A guide to London city living
London is one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live in the world. The city is a cultural melting pot with history around every corner and the latest hip restaurant opening daily. Put simply, city living in London is like nowhere else in the UK. And it’s something everyone should try.
We’ve created a guide to city living in London and what it could mean for you.
Where you’ll be eating
Londoners love their food and the capital is awash with the world’s best cuisine. Whether you’re after fine dining with a view across the city from The Shard, a day out at Borough Market, afternoon tea at Claridge’s or the Ritz, street food from Brixton or Camberwell market, brunch in Dalston, dumplings in China Town, or the best in Scandi cuisine, London has it covered.
Not only can you sample different foods from all over the world, you can taste creations from the planet’s best chefs. London is foodie heaven and it’s all on your doorstep.
What you’ll be doing
The answer to this is everything. Whatever you want to do in London, you’ll find it. Taking the time to visit all the capital’s art galleries can occupy you for months, with trips to the Tate, Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Somerset House and the Barbican. Add in the museums including the British Museum, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum and it’ll keep you occupied for a long time.
The nightlife in London is like nowhere else in the UK. There’s the hipster neighbourhoods of Shoreditch and Dalston offering everything from swanky cocktail bars, to hidden warehouse parties.
You’ve also got Camden with its edgy scene, the up-market A-list clubs of the West End, major music venues like Brixton Academy, and classic Soho haunts such as the Jazz Café. You’ll also find up-and-coming areas like Peckham and Camberwell offering their own twist on the London nightlife scene.
And when it’s time for a rest you can stretch your legs in one of the city’s beautiful parks, before taking in some history in some of the most famous and important places in the world.
How you’ll be getting around
When you live in London, you’ll quickly become an expert at all the public transport options, as you’ll have no need for a car. The tube seems daunting at first, but you’ll get used to it fast.
You’ll be getting on in the same place, closest to your home and you’ll find that wherever your destination you’ll often be changing lines at the same stations. You’ll soon learn where the lines intersect and the quickest routes to take.
The tube is great to get from A to B, via C quickly. But the very nature of it being underground can make it difficult to get a good picture of the city. When you’re out for the day in central areas, jump on the bus and you’ll start to build a mental map.
You’ll then know that it’s just a quick walk from Trafalgar Square to Covent Garden or Soho for example and you can make the most of it on foot.
Where you’ll be living
Take your pick. If you’ve never lived in London before you’ll soon realise that despite being a large sprawling city, it’s split up into boroughs each with smaller areas and pockets of life – you’ll find each has its own distinct vibe and feeling. There’s the glitzy Docklands, trendy Shoreditch, leafy Hampstead, and the views of Aldgate. Each has its own benefits and offers plenty for the residents. When you’re deciding where to live in London make sure you spend time visiting different areas, eating in the restaurants and cafes, and really getting a feel for the place.
Where you’ll be working
Whichever your chosen industry, you’ll find it in London. Whether you have plans to work for an on-the-up tech start up in Bermondsey, a major financial player in the City of London or Canary Wharf or you want to mix it with the fashion elite, London is the place to be.
City living in London brings a mix of excitement, culture, history and ensures you have your finger on the pulse of the city. It’s like nothing else.