A few more things I've just thought of: Your credit rating is meaningless in the UK. You'll have to start fresh. There's also different terminology in banking - checking account = current account, check = cheque, ATM = cashpoint, etc. HSBC are a good bank to go to - they do an account specifically for new immigrants, called the Passport account - you can actually set this up before you arrive. Also, get a different wallet - British money won't fit in a regular-sized American wallet! Regarding eating out, there's quite a difference - there are very few chain restaurant-type places in the UK (although TGI Fridays are fairly common, and Reading has one of the UK's few branches of Chili's). Eating out in the pub is quite common, since the rise of the "gastropub" - pub chains like Wetherspoon's, Harvester and O'Neills do good food at reasonably cheap prices. There's also a LOT more Indian and Greek/Turkish food - a good curry or kebab is never far away. You will learn the difference between chips and french fries too - they are not the same thing! As far as fast food goes, McD's, Burger King and KFC are all present and correct (with slightly different menus), but you won't find Wendy's, Taco Bell, etc. You will miss American pizza, and, according to my wife, Brits can't cook a good rare steak. Generally, you don't tip in the UK like you do in the US. Waiters, bar staff, etc all get paid proper wages and don't rely on tips. Only leave a tip in a restaurant if the service was particularly good, and, even then, don't leave any more than a pound or two. No need to tip at all in pubs, cabs, etc. Your kids will automatically be cool in school because they have American accents. But, coming back to my previous point about electrical stuff, if they have Xboxes, etc, they won't work in the UK, and their games won't work on a UK console due to region coding. As far as DVDs go, get hold of a multi-region DVD player (Richer Sounds - www.richersounds.com - sell them) and they'll all work. Britain uses a strange hybrid of the metric and imperial systems - road signs are all in miles, people measure their height in feet and weight in stones, pounds and ounces, but almost everything else is metric - all food/drink is measured in metric quantities (with the exception of the venerable pint), fuel is sold in litres, the TV weather will have the temperature in degrees Celsius, etc.