5 Things to Consider when Moving to London

Covid-19 has changed the way many of us live, maybe you are looking to move to the capital for the first time, or are moving back after a hiatus. Whatever your reason, we’ve collated our top five tips when considering a move to London.

1. Area is King

London is vast and the list of areas to consider when moving to the city is extensive. We recommend breaking London’s different areas down by what they offer and how they suits your individual needs and lifestyle.

Do you want to live in a part of town with a younger audience, with a fun atmosphere and lots of bars and restaurants? Consider Clapham.

Or do you want to be somewhere with an abundance of outdoor space, good schools and scenic walks? Consider Richmond.

Or do you want to be right in the thick of it and take daily strolls down the Thames? Consider Tower Bridge.

Which area you live in can often make or break your London experience so be sure to do your research and visit before moving if you can.

2. Accommodation

Another key consideration is the type of accommodation you are going to opt for.

Are you renting? If so then key things to consider are flat and house shares, renting privately which we do always recommend doing via a certified estate agent for safety. Or whether you would consider a build to rent development where everything is catered for you?

Or are you looking to buy? If so there are many options to choose from, family homes, apartments with roof terraces and balcony, new builds, properties with character. We’d recommend contacting an estate agent within your local area who can help you to navigate the property market within each individual London postcode area.

We’ve included some of our top property picks below to help provide you with a flavour of the London property market.

3. Cost of Living

The cost of living in London is higher, often a lot higher than expected for a lot of first time Londoners. We recommend not maxing out your budget when it comes to housing to ensure you have enough left to really enjoy and explore all that the city has to offer.

4. Travel Times

As we’ve mentioned London is vast and often it can be a surprise to many just how long it takes to travel from one point to another in the city. Therefore we recommend researching all of the main train and tube lines near where you have decided to reside. Ensure you have a handle on how long the morning commute may take. As well as travel times to major airports and other landmarks of importance to you.

5. Pace of Life

London is fast paced and full of energy, make sure you explore the city and feast on everything it has to offer but also bear in mind that it can often feel cramped, busy and full on. We recommend scheduling some key breaks away during your first year in the capital in order to get away from the hustle and bustle and decompress every so often.

Colney Hatch Lane, N10

Colney Hatch Lane is less than a mile away from the shops and restaurants of Muswell Hill and Friern Barnet. Bus links to East Finchley, Highgate and Bounds Green provide access into the City and West End, while the nearby north circular and M1 offer quick links to the road and motorway network across the south east of England and beyond. The property is situated to the rear of the building and consists of three double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large open-plan kitchen/living room - with access to private decking area.

St. Johns Wood Park, NW8

A split duplex penthouse apartment located in a highly sought after block in the heart of St John's Wood. This property is made up of three double bedrooms a family bathroom and an ensuite for the master bedroom, separate kitchen and large reception / dining room. On the second floor the property benefits from a winter garden / study and a large roof terrace with views over the sky line of London.

Grove Park Terrace, W4

The lower ground floor comprises of a cosy family room with extensive fitted storage and a separate guest cloakroom. To the rear is a substantial open plan kitchen/dining room with an array of modern integrated appliances. This room has been cleverly designed to allow for the lower ground floor to be flooded with an abundance of natural light. French doors lead out onto the large south facing rear garden with secluded patio space.

Clanricarde Gardens, W2

This interior-designed apartment has been finished to exacting standards, with herringbone wooden flooring throughout, bespoke carpentry and marble kitchen countertops. The semi-open plan reception/kitchen offers ample space for dining and is flooded with natural light, from the large sash windows. Subtle down lighting illuminates the feature staircase, leading upstairs to the two bedrooms and beautifully tiled bathroom.

Palewell Park, SW14

An incredibly high specification family home on Palewell Park, one of the most desirable Parkside addresses. This lovely home blends contemporary living with period features to the highest order. Arranged over three floors, this property offers excellent entertaining space on the ground floor, whilst the upper floors host six bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a delightful rear garden which is west-facing and over 80ft long. The layout of this property lends itself to make a great family home on this sought-after residential road.

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