Trainee teachers exploring London

From Canada to London


Moving to a new city is always daunting especially if it is in a completely new (and amazing) city! This blog is here to curb a few of those worries with some basic but helpful tips on the more day to day questions about moving.

Let’s start with: What should I pack?

Now London is a city of many weather fronts, and you will experience the drizzle and crisp air of Autumn, the dark and cold nights of Winter, the flash showers of Spring and the warmth of Summer. So pack for all weather fronts, but they most definitely won’t be as extreme as Canadian weather!

So if you don’t want to buy everything new and really want to expand on your luggage allowance then here is short list of essentials to pack

- A coat: warmer the better with a good hood to protect you from the occasional drizzle
- Photos from home: Everyone feels homesick so help your future self out and bring a few home comforts
- Laptop/ Tablets: if you own one, bring it, this is good for Skyping people back home, and just having something to do when you aren’t lesson planning or exploring London
- Any teaching materials that you think your class would love
- Smart but comfortable clothes that are suitable for interviews and teaching
- A plug adaptor! Better to have one when you get here than be searching for one
- Some homely snacks that you can’t get in London. 

Remember all of the obvious from pants, socks and sunglasses to your favourite DVD, but if you do forget anything London has a million and one shops, online and on the high street where you can get everything you need.

Cosmetics: Boots and Superdrug:

Supermarkets will also sell a lot of this stuff especially Tesco. Remember to get a Boots Advantage Card, Superdrug card and Tesco club card, all can save you money!

Groceries: Tesco, Asda, Morissons, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose

Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morison’s are cheaper but still offer an expansive amount of products.

M&S and Waitrose also offer a great range of goods at a slightly higher price.

You can also do an online order for all these supermarkets.

Some of these supermarkets have membership cards that they give for free so make sure you get them. If you are planning on wining and dining you may also want to invest in a Taste card.

Homely Comforts: Wilkinson’s, Argos and Ikea

These shops are great for home appliances, such as cooking utensils, pillows, duvets, basically anything you need in the home. Supermarkets also sell these goods.

A bargain: Pound land:

Lots of food, cleaning products, decorations, and silly presents all for £1.

Once you have settled in to London life, and if you decide to get a Smart Phone then download some of these excellent apps that will help you move around London.

- City Mapper
- Google Maps
- Tube Map
- The Trainline

All of these will help you get around London and the UK.

Now you have settled in and relaxed a little, your mind will start to wander to working life, and what working in a London school will be like. Schools in London are incredibly diverse and have loads of opportunities to try out new teaching styles and use integrated planning. Most schools have exceptional technology use in the classroom.

Let Career Teachers help train you up on the Smartboard and then try out new things with your bright, enthusiastic students! While people might say that students in London are cheeky, they are only as naughty as you allow them to be. Bring in your fantastic Canadian behaviour management training and work to build those caring and positive relationships with your students and you will see that London students are wonderful and inquisitive learners. Schools are very diverse and you will experience many different approaches, take them in stride and immerse yourself in the UK curriculum and culture.

If you are looking for things to do in London, you won’t have too look far, grab a copy of Time Out, or check it out online and you will find more than enough to do. London is a multicultural city, with a million different things going on at once, so make sure you take advantage and explore what this city has to offer!

Places you will love

The Maple Leaf
Alexander Palace
Trafalgar Square
Buckingham Palace
Big Ben
The Houses of Parliament
London Aquarium
Madame Tussauds
London Eye
Covent Garden

Before you move to London remember to take a look at Career Teachers London Borough Guide. This will give you a bit more of an idea of where you would want to live, and what the areas are like. This will also come in useful when you have moved to London, just so you have more of an idea of where you are based and what’s around you.

Good luck with your London adventure!

Useful Websites

Taste Card


Time Out

Guardian Education




Career Teachers – Canada


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