Ten excellent reasons why young professionals want to live in London
If you’re Londoner, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that the capital really is the centre of the universe. While that may not hold true for everyone who has ever lived in London, it would seem that young professionals agree: London is a great place to live according to Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry.
A recent survey carried out by Lloyds Bank discovered that crucial factors professional people in their 20s and 30s consider when choosing where to live include:
- Vibrant social scene
- Good local amenities
- Good shopping
- Arts and culture
- Easy commute
It’s no wonder that urban surroundings are favoured among this demographic. London scores particularly highly – Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Battersea, Streatham and Fulham, Putney and Hampstead all feature among the most desired locations.
Young professionals are highly career minded with typically high levels of disposable income. Coupled with their relative youth and absence of any family responsibilities, this is a group that can live life to the full.
As a place to live, London fits the bill perfectly.
In terms of job opportunities, London is unbeatable. 75 per cent of Fortune 500 companies are located in London and there are thousands of other businesses across all industry sectors in the city. Whether you’re a lawyer, stockbroker or digital marketing executive, your career prospects are safe in London’s hands.
London’s transport links are awesome. Not perfect, obviously, but with 270 station on the London tube network alone, there aren’t many place left that are hard to reach, particularly in Central London.
Looking further afield, London has excellent global connections all across the world, thanks to the capital’s 5 airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Luton and Stansted. Brexit or no Brexit, you couldn’t be more international if you tried.
Nearly 40 per cent of London’s area is covered by green space, providing some much needed and much loved contrast to the urban environment. There are 8 Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, St James’ Park, Green Park, Regent’s Park and Greenwich Park) and many smaller gardens and squares for public use.
London has no less than 240 museums, including the Natural History Museum, The British Museum and the Tate Modern. That means ample opportunity for cultural enrichment at often no cost at all.
Talking of history, imagine walking to work past historic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, The Gherkin or The Shard… enough said?
Famous London residents (fictional or otherwise) through the ages include Sherlock Holmes, Jimi Hendrix, Alfred Hitchcock, John Keats, Michael Faraday, David Beckham, Charlie Chaplin, the Royal Family and many more. Neighbours, almost.
London has over 7,000 pubs. Whether you like craft beers, ciders or wine, or the increasingly sophisticated food choices that are served in many gastropubs, you will never ever get bored of going to the pub!
London is famous for its markets. You can buy virtually anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to buy from Portobello Road, Camden Market, Borough Market, Brick Lane, Columbia Road, Spitalfields, Covent Garden, Maltby Street and many more.
Football is huge in the capital and there are 6 Premier League football clubs that call London their home, including Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspurs and Watford.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry – working together with investment specialists Prime Centrum.
Picture: St. Paul’s Cathedral by Davide D’Amico (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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