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Dodgy suburbs...??

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Dodgy suburbs...??

Can anyone tell me what suburbs to avoid in London? We're moving there for a few months in April, and the things that we've read tend to only point out the good aspects.....

We need to organise a place to live fairly soon, and I think it's easier to know what to avoid, rather than what's good!

Haven't been to London before, so any advice would be most welcome!!

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1. Re: Dodgy suburbs...??

It's rather subjective. You might not be keen on bits of Finsbury Park, Hackney or the Elephant & Castle, but they're not suburbs, just bits of London. Someone else might hate Leyton or Kilburn, but neither are beyond the pale.

Have you looked at any flats or houses yet? If so, what areas are they in (or what are the post codes)?

What's your budget going to be - knowing that can help us suggest places that might be suitable.

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2. Re: Dodgy suburbs...??

If you're coming here for work, another thing which might influence where you stay would be where you'll be working.

A lot of people who work in London commute in from the neighbouring counties. NE Surrey is popular with expats, there are serveral American schools in the area.

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3. Re: Dodgy suburbs...??

To save expenditure of precious time & money spent commuting, it is worth setting up a set of priorities so that you pick the right area for your needs.

So consider,

Where will your work be based ?

Do you require school for children ?

If so, I assume this has been sorted out.

Do you want to live in American community or mingle in ?

Are you used to a diverse urban community or do you want something more suburban ?

Do you want city living, rural commute or suburban commuterville ?

Are you used to a regular daily rail commute ?

Do you expect to drive to work ?

What is your budget ?

Do you have friends/relatives here to locate close to ?

...& so on.

It may be that your stay will be too short to consider a standard let, & you may therefore need to consider a 'short let' - may be more expensive per week but comes without the contractural baggage & higher standard of accomodation. For sample, check out Foxton's (yes, I know they are £££ but the specialise in short lets).


As you can see, the Let option displays maps for London & Surrey. So I expect they will be familiar with your requirements.

Beware agencies (does not include Foxtons)who take large amount of money off you for introductions - expect to pay a refundable deposit & a month's rent in a advance. Reputable agencies charge the owners a commission.

Post back with some more information, & I'm sure TALF can offer some suggestions about locales.

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4. Re: Dodgy suburbs...??

You might not want to rent what we call council or ex-council accommodation. Other names we have for these places are Housing Estates and Tower Blocks.

They are found in every London Borough.

Nice suburbs in London are Greenwich (close to the Historic Centre), Blackheath, Wanstead, Hampstead, South Ealing, Ealing Broadway. If you like brand new apartments with a view of the Thames or a Marina, then Isle of Dogs and Limehouse would be good areas to have a look.

No single area is crime free though, bad things can happen in very elegant neighbourhoods as well. For example a rich city financier was brutally murdered in Chelsea a few months ago.

You will be able to find crime statistics for each London Borough in the metropolitan police website. You will need to know the name of the borough for your suburb though. For example Wanstead is in Redbridge. You can also select by category. For example robbery person, burglary residential etc http://www.met.police.uk/

Some estate agents websites to give you an idea of what rent you might need to pay.