While you’re living in London you’ll have to rely mainly on the public transport system to get around. Having a car is not only expensive, but it is a nightmare to find parking, traffic is gridlocked much of the time and you’ll be paying for something that you rarely use. The public transport system: Tubes, trains and buses, is efficient and will get you where you need to go quickly and cheaply…Except when it doesn’t.
If you’re an American moving to London, then you will have to be prepared for the worst, in terms of transport. The weather does sometimes have an effect on the time of tubes and trains, and there are occasionally strikes or public threats that can close down some of the transport network for a period of time. You don’t want to be stranded at work with no way to get home on a winter’s night with sleet and snow swirling around you like you’re on an expedition to the poles.
To avoid any problems, many young people have decided to live closer to the city, so that they are never bothered by a lack of public transport. Walking is not only a necessity, but it’s a great way to explore the city. One of the first items that you purchase when you are moving to London should be a pair of sturdy walking shoes. You don’t need hiking boots, but a pair of good trainers will make a huge difference when you have to walk home to your flat in freezing weather.
Some of the areas close to central London are extremely pricey in terms of residential accommodation. If you’re looking for somewhere within walking distance of the city centre, then you should look at places like Islington, which is about 2 miles from the city centre and is a trendy, and yet reasonably priced neighborhood. Bethnal Green and Stepney are neighborhoods in east London, and are perfectly located if you work in the financial district or close to Canary Wharf and the Docklands developments.
When you’re moving here you need to look further afield and yet possibly closer to home that you may have considered. If you’re living far out of London and are stuck for a ride home in bad weather, it’ll be a long walk so be prepared.