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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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Legal minute: job offers in the United Kingdom hit a new record high

According to Business Insider, the number of job offers has hit a record high, with 824 thousand vacancies available in the United Kingdom. This is the highest number of job offers since the year of 2001. During the period in which the data was analysed, 32.4 million people employed, which represents the largest number of people employed in the United Kingdom since the 1970’s. Besides, wages have increased more than the inflation, showing a real increase to incomes in the United Kingdom.

The number of British citizens who believe immigrant workers are good for the United Kingdom has increased

The amount of British citizens who believe immigrant workers are a positive impact in the UK’s economy has risen to 47%, according to a research by British Social Attitudes. Just over a third of the British said the same in 2015, and only 21% in 2013. According to CNN, the results suggest the the attitude towards immigrants has weakened since the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Detention for indefinite time may soon be over, Home Office secretary says

The Home Office secretary, Sajid Javid has announced that indefinite immigrant detention may be extinct in response to a highly critical report published by Stephen Shaw. In a note to the Parliament, Sajid Javid said that he would review the detention time and how it works in other countries for a better debate in the United Kingdom. The information is from The Guardian. 

Theresa May has announced she will personally conduct Brexit negotiations

There may has announced she will personally take control of Brexit negotiations with the EU. The announcement has ben made through a written declaration by the prime minister, making the change official. Dominic Raab, the minister who had been named repsonsible for the process will now be limited to be just May’s advisor. 

United Kingdom will remain under European laws’ jurisdiction after Brexit

Brexit negotiations are still being ajusted according to decisions taken between the prime minister Theresa May and the European Union. The lastest deal so far is that the UK will remain under EU laws’ jurisdiction for at least 21 after leaving the EU. Therefore, the 1972 Act will be completely revoked only after the transition period, in late 2020 – instead of the exit day, March 29th.

According to Sky News, this measure was taken to provide more stability to business and individuals so that there is a continuous effect in the process of leaving the European Union. The negotiation has caused irritation between those who were in favor of Brexit, and created a legal paradox, because Great Britain will no longer have a chair in the European parliament, even when remaining under most of Brussels’ laws.

The Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, stated that most proposals were a clear signal from Brussels that “The UK is a trustworthy and dependent negotiation partner”. He highlighted that only some parts of the European law would be followed after Brexit’s D day, March 29th. Keri Starmer from labour party criticised the deal by saying it was an eufemism and that the government’s key act would be the leaving the EU.

He also claimed “The European Communnities act of 1972 is revoked when UK leaves the European zone. We warned that “time would not be enough, and that it would have to be erased – here is the proof”, the politician said in the House of Commons in London. Steve Baker, a Brexit minister, who has recently renounced from Theresa’s May cabinet, called it the least worst mecanism to revoke the old law.