Get a London Eye Map
If you plan to take a ride on the London Eye, it is worth the 3 pounds sterling to buy a 'view360' map pamphlet at their ticket office. This oval-shaped brochure features four swing-out maps (pivoted at one end) with bird's eye views of London in each of the four main compass directions. The prominant tourist attractions, buildings and bridges are identified on each map so you can quickly determine exactly what you are actually looking at as the 'pod' slowly makes it's arc above London.
The folded-out map in the photo (on the right side) shows the 'South' view of Westminster Bridge crossing the Thames with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament on the north shore, as well as other landmarks off in the distance.
General looking for work in London Information
I have covered temping in London separately, so if that is what you wish to do, please take a look at that section for detailed information.
Now for some general information:
You need to have an up-to-date CV, covering the type of visa you have, contact details, educational history etc. You can find plenty of CV formats on the web, but this is important to have.
A contact phone number:
As soon as you move to the UK, try and get yourself a mobile so you can be contacted easily by recruitment agencies or companies.
Places to look for work:
-Recruitment agencies (as covered in my temping tip)
-The Gumtree (www.gumtree.com)
The gumtree is an excellent site - originally made for antipodean travellers in the UK, this is a great place for anyone to find a job, meet friends, find places to go out etc. there is a comprehensive job listing there covering all sections of the job market. There is even a 'looking for work section' where you can advertise your own skills to employers.
Do be a little careful for weird ads, as some are not legitimate, but for the most part it is an excellent place to find work.
-Magazines and newspapers:
Magazines like 'Timeout' always have a good job section, and newspapers (including the free tube paper) normally have a job section as well.
The best way to get work like this is just to go into the bars, cafes etc and have a chat to the owner or manager and ask if they have work available
Then you have your normal http://www.monster.co.uk/ http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/ and so on. If you do only have a working holiday visa you will probably find it hard to get a permanent position, so it is probably easier if you try and apply for contact or temporary roles, I have heard if you work in accounting/finance it is much easier to get a permanent job. Some companies are happy to sponsor people for a variety of different positions, it is not as impossible as it sounds. Quite a few people I know have been sponsored after starting work with a company as a temp.
Basically, you will be able to find work no matter what it is you do, there is even plenty of construction work if that is your area – not just professional or bar work. It is all about networking here, calling up companies, emailing them, or going in in person. If you put in the effort it will definitely pay off. But London is not the sort of place where you can apply for 3 jobs a week and expect to have one after a month, it is competitive, so apply for as many as you can, call people rather than email them if you have the option on an ad – just little things to let you get your personality across!
This "needle", for my money, is the most extraordinary thing in London.
One of two that were hewn from the red granite quarries of Aswan, they were floated downstream on special barges to the city of On.
It was not until Roman times that the emperor Augustus had them moved to Alaxandria to embellish his temple on the Mediterranean. Now, the fact that it came from Heliopolis and is dated around 1468BC and relates to Thutmosis III hasn't deterred many from fantasizing about the famous queen. As is often said, "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story". However, the only way it hung on to "Cleopatra" was that it was the name given to the iron cylinder it was transported in.
Presented to Britain by the then Pasha of Egypt representing the Ottoman Sultan, Mohammed Ali (a non-Egyptian), in 1819, it took a further 58 years before it was erected on its present site.
The majority of that time was spent buried in Egyptian sand while someone worked out how to carry the 180 ton monster over to England.
Finally they did manufacture the cylinder but life wasn't meant to be simple. En route, in the Bay of Biscay on the 14th October, 1877, it broke loose from the towing ship and then was adrift for nearly three months before it was spotted again and towed in by the Anglia.
Bronze sphinxes, added four years later, are not Egyptian at all.
Trivia - In its base is a Victorian time capsule with, among other things, a railway timetable and photographs of 12 contemporary beauties.
Trivia 2 - There is a twin obelisk in New York's Central Park. It took the Americans less than two years to transport it and erect it (after the British).
Stand on the famous TOWER...
Stand on the famous TOWER BRIDGE over RIVER THAMES.
With its fairytale turrets and huge decks which raise to let tall ships through, the Tower Bridge is easily London's most recognisable and popular landmark.
It used to be controlled by steam-powered machinery which was used to raise the decks in the Victorian times but now relies on hydraulics and electricity. There are 200 steps or so to climb to the covered walkway that runs along the top of the bridge, from where you can enjoy spectacluar views up and down The Thames and across London.
Fish and chips
Fish and chips or fish 'n chips, in Scotland a fish supper, is a popular take-away food, consists of deep-fried fish in batter with deep-fried potatoes.
Fish and chips have great popularity in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, and considerable popularity in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, the United States, and some coastal towns of the Netherlands and Norway.
British and some international usage refers to the fried potatoes as chips, and while American English calls them "French fries", the combination still has the name "fish and chips".
Traditional frying uses dripping (beef fat), and the north of England and Scotland tends to retain this practice. In the south of England and Australia vegetable oil predominates. This does impart a different flavour to the dish and makes the chips acceptable to vegetarians. In England, cod appears most commonly as the fish used for fish and chips, but many kinds of fish can substitute, especially other white fish, such as pollock or haddock; plaice, skate; and rock salmon (dogfish). In northern England and Scotland haddock redominates.