My girlfriend is graduating university and she's heading to London for a well-deserved holiday later this month. I'm looking for a great gift idea of a fabulous experience that she can have while there! [more inside]
Expats living in London, renting the ground floor flat of a house. We don't have much in the way of high-value possessions aside from laptops, TV, bike, clothing, but we should probably get them covered. Please recommend a good policy or insurance company. [more inside]
Tomorrow, I'm off to the UK to sit in the British Library and read bad religious novels by authors you've never heard of! But when I'm not doing that, I may need to eat occasionally, lest the lack of nutrition make me fall asleep over triple-deckers by Mme. de Genlis. I'm staying in the Highgate area, relatively close to the cemetery. Any recommendations for good but not luxurious fare? Most cuisines are fine (Indian, Thai, Chinese, etc.).
Hello! I've got a second (and final) round of interviews for a content position within a major international bank in London. In this one, they'll be looking at the "cultural fit". Do you have any pointers on what they mean by that? What kind of "standard" interview questions should I prep for? Thanks for your help!
Am I correct in thinking that our landlord is required to give us 2 months' notice if they want us to leave the flat we are renting under a (now) periodic tenancy? I'm in London. [more inside]
Is there a UK equivalent to Kinkos/FedEx Office? [more inside]
I'm looking for a nice, relaxing place for a family of 4 to spend one night just outside North London. Complexities inside. [more inside]
Let's say I, a California software engineer and journalist, wanted to find an employer who would sponsor me to work in London. I've read a little about the work visa situation and various recent restrictions closing various avenues. Assuming the odds are probably pretty bad against succeeding, how might one try for this anyway? [more inside]
I'll be in London for a party & wedding over two weekends, and need ideas for domestic travel during the week in between, and the few days after. I've been to UK before, but all i've really seen is central london, Oxford, and Stonehenge. (i'll be clearer about my schedule and needs after the jump!) [more inside]
I'm going to the UK and Italy for 5 months for work and am having trouble getting the banking situation worked out. [more inside]
Travelling to London next week. Need advice on packing for the weather. [more inside]
Hi - outer glass shattered on our oven door. Google suggests this does sometimes happen without provocation (oven is approx 7yrs old). Housing contract (London, UK) stipulates tenant responsible for 'broken glass' but I presume this refers to windows. Letting agents got quote of £220 for new door panel. New oven costs £295 and they prefer to do this. Ask I contribute 40% (£120). Is this a fair deal - should I negotiate lower? Thanks!
My small business needs an independent 3rd party to keep a weather eye on us and ensure we stop slacking. Where should I go looking to find someone experienced who could give us 2 hours of their time every month for next-to-do nothing? [more inside]
I'm concerned that I might have unrealistic expectations of online dating, and that this might be why I'm not having much luck with it. [more inside]
You are male, single, employed, 20/30-ish, looking to settle down and start a family with a similar lady within the next three years or so. Where in London do you go to find potential dates? (Asking for a friend.)
I want to buy a standing desk, and I am willing to spend money on it. It doesn't seem possible to find the model I want in the UK. I'd also like to actually try the product before I buy it. Is there some kind of standing desk showroom I can actually visit (preferably, in London)? Do you have any other model recommendations? Details of search and criteria inside. [more inside]
[UK Job Hunting] I'm looking for a new job and my usual roster of recruitment agencies and contacts are failing to come up with anything either interesting, in London or at my level of seniority. If you were hunting for a senior position role in London right now, what places/companies/services would you be using or doing? [more inside]
Due to a last-minute work trip and a big difference in plane ticket prices, I have from Thursday evening through to a 2 PM Heathrow departure Monday free to go exploring. Where should I go and what should I do? [more inside]
We're getting married in a civil ceremony in London, UK this autumn and I have a couple of questions about dealing with the registrar. [more inside]
My job is transferring me from Chicago to London in the spring. I've certainly got a lot to figure out between now and then (much of which this forum has already been a big help with), but one specific question I have involves the purchase of a new computer. My current MacBook is definitely due to be replaced -- it's six years old, so move or not, I was planning on getting one sometime this year. Does it make more sense to buy one before the move or after? [more inside]
Would you please help me remember either this event, book, or article? [more inside]
The screen on my Sony PSP (2000 edition, not Vita) has stopped working and needs replacing. Can anyone recommend a reputable repair shop somewhere in London that will do this? [more inside]
I need to get from Heathrow airport to Cambridge, with lots of baggage. [more inside]
I'd like to work in London but I have no idea where to start! I'm a British citizen, age 30, but I've grown up in Australia. I'm looking for any kind of work that pays the bills. Policy work would be especially nice (I have some experience there) but temping/office jobs would be fine too. Can you recommend me some agencies and websites where I can start, and also any other hints and tips for first-timers to the London/UK job market! Thank you!
Where can I find wild boar sausages in London (UK) or the London area on a Sunday? [more inside]
We're passing through London at the end of August (post-Olympics) for a couple of days on our way back from Ireland. We leave London on a Wednesday at 9pm from Heathrow terminal 1. I have questions about airports for our arrival in the UK. [more inside]
The recently-retired senior generation of my family is traveling from US to London in October. They are arriving separately and splitting up for a couple of different side trips, and want to be able to stay in touch by cell phone. What are the easiest, cheapest options for cell phones that they can purchase ahead of time? [more inside]
What specialty food items should I bring back from Paris and London? I am traveling to both places in May. Can you recommend some unique and delicious food items I can bring back with me? (Any other travel recommendations are welcome as well!)
Is late May into June an OK time to visit London? (I'd like to avoid the peak travel season and wading through crowds of tourists and students on holiday.) [more inside]
UK Art Supply filter: I'm an artist in New York, ordering supplies for a project that I will be doing in London next week. I'm trying to order online from UK-based websites as much as possible and have the supplies delivered to the work site, rather than shipping from the US. There are a few things that I'm having a hard time finding... particularly certain kinds of tape. [more inside]
So this (US union staffer returning to London and looking for a job) was me. Since then I've found a job opening that's absolutely perfect... but I need to fill out a UK style application form, and having spent my whole career in the US, I need some advice. [more inside]
Looking for an American-style (doesn't have to be actually American!) private family doctor in London. Any suggestions for where/how to look? [more inside]
3 Days in London, England in April 2012. My wife has never been before. What should we not miss?
I am in the UK. I am currently employed, but have accepted a new job with a start date early Jan. I am wondering how to gracefully(?) resign in a way that won't screw my finances? [more inside]
Where can one buy fun paper cocktail napkins in the UK? (I live in the US, and want to buy as a gag gift for someone in London) [more inside]
Is there somewhere in or near London, UK that can give a summer-like experience for a few hours? I'm looking for the opposite of a snowdome or an ice bar: a space that's warm, bright and summer-themed. [more inside]
UK (and especially London) folks, where should a returning US labor union staffer work in the UK? I’ll be returning to London (location non-negotiable) early next year after almost ten years in the US. I left the UK soon after I graduated (I’ve never held a career job there), and I’ve worked as a labor union staffer in the US, working my way up to positions with a good deal of strategic and management responsibility, but I'm absolutely open to a change... [more inside]
Where should I shop for men's clothing in London for an office job? And what should I wear? [more inside]
Help me choose a mobile phone for domestic and international calls in the UK. [more inside]
An acquaintance is looking for a therapist to help with OCD, possibly through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Do any MeFites have any feedback on London-based private therapists, or advice on how to find one? [more inside]
Catch-up-the-North-American-filter: Please suggest films that I can watch to get up on the socioeconomic situation in Britain, leading up to the current unrest. Bonus if it's streaming on Netflix. Documentary or not.
In a few days I will be staying with friend's family in western France, at a house they own. I will be in the UK the next few days. Normally I would bring wine or chocolates as a thank you for the accommodation, but France does these much better and cheaper than the UK (I am told). I am Canadian. What could I bring that would still be a great gift, that I could find in London? It should be something like food or drink, and something of benefit to people on vacation. Price about $50. The friends I am visiting are French/Canadian and appreciate quality/luxury
What has your experience been with regaining US Citizenship after voluntarily renouncing it? Wiki and word of mouth says previous citizens would be welcome...mostly... [more inside]
Moving to London: What are the simplest & quickest ways to obtain a proof of address letter? [more inside]
I'm moving to London! Help me figure out where to live and how I'm going to get to work and back. Especially curious about commuting by bike. [more inside]
City of London Prix Fixe Lunching: It has recently occurred to me that I've been entirely wasting Lunch as an opportunity for culinary exploration. Unfortunately all the interesting restaurants I see with Prix Fixe lunch menus seem to be in Soho. But there must be some interesting places in the City of London right? Where can you suggest that isn't obscenely expensive. [more inside]
I'm moving countries in 30 days and I am freaking out (to put it mildly). How can I make the most of the time left in my home country and prepare for the new one - while not being mean to my partner or my family? [more inside]
How do I start a new private limited company in the UK and then start a new business banking account for it? [more inside]
Where would you recommend learning to speak French in London? [more inside]
This morning I was hit by a bus while cycling to work. I'm not badly hurt but currently in hospital waiting to have my shoulder checked and cuts cleaned out. I'm in London, England. The bus driver was 100% to blame. The police have taken a statement from me and I have two phone numbers from witnesses. What should I be doing now to make sure I receive adequate compensation and the driver is dealt with appropriately?