London - where to live?

Starting FT at a BB in Canary Wharf. What are the best places to live at that are not CW itself (heard it's quite boring to live there). Should still be reasonably close though.

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Feb 19, 2021 - 7:49am

Live in CW, work in the City - it's not as bad to live in as you think. Really nice, practically brand new flats that are pretty affordable to rent on an IB salary (especially at the moment), more to do in terms of shopping, restaurants etc and pretty well connected to central London with the jubilee line and dlr. Will say if you're working in CW it may feel a bit like you never leave the office however. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Feb 19, 2021 - 7:55am

Do not live in CW. It's boring. 

would consider Bermondsey and London Bridge given Jubilee line and nice location

Feb 19, 2021 - 7:57am

Used to live in E14 - I would say don't do it if you want any form of social life. there isn't much going on there, and the other neighborhoods aren't great (tower hamlets, anyone?).

Only live there if you want to be in walking distance to the office, and if you really want to see your office day and night.

Otherwise there are decent places in London where you can estimate good commute times.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Feb 19, 2021 - 8:35am

You could live around Hyde / Green Park or north of Mayfair, tbh with current rent levels Soho could be an option too. Or anywhere central like Bermondsey/London bridge. 

If that's your thing maybe also Notting Hill, kensington etc

Feb 19, 2021 - 4:46pm

I live near Westferry station and really like it. Short walk into CW (few bars, supermarkets, restaurants) and also easy to get into the city. Definitely don't live in Clapham area because the northern line is awful in the morning. Wouldn't recommend heading too far north of the DLR line from Limehouse/Westferry. South of CW is incredibly boring/residential.

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - FI
Feb 19, 2021 - 7:14pm

Make sure it's above the Thames - South London is not an option.

Westminster and Barbican could also be good options.

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - FI
Feb 20, 2021 - 10:36am

Just some casual north/south banter. Nothing wrong with south London, although the north part tends to be a bit nicer.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Feb 21, 2021 - 8:28am

Including council tax and charges, Internet etc., probably 1,000 - 1,200 p.p. on average for a 3-people flatshare. Less than 1,000 all included you would either have to be very lucky or compromise on space or area

Might be a bit lower now though 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Feb 22, 2021 - 6:37pm

Hmm it's probably not the most lively area (compared to the following places), but rather a nice and quiet area surrounded by all the main London sites (the city, shoreditch, Islington, Covent, etc.). There's Barbican center too which is nice for art. 

Feb 22, 2021 - 6:36pm

Lively music scene, bars, pubs and restaurants if some places a bit try hard with a mixed crowd of 20s and 30s: Shoreditch and Hoxton. Good time commute with the overground (air conditioned as a bonus) and change at Canada Water.

Good pubs and restaurants, more of an older crowd, possibly walking to work in the summer, more family vibe: Bermondsey / London Bridge / Borough

Soulless, chain restaurants, shopping centres, no vibe, easy commute, cheaper and modern apartments: Stratford / Canary Wharf

Grad central so super young crowd, posh hotties and rugby boys everywhere, great nightlife, basically student town for professionals, long commute on the disgusting northern line: Clapham / Balham

Like Clapham but more vibey, less twats, better music scene: Brixton.

If you don't like any of the nightlife etc Wapping is really nice and probably walking distance but not much going on.

Edit: why the fuck does the formatting on the app suck so much

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Feb 26, 2021 - 12:44pm

Slightly related, do you have any good (preferably healthy) food delivery recommendations? In London

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