Where you choose to live is possibly the most important step in your relocation and in making London your home. It will determine not only your children’s educational options as the schools are divided into catchment areas, but also how you will shop, where you will play, and, also very importantly, how you will commute to work. Choosing an area depends on which lifestyle you prefer, but also where your office is. London is an extremely large and spread-out city and the length of your travel time to and from work can greatly diminish your quality of life if your commute is a difficult one.
London offers a wide range of housing options which will be further detailed in the following “Types of Accommodation” section. From purpose-built flats to luxury row houses, you will find most types in every neighborhood. Be prepared to pay a high cost for desirable locations and large residences, although if you are flexible in your priorities, affordable housing is certainly available.
To assist you in researching the perfect place for your new London residence, we have divided the boroughs into areas. Further, we have listed amenities which may be important for each area including schools, supermarkets, cinemas and sports so that you can get a feel for the neighbourhood before you even set foot in London. By exploring the areas which are popular with expatriates and their families, you will get a good idea of where best you could settle for the duration of your stay in London.