London - is it worth moving right now?

Have been considering a move to London (wanted to go pre-COVID) and still think I would like to.... I've heard mixed things around the current situation re lockdown. Some people say it is opening back up and won't be long before things are close to normal, other's say it is miserable and will take awhile.

For those living there at the moment - what is the current situation like? Are you happy? Is it a fun place to be? Are you working from home? Also, do you think you will stay given Brexit, or are there other areas of Europe you are considering? 

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Jun 4, 2021 - 3:36pm

I'm in London and am not having a good time.

Things are open, but so many places closed permanently during lockdown that it still feels empty. Theatres are mainly still shut, and tight controls on galleries etc. Loads of my friends have left.

The weather's been nice this week but has been awful up to now (and normally is). Even when it's good there's nowhere much to go (there's only so many times you can sit in St James's park).

The government's corrupt and incompetent and we're about to have another wave of (vaccine resistant) covid.

Am going to Europe for the summer thank god and would stay there if it wasn't for my job. The UK's crazy quarantine rules mean you can't just go over for a week or weekend anymore so you really have to pick a side.

Edit: forgot to say am WFH thank god I hate our offices

Jun 6, 2021 - 1:21pm

basquiatbitch

I'm in London and am not having a good time.

Things are open, but so many places closed permanently during lockdown that it still feels empty. Theatres are mainly still shut, and tight controls on galleries etc. Loads of my friends have left.

The weather's been nice this week but has been awful up to now (and normally is). Even when it's good there's nowhere much to go (there's only so many times you can sit in St James's park).

The government's corrupt and incompetent and we're about to have another wave of (vaccine resistant) covid.

Am going to Europe for the summer thank god and would stay there if it wasn't for my job. The UK's crazy quarantine rules mean you can't just go over for a week or weekend anymore so you really have to pick a side.

Edit: forgot to say am WFH thank god I hate our offices

Mate, just saying, everywhere in continental Europe the vaccination rate is far worse and countries like Italy are a desert.

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Jun 6, 2021 - 3:28pm

what makes you think the government is corrupt and incompetent relative to other countries

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Jun 4, 2021 - 6:33pm

I hate it here, but I moved from the south in the states so it's understandable because of COVID+huge culture shift. It's a great city, but not for me personally and I'm trying to move out to pretty much anywhere else as soon as I can. 

Jun 5, 2021 - 7:50am

I think I used the language a little loosely tbh. Nothing specifically wrong with British culture, it's just the way I'd be used to hanging out and enjoying myself doesn't align well with living in the UK. The people around me just like different foods, sports etc. and have a very different way of trying to enjoy themselves as far as nights out. I find myself with a few acquaintances at work who I haven't been able to connect with, and the community around me isn't as open and welcoming as other places I've stayed in.

Jun 5, 2021 - 7:51am

IMO London is the best place in Europe to work in finance hands down and I would say globally would be top 3. This is IF you like living in a metropolitan city (this being the major point).

The UK govt has been cautious with its re-opening but theres a reason the UK are arguably in a better spot now moving forward than most others in EU (and arguably globally). I love to travel and wish I could, but would personally prefer having a 99% fully open economy and social scene at the price of restricted travel for another year or so.

The main downside to London is the COL, there is no escaping that. But there's also good reasons many people are still very reluctant to move to elsewhere in Europe post Brexit IMO. The art, food, culture is great. Music, clubbing and bar scenes are also pretty good. I wouldnt say they are the best respectively, but would be near top in all categories so score well overall.

In the end it will be same old London, but with changes. For instance post Brexit many of my US/Indian colleagues and friends find it easier to switch jobs at the cost of EU friends. it will still take another few months as many companies are introducing return to office over summer, but I personally think that means now is a great time to move and settle in before the main hustle returns

I would caution though I am biased as a life-long Londoner 

Jun 5, 2021 - 8:28pm

tunza123-.

IMO London is the best place in Europe to work in finance hands down and I would say globally would be top 3

Assuming you're including NYC in top 3, where would be your third?

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Jun 5, 2021 - 8:58am

I don't know why the 2 first posters are so upset, having a pretty great since gradual reopening. January - March sucked though (would basically go days without leaving apartment).  

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Jun 5, 2021 - 6:43pm

I don't get where the first poster got this idea of another lockdown... from what I've seen, there already was a day with 0 covid death thanks to the vaccination programme and Boris said things will be back to normal on 21 June with no signs to the contrary 

Please stop being paranoid. Lockdown sucked obviously but I'm definitely enjoying life now. Places are open, parties are back and there are plenty of things to do unless you have no friends

Jun 6, 2021 - 6:45pm

Because 3 of my immediate family members are doctors at London hospitals - 2 in intensive care units - and they're almost completely full of covid patients. The vaccines have limited effectiveness against the delta variant, particularly if you've only had a single shot.

Jun 6, 2021 - 10:56am

British chicks are a different breed man. You can also meet European chicks too. Huge +++. But lifestyle wise rn, not too good. And British people tend to be a bit overboard with "I aM pOsH". The accent is hard on my ear. London people talk realllyyyy fast.

Jun 6, 2021 - 1:33pm

British chicks are shit tier in Europe. By far

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Jun 6, 2021 - 1:35pm

And if we really want to be honest about London, it's starting to suffer from the same issues as NYC, San Fran because of liberal fucktards. Inflated housing costs, rampant crime, woke stupidity. The police spends more time harassing people for mean tweets or facebook posts than arresting rapists and stabbers.

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