Moving to London can be daunting, here are some tips to help.
Fast pace: London is a continual whirl. They say life is a marathon, but London is most definitely a sprint so be ready to keep up or relax and just let them sprint past!
Where to settle: Any Londoner will tell you not to think of the capital as one big city but rather a collection of smaller ‘towns’ – it’s up to you to choose the ‘town’ that best suits your needs. If you are a young person or couple then trendy Shoreditch or Clerkenwell would be suitable. Families would be wise to look for areas which are more child friendly with open spaces such as Highbury or Highgate or Clapham.
Size of housing: If you are moving from abroad then be mindful that the size of house for your budget will be far smaller than what you are used to. London living is generally vertical and not horizontal with Victorian terraced houses being the usual staple of family housing stock.
Cost of housing: The closer you live to the centre or tube station the higher the price. London housing is eye-wateringly expensive so look to find somewhere that bit further out and with a slightly longer walk to the tube and you will get more for your money.
Schooling: Do your research to find out where the ‘outstanding’ rated schools are and look closely at catchment areas. It may be that you need to move to just a handful of roads if you want your child to get the best chance of getting a school place. If you are looking at independent schools consider the travel to get to the school. London is congested and traffic moves at snail’s pace at school rush hour so do your research first.
Green park London avenue of trees in Spring
Cars: If you want to live in central London be mindful of limited (and very expensive) parking and the congestion charge which will make car journeys challenging.
Parks: London is proud of its open spaces. From Hyde Park, Green Park, Regents Park (including London Zoo) in central London to Battersea Park (complete with petting zoo), Hampstead Heath and Clapham Common a bit further from the centre. Make the most of the parks to stroll, jog or just change the pace of your day.
Culture: With a wealth of theatres, museums and art galleries and festivals on your doorstep make sure that you find time to enjoy the highlights of the capital when making the move – this is the charm of London.
Food: From pop up bars, incredible restaurants to fabulous food markets such as Borough Market, London enjoys one of the richest and most diverse culinary capitals in the world so enjoy!
Weather: Be prepared for all weathers in London – carry a brolly as the UK rain can arrive on the sunniest of days. Also be prepared to talk about it. A lot. Londoners love to talk about the weather!
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