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More and more Australians are deciding to move to London each and every year, and it’s easy to see why. London is an iconic city, not just in the United Kingdom, but around the entire world. With a rich history, plenty of employment opportunities, and the potential to start a new life in England’s capital, it’s possible you have heard London calling.  

However, moving to London is no small task as there are a lot of boxes to tick before you can settle into your new home. At Overseas Packers & Shippers, our team of expert international removalists are committed to helping Australians relocate anywhere in the world, including London. This step-by-step guide to moving to London details everything you need to know about making your overseas journey as smooth as possible.  

The Process for Moving to London  

Given that London is on the other side of the world from Australia, you want a professional international moving company to handle the shipping of your belongings. Overseas Packers & Shippers has developed a comprehensive process to ensure a smooth transition for anyone moving from London to Australia.  

Step One: Getting an Estimate  

When you contact our friendly team about moving your belongings to London, you will fill out a quick estimate form. This way, we can provide you with a cost estimate of what the shipping will look like.   

Step Two: Conducting a Survey  

After receiving your estimate, our team will need to conduct a survey of the items you wish to move to London. This survey can take place in person or online and once completed, we will provide you with an accurate quote.  

Step Three: Packing  

We will organise a date for our team of trained removalists to come to your home and pack your belongings. No matter how many objects you have or how large your belongings are, our team of professionals will spend a day packing everything up so you know your possessions will be safe during their journey to the UK.  

Red London telephone booth with Big Ben in the background.

Step Four: Shipping  

Once your belongings have arrived in the UK, we will send you an email with all the important information you need about when it should be arriving at your new home. The arrival time will depend on the shipping schedule, but we’ll try our best to make sure it gets to you on time.  

Step Five: Customs  

When moving belongings into the UK, you will need to complete a customs declaration form for certain goods. The ToR01 form will need to be filled out for your possessions before you move to London. Some items that may not be allowed into the country include: 

  • Human and pet food  
  • Alcohol and tobacco  
  • Controlled drugs  
  • Weapons  
  • Endangered animals and plant species  
  • Indecent and obscene materials  

Other Important Information about Moving to London  

When moving to London, it is important you have the right visa approved before you depart. Your visa will change depending on the reason you are moving to the UK. Whether you need to apply for a work visa, a student visa, or some specialised form of visa, the quicker you can start your application, the more likely you will have all the documentation to properly start your new life in London.  

You will need to transfer your finances over to a UK bank after moving to London. While there are a lot of banking options in England, the four main banks in the country are:  

  • Barclays  
  • HSBC 
  • Lloyds  
  • RBS Group  

You will also need to find a new home to buy or rent in London. Like most cities, the further away from the CBD, the cheaper property and rent prices are. Depending on your work, it may be best to find accommodation in one of these cheaper locations, given the other expenses associated with moving.  

Contact Overseas Packers & Shippers  

If you are thinking about moving to London, then make sure you have an experienced international moving company helping make the journey as stress-free as possible. Overseas Packers & Shippers is dedicated to helping Australians settle into their new London life with our high-quality international removalist services.  

To find out how we can help, contact our friendly team today!