Estelle Van de Velde

The Londoners

Do you want to move to the UK and make the most of your expatriation? Discover tips and tricks from someone who made it all the way there and back again.

In her memoir, Estelle Van de Velde invites readers into her world. She had thought moving out of her country of origin would be scary. But the UK isn’t as terrifying as it sounds. From learning the language to studying and working in an English country, she describes the experiences that have shaped her, and taught her to see the world in a different way.

In The Londoners, you’ll discover:

  • How to learn a new language and nail the IELTS exam;
  • What to think about before moving in and out of a new country;
  • How to find your first rental house in London;
  • How to navigate the British university system;
  • How to find a job that matters to you in the UK;
  • And much, much more!

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This is more than a travel guide, more than a memoir. It is a deeply personal account of being faced with leaving behind almost everything the author had known in Belgium and moving to London where she didn’t have a job or speak the language. The path was not an easy one and every disappointment, challenge and victory is here in its rawest state. In the end, she triumphed and if you have similar ambitions to move to a new country, then this book will take you through every stage of the journey. Read it before you go.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from John Pullen, author of the Secret London series

Normally, I tend to find memoirs really difficult to get into, and a survival guide about moving to London? I wasn’t planning on going anywhere!

I found the Londoners captivating right from the start. Estelle’s got such a charming way of writing, talking about the highs and lows of moving abroad and the absolute adventure that it is, weaving in all the information you really need in a concise form.

I’d easily recommend this to:

- Anyone interested in moving abroad, especially, of course, to the UK/London

- People pursuing higher education and the university experience in the UK

- Anyone who enjoys reading about real life adventures (because, let’s face it, moving abroad is an adventure!)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from Kyra Gregory, on Goodreads

The Londoners is the fascinating true story of a young couple leaving their Belgian home for a new life in London, plus a how-to guide for anyone considering doing the same.

Estelle recounts the scary yet exciting adventure – learning a new language (English), finding a place to live, finding a job – feeling completely overwhelmed and out of her comfort zone. However, Estelle shows that with enough determination and grit, anyone can make their life work in a new country. The chapters are complete with handy summaries and bullet points of practical information, including opening a bank account, making new friends, getting into a university, and much more.

It's a must-have guide for anyone looking to become an expatriate (especially if they're planning to live in London), and an inspiring tale of success, and not giving up.

I loved it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from Ben Reeves, on Goodreads

The Londeners is more than a memoir and expat's guide to London. It is an inspirational read about breaking out of your comfort zone, with all the ups and downs of living a real life adventure.

It would make a great gift for any travel bug with a dream of living abroad (not U.K exclusive).

I especially enjoyed the sections about Estelle's journey to learn English.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from V., on Goodreads