Moving to Lille

Moving to Lille

Moving to Lille

Located in northern France, Lille is a picturesque city that’s become an attractive destination for expats over the recent years. Its impressive historical and industrial heritage now combine in a diversified economy, providing great opportunities to expats looking for a new challenge. From the city centre, the international airport is just 15 minutes by car and the public transport system includes efficient trams, buses and even a driverless metro system.

Schepens has an excellent reputation for European removals and we’ve helped move families to all the major cities in France. We asked some of our clients what they enjoy about living in Lille – here’s some of the responses they gave.

1. Discover A Depth of Culture

Lille has a rich history, culture and heritage. Its historical importance and prosperity is on display across the city. The most impressive landmarks are the Lille Cathedral, the Palais des Beaux-Arts and not one, but three, Botanical Gardens. Strolling along the winding streets of the old city (Le Vieux Lille) provides a stunning showcase of the cities impressive French and Flemish architecture.

2. Enjoy Shopping in Lille

Shopping in Lille is a real treat! The city retains its proud reputation for having an impressive shopping culture. Walk past astonishing architecture and visit a range of shopping outlets, traditional markets and high streets. There is also an increasing number of boutique fashion outlets as more and more fashion designers are choosing to settle in Lille.

3. Experience the Historical Elegance

Be sure to explore the city’s roots and indulge in the charm of the old city (Vieux Lille) where French and Flemish merchant houses line the narrow cobbled streets. The soft pastel-toned buildings are home to traditional rustic cafés, bookshops and independent shops. Probably the most seductive, though, are the elegant pâtisseries. Their windows always traditionally dressed with a neat display of intricate hand-crafted tarts, pastries and savouries.

4. Vast Dining Experience

Here are some of the restaurants that are commonly regarded as the best in Lille:

Coke: A very aesthetically pleasing (19th century) French and brasserie cocktail bar, located in the very atmospheric city centre. The menu is halfway between a brasserie and a gastronomic restaurant.

Solange: Lille is home to many top chefs who have opened up their own restaurants. SOlange, serves delicious ‘bistronomy’ food (a blend of bistro and gastronomy), for a very affordable price.

Le Clarence: This Michelin star restaurant is Lille’s staple for a delightful dining experience. Book a table for dinner, either in the main room, the library or the Jardin de Clarance and blindly try the chef’s tasting menu. Created from what inspires him each day, with fresh ingredients from his own garden, this cuisine is the very best gourmet experience.

Schepens Have Great Expertise in Removals to France

Schepens are a 4th generation family business, and we’ve been moving families to France for over a century now. We ship weekly to towns and cities across France which means that we’re able to offer flexible scheduling to clients. Dependent on the size of your move, we provide either full or part load shipping.

Tailored Removals to Lille

Over the past few decades, we’ve never encountered a ‘standard’ move and this is the reason why we don’t offer standard removals packages. Instead our Move Co-ordinators work with clients to discover their specific requirements, and create a removals plan based on them.

We offer a comprehensive range of removals services, which include:

• Professional Packing Services. Our professional removals teams will pack up your home, label your boxes, and create a detailed inventory in preparation for shipping.

Insurance. Your goods are insured whilst in transit. Should you require additional cover in the form of Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability, we can arrange it.

• Non Standard Goods. Should you wish to transport antique furniture, fine art or even a piano,  Schepens can arrange bespoke packing and handling.

• Self Storage. If you need to store items or furniture locally in the UK, Schepens have self storage facilities. We offer a door-to-door service and a secure environment.

• Transport. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Customer Service

At Schepens we take enormous pride in the great level of service we offer at every stage of your removals to Lille. From the initial conversation, through preparations to shipping and removals, you’ll be in capable hands of highly trained employees who have a clear focus in mind – to reduce the worries of moving abroad. And we’ll always ‘go the extra mile’ for our clients – to ensure stress-free European removals.


Are you considering moving to Lille, in northern France? Contact Schepens today on 01794 323558 for an obligation-free quote!