Author: Thamyres Ferreira

5 reasons to live in London

The food

Ahh, the food! England is famous for its’ traditional Fish and Chips, but the culinary in London goes way beyond that. With innumerous street markets and options of food stands and restaurants, London has (almost) anything you can imagine, from Caribbean food to the delicious arab falafel. Do you prefer Brazilian food? There are options of restaurants by kilo, sugarcane juice, pastry, coxinha and cheese bread. You may even miss Brazil while you’re here, but you can just go to the closest food fair to satisfty the hunger!

The “TUBE” (and all other transport options)

London is big, but the efficient public transport system can take you pretty much anywhere in the city (and even out of it in lines such as the Metropolitan). With tube, overground, DLR, bases and even boats, London’s transport is a worldwide reference. Just to have an idea, the oldest tube line, which is now part of the Northern line, used to be called City and South London Railway and was opened in 1890! No, you didn’t read it wrong! Even though Paris is famous for having the largest tube system in the world, London is home to the oldest one, that serves most parts of the city, and even has a 24 hour service on the weekends. 

Despite British pontuality, as in anywhere else in the world delays can occur, but Transport for London, the company responsible for London’s transport, guarantees your money back if your train is delayed for over 15 minutes. To put it simply, you can explore the city from North to South, East to West, and in this case public transport is your biggest ally!

Fashion capital of the world

Yes, sometimes you will run into some very dubious styles, but London is where some of the biggest fashion trends are originated and exported to the world. And we are not talking exclusively about London Fashion Week! Especially in eastern boroughs, such as Shoreditch, it’s possible to find unique pieces for very affordable prices! Itinerant thrift shops are common, and some sell the clothes by kilo. In case thrift shops are not your style, don’t worry. Oxford and Regent street are two streets that encounter each other in Oxford Circus, and are considered to be a shopping paradise if you’re looking for high end brands, such as Calvin Klein, Gap, Urban Outfitters, and the traditional luxury brand Burberry. It’s difficult not wanting to buy everything!

The traditional afternoon tea

We already know the British love tea. The tradition started with the Industrial Revolution, when the British Empire found in the east the so called Ceylon Tea, from current Sri Lanka. Since it was cheaper than coffee, the tea was the way British workers found to keep themselves awake during the strenous work hours in 18th century factories. Even after the Industrial Revolution, the tradition remained and the English even improved it. 

The afternoon tea is now a tradition in England and can be consumed with treats such as Yorkshire puddings, crumpets, tweets and the delicious shortbreads. It’s possible to have some of the best afternoon teas in luxuous hotels such as the ones in Park Lane Avenue, in front of Hyde Park, and also in the famous store Fortnum and Mason, that has a tea saloon oficial opened by queen Elizabeth in 2012! It’s worth the try!

History and culture

Few places in the world allow the privilege of passing by castels and millenial buildings while on your way to work or to the supermarket. London is older than 2 thousand years and has history on every corner. The city, since the Romans, has always been important spot for commerce because of river Thames, which made it easier for merchant’s boats to come in and out of the city. It’s not hard to see why England later became a naval power. Among development, wars, crisis and mass migrations, London has always been a city open to the world and full of history in every detail.

It doesn’t take much to pay attention to the beautiful architechture and the traditional English cottages that seem to have come out of a fairytale. Even nowadays, with tall buildings in Bank and Canary Wharf, the city hasn’t lost its’ charm and still an open museum. Do you prefer the indoors? London is a paradise for art and galleries lovers, and most of them are free of charge, asking just for an spontaneous contribution in case you’d like to donate. It’s hard to get borde around here!

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United Kingdom will face less heat in the next coming days

After over a month of temperaturas above the average in England, the heat will finally come back to levels considered to be normal for British summer. After a weekend of high temperaturas and the month of August starting with over 30 degrees, weather specialists expect the heatwave to be over this week.

According to the Met Office, it is still possible that the mercury will rise up to 33 degrees in London, and to 34 in areas such as Norfolk and Essex. After that, however, it is expected that temperatures will come back to what Britons consider to be normal, and with rain. 

In this heatwave, the Met Office, in partnership with the NHS, has even published alerts that instructed the population to be safe from the heat in order to avoid risk of sunstroke, and classified the temperatures as one level above of what would be considered a situation of national emergency. The temperatures even hit a record high, being the highest ever registered in England until now. In other parts of Europe, such as Portugal and Spain, the mercury hit 44 degrees in the past few days. 

To meteorologists, it is likely that temperatures will become mild – around 20 degrees – and that the British summer will be normal again, without the heatwaves. 

The information is from Metro.

LEGAL MINUTE: UN makes pressure for the end of indefinite immigration detention in the United Kingdom

UN makes pressure for the end of indefinite immigration detention in the United Kingdom

Pressure for United Kingdom’s government to put an end on indefinite immigration detention has increased after UN’s refugees agency positioned itself against the system. Acorrding to the Independent, after the conclusão of a study ordered by the govnerment on the detention system, secretary Sajid Javid compromised to investigate how the limits for immigration detentions work in other countries. 

Doctors could be qualified faster after Brexit, minister says

Doctors could be qualified faster post Brexit to help solve the lack of staff on NHS teams, a health minister stated. The fact that Great Britain is still part of the EU means that medicine students have to go through 5 years of training before they can be registered as doctors. After Brexit, Great Britain will be free to define its’ own rules and with ministers considering possibilities that would allow some students to qualify in less time. The information is from The Telegraph.

Brexit: Theresa May’s plan would cost £500 per person a year

The government’s plan for economy post Brexit would be equivalente around 500 pounds a year per person, a study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research has alerted. On the first big analysis of potential economic impacts post Brexit, the Institute calculated that the British gross domestic product would be 2,5% smaller on the next decade if the United Kingdom chooses to go through a “smooth” Brexit, similar to the Norway’s relationship to the EU. The information are from Sky News.

Aumenta o número de imigrantes ricos para aplicação de visto de investidor no Reino Unido

The number of millionaires and billionaires applying for residency in the United Kingdom as part of a special visa programme aimed to attract wealthy immigrants has rised 46% in the last year, according to the Independent. In the last 12 months since March, the number of individuals with high income that have applied to come to the United Kingdom has increased. Applicants for this visa, that allows people to remain in the country for up to three years, must have at least £2 million to invest in the United Kingdom. Investor visas are often seen as a quicker process for foreginers to obtain British citizenship.