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Cultureshock London

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This bestselling series of culture & etiquette guides covering countless destinations around the globe provides a sympathetic & fun- filled crash course on the dos & don'ts in foreign cultures, and is designed to enlighten & inform through topics like language, food & entertaining, social customs, festivals & much more.

Paperback, 294 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Cavendish Square Publishing (first published August 1997)
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This is a cool book. Written for the foreigner visiting/moving-to London. Describes everything from shopping (not at a grocery store, mind you--buy your produce at the market or high street!), how to lease a flat (and how to know the difference between council housing versus private flats), what to expect at a restaurant, the ins and outs of the Tube and its terminals, the ethnic demographics (this version's a bit outdated I imagine, but very interesting nonetheless), City geography, education o ...more
A fantastic, clear, no-fuss guide to moving to London. This isn't your typical touristy guide of where to go. All the contrary. It's all about how to navigate successfully the many trappings about living in London. Which are the tourist traps, how to fit into the workplace, should you rent or buy a property, how to avoid awkwardness when confronted with difficult situations and many other things.
Culture shock provides the reader with an image of London that is real to Londoners, rather than the imaginary London that lives in most people’s minds who have never actually been to London, nor the hyped up London that people see when they only visit tourist destinations. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to know exactly what it’s like to live there – the good and the bad.
I used this book for research. But it seems whatever books I read about London, I still have that insatiable need to find out more.. Like it's not enough.

Perhaps London is the most mysterious city to me.

At least this book has info about the events, weather, and how to socialize with the Britons. Apparently they're not very open.
Probably better suited to the person living in London than the visitor. But good for Hargraves for writing for everyone, not just the North American in the UK.
More useful for a person moving to London than a visitor.
Informative. That's about it.
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