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  • Prospect in CorpDev
Oct 8, 2021 - 6:45am

What are you looking for?

Shoreditch and Hackney are really cool areas - fit girls, fun things to do (trendy bars, shopping etc). Not lowkey areas at all anymore but still great to live in - filled with creatives.

Angel is nice. Close proximity to the city and Shoreditch/Hackney.

West London - look at Mayfair, Marylebone, broader South Kensington area. More expensive. Lots of nice restaurants, area looks aesthetic. Traditional richer areas of London.

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Oct 8, 2021 - 8:19am

Angel, a nice place? Only good thing is that you can walk to Islington + can just about walk to the City. Otherwise it's just one big traffic jam.

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  • Prospect in CorpDev
Oct 8, 2021 - 8:21am

Some areas of Angel are shit but there's great proximity to the northern line and housing is affordable. Most areas will have some shitholes bar certain areas of west

Oct 8, 2021 - 8:32am
  • To walk to work: either in the City itself or just across the river in Shad Thames (stay with the buildings along the Thames path, otherwise it gets a bit rough)
  • For prestige and probably where other juniors will live: As other poster above; Mayfair, South Ken, Chelsea, Marylebone
  • If you want to be away from all the craziness and near lots of green space: Hampstead, St John's Wood, Richmond (but only if you're part time WFH as will take ages to commute in)
  • If you want cheap and fairly near to City: Hackney or Whitechapel (but v rough, am a girl and feel a bit uncomfortable there)
  • Avoid at all costs: Canary Wharf and surrounding area (eg. Shadwell), Brixton, places on the DLR or overground but no tube, Bloomsbury (idk why it's so expensive, it's absolutely horrible)
  • For making friends: idk lol, but feel free to PM if you wanna meet up
  • Analyst 1 in ER
Oct 8, 2021 - 9:48am

South of CW (Isle of Dogs) is actually decent these days but can feel a little soulless.

The area between London Bridge and Waterloo can also be nice.

Oct 14, 2021 - 11:32am

Canary Wharf is actually pretty good value for the money, if you stay within 10-15 minute walk to the station (Blackwall, South Quay). You get a brand new flat with massive gym, pool, cinema, etc. all for ~70% of the price of a shitty, small and old flat in West London. 

Oct 8, 2021 - 9:31am

Will add East London. Going eastwards:

West Ham to about Barking and Dagenham (this includes areas like East Ham and Upney) - busy sh1tholes, good transport links and buses tho, houses fairly cheaper considering its a London borough. These are zone 4/5 on the tube so not terrible transport costs. Always a good social buzz tho depending on the area + transport links mean you can get anywhere (including night buses)

Elm Park to Upminster (this includes areas like Hornchurch and Gidea Park) - quieter and generally nicer areas, housing ofc more expensive but transport links not as good as the areas in the para above (fewer buses generally). Zone 6 now so a little more expensive too. Close enough to the world renowned sh1thole called Romford - which does have good nightlife and tfl rail straight into Liverpool street and London.

Feel free to PM if you're looking to meet and get familiar with the area, happy to help!

  • Associate 1 in IB-M&A
Oct 9, 2021 - 7:44pm

No idea how senior you are or how much you're willing to spend on rent but would generally recommend West London (South Kensington, Gloucester Road, Chelsea, Belgravia) if you want a nice fancy place). See a lot of younger folks living in new developments in areas like Elephant and Castle, Nine Elms, Battersea. Islington or Angel is also not bad though slightly edgier. Shoreditch, Hackney feel too grimey for me so would avoid that. Look at google maps and draw a rectangle with your four corner points being Notting Hill (North West), Battersea (South West), Islington (North East), Bermondsey (South East). I would stay within this box..

  • Associate 1 in IB-M&A
Oct 9, 2021 - 10:53pm

Pretty surprised with the amt of ppl saying PM if you wna meet up. Can be tough in a new city or just lonely in general if you're always working so that's encouraging. Maybe one day there should be a London WSO meet up (if it isn't awkward af..)

Funniest
Oct 10, 2021 - 8:21am

its because its a female. these cucks sniffed out the first bit of punani they've had the opportunity to interact with in years and jumped at the chance to meet IRL.

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Oct 10, 2021 - 8:31am

depends how much you make and what % of your take home you're willing to spend. and what quality of place you're looking for.

I was in hackney yesterday and theres just too much pollution from traffic.  nice places near there like broadway market. I was looking at a house near Hackney a few months ago but opted for a larger property a bit further out, somewhere much quieter - I've lived in busy parts of town and its just a nightmare if you have to commute. 

most professionals in the city live in borough in my experience. 

tbf there are some pretty good prices there at the moment probably due to covid- https://www.zoopla.co.uk/to-rent/property/borough-the/#listing_59920308

you'd be looking at about £2k a month for a decent 1 bed there which should be 30-40% of your basic take home at your level? you'd walk over the bridge to get in to the city

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Oct 10, 2021 - 1:50pm

an easy way to make friends would be to get a room in a house share (look on spare room.com), if you look near the city youll find houses with people in similar fields to share with - law, medicine, sales etc. in zone 1-2 you'd be looking at around £1k - 1.5k for a room share and bills of £100-200.

  • 1
Oct 10, 2021 - 9:22pm

Clapham was always popular with younger professionals however the Northern Line can get proper packed during the morning rush. My favorite place to live was in Maida Vale, Bakerloo line is OK in the morning since it starts at Queens Park and easy switch to either central or district/ circle line depending on where in the City the office is.

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