Living in London
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Obtaining a ten year visa and having the opportunity of living within such a wonderful city, i had finally made the decision not to live in 'aussie infested suburb of london' such as ACTON TOWN, SHEPPARDS BUSH, CLAPHAM, and many others that are prone to inhabit antiopeans (as australians and kiwis are known) as well as south africans. Taking the train from bristol i ended up meet with my new housemates in the north london suburb on 'islington and then on to 'archway'.
London city centre isn't that big but london itself is sprawled out over many kms. From the most northern point of london near muswell hill to the very south down near vauxhul its sheer amont of small cobbled streets, highways, historic attractions, free house pubs, museums, wine bars, double decker buses, huge department stores, parks, heaths, gardens, festivals, clubs and live entertainment is very impressive.
No matter what people tell you, london is indeed an expensive place to live. Expect to pay on average around 450-500 ( POUNDS per person)a month on rent alone. Whatever you do don't expect a palace! Sometime bills will be included in the rent but on most occassions this will be an extra cost. Also most places expect a months rent up front has well as two weeks as a deposit which is refundable once you leave. Accommodation is usually in a shared house from anywhere up to about ten people. Most of london have terrace housing and if your neighbours are loud then expect to hear everything as the walls are thin. A cheaper option is to share a room this usually costs about 50 pounds a week...don't expect to have a double or queen bed for this price and don't expect it to be a larger room then if it were a room for one.
there is an abundant of free activities and festivals throughout summer. Also a variety of festivals in and around london itself like : lovebox, Tinthepark, reading festival, glastonbury, Befestival, the big chill, latitude festival, field day, global gathering, get loaded, as well as art festivals, street parties, and food fiestas.
A few attractions that i can think of are: the london eye, tower bridge, london vaults, ripleys believe it or not, kew gardens, greenwich, camden town, borough markets, portobello road markets, london zoo, tate modern museum, design museum, aspley house, arsenal stadium tour, big bus tours, jack the ripper walking tours, funland for kids, london dungeon tours (book in advance or wait for a couple of hours), madame tassauds and many many many more.
Transportation is mostly hassle free. A top up card can be purchased from most newsagents using a swipe system for all tubes, buses and DRl rail usage. Its called an 'oyster card'. whatever you do don't throw this away it can be reused. All oyster cards can be topped up manually at any station using a cashier or a machine. Be sure you have enough credit as you may find yourself paying for the entire fair and paying a penality.
BUY THE BIBLE....a small detailed book of london called 'A-Z london'..this is a heaven sent!!! For all the times id gotten lost, it's a really big helper.
well i could possibly go on and on about london for about twenty pages but im going to wrap it up here.
be sure to do some research before you head off and check out hostels before you book a room. don't convert to what your actually spending it leaves you not enjoying yourself...get out there and discover what this city can OFFER YOU!!!