Jobs in London

According to our statistics, Graduate Jobs in London are the most in demand compared to any other location in the UK. Twice as many graduates choose London over the next most popular region which is the South East! If you're thinking of beginning your internship, graduate scheme or career in London we have created a brief guide to the geographical industry areas to help you get your bearings.

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A Regional Guide to Working In London

London is so vast each area has its own speciality. Although businesses are generally spread right across the city, certain areas usually hold the majority of one profession.

Old Street & Shoreditch

Sectors: Digital Media, Computing & I.T, Design

In the past fifteen years, Old Street, Shoreditch & Hoxton areas of London have become known for their stylish and trendy residents. To match this image, the past ten years has seen a huge influx in the amount of digital and dot-com companies setting up base there. So much so, David Cameron referred to the Old Street roundabout as ‘silicon roundabout’ when giving a speech about the future of Britain’s high-tech industry. The area can be accessed from Old Street tube stop on the Northern Line or the East London overground line.

As well as the Silicon Roundabout, Shoreditch’s hip nature and cheap rents have led to a flourishing art and design scene. Design workshops, art galleries, pop-up restaurants and other innovative business ventures all take advantage of the lower rents and young demographic of the area

The City

Sectors: Insurance, Banking, Finance, Accounting

‘The City of London’ is recognised as the home of the financial services industry in Britain. It is where you'll find the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange and numerous financial institutions. Its the home of major banks like Lloyds of London, Goldman Sachs and RBS. The core areas of the City are around the Liverpool Street and Bank stations. The City’s skyline is dominated by London’s financial landmarks. The Gherkin, Heron Tower and Tower 42.

The City is so crammed full of offices and work spaces, it is scarcely populated. This means during weekends the area is almost a ghost-town. However, if you were to work in that district the transport links are excellent, meaning commutes to The City are busy but reliable.

Canary Wharf

Sectors: Insurance, Banking, Finance, Accounting

Along with The City, Canary Wharf is one of the biggest hubs of financial activity in the UK and Europe. Located in Tower Hamlets and the old Docklands it has undergone massive regeneration in the last 30 years. Home to companies such as Barclays, HSBC, Citigroup and JP Morgan, the area can be mistaken for nothing less than the business district.

Transport around Canary Wharf is mainly restricted to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and the Jubilee line. If you're a real high flier, London City Airport is not far away. Similar to The City, Canary Wharf is empty during weekends and although residents are more commonplace, the area retains its functional aspect.


Sectors: Media, Advertising

Soho is one of the most vibrant areas of London. Steeped in history, Soho has always been at the cutting edge of culture and progressive thinking. Now, the area is stocked with media, film, television and related support industries have been based there for years. Soho houses some of the best post-production houses in the business. Being situated in the west end, Soho does well out of the theatre in the area. Stages such as the Soho Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre and the Lyric Theatre form part of Soho’s vibrant culture.

Soho is world renown for its pubs and nightlife, aiming for a more late night European feel with coffee shops opening later and colourful shop fronts. However, with Soho being so central, living there is a rarely an option due to high rent. It is easily accessed by tube at Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus stations.

Fleet Street/ Moorgate / Holborn

Sectors: Law & Legal

One of the oldest areas of London, Fleet Street, Moorgate and Holborn represent some of the oldest British institutions. Fleet Street used to be, and still is to a certain extent, the heart of the British Press. Although some of the big newspapers and publications have moved out, they have not strayed far. Fleet Street now houses some of the larger, international law firms such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Bird & Bird.

Moorgate and Holborn, also a historic part of London, house more legal headquarters. The areas most famous residents are the four Inns of Court, where all barristers in England and Wales must be associated. Other names such as Slaughter and May, Sainsbury’s and the Old Bailey all reside in the area. The area, similar to most places in central London, has scarce residential areas and is easily commutable from anywhere in London. Tube stations closest are Moorgate, Holborn, Temple, St Paul’s and Chancery Lane.

The area is famous for its old style pubs, with some tracing their roots back to the 16th century. These were often frequented by the lawyers, judges and hacks of yesteryear and some of the pubs have managed to keep their authentic feel.

Living and moving to London

The option for living in London is often more affordable than you might first think. Moving to London you will notice the cost of renting is noticeably higher, however many that now live in London would attest that it is worth it for the life in the city. The problem facing those who are first coming to London might be where to live. It is worth putting a lot of time into researching an area before you move in. Property is often available a short notice, especially if you’re not too fussed about where you live.

Transport in London is second to none, take a look at TfL if you're worried about the commute for a job or interview. While most areas are well connected and night buses operate so you can get home at any time of night. The trade off comes between how central you live and resulting in higher rent or further out and spend more money and time on travel. Areas of west London, notably around Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham are expensive places to rent, while moving south of the river can offer more affordable living.

Graduate jobs and schemes by sector in London

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Environmental Science & Technology
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