Postcodes tell you a lot about where you are in London – and should be helpful in your search for a new home. The format is: one or two letters – one or two numbers – (possibly another letter) – space – one number-  two letters For example, the London Zoo has the postcode NW1 […]

There are a number of sites that aggregate London neighbourhood data into searchable maps. But make no mistake: Getting familiar with the areas, schools, rent prices, will all take time. (If you are thinking of SW London and want some help, get in touch with me via About). Try these: – Rightmove and FindProperly: My […]

As with Noise, I may be biased. But living next to Richmond Park, Kew Gardens, and the Thames path has made us VERY happy. The kids love watching the deer, running around the soaring roofs of Kew’s Victorian greenhouses, and watching ducks and swans on the river Thames. London has lot of parks on offer […]

When viewing a property in London, here a few things you may want to check out. Other than that you like the place, that it’s the right size and the right location, and sports a parking space/garden/warehouse/jacuzzi or whatever else your specific requirements are. Windows and doors – in good shape, and double-glazed? It can […]

The cost of housing: Mayfair is a lovely area, but since you are reading this blog yourself, rather than one of your many servants, chances are you wouldn’t be able to justify the monthly expenditure. London rents are HIGH compared to most places in the US. Here’s a colour map of this rental rate horror. […]

The UK driving test for expats: Over the course of your first year in the UK, you will need to tackle the UK driving test (unless you happen to have hold driver’s license from a handful of countries, acquired through taking a full test in a stick-shift car – see here). This is a lot […]