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Calling all Londoners! Moving To London, need advice please!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Adonis, 12 May 2008.

  1. Adonis

    Adonis Guest

    Hi guys,

    I'm going to be moving to London within the next few weeks, and am totally lost on where to move to. Im looking to rent as I expect to be back in Manchester between 6-12 months. My budget is quite varied. Im looking to spend between £600-1100 a month, totally depends on location.

    Priority is easy access to Oxford Street/Oxford Circus as I'll be working there. And as I'm going with my fiance I prefer no shared accomodation.

    I've checked Gumtree etc, just wanted to get a general idea of what I can get with my budget from folks who actually live the London life!

    Thanks
     
  2. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
    Be careful when using Gumtree. Me and my mates were ripped off and thank god we managed to get our money back. If you want to live in a vibrant area thats quite affordable, try looking at Brick Lane. You have the 25 bus thats 24 hours to Oxford Street and you're near Aldgate stations (Circle/District) and Bethnal Green (Central Line). There are awesome bars around there. Its also about 10-15 minutes by bus to Liverpool Street, which has many lines and is about 15-20 minutes to Oxford Street by tube.
     
  3. Plan M

    Plan M Banned

    27 September 2007
    Manchester United
    My dad's got an apartment in Docklands - it's gorgeous.

    Move there!
     
  4. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    That's a fucking long bus ride :-ll




    :w00t:
     
  5. Adonis

    Adonis Guest

    cool, thanks mate. Really appreciate the help.

    Will check out Brick Lane. How about more central, like walking distance to Oxford Street?
     
  6. Adonis

    Adonis Guest

    Isnt that near the dome, meaning super expensive?
     
  7. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan


    Not too sure about properties nearer to central I'm afraid, its wayyyyy out of my budget so I didnt look there. I know some people who live around Queensway which is about 3 stops from Oxford St. and is about 15 minutes walk to Bond Street, and I guess 20-25 to oxford street. I think they pay around £800 a month. Its a very nice flat with 2 bedrooms.

    Like Plan M said, Docklands is also very nice - its all new and modern. I live in Limehouse which is part of the docklands. You have the DLR. But since you want easy access to central it may not be as convenient, its about 25 minutes in total to TCR or Oxford Street by tube. Properties are cheaper than closer to central since theyre all new, apart from the ones directly around Canary Wharf and the O2 arena, which is closer to Greenwich. But places like Westferry, Canada Waters etc. are really nice. Limehouse is really nice too, decent prices that range from about £500-800 a month based on my own research before. Near many celebrities too such as Sir Ian Mckellan:D

    You could try looking at Shoreditch which has some nice new properties, but try looking further away from Hackney (:-##).
     
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  8. jaygrim

    jaygrim TheAllSeeingEye

    26 July 2005
    Everywhere.
    Man Utd
    You bastard.
     
  9. Plan M

    Plan M Banned

    27 September 2007
    Manchester United
    It is expensive but like Milanista said, there are places like Limehouse which is in your price range and that is considered as Docklands. The DLR (Docklands Light Railway) gets you everywhere you need to go and the bars, nightlife and general atmosphere is second-to-none at Docklands. It's a clean and safe part of London and by the water, which is always nice. It's the banking capital of Europe and there are 100s of good opportunities there.

    Central London is expensive, smoggy, grey and depressing.
     
  10. Adonis

    Adonis Guest

    Guys thanks so much for your advice so far. I've discovered, like Milanista said, that Gumtree is a ripoff! Flats have inflated prices, really not impressed with them when compared to agencies.

    Im checking out all the places you mentioned, but yeh the central thing is paramount because Im moving with the missus.

    Which leads me to this question, any of you guys know of Marylebone? I've been told its extremely close to central, and indeed Oxford Circus. I've had a quote of 800p/m.

    Also, on a side note, whats the area like around Pimlico Tube station? I believe its zone 1, but flat prices seem very cheap.
     
  11. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
    Not sure about Pimlico, but my friend's sister lives in Marylebone and just completed her masters. She said housing was affordable for students and I'm guessing thats around £300-700 a month, obviously depending by the quality.
     
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  12. Adonis

    Adonis Guest

    Awesome. I have a viewing there on Wednesday. It's the walk into work I was looking for :)
     
  13. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    Marylebone is nice :TU:
     
  14. BobbyBox

    BobbyBox WING NUT!

    10 October 2003
    Arsenal
    Hello mate,

    I'm suprised that you can get flats that cheap in marylebone?! Unless its a shit hole.

    I was looking for a place to buy last year and properties to buy were ridiculous - I found the smallest Studio flat there for £190,000. It was crazy. Basically had a sink and enough room for a bed and a shower in the corner! (It was a room!!)

    Anyway - Docklands is a nice area. But If you are wanting to get to Oxford street etc easily then that wouldn't be my first choice. But the Docklands is also a bit poncy in my opinion. The DLR Railway is good - but alot of the lines shut quite early (At least they used to - I haven't been on it for a little while)

    Milanista is spot on with Brick lane - Lovely area, lots to do and see. Easy to get into the centre of London. I really like that area.

    Shoreditch also is very nice and is also near to the city. Lots of nice clubs and Bars. Its where I work :)) My company also are a Regeneration Agency building up the Area of Shoreditch aswell - so I have to promote it a bit :DD

    I haven't looked for a long time - but if you want to live near Oxford street etc - then it will be pricey for anything decent. Unless your willing to compromise on the size of place you stay etc

    It may be cheaper for students in those areas - because there is accomodation made for them. Also they tend to move in together - with about 4 people so that makes it alot cheaper.

    Anyway - I hope the flat you see is nice and affordable for you. Good Luck.

    (I've lived in London all of my life so if you have any more questions - then I will be glad to help :DD)

    EDIT: Also forgot to mention - Pimlico is a nice area. There are a few dodgy parts around it though. I used to work there for about 7 months right next to the tube station. In the summer I used to walk to oxford Circus to meet my Ex Girlfriend - It only took about 35mins - was really nice through the park etc. But I think it is also quite pricey - a few MP's live around there.
     
    Last edited: 13 May 2008
  15. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
  16. T Butcher fan

    T Butcher fan Champions League

    3 December 2001
    Adonis, West is Best!

    Shepherds Bush and Edgware Road both decent areas and only 10 mins on the tube to Oxford Circus. A lot of Pimlico is very, very nice (Right on the river) so I'd beware what you can afford there!

    Brick Lane is a good shout though. Liverpool St to Oxford Circus is about 15 minutes on the central line. (10-15 minutes is a fantastic commute in London terms, the average is about 35 mins)
     
  17. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
    Shepherd's Bush station is closed until 2009, which might be a problem for you.
     
  18. BobbyBox

    BobbyBox WING NUT!

    10 October 2003
    Arsenal
    I don't like Shepherds Bush - My Mate used to work there for a couple of years and I just didn't like the area. Neither did he.
     
  19. PetrovLFC

    PetrovLFC Raul!

    13 March 2005
    NW London
    Liverpool
    :NONO:
     
  20. PetrovLFC

    PetrovLFC Raul!

    13 March 2005
    NW London
    Liverpool
    Marleybone is gorgeous, but I always thought it was pricey.
     
  21. BobbyBox

    BobbyBox WING NUT!

    10 October 2003
    Arsenal
    When did you go there in the 1800's :DD

    Central London is Lovely - especially in the summer. Architecture is amazing - so many places to go and see. Areas around the thames - lovely parks etc etc
     
  22. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    I love London
     

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