House-Hunting in London Part 1 – Finding a Suitable Hotel or B&B
Although the rise in popularity of commuter towns has seen people leave London recently, it’s still a city which draws a lot of interest. It’s true that more people left the capital than became residents last year. However, there was still over two-hundred thousand people that choose to make London their new home. London is a city that marches to the beat of its own drum and is brimming with history, culture, global cuisine and things to do.
Regardless of where you plan on moving to, it’s essential that you visit the area a few times if you’re unfamiliar with it. And for any prospective new Londoners, you’ll have no problem finding somewhere to stay. There are thousands of hotels and B&Bs to suit every budget. At Safe Removals, we always try to lend a helping hand wherever we can. Here is our quick guide to staying in London.
The Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in London –
South Bank & Bankside for sightseeing – What does the London Eye, Tate Modern, and The Shard all have in common? You’ll find them all in South Bank and Bankside. This area is effortless to access via the Tube or by bus, so it’s not essential to stay here to see the sights. But if you’d prefer to be in the thick of it, a decent hotel stay will set you back from £170 per person.
Soho for clubbing – If you’re hoping for some nightlife during your visit to London, Soho is the destination. You’ll find cocktail bars, gastro pubs, theatres, underground clubs and much more. You’ll also find some excellent places for some after-hours snack. There are some places to stay in Soho, and you’ll get a cosy hotel room for around £80 – £90 per person.
Covent Garden for foodies – London has a range of international cuisine choices like no other city. And if food is your thing, Covent Garden is your new shrine. You can eat tacos for lunch, a bhuna curry for dinner and enjoy a traditional English pub meal for supper. It might be worth staying in Covent Garden to test out every culinary food offering. For around £200, you’ll find somewhere to rest up after some excellent grub.
South Kensington for families – South Kensington is the family-friendly destination in London. The area has a quieter pace, with lots of museums and outdoor activities for the little ones to enjoy. You’re only a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park, London Zoo in Regent’s Park and Madame Tussauds here. In general, South Kensington is expensive, and you pay £270 per night. But with a bit of smart searching, our sources tell us it’s possible to find somewhere for £115.
Tips on When Searching for a Home in London –
Now that we have some potential areas for you to stay covered, it’s time to think about your prospective home. Essentially, you’ll need to work this into two categories: the property specifications and the location needs. This should give you a workable foundation, which will invariably have more filters added as you go along.
We suggest that you list the vital things, such as the number of rooms and bathrooms. Then, you can use a second column for things you’d like. A modern kitchen, open plan living and dining room. A generous garden space, and so on.
Then repeat this two-column approach to the area. The must-haves, like healthcare, schools and transport links. Following that, your second column might note things like fibre broadband, local places to socialise, outdoor activities and cultural place to visit.
Finally, you tie these specifications together with the final crucial component – your maximum budget. We advise that you begin thinking about this now by meeting with a mortgage broker or home loan advisor. You’ll need to save for a deposit, but it helps if you know what type of mortgage you wish to secure.
Safe Removals – London’s Best Removals and Storage Company –
Moving to London is a big step forward that will open up lots of opportunities because the capital is where it all happens. And when the time comes for the relocation, Safe Removals has a range of removals and storage options for you. We provide a service that we’d like to receive. We put ourselves in our customer’s shoes which helps us match their needs with the right service.
At Safe Removals, we base everything we do on providing an excellent level of customer service. We have a loyal group of clients who return to us because of the high standard of service we deliver. Not only that, we often receive referrals due to previous jobs for satisfied customers who recommend us to family and friends.
If you’re doing some scouting ahead of a move to London, contact us today. We can give you some tips on where to lodge while you’re here, as well as some information on our removal’s packages.