Moved to London? How did you choose which area?

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by Helen Back, Apr 13, 2019 at 2:34 AM.


    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Only a short jaunt to Clapham or Stockwell tubes. I sometimes work near Clapham common tube or Brixton, but I just get the train to junction and walk or skateboard. Screw the tube or buses at rush hour, they drive me bonkers.
  2. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Clapham or stockwell tubes are both a fair lick for me. Probably a shorter walk to Victoria. Nearest are pimlico, Sloane square or perhaps Vauxhall.
  3. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    I chose Brixton bc I have friends there and was spending quite a bit of time there anyway... I could still get to uni fairly easily and I had easier access to the lifestyle I wanted. Then when looking jobs, i just didn't apply for anything that was more than 45 minutes away. It was relatively easy for me to find jobs then bc I was working as an administrator/project officer/EA and there was a lot of those types of jobs available.
  4. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    Where could I afford that wasn't literally on fire or flooded with drugs.

    The answer has got progressively smaller in the last 15 years.
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  5. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    If I was looking again actually a big consideration would be cycle-ability.
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  6. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

    I chose not London.

    Commuting in from Herts means;
    Better air quality
    Lower crime
    Better schools
    Cheaper property

    However it is a popular option so the rush hour commute can be rough.
    Luckily for me I rarely travel to work in the peak.
  7. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    I've tried to keep the commute down to 45 m and below . Having said that , I walk a lot more now so often take an hour there and back but the walking doesnt feel like commuting .
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  8. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    I just had to pick somewhere - anywhere - and didn't know anyone. Before the end of the day because I had no spare cash to get home. I found a shitty 'bedsit' (not even) in Greenwich. Got kicked out. Worked in a pub. Kipped on a sofa. Another shitty 'bedsit' (fyi, London, you're the only place who thinks a single bedroom with no facilities is a 'bedsit') Anyway, I got a grown up job and moved to Sydenham (cheap) then a nice houseshare in Streatham which my friends chose and I was happy to go along with.

    Turns out that I am a south-of-the-river sort of a gal and when I moved in with Mr P I was working in Parsons Green and he was in Tooting so we choose Wimbledon for easy access and convenience for shopping and pubs and walks.
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  9. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    When I moved here I wasnt bothered about north or south of the river. I did enjoy my 2 years SOTR in Southfields . But I guess 28 years NOTR makes quite a statement.
  10. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    I've lived south and north and right in the centre. Personally I like to be no more than a 50 minute peak-hour bus ride into the centre where I go for work and fun at least 4 times a week. It's great to have easy access to the river. Green spaces are important and easy to be within a ten minute walk of. I am not keen on the tube, but most of London isn't particularly close to tube stations.- I think they are a distraction when picking a place to live. I tend to go for areas in zone 2 with loads of buses like Camberwell where I am now and Holloway when I was north.

    I think the most important consideration is mini-back their interests and confidence. I think London can be pretty rough for teenagers. Your biggest constraint will be affordability (and possibly parking).

    I know someone who has moved to London in her 60s. She can't drive due to a health problem and is a huge fan of the public transport infrastructure and free/plentiful cultural stuff. She's loving it but would caution against if being around loads of people bothers you!
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019 at 6:18 PM
  11. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

  12. Sea Star

    Sea Star have you ever explored your dark side?

    my choice was where my friends lived and had a room spare; then where i could afford; then where my girlfriend lived; now its back to where i can afford - shortly to be not in London at all.

    edit - oh and i tried living in North London once - lasted about 6 months
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019 at 12:26 AM
  13. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    I lived in "bedsits" in Cambridge that were like that, too. I decided that "bedsit" was when you had a lock on your bedroom door and were supposed to live in it, with access to a shared kitchen and bathroom but no other shared space. "shared house" was when you shared communal spaces like living rooms as well as kitchen and bathroom, although not necessarily sharing cooking/food, and shared the bills and rent. "lodger" was when you lived in the house, but it was somebody else's and they decided how much rent you had to pay.
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  14. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    I walk to work now too. Its the shortest journey I've ever had to work ❤
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  15. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Moved to Leyton with a band when I was 18 ended up living below friends of the singer's from Wales. Then moved to Leytonstone, Walthamstow, Plaistow, East Ham, Hackney, Shepherd's Bush, Kilburn and probably other shitty places I've forgotten before visiting friends in Brixton and falling in love with the area. They had a place going spare (because none of their friend wanted to move into the Barrier Block in Brixton back then) and I've been here ever since. It was as rough as fuck when I moved here - really bloody dodgy - but it was still the best move I ever, ever made.
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