Tag Archives: London

London’s schools (and the rest of England too) – maps galore!!!!

OMG, I have just found a London school data & maps geek’s dream – check this one out: https://www.schooldash.com/index.html. Fascinating insights, from average test results at different school stages, to ethnicity and proportion of pupils with English not as first language, to average teacher salary. Now, just please nobody tell the teachers in my kids’ […]

LOVE maps…more information on London than you thought possible

I came across this fabulous site, developed by a team of researchers at University College London (UCL) – mapping the UK along all the different axes of the 2011 Census. Highly recommended, check it out, play around!  http://datashine.org.uk  If I had time, I’d write a summary of some of the most amazing bits of information […]

Commuter trains and travel (dis)comfort – picking ‘your’ station

There are various levels of comfort / discomfort when riding a train to work. If all goes well, you find a seat and use the time to read, type away on your laptop, or snooze for a few more minutes. If things go awry, there is standing space only (very limited at that), and you are crammed in […]

Find a home, find a school – a chicken and egg situation…

Find the perfect home, get your kids into the perfect school. This is what you (could) do. At least it’s what I found to be the most useful strategy: a)    Go to Rightmove, look up a property in an area you are interested in, and click on the Map & Schools tab (easier on a […]

London postcodes

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 […]

Finding a home in London – websites to narrow the search

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 […]

London living near greenery and parks – gotta love it!

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 […]