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Old 17th February 2012, 04:43 PM
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Hi, I am in the midst of a job relocation to London currently and having visited many sites feel totally lost as to where to live and what to expect. I have a few questions below and would appreciate any support on these:
1) For a family of 6 with 3 kids (ages 8, 6 & 4) which would be the best area to live in? Key consideration is for open spaces and good state schools (not necessarily scoring high on league tables but more based on personal experience)
2) Which communities are more multi cultural to avoid biases?

My office would be in central London but I do not mind the commute in public transport and am willing to travel about an hour or so one way each day in order to have a home in a good community to return to with good school system.

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Not sure whether Joppa is around or not, this question has been asked many a time, have you gone through the threads yet?
This is just one example that may be of help:
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Both Barnet and St Albans have decent schools and within an hour. I guess it all depends on what you like to do as a family as to where best to go for...

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Not sure whether Joppa is around or not, this question has been asked many a time, have you gone through the threads yet?
This is just one example that may be of help:
Thanks Johanna, I did go through most of the threads with a similar title but found most also to be from 2008 and 2009 and have already made a list of the areas that were specified in those which is definitely very helpful, but the reason I reach out again is that given the time lapse I am sure there may have been changes, schooling is the most important factor for and as such I have been looking into Windsor, Reading, Slough, Egham, and other surrounding areas that I had found through my early searches. This week I am exploring more of south west and Kent as I have seen from this thread, any other help is greatly appreciated.

Also, how are the areas on cippenham in slough and maidenhead in windsor? As I was able to find some good deals in these areas?

Thanks.


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Brighton , is nice or Hove lovely clean air , great town lots for the children to do train and coach links to London in an hour , and good schools for the children and if you go out of town , omitting Whitehawk and Moulsecoomb ,property is cheaper

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Brighton , is nice or Hove lovely clean air , great town lots for the children to do train and coach links to London in an hour , and good schools for the children and if you go out of town , omitting Whitehawk and Moulsecoomb ,property is cheaper

This would be a crazy commute.

To put things into perspective for you, London alone is 659 square miles.


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This would be a crazy commute.

To put things into perspective for you, London alone is 659 square miles.
Friends of mine have been doing that commute for years.

The one hour link to London Bridge makes it manageable (from London Bridge most of East London is within 20 additional minutes).

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Friends of mine have been doing that commute for years.

The one hour link to London Bridge makes it manageable (from London Bridge most of East London is within 20 additional minutes).
The train commute alone between Brighton and London is 1 hour and 10 minutes. Add to this the commute from home to the train station and from the London train station to the office and it's easily 1 hour and 45 minutes each way. The OP is looking for a commute of about an hour.

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The train commute alone between Brighton and London is 1 hour and 10 minutes. Add to this the commute from home to the train station and from the London train station to the office and it's easily 1 hour and 45 minutes each way. The OP is looking for a commute of about an hour.
And many of the services on that line are run by FCC - the worst train company in the world - add an average of 30 minutes a day to the commute to allow for their muppetry and incompetence!

I live on the northern stretch of FCC's train line and it is breathtakingly, shockingly terrible and saps your will to live

That said, Brighton is nice...

I'm moving soon and cannot get away from my 2 hour daily FCC hell...


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When I lived in England, it was regularly reported that people commuted from Grantham, Lincolnshire and also York, Wakefield and even Leeds.

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