Relocation to London means that you will want to find a place to stay before you get there. It might help to have a better idea of the way that London is made up before you decide on any of the suburbs that will suit you in terms of transport, work and schools. This is a massive city, and finding accommodation can be a daunting task. You should have a good idea of the borough (district) you want to live in, as well as your postcode, which can be an indication of social standing, and even if you want to live north or south of the River Thames.
London is divided into boroughs, or districts. The borough that you live in is controlled by a council that manages the borough parks and schools and they charge a ‘council tax’ to all residents of the borough. This probably will not have any impact on you if you are renting accommodation, but if you buy property, or need to be in a borough that has good schools for the children then which borough your property falls under can become very important.
Your postcode says everything about you. Locals often just refer to their postcode when telling you where they live. Living in the right postcode is very important to Londoners, and you will pay a premium for accommodation if you are going to be as ‘postcode paranoid’ as the locals! Postcodes are an indicator of the compass that you live in, but be warned SW1,3,5,6,7 and 10 are actually north of the river and are considered rather more upmarket that the SE and SW postcodes that are south of the river. Every country in the world has had some sort of conflict between the North and South. In London though, you will find advocates of each area, claiming it is ‘the only’ place to live. It might be better to make up your own mind once you have moved. It is an unspoken rule that it is more fashionable to live north of the river, and that the transport system is more efficient. Fashionable does not necessarily mean better though and there are some great bargains to be had if you are considering buying property south of the river. Do not let anyone make up your mind for you when you’re planning your relocation, and do not let anyone tell you that your postcode ain’t what it should be!