This is the East End of London and you’re going to be staying in one of the most culturally diverse and interesting areas. While many Canadians moving to London choose not to live in the east End when they’re moving to London, it should be considered a good choice if you’re looking for a London rental flat that is reasonably priced and good value for money.
East London – Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green is right next door to the City which is the heart of the financial district in London. Traditionally an extremely poor area, real estate values have jumped in the last two years and it’s now becoming one of the trendier spots to hang your hat. A one bedroom rental flat in Bethnal Green can cost you up to £1000 per week and family homes start from £ 17000 per week.
Council Information: Clapham falls under the Council Borough of Tower Hamlets with annual taxes ranging from £800 – £2500.
Transport: Bethnal Green Tube Station is on the central Line of the London Underground and you can be in the West End in less than 30 minutes if you’re on a night out. Trains and buses run all the time and the transport in this area of London is excellent.
Shopping: Bethnal Green has all the big names as well as some more interesting boutique stores and the Co-Op Food Store in the Mile End which has more unusual grocery items and fresh food.
Doctors: The Blithehale Medical Centre is right in the centre of Bethnal Green and if you’re looking for an A&E, then The Royal London Hospital is a few streets away in Whitechapel.
Other Amenities: Bethnal Green, like many neighborhoods in East London, is incredibly culturally diverse. From the young, upwardly mobile city traders, to the bohemian artsy types, lots of fun types to meet. There are a number of excellent schools in the area and its becoming the choice for families as well, making it an ideal place to look when moving here. It might not look as well heeled as other parts of London, but if you’re looking to buy property as an investment, then this is seriously the place to start looking.