уторак, 09. март 2010.
Moving to London
London is a great place to live and work, with a lot of cultural diversity and a huge range of attractions, making it an exciting and fun place to live.
If you're planning on moving house to London, then you'll find that property prices vary significantly from one part of London to another and you if you're moving to London for work, you may consider instead buying or renting somewhere in one of the surrounding counties - Essex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey or Kent (starting to the North East of London and finishing South East of London).
Here, property prices will be significantly cheaper and you'll be able to commute to work for £1,000 - £2,500 or so a year, depending on your location.
For removals to London, parking is often an issue, so we recommend obtaining a parking permit for your removal van and perhaps planning your house or office move for a relatively quiet time of day. If you're moving to London from elsewhere, it may be best to use a London van man or removal company who knows their way around London, or if not choose a van man who has a satellite navigation system, to ensure you don't spend hours drive round London trying to locate your new house.
Choosing which area of London to move to
Many people say that when you relocate to London, you will always be a 'Northerner' or a 'Southerner', depending on which side of the Thames you are on.
North London has more tube stations and public transport and has always been considered more up-market. The majority of London's business and corporate world is based North of the river, so when you're in North London, there is a feeling of industry.
North London includes Archway, Hampstead and Highgate, which have more of a small town atmosphere, with several large parks and a good selection of pubs and restaurants.
North West London includes Camden, Kilburn, Notting Hill, Willesden Green and Wembley, where there is an active night life with busy markets and up market restaurants and bars. The most popular markets include Camden and Portobello Road.
West London (but still North of the river) includes Acton, Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush, where a large number of Aussies and Kiwis have relocated. The houses in West London are more affordable than the rest of North London.
The history of South London is that it used to be outside of the city walls, so it was once a rural location. As a result of this, South London has more parks and greenery. You're also closer to Brighton and the seaside.
In South London you find Battersea, Brixton, Clapham and Wandsworth, where many old factories have been replaced by modern apartments. Battersea is home to the Dog's and Cats home, the New Covent Garden Market and Battersea park, containing 83 hectares of greenery. While the whole of the London underground is crowded and busy, Clapham Junction is the busiest station in the whole of Europe, with trains transporting people to a wide range of destinations.
South West London is the location of Earl's Court, Fulham, Putney, Wimbledon and Southfields. Earls Court in Kensington and Chelsea has a thriving social atmosphere and is home to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, one of the country's largest indoor arenas and a popular concert venue.
The area of London best known for its industry is perhaps the South East, with Canary Wharf, the Docklands being home to numerous businesses and huge office blocks for banks and other major industries. The relatively new Docklands Light Rail is fairly prices and offers a quick route to the center of London from the South East. Canary Wharf and the Docklands are comprised primarily of commercial enterprises, so for more of a social and historical atmosphere, we'd recommend Greenwich instead.