If you think you need a visa, please read the following section.
Otherwise, skip to one of the other sections: Where to Live, How to Find a Place to Live, How to Find Work, How to Set Up a Bank Account, Transportation in London, Living in London FAQs.
While Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and nationals from certain other countries can usually enter the UK visa-free as tourists, this does not give you the right to work.
If you're caught working without the correct visa, you'll likely be removed from the country and you could barred from re-entering the UK for up to 10 years.
The classic way to think about London is either North vs South or East vs West.
Generally speaking, West and North London are seen as more desirable areas than East or South London.
However, in my personal opinion, this way of thinking about London does little to capture the reality on the ground.
There are plenty of places in the North or West that I would consider less desirable than places in the South and East.Though I've never had anyone complain to my face about me being an immigrant, I have been involved in a couple of conversations where people complain about immigrants/immigration/foreigners in general.When I've pointed out to them that I'm also a foreigner, they generally say something along the lines of Still, in my experience, this is an extremely rare conversation to have and it's one that you could have anywhere.There are far too many different things to compare.However, if you're looking for a place to start, I've included a general description of the types of properties you'll find in a few postcodes to help you begin your search.Nevertheless, public attitudes towards immigrants/foreigners are on the whole vastly more positive in London.