When my husband and I planned for moving to London, we’d have never anticipated that we could live in walking distance from where once upon a time lived two princesses before they were princesses. Where we would walk down the road and drop our jaws at the Aston Martins and Bentleys just parked casually along the curbs. Where a reality TV show about young socialites would be filmed. Where a major music awards show would be broadcast a few minutes away and we could attend. Where if we walked a bit further we’d arrive at a palace that housed even more princesses that became Queens. We’re middle class folks, nothing special where income is concerned, but such is the juxtaposition of classes in London that makes it such an interesting city of new experiences. Everyone of all walks of life are intermingled here (recall the ease of spotting stars that I wrote about last week: “Relocation to London – The Secret to Celebrity-Spotting in London“); one need only walk a block or two for the dynamic to shift.
And it isn’t all about being posh; for as much polish as this city has, it has grit, and the diversity across the economic spectrum adds a lot of flavor to your every day once you, too, have made the move. In any case, if you are looking to feel a bit posh as you emerge from your apartment and get about town, it’s as simple as taking yourself for a walk in the nice locales of London’s west side neighborhoods like Mayfair, Soho, Marylebone, Notting Hill, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, Chelsea, and South Kensington. Bop into the shops on Regent Street and around Knightsbridge and Sloane Square. If you can’t afford a meal at some places, you can still treat yourself to an inexpensive coffee, tea, or cocktail at any number of opulent dining options—five-star hotels that you’d perhaps never stay at like The Dorchester or Claridges can be fun for afternoon tea or cocktails at their bars, Harrods has a surreal food court, and there’s never a shortage of trendy cafes and restaurants that attract the socialites in these areas. Not being able to afford a certain postcode doesn’t mean you’re forbidden to share in the glamour; sure, maybe you can’t get on the list of some super exclusive clubs or get to sit to tea with the Queen, but otherwise London’s venues are open to the public, remember. An international relocation makes you a resident here, so the city is yours for the taking, and London relocation agentslike London Relocation Ltd. can situate you as closely within the posh places as possible while staying within your budget.