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Best Area To Live In London?  
User currently offlineEssjay From South Africa, joined Dec 2000, 75 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3261 times:

Hi!

I will be living and working in London as from mid-May, but I have no clue where to stay.

I would like to stay in an area that has easy access to the tube, is safe, and not too expensive!

Has anyone got any suggestions? Where in London do you stay and what are the pros and cons of your area? Any help will be greatly appreciated!  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineSteman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1381 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

Let's begin to say that you have to forget the expression "not expensive" in London.
I live in Rome but I went to London last year in June for some weeks and I lodged in a hotel next to Charing Cross Road and Oxford Street, I think that is one of the best place where to live in London, as you are close to the city centre and the tube and it is a very safe area.

Ciao and enjoy that wonderful town

Stefano


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3202 times:

England is a pretty expensive country! I would stay at The Dolphin Square Hotel, it was actually quite a reasonable price, it was right next the Houses of Parliment, London Eye, and Pimleco underground station!
Iain


User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

Well, South Kensington is definitely a nice area - but horribly horribly overpriced. I don't know much else in London, apart from Notting Hill (also nice area, and also expensive), but I may have to look for a more affordable accomodation soon myself...

A good website to look at is www.moveflat.com - brilliant ads changing very frequently looking for flatmates. If I have to move out of my flat, that's where I'll be looking for my next one....

Regards

Ikarus

PS: Steman is right. Forget about the "not expensive" idea...


User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3194 times:

The area I mean is about 500 m southwest of that station and about 200 m from the center of the 27L approach path. Anyone who has been there, that's many people, know what I'm talking about. There's a nice photo in the db taken by Gary Watt I think. It's a 744 approaching over some houses there.

User currently offlineAerosol From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 558 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

I lived in Maida Vale, which is an Area near Paddington, where the Heathrow Express arrives. It is a nice but expensive area, but I did flatshare with some guys and girls I studied with. If you need a shortterm flat and not too expensive I would recommend to do flatsharing too, because it is the cheapest way to live in London.

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

Islington  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineTim From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 705 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

I also stayed in An Appartment in South Kensington in 99. Very close to Tube etc.


Tim


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3169 times:

I live in Chiswick in West London, and it's a really nice, green area. Figure on about $500 a week for a two-bed apartment. If you want it a little Cheaper, try Ealing - still really nice and green with great shopping facilities, and it has got great tube and train links (you can get a train to Paddington in about 10 minutes).

At the end of the day, unless you are used to living in Manhattan or Tokyo, you will find London expensive. Just avoid East London and South-East London as they are hell-holes (remember the film Lock Stock and two Smoking Barrels? - that's East London.....)



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineEGKK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

I live in Orpington, South East London, it is easily accecable for the tube, very safe, a normal house is about £170,000 but my house is £250,000  Big thumbs up

EGKK


User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3158 times:

Blackened, your post confused me a bit. Are you referring to the King's Road area (this road is DIRECTLY underneath the 27R approach path - very good views of airplanes! But hellishly expensive)?

North of the river, or South of the river? Kensington, CHelsea, Fulham. Battersea, Clapham, Wandsworth,....?

I really can't identify which area you mean... but then again I have very little knowledge of the rest of London (apart from the small area surrounding my flat and the college), and I have always had a crappy sense of orientation....

Regards

Ikarus


PS: What happened to the UK Bash someone proposed a few months ago? In this thread alone we have enough Londoners to meet up happily at LHR sometime - preferably early July, after my exams...


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3154 times:

I can come down from Bristol if you want!

EGGD


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

across rather

User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3140 times:

I correct myself. SOME areas of South-East London are Hell-Holes, but as Ben pointed out, some areas like Orpington are nice. Also, Crystal Palace is an 'up-and-coming-area'.

DO avoid East London though.....



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineSQA340 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 702 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3130 times:

Hmmmm......


Me being American the nicest area I saw was Greenwich but it is soooooo expensive almost 1 million pounds for a home(highest). Honslow looked nice to me except the view of the picadilly line might throw you off but you are near the M4 motorway. South london is good too, how about Lewisham. The DLR trains are nice there, they give panoramic views and are very high tech.


User currently offlineG Dubya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3130 times:

Buckingham Palace

User currently offlineCstarU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

10 Downing Street

 Big grin


User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3127 times:

If you have £500 to spare per night:

Go for Knightsbridge!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I highly recommend the Mandarin Oriental!

-tsully



I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3127 times:

I don't yet live in London,but will be soon.I already work in Twickenham and having spent most of the last month looking for property in the Hounslow/Feltham/Ashford area.In general,prices for a decent flat in that area are around £500-£600 a month.Other areas of London are priced differently,the nearer you are to central London the more expensive it becomes.
On the subject of a get together in July for A.net users in London,I'm certainly up for it!! I'll need to book a day off though so I'll need to know a month or so in advance.My e-mail address is on my profile I think.



you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

I don't Greenwich is quite that expensive, but it is a nice place  Smile.

EGGD


User currently offlineEGKK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Ryan, do you live near Orpington, Crystal Palace='tis ok, I have been there a few times on the 358 bus, a bit dirty, but it is up-and-coming as you said, but a crap footy team  Big thumbs up

EGKK


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

No, I actually live in Chiswick in West London, but I was just pointing out that not all of South East London is bad.


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Also, I'm not one to talk about crap footy teams as I support Southampton! (Yes, I am their sole fan) Smile/happy/getting dizzy


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineWorldVoyager From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3108 times:

Not all of South London is bad.

My aunt lives in Streatham in South London and it's a nice place.


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4781 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3105 times:

Can anyone here actually afford to live in London? When I looked at the rents there last year, the prices were about 250 pounds per week for a one-bedroom apartment!

25 Post contains images Qantas744 : To Ryanb741.... If there was a disrespected user list I would add you immediately!!(only kidding) PLAY UP POMPEY!!!!!-or should that be STAY UP POMPEY
26 Ikarus : CPDC10-30: No. I can't. However, I can just about pay the rent for my small room in a 2-bedroom flat with the living room converted into a third bedro
27 Ryanb741 : Qantas 744, actually, I am the rare phenomenon of a Saints fan who supports Portsmouth as well (as well as AFC Bournemouth). The reason is that before
28 Qantas744 : London is like any other place on earth really,if you want to live in a posh part of town-or even just a nice part of town-you end up paying more. I w
29 Scotty : When I worked there I lived in Windsor - about 45 mins from Waterloo by train and 12 mins on the IC125 to Paddington if you drive to Slough. Also, rig
30 Post contains images Ryanb741 : A recent article has confirmed that London is the World's most expensive city to live in (not that we didn't already know that). We even get JAPANESE
31 Ikarus : Ryanb741: 35 pounds per week? Wow. We had to pay twice as much last year... On the other hand, our two-bedroom flat here in S. Kensington (with the li
32 Post contains images EGKK : Ryan, I am a spurs supporter, and I was at the match where we beat you 7-2!!!!!!!!!!! EGKK
33 Post contains images Ryanb741 : Boo to you EGKK!
34 FBU 4EVER! : Transportation in London has become quite expensive over the last couple of years,so depending on where your job is located,these costs will also have
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