It’s been 20 years since Reg Bamford started 1st Contact in the Arches at Embankment. This once small business has grown into a multi-national corporation with offices in London, Melbourne and Cape Town. Although we’ve grown a lot, we’re still helping expats get the most out of their lives in the UK by remaining fiercely […]
Week two of the Rugby World Cup was a dramatic one with some teams falling off the pace while others started to come right. The All Blacks are all but assured of a quarter final berth, but their SANZAR rivals, Australia and South Africa, are still in real danger of not qualifying for the knock […]
This is the first in a series of Friday Rugby World Cup round-ups. Each week we’ll be taking a look at how the Southern Hemisphere giants fared in England. The first weekend of the tournament saw a few shock results but the natural order was restored from Monday. South Africa Being lost in the wilderness […]
There’s nothing quite like a London gig. Whether you’re in the mood for rock, smooth jazz, pop, indie-hipster-folk or doom metal, the Big Smoke’s numerous concert halls and music lounges have you covered. Here we take a look at some of the best venues in the capital. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club Ronnie Scott’s is one […]
Amidst all the recent currency fluctuations and market doomsday predictions our team at 1st Contact Forex have put together an infographic showing you exactly how much bang, or more accurately, beer, you can get for your buck. It’s good to know that during stints of forex volatility and economic turmoil, you can always rely on […]
International shipping is something we all rely on but don’t often think about. In this article we’ve collected some incredible facts about freight shipping to help shed light on this under-appreciated but vital industry. 90% by sea Rose George in her book Ninety Percent of Everything reveals that over 90% of everything we buy is […]
So, you’ve just landed in London, you’ve dropped off luggage at your new digs and you’re ready to start experiencing the UK’s famous pub culture. Well, instead of following the herd to the usual spots, we recommend going on a pub crawl with a twist. To help you out we’ve found six unique London pubs, […]
When the hustle and bustle of central London becomes too much, a day-trip to the outskirts and beyond can be just the thing to perk up your spirits. Whether you’re looking for a bit of history or you want a great day out for the kids, this selection gives you a little bit of everything.
There are only a few months to go before the 2015 Rugby World Cup kicks off, and there’s no better way to experience it than in person. Now is a good time to get your travel plans sorted if you want to see the games live. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about […]
Thousands of the UK’s foreign national NHS nurses could be sent home by 2020 due to the government’s new immigration cap.
The road to London, for South Africans at least, is paved with hiccups, last-minute costs and unforeseen circumstances. Keith van der Linde unpacks some of these experiences to help you plan for the big move.
On 25 April 1915 troops from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and France made a pre-dawn amphibious landing on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. During the eight months of fierce fighting that followed, some 8,000 Australians and 2,000 New Zealanders lost their lives through combat, wounds or disease. This year marks the centenary of their brave […]
You’ve packed up your belongings, your passport is safely tucked away and you’re ready to start a new adventure in the UK, but where are you going to stay? Fear not! 1st Contact Kickstart has some great recommendations for hostels in and around London, as well as options for a slightly longer visit.
Staying healthy on your travels isn’t just about making sure that you’ve had your jabs. There are a host of other things that can go wrong, especially if you’re adventuring into the unknown.
Whenever you ship goods internationally it’s always a worry that they might not make it. Count yourself lucky that you haven’t had to deal with ducks, Lego, shoes and over £20 million worth of silver. We take a look at the weirdest items lost (and found) at sea.
UK taxpayers can expect an average tax rebate of around £1,250 this year and, while investing the money is always a good option, sometimes it’s nice just to spoil yourself. Here are some of our favourite holiday experiences that cost less than your UK tax rebate.
International Women’s Day encourages us to stop, recognise and celebrate the many economic, political and social achievements accomplished by women. With this in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some trailblazing modern female explorers. While we all know who Amelia Earhart is, and that Sacagawea was the brains behind Lewis and Clark, there […]
With Women’s Day around the corner we want to put the spotlight on the many outstanding female entrepreneurs in the UK. Listing them all would be an impossible task, so we’ve selected these five as ones to watch.
The UK has a long history of trade and exploration, and much of what’s on a modern menu has its origins in the far-flung places that ruddy and moustachioed Britons used to call home.
Gone are the days of over-burdened tourists drowning under maps and translation books with cameras strapped around them. These days all you need to get the most out of your travels is your mobile phone.