If you are contemplating relocating here for work, then now is the time to start looking at the different suburbs and area in London that you might want to live in. Finding a home in London is not as easy as it seems, and you might be wise to consult with one of the excellent relocation agents who will help you find the perfect apartment or house in a suburb that suits you. Each suburb here has its own pros and cons, and each one has its own personality. You just need to take a look at what you require in a suburb and you can then start looking for possible rental homes for the duration of your stay. Of course, you will only be able to properly assess each area once you are on the ground. Take a walk through the suburb and see if it lives up to your expectations before renting a home.
North London – Pricey suburbs where some of the rich and famous choose to live. These suburbs have a distinctly village feel to them and they have plenty of open spaces and are great for families. If you have the cash then Hampstead and Highgate are the suburbs to choose.
South London – A lively area that has undergone great change in the past few years. While the great North vs. South debate will always be maintained, there are some charming and dynamic areas that are great if you have a job nearby and if you like enjoying the interesting nightlife that South London has to offer. Clapham and Brixton have undergone massive urban development recently and have become suburbs of choice for many expats living in London.
East London – Traditionally this has not been an area that many expats choose to live in, but recently there have been more people choosing to live in suburbs that are close to the city, such as the beautiful suburb of Greenwich and the urban renewal areas of Canary Wharf. There are some pretty pricey apartments along the river, but they have great views and are considered prime real estate locations.
West London – Traditionally this is considered a transient area of London with plenty of Aussies and South Africans living here. It does have a great nightlife and there are an astonishing amount of pubs in the area. The prices of apartments in this area are quite reasonable and if you are looking to buy real estate then you might some real gems in suburbs such as Hammersmith or Shepherd’s Bush.
You really need to have a list of items that are important to you before you start looking for a home. Like any big city, it is incredibly diverse here and you might not find what you are looking for as soon as you land here. If you know that you are going to be here for a number of years then you should take a bit of time to find your perfect home.