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21 Jul 2022

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Jubilee street parties!

Good article about London street parties! https://www.cntraveller.com/gallery/street-parties-uk-jubilee

Is there anything else fun happening for the Jubilee?

29 May 2022

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Best places for dinner in Elephant and Castle

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

29 May 2022

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Good schools?

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

21 May 2022

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Transport options

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?

30 Apr 2022

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Looking for authentic food

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

27 Apr 2022

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Has High Street Kensington lost its appeal?

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?

18 Apr 2022

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Does West Ealing have the best restaurants in West London?

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?

18 Apr 2022

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

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

17 Apr 2022

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

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?

17 Apr 2022

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Best pub in East Dulwich?

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!

13 Apr 2022

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Flight noise pollution a problem in Richmond?

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

13 Apr 2022

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