Just moved to London for work and have no idea of how to start making friends in your local area? The idea of moving to the big smoke can be terrifying but there are loads of friendly pockets of neighbourhoods where you’ll find lots of people doing the same thing as you, at the same time as you, with the same hobbies as you!

Spoiler alert: you’re going to have to put yourself out there a tad – but I promise you, it’s going to be totally worth it in the long run! Here’s 7 simple ideas to start you off:

Join an exercise class or sports club – don’t be intimidated by the gym bums at the front, if you stick to the back of the room with the other first timers, you’re more likely to make friends whilst laughing at how bad you are at this class!

Join a reading group – joining a club or group like this is a great way to get out in the local area, have a few drinks and start talking – so once the book critiquing is done, you can all get down to the real chatter and gossip about your neighbours!

Head off to the pub for a pub quiz – make some new pals, show off your knowledge and possible win yourself a bar tab – a win all round surely?!

Find your local events – whether it’s street markets, popups, the launch of new cafes or restaurants or community festivals, step out of your comfort zone and get to know your neighbours and your local businesses (and it’s handy to know some good restaurants nearby for when the parents drop by).

Join a Facebook group for your area – there’s more and more of them now and it’s a great opportunity to know what’s happening in your local area.

Try some charity work – since you don’t have many friends yet, I’m guessing you’ve got some free time on your hands (!). Why not find a local charity and volunteer every fortnight or so? It’s a nice chance to do something different, do something helpful to your community and a great way to meet others.

Time to do dog walking – any other pet lovers?! Join sites like ‘Borrow My Doggy’ and use this time to meet (other dog-loving) people and to explore the local area with your pooch in tow. Also, wherever you are in the country, home or in London, dog-walkers still have the dog-walker code of casual conversation being allowed between strangers!

I’d love to hear the ways you’ve found to make friends within your communities! Comment below or share them over on Twitter with me @keepitnorthern now!

8 thoughts on “7 ways to bond with your local community in London

  1. As a lifelong Londoner I want to let you in on a secret – we’re actually a lot friendlier than we seem but to cope with the stresses of life in the city we put on a front of being miserable, underneath we’re a bunch of softies. Promise.

    1. Haha I’ve met loads of lovely Londoners – just takes time and effort of putting yourself out there 🙂 Anna

  2. I recently moved to London from Sheffield and any time I’ve tried to make any sort of conversation with anyone whose showed common interests, I’ve been looked at like I’m a crazy person. Not helped by social anxiety I suppose ☹️

    1. It’s a hard thing to do – on London there’s two types of people: people who already have friends and don’t need to make new friends so they don’t make much effort and people who are open to meeting new people and will stick around for a chat. You have to aim for the second lot! It takes time to build friendships too so stick with it 😀 how are you liking London apart from that?

      1. I’m liking it okay, so far 🙂
        I came here without a job so that’s not been great in terms of making friends either. I’ve just got a new job though so maybe the friends thing will change soon!

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