5 Top Tips for Where You Should Live in London (next)
So you've finally decided to take the plunge and move to your favourite city - what a great idea! Packed with opportunity and excitement, there has never been a better time to experience LiFE in London.
The thought of moving to London usually conjures feelings of excitement, anticipation and perhaps, a little nervousness. Especially when unacquainted with the life of a fast city, everything can feel brand new. If you already live here, you may be considering a move, but perhaps are unsure of where to move to. No worries. We’ve got you covered. Here are our top 5 tips for choosing where to live in the best city ever! (We're definitely not biased).
Getting a black cab every now and then is fine, but travel this way every day and you’ll be surprised how fast you burn through your cash. London is littered with underground stations and bus stops, but its size means journeys are much further than they look on those multi-coloured maps. Only you know how far you’re prepared to travel for work and leisure, but we suggest a 45-minute journey time is long enough. You can use this interactive map to see journey times from stop to stop or search properties by tube line with our new zone search. Luckily, it won’t be too hard finding a home nearby to a tube or bus stop and if you’ll be a regular, consider some form of travel card. ‘Boris bikes’ are also available. If you’re already a resident you’ll know how useful they can be. Take a look at our London transport guide blog to discover all your options!
Take Your Taste Buds on their Travels
Just as there are many different ethnicities, religions and nationalities comprising the cosmopolitan city, there are just as many restaurants, cafes and bars emphasizing them. Each zone is like a microcosm of the World, so you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. Food markets such as Borough (located near Shad Thames), Malty (in Bermondsey) and Brick Lane (not far from Shoreditch) let you experience the best the World has to offer, so if you like to cook, bake or create then choose a place near a market. For a full list of London food markets, see here.
At Your Leisure
Whether you’re simply watching the latest film or scaling the O2, there’s never a dull moment in London. Check out our ‘LiFE in’ posts for greater detail of what there is to do in various areas. Choosing a home near great bars, parks and restaurants is always recommended, for example, in The City, Westminster and South Bank.
The Right Nightlife
New York isn’t the only city that never sleeps. Comedy clubs, museums, bars (of both the sky, earth and water variety) and theatre shows are just a few exciting ways to keep you up all night. Though certain areas are known for theatre, such as The City, Islington, South Bank and Victoria, you’ll find bars wherever you relocate. Greenwich, with the Royal Observatory, Up The Creek Comedy Club, Greenwich Theatre and a number of bars offers a bit of everything.
An obvious point, but if you’re not tourist-friendly avoid major attractions, especially during school and major holidays. To avoid tourists all year long then living in either Acton or Ealing is best.
If you’re still unsure of where to live in London, try out our fun Relocation Quiz.
From the transport to the tourists, there is much to consider when choosing where to live LiFE in London.