Tag Archives: UK

Finding a home in London – websites to narrow the search

There are a number of sites that aggregate London neighbourhood data into searchable maps. But make no mistake: Getting familiar with the areas, schools, rent prices, will all take time. (If you are thinking of SW London and want some help, get in touch with me via About). Try these: – Rightmove and FindProperly: My […]

School types in the UK – can you keep track?

Once you start reading up on the English school system for your kids, you won’t be able to escape the insane nomenclature. The school pie can be cut up in so many ways, and each has a different designation…. If you wanted to delve into this morass, you can find an excellent summary of types […]

Surviving driving – in London

Driving in London (and the wider UK): American expats, you will be changing your travel habits (except maybe you, New Yorkers). Forget the car. It may still be helpful for trips to the supermarket, or driving your kids down the road to a playdate (especially if it’s raining) – but unless you are staying in […]

It helps to be Christian – UK schools and religion

Schools and religion: Be aware! Many state schools are linked to the Church of England (CoE, i.e. Anglican) or the Roman Catholic church – these make up about one third of schools in the UK (and yes, they draw on tax money).  There are two potential issues (or opportunities) here: a) You may not want […]

Finding a good school in London, and getting in!

Schools: This is a huge topic. And most probably the one that is most stressful for families moving to London. It certainly was for me. Important factors when deciding on the type of school you go for are a) the age of your child(ren) and b) your plans for returning to your home country. I […]