Here are five of the best places to live in the UK.
Are you thinking about swapping the United States for the United Kingdom? If so, you’re not on your own – data shows that as of 2021 there were almost 200,000 US nationals living in the UK, the 12th-highest among all countries.
Of course, moving to the UK is not something that can be done on a whim. It’s a major decision and there are lots of factors to consider, such as whether you’ll need a visa.
If you can meet the requirements and cut through all the red tape, you’ll need to get organised with shipping your prized possessions to the UK from the US. But where will you be getting them delivered to? Here are five of the best places to live in the UK.
It may seem like an obvious place to start but the capital really does have so much to offer. To be a true Londoner you’ll want to avoid the main tourism hotspots and instead immerse yourself in the food, arts, history and culture scenes. Covering such a vast expanse with parkland and residential streets existing side by side, London is home to around nine million people and truly is a place to broaden your horizons.
Another bustling city, but Leeds is a far cry from the Big Smoke. With a population of well under one million and a compact centre that allows you to walk from one end to the other in around 15 minutes, it feels more like a small town. The heart of the city is a hive of activity, while the likes of Horsforth, Moortown, Farsley and Alwoodley are all desirable residential areas that sit on the outskirts and provide the perfect gateway to the picturesque Yorkshire countryside.
The Scottish capital is steeped in history, with the Old Town featuring some truly stunning architectural masterpieces. The castle sits proudly overlooking the landscape, although beware the month of August, when masses of tourists descend to take in the world-famous Fringe Festival. If long queues and packed pavements aren’t your thing, this could be a time to get away for a while.
As recently as 2017, Bristol was named the best place to live in Britain – and it’s easy to see why. Perfectly situated close to both the country and the coast, it offers something for all tastes. With excellent schools and a beautiful city centre that doesn’t feel overwhelming, this could be the perfect place to settle down.
If you like to be by the seaside, Brighton is the place to be. It’s become famous as a coastal resort and a thriving LGBT community means you’re bound to feel welcome, whoever you are. Meanwhile, the stunning scenery makes it ideal for those who love to explore the great outdoors.