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In the extensive Tips and Advice section of Official Removals’ website readers can find a large number of well written, easy to understand articles and guides on a wide range of general and specific issues concerning home, office and establishment relocation. We provide professional advice covering all aspects of property removal so that people can better understand the process as a whole, and the various stages it includes. From packing and wrapping of items and appliances to safe relocation of music instruments, artwork and antiques – we aim to provide adequate advice on everything to do with moving places. Our professional advice page also features content on many suburbs and boroughs of the capital so moving to a new place is not as unnerving. We research which areas are on the up and which on the down, where’s hip and where not, and where the best places to relocate your household or business are. The articles seen on our advice page are thoroughly researched and effectively summarised for an easy read, by dedicated contributors who put in the effort on a regular basis to provide you with new and interesting material. The tips and advice section is well structured and easy to navigate.
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Sutton is one of London’s southernmost boroughs. It is almost 44 square kilometres big and has a population of approximately 200.000 people, which makes it the 87th most populous district in England. The borough is well known throughout the capital, as it is the location of numerous prominent places of interest and some of the city’s most desirable residential and commercial areas.


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Relocating domestically is hard and stressful enough, so you can only imagine how much more challenging moving abroad can be. This is why we have decided to turn your attention towards seven things that you must know before you decide to pack your belongings and relocate to a foreign country.


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The English capital is one of the most important cities in Europe and the world as numerous British and international corporations have based their headquarters in London. This has led to the construction of some of the tallest skyscrapers in Britain but not all of them are equally famous. Today we will turn your attention towards several not so popular soaring edifices in London.


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The London Borough of Brent is one of the thirty one boroughs to form the British capital (the 31st is in fact City of Westminster which is not classified as borough, neither is adjacent City of London). Located in the northeast of the city, the Borough of Brent is part of Outer London. Some of the traditionally well-known areas or suburbs within the borough are Wembley, Kilburn, Willesden, Harlesden, Kingsbury etc. Brent is one of the more colourful districts of the capital, with a patchwork of some wealthier and some not so wealthy areas. Unfortunately, Brent has been voted the third unhappiest place to live in Britain, based on a number of factors chosen as important by local residents themselves. The borough is known to suffer from certain socio-demographic problems which are now common for many districts of the capital. Hopefully there are happier times for Brent in future.

Borough of Brent – quick overview

  • Geographically, Brent is a borough of northwest London. The entity shares borders with a number of other districts – Borough of Harrow to the northwest, Barnet to the northeast, with Camden to the east, also a tiny border with Westminster (southeast), and closing the circle to the south are RBKC, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Ealing Borough.
  • Administratively, Brent (like many of the city’s current boroughs) was formed in the mid nineteen sixties as a result of the geographical and administrative changes which took place in London at the time. Brent was formed by a merger of the Metropolitan Boroughs of Willesden and Wembley. The borough was named after the River Brent which flows through it. The governing body of the district is Brent London Borough Council.
  • The Borough of Brent displays the mixture of residential, commercial and industrial estate commonly known in many other districts of the capital. The biggest local landmarks, which are also considered national are The New Wembley Stadium (the original one was also there) and The Wembley Arena. To some, Neasden Temple is also an important religious landmark. Brent is heavily multiethnic with limited white Christian residential populations in some areas of the borough.

Local economy

Dollis Hill, Nevilles CourtBrent’s local economy doesn’t feature any major industrial, commercial or other ventures as most of the local commercial scene is focused on providing employment and services to the borough’s local residents. Having said that, Brent is not overly deprived or lacking decent employment but the borough is struggling heavily with child poverty and youth unemployment. Small and medium enterprises make up for most of the employment in the borough, which is not a surprise given the nature and orientation of the local economy. Property removals are represented well in the local commercial scene. Moving companies in Church End as well as movers in Dollis Hill are known to provide excellent service at very good prices. Professional movers in Harlesden have also made themselves noticed by clientele, for all the right reasons of course.

Facilities and public amenities

If nothing else, Brent is at least well protected by no less than three London Fire Brigade divisions, located in Willesden, Wembley and Park Royal. This should come as no surprise though as Fire Brigade are actually co-responsible for the safety of spectators at Wembley Stadium, which easily reach hundred thousand people when important games are on.Welsh Harp Reservoir The London Borough of Brent is serviced by an unbelievably large number of railway stations of all the Underground, Overground and National Rail, there are simply too many stations to list by name, but the total number is 25! Borough residents who travel to work on a daily basis and use some sort of railway transportation account for nearly 19% of all local population, which is the highest percentage actually. The smallest number of people (1.7% if all residents) use pushbikes to travel to and from work. Despite its shortcomings, the London Borough of Brent offers people access to over one hundred parks and green open spaces, including sporting and recreation grounds for public use. The borough’s stock of green resources also features a large water reservoir bearing the lovely name Welsh Harp, and Fryent Country Park in Kingsbury – 103 hectares of protected nature reserve.


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We live in an age in which humanity is used to transporting virtually anything. If you have a chance to sit down and speak with a mover in London you know, they will tell you all kinds of interesting stories about strange objects that they have delivered. This time we will take a look at the question about moving food. The answer here is simple – yes and no. For many years ordering food from abroad just for regular consumption was not allowed. Buying meet from overseas for example is something that only licensed companies can do and they have the proper paperwork about it.


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The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea lies in the central parts of London and is the smallest borough within the English capital. Despite its size it is one of the most visited areas of the city due to the fact that it is the location of numerous renowned places of interest.

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The Natural History Museum was founded in 1881 and is located in the district of South Kensington. It is one of the most visited touristic venues in the United Kingdom as it welcomes over 5.2 million visitors on an annual basis. The museum is dedicated to the evolution of nature and mankind, and currently houses a collection of 80 items which are displayed in four separate galleries and characterised in five different categories:

  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Mineralogy
  • Palaeontology
  • Entomology

The venue is situated on Exhibition Road which is also home to the Science Museum and, the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Inspired by Les Invalides in Paris, King Charles II established the Royal Hospital Chelsea in 1682. The healthcare facility was officially opened a decade later and since then has been serving the purpose of a retirement and nursing home for former members of the British Army who have served at least for 12 years and don’t have any dependent family members. The hospital has a capacity of 300 people and its residents are known as Chelsea Pensioner. As you can guess the facility lies in the district of Chelsea which is one of the most desirable and affluent areas in the British capital. The latest census shows that the local population is constantly growing as people are often relocating to the district by using professional home and office moving services in Chelsea from Official Removals.

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Jumeirah Carlton TowerThis internationally known London hotel is situated in the district of Knightsbridge in the south eastern parts of the borough. It was opened during the early 1960s and is presently owned and managed by Jumeirah, an Emirati firm based in Dubai. The guest house was won the award for England’s Best Business Hotel on several occasions and is the favourite accommodate establishment of numerous prominent people due to its close by location of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

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This skyscraper was constructed from 1958 to 1961 and lies on the border that separates the districts of West Brompton and Earl’s Court. Geographically it is located in the adjacent Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham but since most of the edifice is situated in Earl’s Court it is considered to be a local landmark. The high rise was designed by Stone, Toms and Partners and for a short period of time was the tallest commercial building in London with a height of 328 feet. It is named after Empress Hall which stood on the same site, and in acknowledgement to the Empire State Building in New York. Earl’s Court is also home to several more notable local landmarks and is presently one of the most rapidly developing areas in the borough as businesspersons are frequently moving their businesses to the district via affordable office relocation services in Earl’s Court from Official Removals.


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London is regarded as a global educational centre as it is home to a large number of internationally acclaimed colleges and universities. But higher education isn’t the only thing that the British capital has to offer to people seeking good tutoring as the city is the location of numerous prominent secondary schools which have pupils from all over the world.

London Oratory School

Founded in 1863 by The Fathers of The London Oratory, this secondary school is one of England’s oldest state-funded boys’ only educational facilities. It is located in the district of Chelsea, one of the city’s most famous and opulent areas. The school is highly acclaimed for its musical programme. Some of the most famous Oratorians are Simon Callow, Brian Duffy, Alan Mowbray, Michael Swift, John Kearns, Peter Egan and more. The school becomes coeducation in its sixth form and presently has a student body of about 1.350 pupils.

Highbury Fields School

This community secondary school for girls is situated in the area of Highbury in close proximity to Highbury Fields, the largest parkland in the Borough of Islington. It specialises in Science and Mathematics and is classified as a Leading Edge Partnership educational facility. Among its more notable alumni are:

  • Michelle Collins
  • Andrea Levy
  • Mary Kerridge
  • Sandy Ratcliff
  • Edith Clara Batho
  • Jane Peel
  • Simbi Ajikawo better known as Little Simz

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School is more commonly known as The Vaughan. It was established in 1914 and is presently the leading Catholic public educational facility in the district of Holland Park. It is a boys’ only school which becomes coeducational during its sixth form. It has a prominent choral and instrumental music programme. Many graduates from the Vaughan pursue their education in some of the world’s finest universities, including Cambridge and Oxford. Graduates are known as Old Vaughanians and some of the more popular are Matt Bishop, Roger Delgado, Maurice Edelston, Kevin Gallen, Richard Greene, Gerard Lyons and more. Currently the school has 950 students from the ages of 11 to 18.

George Green’s School

George Green’s SchoolSituated in Cubitt Town in the Borough of Tower Hamlets, George Green’s School was founded during the 19th century by the noticeable shipbuilder and shipwright, George Green. Since then it has had a strong maritime connection which is why it is supported by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. Classified as a coeducational institution, the presence of the school has motivate many businesspersons to relocate their business to the area via the reliable office moving services in Cubitt Town of Official Removals as it allows them to handle their affairs while being able to easily drop off and pick up their children from classes.

The Latymer School

The Latymer School is a selective coeducational secondary school in the district of Edmonton. It is one of the oldest educational facilities in London as it dates back to 1624. It is currently one of the finest schools of its kind in the United Kingdom and has an estimate of 1.400 pupils. Its present headmaster is Maureen Cobbett.


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The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is home to some of the finest primary and secondary schools in London. These educational facilities are situated in different districts and their presence has made these areas highly desirable to both businesspersons and denizens as its means that they can work or reside in the borough and have the peace of mind that their children are receiving proper education.


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Haringey (not to be confused with Harringay N15 – a suburb within the borough) is a borough of North London, England. The district is considered both Inner and Outer London, depending on whose geographical definition is taken into account. Haringey is made up of twenty two suburbs or areas, including Tottenham (home of Tottenham Hotspur FC), and Little Russia (shared with the adjacent Borough of Enfield). The borough’s metropolitan centre is Wood Green. The borough’s local governance is administered by Haringey Local Council. The entity has sustained lots of criticism over poor performance and management practices in the past, though many of those issues have been ironed out in the last few years. Like many of the other boroughs, Haringey too was created in 1965 through the London Government Act. The current entity incorporated three former districts. Given Haringey’s location it shares borders with a total of six other boroughs, they are (clockwise order): Enfield, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Islington, Camden and Barnet. The borough is one of the smaller entities to form the British capital, with a total surface area of 11 square miles (29 square km).


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There are many reasons why people choose to move home. However, some of the most common of them involve around getting a new property that is:

  • More spacious
  • Smaller (when the kids leave the nest)
  • Easier to maintain
  • Of a higher market value

If you want to relocate for one of these reasons, you should probably consider moving within your neighbourhood or within the London Borough in which you are already living. That may sound quite boring to you but it has many benefits.