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Of course, following that advice is much easier said than done. In reality, making friends in a new city can sometimes be a real struggle… unless you know some smart ways to form new friendships and find good friends for life. Ask your current friends if they know anyone in the city you just moved to. Any suggestions?
As someone that has hopped on a plane and moved to London by myself, I know exactly what you are feeling when trying to make friends in London. The city can certainly be a very lonely place when you first move over. London is such a transient city and that can impact your group of friends as people come and go. Disclaimer: Hi!
If you click on one and buy something, I may earn a commission, see my Affiliate Disclosure for more details. I am sure I am not telling you anything new when I say making friends takes time and commitment to finding the people you click with. Build your initial friend network and then be prepared to go on lots of friend dates!
Here are some ways to help you build your group of friends….
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One of the most popular places to connect with people is Facebook and there are several Facebook groups you can that host events, you can suggest events or other peoples groups. There is a bit of misbalance between groups that are mixed and ladies only — sorry guys, there are more groups that the ladies can. There are many more groups that you canthese are just the ones I personally use and you will see me posting in them occasionally. I have found some great events and support in the groups.
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Even if you are not a Kiwi they are a welcoming bunch so check them out. The group provides a lot of entertainment, they host a few events but not as many as Kiwis in London. The Non-Boring London Collective is run by Gigi and John, as expats themselves, they understand the difficulty of making friends in London. They run a meet-up only group where they host various events every month plus others create side events. Britbound is run by Sarah, who has been welcoming new faces to London since Their social package does cost money but they provide you with all sorts of other benefits to like setting up your bank and NI .
They host lots of events at their base in Putney, pubs crawls and various other events across London. The group hosts events like colouring nights and a bookclub which you can via their meet-up .
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Similar to London New girl there are lots of people posting events or groups to. I recently ed a dinner club via this group and has been really fun so far! They have been hosting quite a few events since the group started so I recommend ing if you are an Aussie or Kiwi.
Some will cost money as the organiser can be experts in that field helping you grow your skills. In the background, I am preparing an epic ebook to support your move to the UK. Giving you all those up to date tips but you can unsubscribe anytime. Finding an apartment or house in London can be soul-crushing but getting the right people to live with will change your London life no pressure. Make sure you check out the Facebook groups I mentioned above as they will have people advertising rooms or posts about searching for places together.
Other places you can look at Spareroom the most popularGumTree be careful with scams and Room Buddies. On Spareroom you can create a profile telling people about you and up with others looking for a place. When I first moved to London I met two guys that were looking for an apartment in my price range. They got in touch with my friend and I to see if we were keen and went on a few viewings together.
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If you have found some buddies to rent with make sure you check out my article on How to Find a Flat in London. If you have acquaintances or friends of friends living in London this can be a great way to connect with people.
I got in touch with her when I moved to London and she became one of my closest friends in London. There is something about moving overseas and bonding that changes your relationship with that person.
In most cases for the better as you get a good friend and they can relate to your challenges. Do you have any friends or family members know people in London? See if they will connect you together. New hobbies are a great way to meet some new friends and like-minded people. Learn a new language, go on a cooking class the Bread Ahead baking classes look amazing! I found yoga classes a great way to meet new people, my personal favourite yoga studio is Fierce Grace which has a few locations around London. The pub culture is strong in the UK so what better way than making friends by heading to your local pub.
Get involved with the events too, chances are your local will hold quiz nights, cheap food nights and much more. Alternatively, drag your new co-workers for drinks. You will find that as long as the drinks are Monday to Thursday you will generally find someone keen to go for a drink at least in my industry. Volunteering is the perfect way to help the communities around you and expand your social network.
Some types of volunteering will have a waitlist in London so picking less popular volunteering activities like cleaning up rubbish or something in your local community will be more available. Just like the dating thing you can also get apps for the make your friendships.
Check out apps like Hey VinaBumble and Citysocializer. I cannot recommend this enough to be a leader rather than a follower. Make your own destiny in London and create an event and invite other people along. Advertise your event on the Facebook groups and the next thing you know you will have a sea of people ing you.
When I move to London I met my friend Mel in a hostel and ended up becoming friends. We started off with a few ladies and then the group dwindled down to 3 members.
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We advertised on some Facebook groups and next thing you know we have 10 new people attending our bookclub the next month. Mimic Jim Carrey in Yes Man and just say yes to everything. Taking that leap and putting yourself out there is the best way to make friends. If you are just watching events go by and not ing any, the journey to finding friends will be longer. When I first moved to London I stayed in a hostel for 3 months and it was the place that I made my initial friends. I even ended up moving out with one of the guys that I met and then eventually our other friend ed us in the flat.
Recently on a few social media groups, there have been posts about people reluctance to come to events as they suffer from social anxiety. Everyone has a different level of anxiety and I know it can be strong enough for people to cancel. A lot of the lovely people I have met in London will be happy to help out and try to ensure you feel comfortable.
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Reach out to the organisers and in most cases, they will do their best to discreetly help you to feel at ease and relaxed. Feel free to PM me on social media as well!
Hopefully, that has given you a few ideas on how to make friends in London and some of these have personally worked for me. What a roller-coaster that was! I love helping others move to the UK and people explore the world!
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