London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. It’s the biggest city in the UK with the most impressive theatres, museums, restaurants and clubs the country has to offer. It has the cultural and sporting legacy of a recent Olympic Games, the ‘mother of Parliaments’ and a world-famous skyline that includes ancient architecture and bold new skyscrapers.
It’s also expensive, crowded, expensive, stressful and expensive. Visiting as a tourist is a very different experience to living there, just as rising at eleven and choosing which park, museum or other sight you’re going to see is very different from rushing out of the house fifteen minutes late to cram onto a sweaty, overcrowded tube train to the office.
Today we’re looking at some of the best times for Londoners as well as ways to make the worst a little better.
Summer is definitely a good time in London. Even if it means hotter journeys to work, and days spent gazing out of the window at sunshine you’re not allowed to go out in, when you do get outside the city is built for sunshine.
London is nearly 50% green space! Wherever you live there’s a nearby park you can get out to, and that makes it easy to enjoy the sunshine. Even if you’re rented flat doesn’t have a garden, it’s not an issue to get together with some friends outdoors and even enjoy traditional summer game of using a disposable barbecue to burn the outside of a sausage black while the inside remains innocent of any cooking whatsoever.
London comes to life in an entirely different way on summer days, with crowds spilling out from pubs, parks filling with people and that rarest of all London sights, smiles flitting across faces.
Sadly, moving house is something most Londoners have to get used to. With the price of property outstripping wages for the past several decades, few can muster the savings necessary to afford a mortgage on even a small home.
This means moving as your needs and budget change, the victim of landlord’s rent rises and or properties being sold out from under you. Fortunately if you’re looking for cheap storage London has you covered, so if you need to move at short notice you can put your bulky possessions into storage and sofa surf with obliging friends until you find a home you can commit to again.