Apr 9th 2020

Post COVID-19: 4 benefits of being an expat in London

Whether you’re from all the way Down Under or just across the narrow sea, moving to London undoubtedly would seem rather daunting, and in light of COVID-19, a distant dream. 

As impossible as it might seem right now, there will come a time in the near future when the flow of people between countries will resume in full force. And when that time comes, the desire for a new adventure will be stronger than ever. 

So why not use this extra time between now and next year as things return to normality, to forward plan a new and exciting adventure in London. 

By then the streets of London will be back to its normal exciting buzz, ready to take on the world post-COVID-19. But what makes the hustling and bustling streets of London such a great place to live and work?

Author, Samuel Johnson believes, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

Why the big smoke

1. Land of opportunities 

From London’s financial sector which employs over 300,000 people down to its creative industries breaking the £100 billion barrier – there are countless job paths to adventure down in this city. London is the home to some of the world’s largest corporations and most innovative companies. It is well and truly a land rich of opportunity and the perfect place to boost your career. Got ambition? Then grab the bull by its horns (and use Tempo to do so).

2. Cultural melting pot

World-famous museums, iconic historical buildings, theatre productions and festivals. The power of London’s cultural scene attracts people from all walks of life. In fact, with almost 40% of the population being born outside the UK, anyone can fit in. This is a city that boasts such a strong diversity of cultures and international companies that it welcomes all expats in London with open arms. There is no denying that London is a global city. 

3. Where the past meets the future

London may be made up of winding medieval streets but, home to a booming startup scene, it is teeming with innovation.

According to Saul Klein, Co-Founder of LocalGlobe, “we really are seeing that London is becoming a Silicon Valley for the rest of the world.”

In 2019 there was a £10 billion funding bonanza in the UK tech industry – the majority of which was in London. So, if being part of companies like our Top 50 London startups tickles your fancy, then this is definitely the place for you. 

4. A to B in no time

The London underground is like nowhere else in the world. Zooming under the busy streets above, you’ll find yourself at the other end of the city in no time. And it doesn’t stop there – fancy a quick city break, or maybe even a long-haul adventure? Easy. London has multiple airports and train stations that can send you ANYWHERE. You really are spoilt for choice. 

Deciding to up sticks and move anywhere is a big decision. But when it’s a city that can not only offer you endless opportunities but also somewhere you can call home – then it’s the right decision. Life is all about experiencing new things, especially now you have your freedom back, and when it comes to being an expat in London, the grass is definitely greener.

Besides, you have extra time between now and next year as things return to normality, to forward plan and get your head around this new exciting journey.

Looking for the perfect role in this new city?

At Tempo we believe that work should be an adventure. We can connect you to some of the fastest-growing, most innovative companies in the world. Just have a read on how to stand out to employers and you’ll have a job in no time.