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1. Posted by Steve Jone (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

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First i want to say hello to everybody here, ate the forum.
I've always loved England an specially London, and it all started by it's music...
Can anyone tell me where to find goo info on good places to live near London, in the countryside.
Thank you very much in advance!

Steve

2. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Long or short term accom?

3. Posted by Carly Ann (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Hi, Steve. I have been to London twice and have found the London Guide very helpful for me. I just want to share this with you, as it may be able to help you, too. It contains lots of info on places, transportation, accommodation, etc.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 18, 2008, at 10:32 PM by Carly Ann ]

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Well, I don't live in London, but having visited four times in the past year, I'd have to say that you would do yourself a favor trying to find a place either south of London or (my preference) north or northwest of London. Getting into town from the east takes forever (and has to be the easiest way to get lost I'v ever seen)--and if you live on the west side in the country you will get to fight all the traffic that goes to/from Heathrow on a daily basis (just plan on 2 hours to get from Heathrow to midtown London using surface streets).

I think the areas north of town are still fairly convenient to get from/to, pass through nice parts of London town enroute, and are not the tourist havens that you find in the west near Kensington, Chelsea, and Notting Hill. The east side is the worst side of London, and has some of the most rambling and confusing streets routes--with the majority of any of the good routes being totally overrun by buses taking people to/from places that they couldn't normally find it they had to do so by themselves. Also, it has much worse rail/underground connection services in my view.

Good luck with your decision on where to live.

5. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 8y

I live 40 minutes from London and I work there.

For where to live - as said - it depends as to whether its long term or short term. Getting to London from the south is by far the easiest, I'm from Horsham, a largish historically interesting town with trains that depart every 40 minutes, fast ones take 40 minutes, slow ones - just over an hour.

The south also services the best stations in London (not only for attractiveness but convenience), London Victoria has direct links to everywhere you want to visit in London, and London Bridge is about as central as you get.

The London Underground is efficient - trains do leave regularly and they are pretty quick. At busy times (most of the time) its uncomfortable, hot and sweaty and noisy but you're rarely on it for that long as a tourist. There are issues late at night, I was at a gig recently in London and ended up having to walk about three miles at 2:00am through Soho because the line I needed to travel on was undergoing engineering works...which to be honest never seem to finish!

As for driving in London - don't...its hell...and the M25 during rush hour is the worlds biggest car park.

Outside the M25 there are plenty of countryside villages and towns which offer the convenience of being close to the city yet you don't feel crowded by it.