.

We offer a full dismantling/rebuilding service for all office equipment. It means that, on the lead up to moving day, you don’t need to waste valuable working hours on prepping furniture and sorting out desks. Instead, our team will do the leg work – including rebuilding furniture at your new office – so your staff can keep on track, with minimal interference.

Crate hire

If you haven’t had the chance to pre-order boxes and packing materials, don’t sweat it.

As part of our service, we offer crate hire to help make the move as smooth as possible – especially for expensive or delicate equipment. We can also deliver it on-site and help do the packing.

Computer and IT relocation

We’ve already mentioned the importance of expensive equipment. It’s not just costly if things go wrong. It can also have a negative impact on your staff’s workload and require additional IT resource to keep your business afloat.

To keep things simple, we offer two types of service here: either an IT check-list (to make sure everything arrives on site) or a full IT relocation (meaning it’s our responsibility to pack and deliver your equipment). The choice is entirely up to you.

Peace of mind

Okay, so we said there were no hard and fast rules. But if you’re planning a London office move in the near future, here’s a few steps to get started:

  1. Contact us (either through an online form or by phone) for a free quote and to discuss your options
  2. Choose a moving date (we can do out of office hours, if that helps)
  3. Book a day off and relax. We’ll get on with the heavy stuff

Still looking for more information? You can also follow us on Twitter.

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Expat Problems – The Foods We Miss The Most

Shipping things from London to New Zealand made us feel homesick, so we conducted a poll to discover which foods expats miss the most from back home. It was inspired by one of our team, a New Zealand born expat in London, trying and failing to get hold of some Chocolate Fish – a Kiwi favourite. More than a thousand of you responded and the results are in.

The top foods by country were (see below for full breakdown):

England and Wales Australia New Zealand Canada     South Africa Ireland Scotland America
Marmite Arnott’s Shapes Whittakers Peanut Slab Poutine Ouma buttermilk rusks Tayto crisps Morton’s rolls Hostess Twinkies

 

Shipping from London to New Zealand – what’s in your care package?

A map of the world illustrating food we miss the most

 

 

 

Kiwi Movers director and co-founder, Regan McMillan said:

“I dare say most Kiwis living overseas have a touch of nostalgia the snacks and food from back home. There’s nothing inherently special about these treats, you just miss them when you can’t get them, especially the good old chocolate fish, which we used to get as kids…and still enjoy.”

Cat eating chocolate

Don’t feed chocolate to homesick cats, it’s bad for them.

 

 

“There’s loads of foreign-born people in the Kiwi Movers team and you’d be surprised just how often we end up reminiscing about that stuff. When you mention it to someone who grew up in the UK, you realise just how weird your childhood snacks sound.
“We ship a lot of packages from London out to New Zealand, Australia and the States and a lot of the time, it’s parents sending out a few treats to their kids living abroad. They always tell us what they’re sending.”

The Foods Expats Miss the Most

 

England and Wales Australia New Zealand Canada South Africa Ireland Scotland America
Marmite Arnott’s Shapes Whittakers Peanut Slab Poutine Ouma buttermilk rusks Tayto crisps Morton’s rolls Hostess Twinkies
Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Nestle Milo Bluebirds Rashuns Citadelle maple syrup Ceres Juice Brennans bread Irn Bru Lucky Charms
Warburtons crumpets Vegemite Chocolate fish Herr’s Ketchup potato chips Willards Flings Superquinn sausages Lorne sausage S’mores
Branston pickle Cherry Ripes Arnott’s Shapes Hostess Hickory Sticks Mrs. Balls Chutney Barry’s tea Gregg’s Macaroni Pie Old Bay seasoning
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5 Halloween events in London to book right now

 

It might be the beginning of October, but if you’re in the mood to do something special this Halloween then now is the definitely the time to act.

There’s plenty of upcoming Halloween events in London – ranging from intimate cinema screenings to full-blown rooftop parties in the heart of Kensington. We’ve got an inclination most of these tickets will sell fast, so the sooner you jump in the better.

London Month of the Dead

Where Lots of different locations
When Throughout October
Cost £0 – £15

Do you have a morbid curiousity for London’s Victorian cemeteries? What about legends of the undead from the city’s most posthumous writers? Or maybe you just like gin?

This month-long celebration is one of the most exciting events happening in London this Halloween. There’s still plenty of tickets available and most come with a complimentary cocktail. Plus, a portion of all proceeds will go towards restoring Brompton Cemetery – one of the oldest garden cemeteries in Britain.

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment double bill

Where BFI Southbank
When Saturday 29 October 6pm
Cost £18 – £26.40

It wouldn’t be Halloween without some Rocky Horror, right?

It’s the 35th anniversary of Dr Frank-N-Furter’s beautiful creation. So there’s no better way to celebrate than a double bill of Rocky Horror and Shock Treatment. There are still a few tickets left and promises to be a glorious excuse to dress up and nosedive into the bizarre and wonderful world of Richard O’Brien.

 

Stranger Things-themed Halloween party


Where
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
When Saturday 29 October 8pm
Cost £5

If you haven’t yet got your fill of gruesome other-dimension monsters and bad ’80s hair, then this is your event.

Stranger Things is pretty much the best original TV series to spawn from Netflix. And with a huge cult following already, this event promises to deliver on campy fandom and tasty cocktails throughout the night.

Word to the wise: dress to impress.

The Roof Gardens

Where The Roof Gardens
When Thursday 27 October 8pm, Friday 28 October 8pm
Cost £20 +

If you’d prefer something a bit more exclusive and glamorous this Halloween, then definitely check out the Rooftop Gardens.

For the price of one ticket, you’ll gain access to a gorgeously over-the-top club night, followed with BBQ, and a complimentary cocktail upon arrival.

The only thing to keep in mind is that you need to be 21+ to buy tickets – and you’ll have to show your ID at the door.

The Shining


Where
Rivoli Ballroom
When Thursday 27 October 8pm, Friday 28 October 8pm
Cost £12

It’s arguably the greatest horror film of all time. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this terrifying masterpiece follows the story of the Torrance family and their winter lockdown at the Overlook Hotel. If you’re unfamiliar with this film, then expect an abundance of creepy children, grizzly deaths, and a cruel case of writer’s block that has the power to haunt us all.

The Rivoli Ballroom is showing this wonderful film on the weekend before Halloween. Tickets will sell fast, so we recommend booking as soon as possible.

Halloween events in London

Got any inside scoop about what’s on this Halloween? Anything huge we’ve missed off our list?

Give us a shout on Twitter.

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Fancy a brew? What life’s like for Kiwis working in London

Moving to a new city is one thing. Throw a new job into that situation, and suddenly you’re faced with one of the hardest and most exciting opportunities most of us will ever encounter. (If you’re still looking for a job, don’t worry – this blog might help).

London can sometimes feel particularly difficult. Especially if you’ve just moved here from New Zealand where the work culture is – on the whole – pretty relaxed. But fear not. There’s a reason thousands of people move to this city every year.

Here’s a few important things to note about living and working in London.

 

You’ll become good friends with your colleagues

One of the things that sets British working culture apart from others is that it tends to be pretty focused on socialising.

Maybe it’s because the Brits tend to work longer hours than their continental counterparts. Or that they’re generally just a friendly bunch. Regardless, it’s not uncommon for colleagues to organise events after-hours and genuinely enjoy spending time together.

 

After-work drinks are pretty standard

This leads us on to the next point.

British people have a bit of a reputation for alcohol consumption.

But while it’s worth keeping in mind that after-work drinks are common, they probably won’t be an everyday thing. Most people in London commute to work. That means it’s hard to make spontaneous plans without having to factor in train times, tube schedules, and any family commitments along the way. This is still true even if you work in a young office environment.

Our tip? If you want to get to know colleagues fast, plan something in the diary and maybe suggest going out for lunch. Then you know everyone’s probably free.

 

Expect lots of tea/coffee breaks

Okay, so it’s a bit of a cliche. But British people really enjoy their tea and coffee breaks.

So, if you’re working in an office environment that has access to a kitchen, except someone to be making a brew more or less every hour. Before things get too out of hand, however, here’s a few good tips:

  • Bring in your own milk and put your name on it
  • Offer to chip-in for coffee/tea (in case your employer doesn’t pay for it already)
  • If other people are doing rounds, step up – but don’t let it take up too much of your time. You’re still learning the ropes, after all

 

Getting the work-life balance isn’t easy

London has the longest commuting time of any city in Europe. However, you might still be surprised to learn British people generally make an effort to get that work-life balance right.

A good example is the government’s cycle to work scheme. If your employer is signed up, then they can purchase a bike on your behalf – letting you make interest-free monthly repayments. It’s a really useful way to get the most from your commute. Plus, you don’t have to worry about paying a lump sum for your equipment up-front.

Living and working in London

No-one ever said moving to London is easy, especially if you’re changing cities to start a new job. But on the whole living and working in London is a pretty magical experience (tube delays and all) and is a fantastic way to throw yourself head-first into British culture.

Follow us on Twitter for more hints and tips about living and working in London.

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Expats of the world- Let us ship you a month’s supply of your favourite food from back home!

We’ve all been there.

You’ve just moved to London (or some other great city) and life’s going great. Work’s going great and you’re feeling settled. Then, out of nowhere, comes the homesickness. That indescribable gut-punch combo of nostalgia and loneliness.

It sucks, but it doesn’t last.

It could be that last Skype session you had with the folks back home that did it. Or news that the family pooch is getting old. Or just some oblique reminder of something that is quintessentially ‘home’.

For the team at Kiwi Movers, it’s often the food we miss. We love our food and London’s got some of the best in the world. It’s even got some great places to go for Kiwi cuisine, but sometimes all you crave is a Peanut Slab or some Rashuns (if you’re a Kiwi at least). You can’t get them anywhere over here.

Kiwi Movers want to ship you some goodies

We can’t cure homesickness, but we can help keep you stocked up on those little treats that just taste like home.

Do the 10-second quiz up top and tell us what you miss. Then share on Facebook. One lucky so and so will be chosen to receive a month’s supply of the good stuff – whatever it is you crave (from the quiz selection, obviously. We can’t be shipping caviar).

Whatever you pick – shipping from London to wherever you’re currently living – on us.

And remember, if you want to ship some of the good stuff to a friend or family member living overseas, check out our door-to-door international shipping service.

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5 super simple packing hacks for moving home

 

We like to think we know a thing or two about moving home.

But that doesn’t mean we’re not always impressed to learn new and useful ways to make the process simpler. From egg cartons, to scented bags, and paper plates, we’ve received some pretty great tips recently.

So, if you’re about to move home shortly, here’s a few of our favourites.

Books

Books have an magical power to almost double in weight whenever you need to transport them.

It calls for a radical solution.

If you’ve got a small, but budding, collection then you might get away with putting them in a rucksack or two. But for anything more extensive, then it’s a good idea to save your wheeled suitcases exclusively for this kind of thing. It’s a lot easier on the arms. And morale.

Dishes

You know all those old dish cloths you have lying around?

Pack them alongside your dishes in a strong, sturdy box. They’ll prevent the dishes from moving around and stop any nasty chips or cracks.

For extra protection, you can also put paper plates between your real ones.

Toiletries

Clear plastic containers. Cheap, easy to find, and fantastic for storing messy toiletries during the big move.

If you’re unlucky enough that something leaks on the day, then these containers make it so much easier to clean quickly and easily – so you don’t have to worry about damaging anything else.

Extra tip: choose containers with lids.

Clothes

This is the type of advice your mother might give, but it’s actually pretty clever.

When packing your clothes into suitcases, put them inside a scented plastic bag. That way everything will still smell nice and fresh even if they’ve been hidden away for a week or two.

Plus, if there are any unexpected spills along the way, your things will stay protected.

Jewellery

Before you discard your egg cartons to the recycling, you can actually use them to transport jewellery when you move.

Jewellery boxes themselves tend to get everything jumbled and tangled when they’re being transported. But egg cartons keep your jewellery separated, so you won’t need to worry about chains and earrings getting caught together.

It’s easier to unpack this way too.

How to protect your stuff when moving home

We know first-hand that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

When all else fails?

Have a look at our London-based man and van service.

We’ll help you pack your things, do the heavy lifting, and help solve all those annoying obstacles that arise when you’re moving home. Including how to transport your important possessions.

Follow us on Twitter for more hints and tips about how to move home without the stress.

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How to avoid identity theft when moving home

 

It’s to be expected that moving home causes a certain amount of upheaval in someone’s life.

One of the things most people don’t consider, however, is how to protect themselves from identity theft.

Between 2010-2016, there’s been a 52% rise in cases of identity theft amongst young people. And according to Experian, people moving house in London are three times more likely to be victims of identity theft. This is due to London having extremely high population density. It’s just easier for fraudsters to get hold of personal details.

One of the most vulnerable times is actually when you’re moving to a new home. Changing addresses, disposing of important information and sorting your mail are amongst some of the biggest challenges. Especially when it comes to making sure your personal details don’t fall into the wrong hands.

All’s not lost, however. Here are a few simple things you can do to minimise the risk of identity fraud.

 

Tell your bank you’re moving house

There’s always going to be people and organisations to notify when you move home. But your bank is definitely up there at the top.

Here’s why. First, you don’t want any important letters or documentation accidentally being sent to your old address. Perhaps the new inhabitants will be lovely and forward them on. Or – perhaps after the second or third misdirected letter – they’ll put them to one side and the letters will gather dust somewhere for 6 months. Then that becomes a problem for a bunch of different reasons.

Secondly, not telling your bank could have a negative impact on your credit rating. If you’re listed as living under two addresses and you apply for credit in the future, then you could get a nasty surprise once your application is returned.

As a general rule it’s a good idea to let them know as soon as possible, at least two weeks before.

 

Get hold of a shredder

Another important step is to make sure your existing letters and documents are disposed of properly.

It’s only natural when you’re moving home to do some decluttering. But wage slips, utility bills and any other documents that contain your personal information could be a magnet to potential identity thieves.

You don’t need to buy a shredder (although they are pretty useful) – however, borrowing one before you move house could make all the difference. A high priority would be anything that contains your National Insurance number, bank account details or any PIN numbers/passwords.

 

Contact Royal Mail to redirect mail

Even if you’ve notified your bank, utility provider and everyone else you can remember to tell them about your move, some letters can still slip under the radar.

Luckily, Royal Mail offers a paid service to redirect your mail to any UK or overseas address for a set of period of time. This is a really useful way to make sure your important information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. It should help give you additional peace of mind too.

 

Protecting yourself from identity theft

It’s an unfortunate reality that moving house can sometimes leave you feeling vulnerable.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, either. If you need more information, the ICO and Fraud Protection websites have plenty of advice about avoiding identity theft – including what to do if you suspect you’ve been a victim.

You can also follow us on Twitter for more hints and tips about moving house in London.

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Kiwi in London? Here’s how to find a flat

If you’re a Kiwi in London, or planning on making the move soon, you’ve probably heard some horror stories about finding a flat in this city.

Dodgy landlords. Outrageous rents. Utility closets remodelled as ‘cosy but basic’ bedrooms for couples who don’t mind snuggling up. We’ve written about the various horrors of moving in London.

But that doesn’t mean finding somewhere incredible is outwith your reach. Or an incredible flatmate, for that matter. Half the time it’s just knowing where to start.

With that in mind, here are a few online resources that should kick-start your roomie search and help you find your own little space in the city.

Kiwi’s in London

The No.1 place for Kiwi’s and Aussie’s to go to for news, activities and of course to find a flat in London. The Kiwi’s in London Facebook page has a weekly flat post with over 200 rooms available each week. To follow the KiL page

They even have an app. You can download it here.

Easyroommate.co.uk

We have it on good authority that easyroommate.co.uk has helped millions of people find their next home. By which we mean it’s explicitly stated on their website.

The only downside to using this tool is you need to sign-up immediately. However, if it makes the flat hunt any easier, then it shouldn’t be that big a compromise.

Spareroom.co.uk

This is probably the most popular way to find flatmates in London.

It’s not that different to a dating site, actually.

Enter in your preferred postcode and area, and Spareroom.co.uk will give you a handy list of properties you could be interested in. As you can probably imagine, competition is pretty tough – so setting up a profile and getting in touch by telephone (rather than email) could be a good start.

Reddit

Reddit London is a semi-magical resource for Kiwis in London.

Here, you’ll find everything from transport advice, to news updates, and – you guessed it – people looking for other flatmates in the city. You might not necessarily strike gold, but you’ll definitely find other expats who’ve been in your position before. With a bit of luck they’ll be able to welcome you with useful advice and point you in the direct of other flat-sharing opportunities too.

There’s also a London Homes subreddit if you’re purely inclined towards flat-mate hunting.

Gumtree

Gumtree can be a fantastic resource for finding pre-loved furniture and the pedigree puppy of your dreams. That said, it might not be the first place you look for a new flatmate.

Don’t knock it back, though. Like Craigslist, there are a surprising number of listings from people looking for flatmates in London. And you never know. You might find another Kiwi adventurist along the way.

The only thing to keep in mind, however, is that Gumtree isn’t an official listings site. So like any social platform, it’s important to be aware of scams/all things weird and wonderful.

How to find a flat if you’re a Kiwi in London

It’s not all doom and gloom.

After helping thousands of people move in and around London, we know first-hand that this is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Finding the right flat just takes time, perseverance and a decent wifi connection.

Coffee also helps.

Want to learn more about property searching and making the move in London? Follow us on Twitter.

 

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Moving to London? Here are some must-read books

There are certain challenges that arise when you plan on moving to London.

First, you have all the nitty-gritty logistics of getting here in the first place. Booking your flights, finding a flat, contacting everyone you know who already lives here for advice. You know the drill. After that it comes down to moving your stuff (we know a thing or two about that, by the way) and finally getting your keys.

So what happens after that? How do you immerse yourself into London living?

Well, that’s down to you really. But if you believe that learning everything about the culture, customs and local history of your new-found city is the best starting point, here are a few of our favourite books about London.

 

Mrs Dalloway

By Virginia Woolf

How much can you learn about living in London in just 24 hours?

Putting aside City Tours for one moment, Mrs Dalloway is a Bloomsbury classic that unravels the opposing stories of two women on a single day in 1923.

In terms of London landmarks, this wonderful book recounts everything from the bustling traffic of Piccadilly Circus to Bond Street  – all under the watchful eyes of Big Ben.

It’s a fantastic introduction into the literary lives that have shaped this city, both new and old (there’s plenty of Shakespearean references in there too, just sayin’).

If you’re already sold, you now have a choice. You can either spend a few wondrous hours scavenging for Mrs Dalloway in the legendary bookstore, Foyles. Or you can shop on Amazon. Either way is fine with us.

 

Down and Out in Paris and London

By George Orwell

London might be infamous now for its gentrification and overpriced flat whites, but that’s not always been true.

In 1933, George Orwell published a part-novel, part-autobiography about the hardships and horrors facing the poor in Europe’s metropolises.

The second half of his book, set in London, sees the city through the eyes of a down and out writer – a man who’s forced into a kind of nomadic homelessness as he struggles to survive.

Sure, it might not be the most romantic vision of London you’ve imagined. But Down and Out was the first literary breakthrough of Orwell’s, and set a new standard for documenting and exploring the ordinary lives of London’s inhabitants.

 

London: The Biography

By Peter Ackroyd

It’s last on our list, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Or just plain useful, really.

In his characteristically engaging and intricate style, Peter Ackroyd traces the biography of London from its Roman origins straight through to the present day.

Expect lots of intriguing tidbits about the grizzly history of London’s tube network, ghosts in the Tower of London, and how years of Blitz bombardment scarred and reinvented the city.

It’s a modern masterpiece.

Books for moving to London

There’s little doubt that London has changed dramatically since the turbulent times of Virginia Woolf and George Orwell. But that’s why we enjoy reading their stories so much. If you want to learn about what makes London distinctly, well, London, these authors each offer a precious snapshot to time that’s all but lost. Unless you know where to look.

It should also be pointed out that all this additional learning is invaluable for pub quizzes.

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