Trendy Areas of London?? HELP
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Feb 10, 2013 4:48 AM Last Post By: hopesprings1
Feb 5, 2013 4:04 PM
Trendy Areas of London?? HELPHello!
Im 23 and my partner whom is 21 will be relocating to London in July.
We are looking to get some inside goss on where to live and some trendy areas of London.
We are both from Australia. Our weeks currently consist of: Working fulltime, we are exteremly social people, always eating out trying the new Thai place in town or grabbing a Coffee from our favourite cafe. We like to head out for breakfast or dinner and mopst defiantly a drink at a bar (with live music) and clubs. I guess we are looking to live in an area that has good shopping, cafe's, bars and something going on most of the time.
If you could help me out and point me in the right direction that would be great :)
Feb 5, 2013 11:07 PM
Feb 6, 2013 1:42 AM
2It may be easier to list places that don't have that in London.........
The obvious ones are Camden, Balham, Brixton, etc.......
Feb 6, 2013 1:48 AM
Feb 6, 2013 2:19 AM
4Welcome to TT.
Trying to live in trendy areas without thinking about where you are working is a mistake IMO. The London transport system groans under its own weight during peak hour (fair enough, all transport system's should) and you don't want to be travelling across the network through 'central London' or across the river to get to work. The slightest 'passenger action' at Morden can screw things up all the way to Belsize Park.
If you are working south of the river then, as suggested, yeah, take a look at Balham, Clapham and Brixton. If you working on the in the city or the east then, yeah, Hoxton and so on as mentioned would be a hit.
Do ask yourself if you really want 'trendy' though. They can be pretentious kinds of places and the east can just be chockers full of hipster and artist types who you might want to just punch in the face. Or maybe that's just me.
Feb 6, 2013 2:44 AM
Feb 6, 2013 2:54 AM
Feb 6, 2013 4:52 AM
7Find out where you're going to be working first and how much you intend to pay for accomadation and then we can come back with some practicle ideas for you...
You'll find places all over the greater London area that fit the bill so your budget and work will determine where you live...
Feb 6, 2013 7:11 AM
8Neither would I describe Putney as trendy unless drinking Pimms and watching rugby is the height of edgy coolness.
As alluded to the more popular the area the more expensive it's going to be, and a lot of these places aren't actually that "nice" to live in. For example I'd never want to live in Shoreditch because while it's fun, it's generally loud, dirty, and doesn't have a lot of good housing. I live in a relatively unfashionable part of SE London, but I can get to other good places to go out very easily with the East London line, and I can afford a 2-bedroom flat with a garden.
Feb 6, 2013 8:12 AM
Feb 6, 2013 12:54 PM
10Brixton's trendy enough that the last time I was there, I noticed that Plan B had stopped by a local pub to do an unannounced gig.
Time Out London has a weekly listing of what's on where, including many little gigs by top bands and comedians who are giving it one last practice before they go on tour.
Feb 7, 2013 5:33 AM
11Well, trendy could be Camden, Shoreditch, Brixton.
But in London it's far more important to be near place of work. Public transportation gets ( almost ) impossibly crowded during rush hour so you want to be as close as possible to where you're working.
On the flip side, public transportation in London is quite good for the rest of the day, so jumping on the tube or a bus for a few minutes to get to your favourite cafe or pub isn't a hardship.
Do check night bus routes before moving anywhere : most transport stops around 1am, and it really kills a night out to have to drink up by midnight because you don't want to be stuck paying for a taxi to get home.
Feb 8, 2013 1:36 PM
Feb 8, 2013 1:42 PM
Feb 10, 2013 4:48 AM
14I would second some of the other suggestions - London is huge and the transport system does not always run smoothly. Find out where you're working and try and base it around that. But I would agree that Clapham, Balham, Putney, Fulham are also 'trendy' areas - as well as Camden, though not quite so upmarket...
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