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November 25, 2022

Man with a Van: Moving House in London

November 24, 2022
Written by
Heather-Jade Stanley

Need a reliable moving company in London? We've done the legwork for you and have put together this guide to the top moving companies in London.

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A man with a van guide: Moving Companies London

How can you choose a reliable moving company when London is flooded with them? We've done the legwork for you and have put together this guide to the top moving companies in London.

We've also compiled some top tips for living in London! So, read on to find out more about moving companies in London and living your best London life.

a family uses a moving company in london to relocate

Tips for living in London

a couple are moving house in london

Embrace London transport

Spending more up front on London transport can save you a lot in the long-run, and that should be one of your priorities when getting around! You can top up your Oyster card online very easily.

London’s iconic red buses are not just a quintessential part of a London postcard. At just a £1.65 flat rate, you could certainly say that the best public transport option is the bus.

If you choose not to have a car when living in London (which many don't!), then familiarising yourself with London’s public transport system and getting around the city using alternative ways is crucial to save yourself time, stress and money.

london street with red telephone box

Remember a lot of routes are actually walkable

For shorter journeys, as well as to keep yourself more fit and assimilate with London’s culture, just take a stroll. Your effort will be amply rewarded by the variety of architecture, the smells and activity of street markets, and the unexpected views down little streets and alleys.

Always be aware

Street crime in London is fairly rare, but don’t invite it by carrying your mobile phone, camera, wallet, or handbag in such a way that thieves can easily snatch it. London is a huge city, and just like any other metropolitan cities, there are neighbourhoods that are safe and those that aren’t safe at all. The best way to avoid any problems is to stay cautious enough at all times.

Moving tips

  • Read our guide on the best areas to live in London
  • Make things easier for yourself - have a big sort out and get rid of anything you don't need or want!
  • Get cardboard boxes from your local newsagents or supermarket


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  • Calculate your living expenses and salary and draw up a budget that is achievable. 
  • Do not forget to factor in your food shopping, wifi, subscription and membership fees, and transport prices. 
  • Also consider the distance to the nearest food shops, gyms, restaurants, and other activities that you will frequently participate in.
  • If you are single and wanting to minimise the percentage of your salary that goes toward your monthly rent, a shared house or flat-share might be the right choice for you. 

Moving Companies in London

Let's get onto the main event - moving companies in London!

Once you have found a house, you have to find a reliable moving company that will help you move your stuff without having to pay a fortune.

In a big city like London, there are many home moving companies. This can make the decision feel a bit overwhelming and complicated! But fear not, we're here to help.

Below is a list of our recommended London moving companies:

Man With A Van

With an aim to make moving in London easier and safer, Man With A Van provides a simple way to book a reliable removal! Their well established and experienced professionals offer a full range of dedicated London removal services that can always be relied on.

As soon as a removals request is submitted through the website it is automatically allocated to one of our registered Movers who then promptly provide their quote directly to you, enabling you to easily book and confirm your move should you decide to go ahead.

Their offered services include:

  • Small to large loads in London (personal or business)
  • Budget removals from rooms, flat-shares and house-shares
  • Small flat and office removals, with or without furniture
  • Larger flat and house removals (normally up to 2/3 bed max)

They normally operate a 7 day service 365 days per year from 8am - 8pm moving businesses, people and their belongings all over London.

moving companies in london will safely move your appliances

Aussie Man And Van

Aussie Man & Van is a great value, flexible, and fast man and van service operating in London.

They have built a great reputation thanks to their high standard of customer service. Over many years of relocating homes and businesses to and from every part of London, they've proved ourselves dependable and affordable.

They also offer a packing and unpacking service.

They have all the necessary equipment to move any item of furniture, no matter how bulky or awkward, and have the know-how to ensure that your move runs as smoothly as possible.

one of the many moving companies in London

Gentleman And A Van

Serving South West London and Surrey - Gentleman & A Van have a service that’s perfect for moving home. Their dedicated team can handle any type of moving job in London and the surrounding areas.

Gentleman And A Van have a fleet of vans of varying sizes, two lorries, a team of fully trained removals experts, 13 years’ experience in the removals industry. Plus, they've also got a 35,000 secure self-storage facility in the city, with units in an array of sizes so that every type of storage requirement can be fulfilled.

Gentleman & A Van was started because the founders wanted to bring honest, reliable and dependable moving services, including man-with-a-van and storage, to the capital. They've helped thousands of residents with their London moves and built a solid reputation and become one of the most reliable moving companies in London.

A moving company in London moves a Londoner

Fast Forward Group

Established since 1979 and still using their original mantra of 'You never realise how much stuff you have until... it comes to moving it all', Fast Forward provide a range of removals and storage room services for homes and offices. FFG is still an independent company, with friendly staff and an online quotation service, and covers everything from small moves to full properties. 0800 45 49 53. www.ffg123.com.

Movers Not Shakers

Movers Not Shakers - one of the smaller moving companies in London - have grown from a simple man-and-van operation to a six-truck, fourteen-man squad in just over a decade, thanks to satisfied customers and enthusiastic word of mouth reviews. They offer an hourly-rate service for smaller jobs, and pride themselves on the loyalty of their longstanding team, guaranteeing you a dependable, friendly service. You can give them a call on 020 7630 9005.

Ward Thomas Removals

The Ward Thomas philosophy: 'Happy customers are what makes us hop out of bed in the morning'. As far as moving companies in London go, that's a pretty good outlook if you ask us! Ward Thomas Removals is the founding member of the Master Removers Group which is featured in the London Stock Exchange Group’s in 2019 1000 Companies to Inspire report. They are open seven days a week, Monday – Friday from 7am and Saturday – Sunday from 8am. They can also move you at short notice.

About Oasis Living

London is a city filled to the brim with culture, history, and excitement. Making it one of the world's most visited cities. With 2000 years‚ worth of stories that make London so unique and exotic in its own way. There are endless opportunities for visitors. From fine food to theatrical performances or strolling through Hyde Park at night. One of the best ways to find an exciting place in London is by moving into one.

Oasis Living offers a variety of homes for you to browse from which you are sure to choose something. Get ready to excite your senses and make settling down great fun. We are the experts in finding new homes for our clients. If you're looking for a fresh start. Come visit us today. Let us show you some of London's most beautiful properties. All while saving your time with an expert property search that will help match what is important to YOU.

To conclude

Moving to London is exciting, but also overwhelming due to its size, we hope this guide helps your research!

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