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Anyone moved to London?

Just wanted to know if anyone had any experiences of moving to London to live / work?

Its something I've thought about for a while as the industry I work in is dying locally, but is currently booming in London. The back end of last year I worked weekends for a company in Brentford and really enjoyed it, my wife was coming with me and we were staying in Chiswick which was lovely.

In the past a couple of things have put me off, one was that I didnt want to have a family and raise them in London but as my wife has just had IVF thats failed thats now looking unlikely. The other reason is, London itself scares me a bit! I currently live in a tiny hamlet of less than 20 houses on the outskirts of a town I grew up in. I know every inch of the area, the town and the surrounding hills. I've been to London 20+ times but the thought of living there, getting the tube to work etc. is really daunting.

Is it really as bad / difficult as I think?
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Parts of London are quite scary (Brixton, Tottenham, Elephant & Castle, etc) but some places in the outskirts are quite nice. There are loads of factors to be considered: distance from work, area (south of the river, north of the river, east or west) and much more.
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Parts of London are quite scary (Brixton, Tottenham, Elephant & Castle, etc) but some places in the outskirts are quite nice. There are loads of factors to be considered: distance from work, area (south of the river, north of the river, east or west) and much more.
Thats what I dont know as I've only ever been as a tourist. The only area I know in terms of living is Chiswick, but its kind of far out.
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No simple answer to give I'm afraid, as London is a mixed and complex place.

It sounds to me as if you'd be better suited living in the home counties and commuting in. But get quotes for train season tickets as the prices are very high.

I imagine you'll also be shocked by the prices of houses.

Have you considered working there, staying in a flat then travelling back home for the w/e. It would be a way to test the water before you made a more permanent commitment to the south of england.

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No simple answer to give I'm afraid, as London is a mixed and complex place.

It sounds to me as if you'd be better suited living in the home counties and commuting in. But get quotes for train season tickets as the prices are very high.

I imagine you'll also be shocked by the prices of houses.

Have you considered working there, sating in a flat then travelling back home for the w/e. It would be a way to test the water before you made a more permanent commitment to the south of england.
I worked with some guys when I was doing weekends who'd travel for 2 hours to get to work! That would be a shock for me as I currently drive for 20 mins.

I think you've got a good idea about coming back weekends, until my wife gets a job there I think thats what we'll do and we've no plans to sell our house up north so doubt we'd ever have the money to buy in London
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2012 is the wrong year to move to London... Rent and property prices are going through the roof because of the Olympics, so at the moment everything is very unreasonable.
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sorry to hear about the ivf buddy, id rather work for half my current salary than commute 4hrs a day
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2012 is the wrong year to move to London... Rent and property prices are going through the roof because of the Olympics, so at the moment everything is very unreasonable.
My mate at work recons there'll be a terror attack as well, due to the Olympics

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sorry to hear about the ivf buddy, id rather work for half my current salary than commute 4hrs a day
Thanks mate, dont know if we'll do it again as it was mega stressful, not to mention expensive.

I know what you mean about the commute, last week I applied for a job in Longbenton and thats over an hours drive from me, thinking I cant be assed with that sort of drive everyday! If we do move to London I'd rather pay massive rent than spent hours commuting.
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What line of work are you in? I'm from North Yorks.
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I work in London, moved from Scotland to be closer to work so decided to stay outside the m25 and commute in. Much prefer it that way. Plus better driving roads outside London and more chances of using vtec properly.
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What line of work are you in? I'm from North Yorks.
I'm a draughtsman for an engineering company. I live right on the border of North Yorks / Redcar and Cleveland
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I work in London, moved from Scotland to be closer to work so decided to stay outside the m25 and commute in. Much prefer it that way. Plus better driving roads outside London and more chances of using vtec properly.
How long is your daily commute Kimo?
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Our fair city has become a major commuter town for the City Slickers, which has pushed the price of houses up locally too.

If I'm not mistaken the train fare is about 3 K p.a. and is about an hour on the train.
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My missus has lived in Arsenal, which is near Angel and then also just up from Old Street. Now we live out (Woking) and she commutes in. Trains are frequent, quick and mostly reliable. Only thing is the cost of the annual rail pass, not cheap! Rent costs outside the M25 are much cheaper, we were renting a house together for just over the same she was paying for a share in a house with 2 other girls previously.

London though, I wouldn't like to work there or stay there. It's handy being close to pop in at ease but I like having green fields all round.
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An hour each way Dave. To be honest it don't really feel like an hour at times. It only sucks when I have to work late, meaning I get back even later but at least my motor is safe where I am and I can enjoy the open roads outside London. If I lived in London, I wouldn't be able to keep my car nice for long or be able to get the most out of my S2000. I've driven in London with my S2K and lets just say you don't get far without having to stop or slow down. I rarely saw VTEC when in London.
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Oh, and me and J_H live nearby so if you were near us you would have Civinfo buddies
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I'm a draughtsman for an engineering company. I live right on the border of North Yorks / Redcar and Cleveland
Working for a HVAC CAD company that does coordination drawings for electrical, mechanical services with the architects and consultants;

The grass isnt greener on the other side mate.
Our company is in much demand...even so we just laid off 4 out of 12 employees.
Its really cut throat down here with companys putting in bids for subcontracts at a loss and driving prices down.
These companies fold left right and center and leave people like us to pick up the pieces in half the timescale.
Most jobs are way overbudget and way overschedule as a consequence with all the associated pressure and stess and empty coffers.

Stay away
If your happy with your job.

NB. Lonsdales round here sued a cad technician they employed from an agency for the drawings made.
Even though it was upto all parties and employers to approve every single drawing.




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I was born and raised around Angel (Islington, North London) & in the 19 years i lived there i seriously don't have a bad word to say about it! I moved out to Hertfordshire when i was 19/20 and commuted in the car everyday (with the now ex misses) for 2.5years (that was looong, traffic is tragic) but for the past couple of years I've used a motorbike for the commute! Not sure if that appeals to you, but it does allow you to live about 30miles outside London and yet only be a mere 45mins away from the office regardless of traffic! (saying that, i have also had two accidents too!).

Funnily enough im currently in the process of moving back! I need to clear all must stuff by this weekend. I cannot actually wait! The buzz in London is amazing!
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Parts of London are quite scary (Brixton, Tottenham, Elephant & Castle, etc) but some places in the outskirts are quite nice. There are loads of factors to be considered: distance from work, area (south of the river, north of the river, east or west) and much more.
+ Southall, Slough, Staines, Wembley, Alperton, Norwood. Even parts of Ruislip, Eastcote and Northwood that was once a select area is now plagued with anti-social behaviour.

From where you intend to work look at which mainline rail station is best and move sufficiently out. Personally I would look at the lines out of Paddington or Waterloo and select an appropriate distance. Half an hour out of Waterloo gets you to places like West Byfleet or Woking, they are outside the M25 and fairly nice.

Forget trying to drive in.
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I'm a draughtsman for an engineering company. I live right on the border of North Yorks / Redcar and Cleveland
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Working for a HVAC CAD company that does coordination drawings for electrical, mechanical services with the architects and consultants;.
If it's of any help, there seem to be lots of automotive engineering jobs in the Midlands right now.
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