While the Australian family in question have been living in Canada after leaving their Australian homeland they are now looking to move to London and in particular the East End. There are a number of interesting questions which have been asked on the thread prompting some informative replies which should assist with their move in due course.
The first question is about the make up of the East End of London and whether the area is suitable for a new family moving from Canada. A number of contributors to the thread have highlighted how diverse London and East London in particular is with a number of nationalities, standards of housing and general facilities available. There are also some interesting comments about the ongoing and recent developments in the East End of London such as the Docklands and Greenwich.
It is also interesting to note that many people believe the catchment area for central London is larger than many visitors expect due to the extended tube and public transport network. This brings into play other areas such as Essex and others a little further afield, where property prices may in some instances be lower than the East End of London. London is an enormous city and one which offers a diverse population and extended public transport network which is unrivalled across the country.
There are many other questions on the thread including the location of various parks and greenery in and around London, the standard of schools in the region and a general point about which areas of London the family should consider moving to. It appears that North London and South London have historically attracted the highest number of expats to the UK but the ongoing development of the East End has added a new element to the mix.
This thread demonstrates the growing popularity of London amongst overseas workers and while the current economic climate may not be the most helpful for those looking to relocate, London should be one of the first areas of the UK to recover in due course. The ongoing expansion and development of the East End of London perfectly demonstrates how significant investment in and around the capital has increased the catchment area for the central business district.
Schooling can be quite a tricky matter for those new to the UK as the difference between private and public schools can be vast. There are also various regulations and guidelines to consider regarding the so-called “postcode lottery” which can limit the schooling facilities available to young children. As with any move overseas it is vital that you do your homework as soon as possible and “set the ball rolling” at the earliest opportunity.
London continues to be a seriously strong magnet for overseas visitors and those looking to relocate full-time overseas. However, the standard of living and the cost of living can vary dramatically across the capital and especially where young families are concerned it is essential that all avenues are investigated. Which area of London is more suitable depends upon the standard of living you require and your budget.