I was very lucky when I first moved to London a little over a year ago, because I landed a job right away in a social media agency that focused on anything and everything that is London related. Because of this, I was able to pick up the who, what and where of London within weeks – learning everything from the best pubs and bars, the greenest parks, the oldest buildings, the quirkiest pop-ups, to the biggest and smallest events around town.
This not only helped me get to know London, I also felt like I was ‘in’ on the local jokes and culture pretty quickly, and I think it contributed to making me feel more settled and comfortable in such a new environment.
The point behind this story is that you don’t have to do what I do to learn about London. The main reason behind people like us providing you with all this content is so that you too can learn about everything there is to know, see and do in London. This city is moving at a very fast pace and I think it’s important to keep in the loop, at least when you first move here and you have so much to learn.
To help with this, I’ve collated a collection of useful websites and pages which I use regularly to source content from. If you read one of these at least once every few days, you’ll be guaranteed to be kept in the London-loop, and it won’t be long until you’re telling your new British friends where to go and what to see.
Let’s start with the best ones (ok, I’m a little biased). The pages that I run are a part of the ‘Handpicked’ group.
The main one is Handpicked London, where I post anything interesting and London-related on a daily basis
If you prefer Twitter, you can follow @LDN
Then there’s our other Handpicked pages too – we have a page for each area of London such as Shoreditch, Soho or Brixton, and pages based on different interests such as Photography, Eats or London For Free.
Next is our website ‘Londonist’ http://londonist.com/ which is run by an incredibly talented team, who always know absolutely everything there is to know about London (seriously, their knowledge is scary)
Other sources that I find really useful are:
Time Out London http://www.timeout.com/london
Made in Shoreditch http://madeinshoreditch.co.uk/
Scout London http://www.scoutlondon.com/
London on the Inside http://londontheinside.com/
The Nudge http://thenudge.com/ (great for food and bars)
Who’s Jack http://wjlondon.com/
I think that should be enough to get you started.
Take a look over, find your favourite ones, bookmark them and get excited!