I live in Victoria, Canada now and help Canadian & American teachers make the move to London with Classroom Canada. Although I am originally from Ottawa, I love living on Vancouver Island and for work, it makes the most sense. I can talk to teachers across the country and take advantage of the time zone difference by living in BC. But for my personal life, well....let's just say that I had much more of a night life living in London than I do here in Victoria. I'm not complaining, but just helping you to see the difference.
Back to groceries. Victoria has a few chain grocery stores, independent health food stores and of course, organic deliveries. Ontario has Loblaws & PC products - I love PC products, and now drive 40 minutes out of Victoria to get them at the Green Store in Langford. Not so green right?
But London is a whole different story. M&S Food - oh how I love thee! Tesco, Morrison's, Iceland, Asda, Sainsbury's...so many choices!
And the best part? You can order your groceries online and pay only 5 pounds for delivery. Go in with your flatmates, and it's cheaper to order your groceries online and have them delivered to your door than it is to actually go to the store yourself.
To help you, here is the Tesco site to register for online shopping. You can use my former postal code - W11 3LF, as you need a postal code to register, but can change it later when you actually do move to London.
Check the prices and work out how much you think you will be spending on food. I generally spent between 30 and 50 pounds/week, but did mostly buy organics and a few bottles of wine. Not bad I think.
Asda & Iceland are your cheaper grocery stores, Sainsburys and M&S Food are more expensive. You can also buy clothes in many of the stores, and they're not hideous! My gym gear is all from Tesco.
What do you think? Do you order your groceries online where you are? Would you like to?
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