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Marylebone

06/06/2022
Appealing and enjoyable

Marylebone, centered around "Marylebone Village", is a central London area popular amongst tourists from overseas and also Londone...

Marylebone, centered around "Marylebone Village", is a central London area popular amongst tourists from overseas and also Londoners out to enjoy an evening out or a Saturday of shopping. Tourists visit for attractions such as Madame Tussauds and the Wallace Collection. Believe it or not you'll also sometimes see people queueing outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum (he lived on Baker Street...). Well worth wandering up that way for a pint at the Volunteer pub ( www.thevolunteernw1.co.uk ). Marylebone is an area that's easy to get to with a selection of tube stations located in and around and also Marylebone Train station, which is served by Chiltern trains from North-West London and Buckinghamshire. Despite it being touristy, there are some other decent pubs to be enjoyed such as the Prince Regent on Marylebone High Street or the Kings Head on Westmoreland Street which can actually feel nice and quiet and out of the way. Yes, it's upmarket central London and a pint, or a meal, will cost you a bit. I imagine living there wouldn't be cheap, in fact it's probably out of the question for the vast majority of us. Even studio flats here go for £600k+ and if you fancy one of those pretty houses on somewhere like Devonshire Mews then you'd likely have to come up with a few million. Being so central it's pretty built up and some might find it a bit claustrophobic. It's not the greenest of areas in itself but it is right by Regent's Park, which is pretty wonderful, with it's wide open spaces, boating lake and the beautiful inner circle with the amazing Regent's Park open are theatre. Some people are suprised to discover that the area actually has a pretty high crime rate. In fact for 2021 Westminser borough had the highest number of recorded crimes of any London borough, by quite some margin. If you're interested, stats from the Met Police can be viewed here ( www.police.uk/pu/your-area/metropolitan-police-service/performance/compare-your-area ). You can see that, almost regardless of the type of crime, Westminster had the highest number recorded of any borough. This is true despite Westminster being a smaller area and having a smaller population than most other London boroughs. Marylebone might not be the main hotspot within Westminster for crime - you're looking at Oxford Circus, Soho, Piccadilly - but it does seem to have it's share, at least according to the stats on police recorded crimes. It's funny though, I can't say I've ever felt unsafe walking around the area, even late at night. There are other areas of London, not to name names, where I wouldn't be able to say the same. The starkest figures for Westminster, relative to other boroughs, seem to be for "Theft from the person", which is perhaps plausible. If someone is to be pickpocketed, is it most likely to be in central London shopping areas? Probably. But Westminster is also far worse than elsewhere for robbery, which I can't say I would have guessed at. I wonder whether it's more likely to be reported by tourists who can make a claim on their travel insurance, whereas perhaps Londoners in more residential locations just don't bother.


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Ealing

17/04/2022
Ealing - to escape the mayhem of East/Central London

If East London is for your 20's then Ealing is for your 30's and beyond. Ealing may never be as fashionable as a Dalston or Shordi...

If East London is for your 20's then Ealing is for your 30's and beyond. Ealing may never be as fashionable as a Dalston or Shorditch, however, it is a place where you can still have the hustle and bustle of London but with a slightly slower pace of life but more importantly a quality of life. Ealing has a real community feel. Whilst there are some areas in Ealing that you can argue are better than others, overall it is a fantastic place to live. Ealing may never win an award for being 'cool' or 'edgy' but it is comfortable and offers a good quality of life. From fantastic restaurants, great schools, to World Class parks and soon Cross-Rail, Ealing is a place where you can establish roots. It has everything for everyone without being pretentious or try hard like some of its inner-city counters parts. The great transportation links (central, district, over ground links and soon cross-rail) means it is close enough to Central London to get to but also a bit further away from all the noise. You can tell how good a town is by the sheer volume of investment in it. Moreover, the recent additions of Dickens Yard and Filmworks complexes in Ealing have further enhanced the town. With a cinema soon on its way, Ealing will rival a lot of London cities as best place to live.


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Gladiator

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