weebleflip: (Dawkins III)
weebleflip ([personal profile] weebleflip) wrote2013-03-20 07:46 pm

Asking the hive-mind....

So, I know a fair few friends on here live, or have lived, in London.

I have been offered a job in London (starting October-ish, near Liverpool Street Station), and am trying to decide whether or not to accept.  I like having this decision/the offer, but am really not sure what to do.

My general thoughts on London can be summed up by "eww, expensive big city", but the job etc. looks good, and I know many people enjoy living there.

Any thoughts on things to consider appreciated....

[identity profile] little-cinnamon.livejournal.com 2013-03-20 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)
If it's near Liverpool Street, then you could live somewhere in the vicinity of us and commute in very easily. It's less expensive and less inner-city. (Not that I have an agenda or anything. :D)

What sort of thing do you want to know?

[identity profile] weebleflip.livejournal.com 2013-03-20 08:35 pm (UTC)(link)
:P Is it in/around Ilford that you're based? <20mins direct train if so isn't bad, so definitely a possibility *if* I do go for the role...

Monthly/annual travelcards - do you have to specify stations, or just zones? A couple of TFL webpages seem to contradict each other. (Balancing rent reductions vs. increased travel costs)

Wurgle. I should probably just wait and see what happens with the final interview for the Brum equivalent and then consider more....

[identity profile] little-cinnamon.livejournal.com 2013-03-20 09:25 pm (UTC)(link)
We are near Ilford - specifically in Gants Hill/Redbridge, which is about 20 mins on the Central Line into Liverpool St.

My travel guru says it's just zones you specify for travelcards (which sounds right to me, too).

Do I recall K is in Leytonstone? Because that's in our general area and also on the Central Line (in fact probably about 15 mins into Liverpool St)

Wurgle indeed! :)

[identity profile] weebleflip.livejournal.com 2013-03-20 10:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, that kind of area has now been recommended by a fair few people :) Decisions are scary...

[identity profile] omniscient-fool.livejournal.com 2013-03-22 08:39 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, not checked lj for a few days and only just saw this, hope I'm not too late!

First up, massive congratulations on the offer. :D

As for living in London, I love it, but I love urban places and am not that bothered about money and the fact that I don't have much after I've paid my rent and bills. I think you need to be very honest with yourself about what you are looking for and what London is. There's no point in trying to kid yourself only to be disappointed but committed. London is and feels urban. Even where I live in Leytonstone which is border of zones 3-4 and obviously more suburban than the centre has that urban feel. I think it's fantastic having everything on my doorstep, but I have had to get used to the fact that 'on my doorstep' does actually mean an average of a 30 minute journey each way and at least £5 in travel.

The plus side for you is that because London is so big and the different areas have such different characters, you have a range of completely different environments to choose from. I know that in absolute terms the rental prices will seem high coming from the Midlands, but it might be worth paying more to live somewhere a bit quieter/leafier/with better quality housing if you think that those sorts of things would improve your quality of life. Particularly if you are not the sort of person who wants to move frequently over the next few years as you try places out. If that's the sort of thing you might like then check out the more affluent areas like west/south west (Putney, Richmond, Clapham), or up around where Tom lives. Docklands (Limehouse etc) might also be a good option for you if you like modern apartment blocks. Lots of city workers live around there so there is good quality modern accommodation and various middle class amenities like good pubs and restaurants and nice parks and marinas. Being near canals or the Thames can also be a good substitute for green space and makes for nice peaceful walks.

Good suggestions about the fact that Liverpool Street is a good place to be commuting to if you want to look at suburban areas in greater London, but I don't know anything about those.

I love East London but I suspect it might not be to your taste. It is becoming more gentrified and safer, but it does still have that gritty, grimey feel. If you want to visit though do give me a shout.

Do also let me know if you have any specific questions about money, whether it's about rent/bills/oyster whatever. I'm happy to share that info but don't want to bombard you if its unnecessary.

[identity profile] weebleflip.livejournal.com 2013-03-23 04:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Cheers :) I'm waiting to see what happens at Tuesday's interview at the moment.... I hate decisions!