Coping with Winter Weather in London

Posted: Dec 23 2014

Living in London is something that many people dream of, and life in London seldom fails to live up to expectations.  With so many great things to see and do, visitors to the capital have lots to enjoy and write home about. However the weather in wintertime probably isn’t one of them. For most of the year, the climate in London is quite pleasant. However the harshness of our bleak mid-winters can be a real shock for some teachers who move to the UK to take up teaching jobs. Australians and New Zealanders do not have to contend with snow, blizzards, ice or freezing fog when they are at home! With temperatures close to or even below zero, problems can arise that are not within the experience of those hailing from sunnier climes.

SANZA, a renowned London teaching agency has some helpful hints for those teachers who are experienced their first winter in the UK.

In freezing condition, black ice can be a danger to cars and to pedestrians, as it is almost invisible and very slippery. Walk at a slower pace than normal and take extra care.

Public transport is normally the quickest and cheapest way of getting around in the central areas of London. Keep your Oyster card topped up!  In snowy conditions there is often severe overcrowding on London Underground trains and you can expect to wait on busy platforms for several trains to depart before you can board one. It is a similar story with the bus network.

Hats, scarves, gloves are the order of the day.  Boots are preferable to shoes and wellingtons are another option that you might consider. Do remember that early mornings may appear crisp and bright but you will be travelling home in darkness and it can be much colder at that time of day.

During the winter months, when the days are shorter, you travel to school in the dark.Then, come evening time, you leave work in the dark. A small torch is a good investment and will help you locate locks with your keys when there is little light available.

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Follow our guidance and you should cope well with the British weather. It may not the most inviting aspect of life in London but it isn’t all doom and gloom. On the plus side you have the opportunity to make a snowman!

SANZA Teaching Agency would like to take this opportunity to thank our teachers for your hard work and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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