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Teddington

Bushy Park and the original Parkrun! Bushy Park and the original Parkrun...

15/10/2023

Teddington is a delightful villagey neighbourhood sat very pleasantly...

Teddington is a delightful villagey neighbourhood sat very pleasantly between the river Thames to the north-east and the wonderful Bushy Park to the south-west. Broad street and the High Street offer a great selection of independent cafes, restaurants and pubs. The train station is just below the high street and trains to Waterloo take around 40 minutes. For this part of London, Teddington isn't really that expensive either. One of the best things about living in Teddington is having the huge Bushy Park right on your doorstep. Bushy park is home to the original Parkrun - a free 5k fun run that takes place every Saturday at 9am, beginning near the Diana fountain.


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LenaZ42

(Reviewer)

Soho

Buzzing and full of life Buzzing and full of life

06/10/2023

Buzzing, restaurants, nightlife, gay bars, what more could you ask for...

Buzzing, restaurants, nightlife, gay bars, what more could you ask for 😂 I love Soho. It’s on of my go to places for a weekend night out. It can feel seedy in parts, especially when you stumble down an alley way with neon signs outside seedy apartments showing “Model”, but for the most part it’s a lively entertainment district with plenty of options to drink, eat and have fun!


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Jamie Wong

(Top Contributor)

Strand & Charing Cross

A lively area A lively area

06/10/2023

A lively area with lots do. Packed with bars, restaurants, theatres an...

A lively area with lots do. Packed with bars, restaurants, theatres and hotels this area north of the river and encompassing embankment is very popular with tourists and locals alike. Gordon’s wine bar, known to be London’s oldest wine bar is a great place to check out, especially in the winter with its cosy, cave like interior.


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Jamie Wong

(Top Contributor)

Barnsbury

Young and lively Young and lively

16/09/2023

A great place to live for young professionals, with plenty of pubs, ba...

A great place to live for young professionals, with plenty of pubs, bars and independent restaurants. The Albion pub is one of my favourites in the area and has a lovely big courtyard in the back. There are plenty of public transport options too with Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station. Angel and Highbury & Islington stations are also pretty nearby.


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Alexus83

(Advanced Reviewer)

Crystal Palace

A great place to live A great place to live

16/09/2023

I've been living in Crystal Palace for about four years now and I have...

I've been living in Crystal Palace for about four years now and I have to say I absolutely love it. I've lived in a few places across South London - including Brixton, Herne hill & Camberwell - all of which I enjoyed. But Crystal Palace just has something about it. It has a great setup, built around the Crystal Palace triangle, with great pubs, cafes and restaurants on all sides. My favourite pub is the Alma but can't go wrong with the Westow either. The Sparrowhawk a cracking pub too, you can't go wrong really. There's a real villagey feel, on the top of a big hill (you'll get fit living here) with lovely residential streets of pretty old Victorian houses. The rescue of the cinema situation by Everyman was a real bonus. There's a really lovely quirky feel to the place I find. It's a bit bohemian being a hotspot for antiques and vintage wares with the emporium and vintage shops on Church Rd opposite the cinema. Wander through the backstreets inside the triangle and you'll see little studios and artists workshops. Sometimes the artists even have open house and you're welcomed in to have a look at their works and even enjoy a glass of wine. Also love the Haynes Lane Market, which is open a few days a week. Of course there's also the awesome Crystal Palace park, which these days has a Brown and Green cafe, down the bottom where the parkrun starts and finishes. I have to say, it does feel a bit far out at times, having lived in zone 2 for many years beforehand. And the public transport isn't the best. I work in the Farringon area and the trains from Crystal Palace aren't great for that. Nor the trains from Gypsy Hill. I like to jog over to Sydenham Hill and catch a decent train in from there, shower at work, etc. Appreciate that wouldn't be for everyone! In any case, these days I probably only average 2 days a week in the office and 3 days a week from home. I'm happy spending a decent chunk of my time in such a lovely area. Access to the city isn't as important to me as it used to be.


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Big Trev

(Advanced Reviewer)

White City

Serious development Serious development

12/09/2023

White City has gone through some heavy residential and commercial deve...

White City has gone through some heavy residential and commercial development over recent years. With Westfield Shopping Centre, it’s new underground station, White City Living, its vast new residential quarter along with the new entertainment district, it has become a much more desirable place to live in recent years, with the majority of its new build 1 bed flats now letting for over £2.5k per month!


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Alexus83

(Advanced Reviewer)

Hammersmith

Beautiful in parts Beautiful in parts

11/09/2023

Hammersmith is home to some gorgeous areas, especially by the riversid...

Hammersmith is home to some gorgeous areas, especially by the riverside. Some great bars and pubs dotted along the river which get busy on weekends. My personal favourite is the Old Ship pub west of Hammersmith Bridge. It has great transport links with Hammersmith station served by 4 lines including Hammersmith & City, District, Piccadilly and Circle. With the A4 running through it it is also great for drivers. The centre is quite busy and isn’t as nice but it has great amenities and shopping facilities.


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Jamie Wong

(Top Contributor)

Regent's Park

One of the nicest parts of London One of the nicest parts of London

11/09/2023

Regent’s Park is stunning, not just for its beautiful park which is th...

Regent’s Park is stunning, not just for its beautiful park which is the home to London Zoo, but also for it’s canal and it’s surrounding areas which include Primrose Hill, Camden, Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Little Venice. It’s probably unaffordable for most to live but great for a weekend day out to visit the zoo or get one of the canal boats and cruise along the picturesque canals.


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Jess_Lee

(Reviewer)

Hyde Park

Beautiful area Beautiful area

11/09/2023

I absolutely love this area for a walk around Hyde Park followed by a...

I absolutely love this area for a walk around Hyde Park followed by a beer and Sunday roast at the Victoria pub situated just north of the park in one of the areas pretty residential roads.ً It’s a great pub with good food and is dog friendly too. The surrounding residential roads are very pretty lined with picturesque and very expensive period properties. The perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday.


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Jess_Lee

(Reviewer)

Peckham

Loved it! Loved it!

11/09/2023

Went for a day visit around Peckham to look for venues for my birthday...

Went for a day visit around Peckham to look for venues for my birthday and came across so many cool spots… I had always heard Peckham was cool place with lots of great rooftop bars but when I actually visited it it certainly exceeded my expectations. Lots of great rooftop bars including Franks and Forza wine, cool food markets with a good choice of international food.. it wasn’t cheap though. The highlight of the day was when walking past a venue with a DJ and saxophone player I went inside and realised it was actually a tattoo parlour and you could only get a drink if staying to get a tattoo.. very cool I thought although I didn’t stay for the tattoo!


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Jess_Lee

(Reviewer)

Hackbridge

Depressing Depressing

05/09/2023

It's one of those parts of London where you wonder why people would ev...

It's one of those parts of London where you wonder why people would ever choose to live here. Sure, few people can afford to live in Knightsbridge but for any budget there must be better options than this.


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LenaZ42

(Reviewer)

Chiswick

Why does nobody mention Chiswick as a place to live? Why does nobody mention Chiswick as...

19/08/2023

Chiswick is a lovely place to live but yes it is very expensive, espec...

Chiswick is a lovely place to live but yes it is very expensive, especially given it is a little bit of a journey from central London. It's not miles away but it is zone 3. I probably also depends on the age of the people who you're talking to. I know people that live in Chiswick now that they're in their 40's but they certainly wouldn't have lived there in their 20's. Aside from the fact that they wouldn't have been able to afford it, it's not a happening or exciting part of town. Yes it's very nice but it might also feel pretty dull, depending on the stage of life you're at and what you're into. Picture wandering around pleasant parks and along the river, in amongst convoys of expensive prams. Enjoying a quiet pint of real ale in a lovely old pub. Perfect for some, but not everyone. Places like Shoreditch and Clapham are more central, more lively and serve a different, younger demographic. Although I wouldn't necessarily say either of these places are any cheaper. Try buying an actual house in any of these places. Very much out of reach for the majority of us.


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RML

Blackheath

Beautiful Blackheath Beautiful Blackheath

19/08/2023

Lovely spot near Greenwich Park! Transport pretty poor I think but the...

Lovely spot near Greenwich Park! Transport pretty poor I think but the kind of place where you enjoy where you live and probably don't venture into the city all that often.


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LenaZ42

(Reviewer)

Abbey Wood

There's no formerly about it! There's no formerly about it!

19/08/2023

Abbey Wood is still very much scabby wood! Still terrible.

Abbey Wood is still very much scabby wood! Still terrible.


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LenaZ42

(Reviewer)

Holland Park

Swanky Swanky

06/08/2023

undeniably very pretty but very toffee nosed too

undeniably very pretty but very toffee nosed too


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Tomb Raider

(Advanced Reviewer)

South Ruislip

Suburbia Suburbia

06/08/2023

The kind of place your nan lives in and one day so will you

The kind of place your nan lives in and one day so will you


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Tomb Raider

(Advanced Reviewer)

Chessington

A land of adventures A land of adventures

06/08/2023

haha absolutely not

haha absolutely not


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Tomb Raider

(Advanced Reviewer)

Tolworth

Pretty dire Pretty dire

06/08/2023

avoid the place if you can

avoid the place if you can


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Tomb Raider

(Advanced Reviewer)

Catford

A place without hope A place without hope

06/08/2023

and difficult to see how that could ever change

and difficult to see how that could ever change


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Tomb Raider

(Advanced Reviewer)

Carshalton

Actually rather nice Actually rather nice

06/08/2023

Despite being in Sutton.

Despite being in Sutton.


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Tomb Raider

(Advanced Reviewer)

Canonbury

Nice and posh Nice and posh

06/08/2023

it's a sought after area

it's a sought after area


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Tomb Raider

(Advanced Reviewer)

West Ham

Come on the hammers Come on the hammers

06/08/2023

forever blowing bubbles

forever blowing bubbles


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Tomb Raider

(Advanced Reviewer)

Canary Wharf

banker land banker land

06/08/2023

although they're starting to leave again, thankfully.

although they're starting to leave again, thankfully.


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Tomb Raider

(Advanced Reviewer)

Caledonian Road

Not Islington Not Islington

06/08/2023

If that's what you're hoping for

If that's what you're hoping for


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Tomb Raider

(Advanced Reviewer)

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Elephant & Castle

Best places for dinner in Elephant... Best places for dinner in Elephant and Castle

29/05/2022

Can anyone recommend some good restaurants in E&C? I've heard lot...

Can anyone recommend some good restaurants in E&C? I've heard lots of new places have opened


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Toucs

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Greenford

Good schools? Good schools?

21/05/2022

Growing up as a kid around the area 20 years ago I remember Green...

Growing up as a kid around the area 20 years ago I remember Greenfords schools having “bad reputations” ..I.e. cardinal wiseman.. does anyone know if this is still the case? I had heard there’s been a lot of investment in the area and in the schools in particular so it would be good to hear peoples views on it? Thanks


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Alexus83

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Camberwell

Transport options Transport options

30/04/2022

I've been looking at a flat to rent in Camberwell, which looks gr...

I've been looking at a flat to rent in Camberwell, which looks great for my budget. My concern is transport. Do locals use Oval tube station? How does it feel hiking up to that on a daily basis? What about Denmark Hill or Loughborough Junction?


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Wise Bob

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East Ham

Looking for authentic food Looking for authentic food

27/04/2022

I have been told there are great local restaurants in this area,...

I have been told there are great local restaurants in this area, does anyone have the local knowledge of the gems...in particular curry!?


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UncleJasper

(Reviewer)

Kensington

Has High Street Kensington lost its... Has High Street Kensington lost its appeal?

18/04/2022

Back in the 80s and 90s growing up as a kid in West London it was...

Back in the 80s and 90s growing up as a kid in West London it was always a treat venturing into High Street Kensington (HSK) with my parents (pretty sure I hold the record for consecutive trips to MacDonald's on HSK on a Saturday between 1987 and 1990!). There was something magical about the place, not as commercial as Oxford Street and not as pretentious as somewhere like Kings Road. You were in London but felt you could have been in Paris or Milan, it was an amazing place for people watching and had the benefit of having Hyde Park on its doorstep as well. In actual fact, a lot of Persians made Kensington their homes post the Revolution because High Street Kensington looked like and represented a sort of class and wealth they often associated with their home land before things went tits up. HSK had a mix of everything quintessential British mixed with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flare. It had the perfect blend. In it's heyday it was like London's Rodeo Drive. HSK had its own charm and unique quality. It also had the iconic Odeon Cinemas which were a symbol of HSK for many years. Unfortunately, these cinemas were turned into flats circa 5 years ago and you could argue that this is the moment it's star really started to fade. I am afraid to say, in my opinion, HSK seems to be somewhat of a 'has been' shopping spot and perhaps past its glory days. There are still numerous shops and restaurants along the street but the 'wow' factor of yesteryear has diminished. There are various reasons for this : 1) Pandemic, some shops have shut down simply because of a lack of footfall. 2) The rise of on-line shopping. The amazon's of this world have minimised the need to go out and buy from your local shop. 3) Competition. Westfield is just down the road and has everything HSK can offer but under one roof. Having said all that, it may never reach the heights of the 80s/90s but it is not all doom and gloom. There are a lot of fabulous side streets (one particular street hosted infamous after parties - think a modern Studio 54 on steroids) with unbelievable architecture from the days when England ruled the seas and the world. HSK also offers The New Design Museum which is one of the best museum shops in the UK. Close to Holland Park and Leighton House, and there is a tube station and frequent buses, so the area does still have a lot of plus points. Will it ever go back to its glory years? Probably not. Does it still stand tall against other London shopping High Streets and still worth visiting? Yes. It may not blow you away but it still has a lot to offer and the MacDonald's still stands. Who knows, one day someone could beat my record :-) What are your views on HSK? How does it compare to other notable London shopping High Street's?


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Gladiator

(Reviewer)

West Ealing

Does West Ealing have the best rest... Does West Ealing have the best restaurants in West London?

18/04/2022

West Ealing is really a melting point of people and cultures. A s...

West Ealing is really a melting point of people and cultures. A short walk on its high street and you are bound to come across dozens of different languages, dialects and people! West Ealing's rich multiculturalism is personified in its ridiculous choice of amazing restaurants! From Greek to Indian to Persian, it is all there! My favourite is probably the legendary Persian Palace. I would go as far as saying that pound for pound it is the best restaurant in West London. You really get the most buck for your bang! Quality food, big portions, great ambience and good service. Highly recommend. What is your favourite restaurant in West Ealing and any recommendations?


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Gladiator

(Reviewer)

Woolwich

Woolwich Arsenal is one of the most... Woolwich Arsenal is one of the most up and coming areas in London.

17/04/2022

This site describes Woolwich as being "scruffy and deprived". Whi...

This site describes Woolwich as being "scruffy and deprived". While that is certainly the case in some parts, it's also one of the most historic and beautiful parts of South London. The area was the former site of one of the biggest munitions factories in the UK and is home to to several cool pubs including the Dial Arch, The Guard House and the Taproom, part of the Hop Stuff Brewery, some excellent cafes and the popular Royal Arsenal Farmers' Market. Greenwich Council have also announced a £21 million investment to help deliver improvements throughout Woolwich. Plans also include a new Market Pavilion, restoring shop fronts, enhancements to the historic Royal Arsenal Gatehouse and space for events. They've also launched the popular PUNCHDRUNK theatre experience which is drawing many crowds to the area. With access into Central London via the Uberboat services, as well as the upcoming Crossrail, Woolwich Arsenal will become one of the most in demand areas to live over the next few years. I'd love other people thoughts and opinions of the area. I've lived here for four years and have only seen development. Many thanks, Peter Albert Numpty


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Peter Numpty

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Wimbledon

Does Wimbledon offer the best villa... Does Wimbledon offer the best village-style living in London?

17/04/2022

London has many beautiful and great places to live in. However, I...

London has many beautiful and great places to live in. However, I think Wimbledon is sometimes overlooked when having 'best place to live in London' discussions. The first thing that stands out about Wimbledon is it's village-style living. It offers a unique feel of almost living in the countryside yet being part of a world class city. In a post-pandemic world, many have wanted bigger space and to be closer to nature/wildlife, especially those with children. Wimbledon has all of that and more. A child-friendly atmosphere, living in Wimbledon you get the feeling of being part of a community where residents all know each other which is rare in London in 2022 where usually you have more chance of predicting the lottery than knowing the first names of your nearest 3 neighbours! Living in Wimbledon is good for the soul. You have easy access to various open spaces that provide the perfect backdrop for an afternoon stroll or the ideal place for a picnic with family and friends. You may think what makes village life in Wimbledon so appealing? Firstly, you cannot say the same about many London boroughs. Traditionally, as great as village life can be there are certain cases where it isn’t feasible; for example, when it comes to commuting, village’s often lack quick or easy travel connections. This is what makes village-style living in Wimbledon so appealing; having all of the aspects of ordinary village life right in the capital, ideal for those wanting easy access across London. In short, living in Wimbledon gives residents the opportunity to be able to escape/avoid London's hustle and bustle without worrying about the long commute. Therefore, you can even maintain your job as well as social life and transport links into the City without compromise! It’s not often that horse riding around Wimbledon Common, moments from your doorstep, can be found in London. It gives residents the best of both worlds with Wimbledon offering some of the best schools around, such as King’s College School, which was dubbed ‘100% excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Living in a community that has village-like qualities as well as excellent local schools can also contribute to people relocating. I highly recommend living in Wimbledon, one of the most underrated places in London. What are your thoughts about Wimbledon?


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Gladiator

(Reviewer)

East Dulwich

Best pub in East Dulwich? Best pub in East Dulwich?

13/04/2022

Which is the best pub in East Dulwich? I'm looking to spend a qu...

Which is the best pub in East Dulwich? I'm looking to spend a quality afternoon in a classic handsome old boozer. I'd like to enjoy some top cask ales. Not so concerned re food. Thank you!


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E.T.

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Richmond

Flight noise pollution a problem in... Flight noise pollution a problem in Richmond?

13/04/2022

Hi everyone, do any locals have any thoughts on the above? I've r...

Hi everyone, do any locals have any thoughts on the above? I've read this is one of the major drawbacks of living in Richmond and that it can be quite bad in parts. I have always imagined my dream house being in Richmond but not sure it's worth the money if it really is as bad as they say it is. Of course the estate agents tell you it's not that bad but it would be good to hear from locals... Thanks


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Acton

What's Acton like? What's Acton like?

12/04/2022

Is it a nice place to live?

Is it a nice place to live?


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Croydon

Is Croydon as bad as its rep? Is Croydon as bad as its rep?

05/04/2022

Croydon seems to have a terrible reputation. Is it as bad as eve...

Croydon seems to have a terrible reputation. Is it as bad as everyone says it is?


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Is Richmond Park the best park in L... Is Richmond Park the best park in London?

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Safe area? Safe area?

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Anyone know when the new Picture house cinema is opening? It’s be...

Anyone know when the new Picture house cinema is opening? It’s been under construction for the last 10 years!?


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