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1. Posted by kitten (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y

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I am new to this site, but want to ask if anyone can give us any information on good family oriented areas of London. We are with the US military and will be moving to London in April of next year. I have one child who will be almost 2 when we move there. We are currently living in Japan, but are transferring soon, I just want to find out what I can before our orders are set in stone. Thanks so much.

2. Posted by shopgirl (Full Member 136 posts) 12y

Welcome Kitten!!!!

Not an easy question to answer, because like most things, it depends on
budget and preferences, but presumably the navy will be paying for all this! I live in W london, in Chiswick which is a really lovely, green, peaceful and relatively crime free area of town. There are some really good schools in this cachetment area, both nursury and primary. V good selection of health clubs and the high street is an eclectic mixture of old and new with loads of pavement cafes to sit out in and enjoy our lovely weather. Littered with really good restaurants too to suit all pockets. Kew gardens is just down the road, as is Sion park and Richmond and Kingston shopping centres are but a stone's throw away. I've been here 17 years and wouln't want to live anywhere else! I'm sure lots of people will be sending you the lowdown on other parts but if you want to know an answer to a specific question about my area, please ask! good luck with the move and keep me posted.

3. Posted by kitten (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y

Thanks so much for giving me the lowdown on Chiswick. The area sounds really lovely. There were a couple of areas I wanted to ask you about since you have lived there so long. Do you know much about Paddington and Kings Cross? We are trying to find an area relatively close to the tube, no matter where. Just looking for something safe for a family, we have a 10 month old son, and in a couple of years are planning our second. We are not planning on getting a car while we are there, so that is why we want to be near the tube or a bus. Any hospitals nearby where you live? Thanks for your help. !!!

4. Posted by shopgirl (Full Member 136 posts) 12y

Don't touch those areas! Kings cross especially as it is still a bit of a red light/drugsarea and no go! I don't like paddington - very built up but to be fair I've never lived there and have no friends there but have worked around it and such like. Chiswick is on the District line tube and has 3 stops in the high street and is well served by buses. I live down by the river and it only takes me 12 mins to walk to high street, hop on bus/tube and get to work within 25mins. Getting into town can take up to an hour if there are delays but that would happen anywhere! There are 3 main hospitals very close by and all extremely good with easy access. You also have easy access to Heathrow and M4 to west country if you want to get away for the weekends! There is an excellent heath centre here with dentists too. Mine is a real sweetie! Some lovely kids shops too for really nice clothing. When you come over to the UK I would be delighted to show you around if you like

5. Posted by kitten (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y

I would love that so much if you could stand to show me around. I will have nothing but time when I first get there as I will have to find child care and work, and my husband will start work almost as soon as we arrive. Thanks for the warning about Kings Cross, trying to find all of the info about these areas online about these areas is so much more difficult than one would imagine. It will be awhile until we get there, about a year from now actually, but hopefully we can keep in touch, you can keep warning me off areas like that. And if you are ever in my neighborhood, currently Yokosuka, Japan, I will be more than happy to take you around, although I don't see its charms like many people do. Some of the sights around are so beautiful, we are going to hike Mt. Fuji here in July, the cherry blossoms in March and April. Lots of great shopping about an hour north of here in Ginza, I am told it is about the equivolent of New York's fifth avenue, but I have not been to fifth ave, and only to ginza for work.

6. Posted by shopgirl (Full Member 136 posts) 12y

Childcare in chiswick is not a problem. it's a very affluent area and there of lots of mums who 'do lunch' and some of them work too! In fact, one of my neighbours is a child minder/nanny and she is lovely. Of course I will take you around - you just have to let me know nearer the time and I will show you not only Chiswick but other areas too if you like. You will love London - I do, and could not think of ever really leaving it because it gets into your blood and there is just so much to see and do and I never get bored with it. I know it can be a bit touristy like most places, but you learn to avoid those. The river is absolutely lovely near me and I often go with friends for Sunday lunch there and they all welcome children.. I don't have them but some of my friends do.

7. Posted by shopgirl (Full Member 136 posts) 12y

Morning kitten

How are you getting on with your search?

keep me posted!:)

8. Posted by Nannie (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y


I can understand how you feel :) Maybe, we will move to London too and it is a bit scary. We are from Montreal (canada). Here, appartments are very cheap. For 5 rooms (kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms and home offfice) we pay lest then 250 pounds/month. We know that we could not have the same price in London. We were thinking about SW area (Wimbeldon, Morden, Chatham...)...Maybe shopgirl could tell me if I am right???

Have a nice day!

9. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

Hi Nannie,

I'll be moving to London, UK somewhere next year end of March as a Working Holidaymakers.
I've this nervous feeling too.
I come across this link "Most affordable city in UK???":

I hope it'll give you some picture there in UK.

Nick ;)

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

Kitten - some good places are Barons Court, Hammersmith, Fulham, Parsons Green, Putney, Highgate, Maida Vale.

Steer clear of Kings Cross, Paddington, Brixton and Hackeny. I'm not saying that these places don't have their appealing aspects, but are probably not suitable for what you are loking for.