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Dear readers, It has been a year this month since I launched imovingtolondon.com and my Instagram account. This is such an emotional post for me. Thank you for joining me on my journey, thank you for all the messages, likes, comments and encouragement through the past year. I am grateful for the new friends I made, the new skills I picked up and all the places I was able to visit. I am also really grateful for the things I learnt. I wanted this post to be a reflection on the year gone, and some of the words of wisdom…

I have been going to Hipzone for the past 5 years. It is one of those places, that is privately owned and the staff does not change. This is something so rare for London that I guess it is the reason why I have not looked for a new hairdresser. Also, it is one of those places where they have it all: hair, nails, beauty, massages and wine. Owned by Michiu and Clement, positioned right opposite Kensington Olympia, it is a little gem in the West Kensington area. I love the fact that when I get in they always offer…

I have been one of those passive standby-ers when it comes to the Brexit. I do not vote, I do not really believe that any political power will solve any issues, I have just given up on the concept of believing in a party’s values. However, I recently read an article on the Brexit topic, which made me feel that I should have a roam around and ask some questions, get to know what people think. And, also give my own opinion – not that my opinion is so important but I feel I should have one. At the end…

When you come to London, and you are ready to work, you need to get an NI – National Insurance Number. This stays with you for the rest of your life, even if you decide to move out of the UK and come back 20 years later. To get an NI number, you need to have the right to work in the UK and you are looking for, starting work or are setting up as self-employed telephone Jobcentre Plus on 0845 600 0643. Lines are open 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday. Once you phone them, you will…

Many of you might think that the Deposit Scheme is just the next bureaucratic, useless feature on your tenancy contract. However, think again, The Deposit Scheme is actually your best friend and your best bet if you want to see your deposit ever, again. Landlords in London have become ruthless and greedy, and they won’t stop in front of anything in order to squeeze your last penny once you decide to move out of their precious apartment. In order to avoid that, make sure once you sign the contract with your landlord to be/agent they put your deposit with the…

The past months have brought a lot of talks about the status of Bulgarian and Romanian workers coming in the UK. There is nothing official yet, just talks and rumours. One of the EU’s basic principals is the freedom of movement for the citizens of the member states. Given that the UK always wants to stand out of the crowd, they are trying to take a different approach to immigration and make it difficult for the latest editions to the EU to work and travel freely within its borders. However what is the situation in 2013 for workers coming from…