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Old 13.09.2012, 01:38
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Re: Tips for an expat-to-be in London?

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Wow thanks a lot! I didnt spect that many replies so quick.. I got the feeling I will love the british sense of humor, and the people even more
You will, I am sure. If you have been able to detect the dark humour in some of the posts above, you will be absolutely fine.
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Re: Tips for an expat-to-be in London?

I've been through the links you all have recomended and Im quite pleased with all the information there is, I dont feel so lost anymore.. Im now looking forward

But now I came up with few more questions, if anybody can sugest a Sim card with better rates for calls and sms? Also are people there more spontaneous or do I need to book an appointment for a drink a month in advance? Oh! and what's the modality when the bill comes? Everyone pays their own stuff or it is divided in equal parts no matter if one consumed way more than the other? Just questions to be in the safe side

Thank you again, have a nice monday.
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Old 17.09.2012, 13:56
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Re: Tips for an expat-to-be in London?

If you need a new subsidised phone then look at contracts. They're usually 1.5 or 2 yers long, though. Best is to have your own phone and get a PAYG sim. Wander into some phone shops; there's not much in it.

If you like data, then "3" is good.

People are very spontaneous. If you plan something, they're likely to forget before the time arrives. London is a very big city, so many people prefer to go for drinks straight after work, rather than travel home and travel back in again. I live(d) in the centre of London to avoid that, but most of my friends don't, so I end up in the same routine anyway!

Bills - depends on the people. Very hard to decide who used what, so the bills are usually split. There'll always be arguments over the landline (best not to use it - you'll probably have to have one installed for the broadband).
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Re: Tips for an expat-to-be in London?

In pubs without waiter service you are expected to buy a round of drinks when you arrive. Getting there early you might be buying 2 or 3 drinks. An hour later and a round could be 5 or 6 drinks. It pays to be there early.
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WHich is virtually all of them. It's so nice to have friends visit me here (or anywhere else in mainland Europe, really) and say "no, no, just sit down and relax. Someone will set up a tab and take our drinks order any minute".

Plus, as you say, it avoids the "rounds" system so you can drink at your own pace, rather than that of the fastest drinker.
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I've been through the links you all have recomended and Im quite pleased with all the information there is, I dont feel so lost anymore.. Im now looking forward

But now I came up with few more questions, if anybody can sugest a Sim card with better rates for calls and sms? Also are people there more spontaneous or do I need to book an appointment for a drink a month in advance? Oh! and what's the modality when the bill comes? Everyone pays their own stuff or it is divided in equal parts no matter if one consumed way more than the other? Just questions to be in the safe side

Thank you again, have a nice monday.
Shop around on the sim card front, if a contract does not suit you. It really depends on your intentions. O2 for example do a get sim card for when calling abroad a lot, so if you are calling people here or whatever. So just go to various stores and see what they can offer to suit your needs.

Spontaneous yes. London is much more a 24 hour city in a way, and everyone has a washing machine etc. So, rarely is there an excuse that a day is reserved for some house chore or avoidance tactic. Plus, we love to drink, and when you work in the city people are always go for drinks after work. The only drawback to this more spontaneous approach is we will say yes to most things, we will double, triple book, with every intention to do everything and it only dawns on us we cant do everything when the time comes. So dont get upset if something someone said yes to was suddenly doublebooked and superceded with a new idea, just go along to the new idea. Basically, be flexible and dont take a change of plan as personal.

Regarding the bill, are you referring to dining / drinking bills? No real set rules, ask the crowd your with. Generally, if things were about even meal wise, shared bottle of wines, then yeah an equal split. But I sure has hell dont pay equal when I have had a meal and one beer, yet greedy pants has had 3 courses and 4 beers, hell no.

I always used to work out my share, and throw in 10% on top.

Though, nowadays I tend to get the rounds when I pop back more often, as you do feel a tad flush when you can get a round for just 20 and still get change.
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