Hi there - I stumbled across this forum while searching for help and tips on moving to London. I have just returned from 9 months of travel around Australasia. Before that I was in Oxford finishing my PhD. I have recently been offered a postdoctoral position at the Hammersmith Hospital in London and my only reservation about accepting it is the location i.e. next to Wormwood Scrubs! I generally like to live within walking/cycling distance (2-3 miles) of my work place and would appreciate any advice on reasonaby priced (if there is such a thing in London - science isn't the most well paid job!) and 'decent' areas - meaning quiet, green, and clean - in the vicinity. I don't get the greatest vibe from Acton itself, where the hospital is, but I hear Hammersmith and Ealing are quite nice.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Basically I think you've hit the nail on the head. Ealing and Hammersmith are the best places you could go for. You could also look at Twickenham, a little further away but reasonably priced.
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Hammersmith Hospitals are a group of four hospitals, Charing Cross is the one with the Med School, will you be there?
Check with the Hospital Admin. they will have accommodation links for the students, and there is a new intake in September.
When you arrive, visit the areas near where you will be working, one street can be so different from the next, visit the local pubs and quietly listen to the locals, ask a few questions, get their advice, local knowledge is wonderful.
Walk the streets; view the area before you commit yourself.
Have a walk round Wormwood Scrubs just to see the area; there is much more that a prison there, then walk on to where you want to be!!!
Get back to me if you want any more help - I will do what I can.
My wife used to work at Charing Cross hospital, and we lived in Barons Court.
Other areas that you might consider would be Hammermsith (there are very expensive and not so expensive parts), and a small suburb called Brook Green, which is sort of located between Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush. Brook Green is located on the north side of Talgarth Road / Cromwell Road.
Also consider West Kensington, particularly the streets between West Ken and Barons Court tube.
One other thing, the bus station above Hammersith Tube station is fantastic - buses go everyhwere from there.