If you’re moving to London and don’t want to be right in the city, then some of the suburbs on the edge of town offer great prices on apartments for rent and a more small town feel; again you will find here many Canadians and numerous Americans moving into this area.
North London – Southgate
Southgate is quite a distance from central London and can be considered to be a small town itself. The town centre has everything you need in terms of services and amenities plus you are close enough to the city if you want to have a night out and far enough from the city not to feel as if you’re living in a shoebox. Prices for an apartment in Southgate range from £700 per week for a small apartment to £1200 for a three bedroom London flat.
Council Information: Southgate falls under the Council Borough of Enfield with annual taxes ranging from £1000 – £3000.
Transport: despite being a way out of central London, Southgate has its own tube station on the Piccadilly Line of the London Underground. You can ostensibly be in the city centre in just over half an hour depending on the time of day. There are buses to the surrounding towns.
Shopping: Shopping in Southgate is like having a whole town centre right on your doorstep. There is a large Asda in Southgate, as well as other major grocery retailers like Tesco and Marks and Spencer’s. The nicest part of living in Southgate is the small town atmosphere that is somewhat distant from the bustle of the city life. Southgate town centre is home to a number of excellent restaurants and bars.
Doctors: The Oakwood Medical Centre is close to Trent Park and there are a number of surgeries in the east Barnet and Whetstone neighborhood. Check with the NHS Direct website when you want to register with a local GP on arrival in Southgate.
Other Amenities: The Borough of Enfield has several fine schools and a number of other amenities and services. You can find cricket, rugby and football facilities in the town and Southgate even boasts its own amateur Symphony Orchestra! There are a number of parks and green areas in Enfield and Southgate and with Groveland’s Park and Trent Park offering perfect picnic spots and outdoor activities, making living here always fun with many activities to enjoy.