Moving from London to Paris is an exciting experience - but it comes with a lot to think about. Whether you’re looking to live in France indefinitely or for a set period of time, there are a number of things to consider to ensure that your move is smooth!
Knowing what to expect from your new city when moving from London to Paris is important when it comes to settling in. If you’ve been to Paris a few times or spent any extended period of time there, you may already be well-equipped to integrate into a new culture - but we know that this isn’t always the case.
It is a common perception that quality of life is improved with a move to France, and the idea of living in Paris can be somewhat romantic as we imagine spending our time sitting outside Parisian cafes drinking excellent wine. But what is it really like?
London has a reputation for being an expensive area in which to live, as a result of house prices primarily but also in relation to lifestyle and social activities such as eating out and utilising bars and restaurants. However, it’s important to note that the average salary is 22% higher in London. So if you’re moving from London to Paris, you might be likely to experience a pay cut - but it’s relative to the cost of living.
As the home of the most visited museum in the world (Le Louvre), Paris boasts a rich heritage of museums, galleries and iconic architecture. In London, there are a vast number of museums and galleries across the city, and an array of historic buildings including St Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and more. The Royal Family are a key tourist interest in London with hundreds of thousands of people visiting Buckingham Palace every year, plus global news interest in milestone events within The Royal Family.
London’s West End is one of the world’s favourite places for theatre, rivalled only by New York’s Broadway. For music and comedy, visit London’s O2 Arena or Wembley Stadium to see world-renowned artists and acts, or choose a small theatre or independent cinema for something a little different. Paris is home to world-class ballet and opera and is known for its attractive jazz and blues scene.
In France it is common for the working day to be split up with a long lunch break - usually lasting around two hours. Working hours are usually from 8 or 9 am until midday, commencing again at around 2 pm until 6 and overtime is uncommon. In comparison to working life in London which is notoriously demanding, working in Paris is notably different to London city life. Moving from London to Paris is likely to present a different type of working life to what you may have experienced whilst working in London.
For example, overtime is common in London and the city tends to be associated with a particularly long working day. Those commuting to and from London can expect early starts and late homecoming after a day’s work, with the average commute into London - mainly via overground and underground trains - now at 74 minutes. This also means that those travelling in and out of London for work are spending an average of £300 per month on commuting alone.
Though commuting in Paris isn’t too dissimilar. A 2018 study by French job site RegionsJob revealed that 76% of Parisians would sacrifice some of their salary for an easier commute. Those who commute to Paris are also using public transport to get them to work.
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We aim to make your relocation as enjoyable and smooth as possible by providing assistance at every point of your move, from packing services and storage facilities to removals to France and furniture delivery - and everything in between.
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