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    Relocating to London... Golders Green or Islington

    HI All

    My partner and I are both in our twenties and reloating to London. So far, we are interested in properties in Golders Green and Islington/ Highbury. We have offers on both places but would like an area that offers things to do and the chance for us to have some social life near to home!

    Can anybody advise on either of these areas? Both are close to the tube stations however we would like to consider bars, clubs, cinema in walking distance.

    The flat in Golders Green is nicer, however Islington currently seems to offer more to do but a smaller place... Any advice appreciated.

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    Both are very rich areas that is all I know.

    how important is tube access?
    is a particular line preferable?
    will you be commuting? if so to where?
    in terms of local shops etc what is important to you?
    What is your budget?
    What is your length of stay?
    etc etc etc

    Plenty of good bars and restaurants in upper street in islington, lots of live music too.

    london.gov.uk/ren…bed

    You don't say what size property you want either...

    Golders Green is a very Jewish area, not saying thats a problem but it is a mini Israel

    Lovely place, holders Hill park is nice, bus garage which will take you in any direction of London, Northern line is 3 stops from Camden Town for your bars and clubs.

    Overall its a lively place.

    Haven't been to Islington enough to give you any details about the area, hopefully someone else can fill you in.

    I moved to Angel recently and love it, close to the tube station, excellent night life, lots of places to eat out and drink, tho the rent is quite expensive

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    treble99

    I moved to Angel recently and love it, close to the tube station, … I moved to Angel recently and love it, close to the tube station, excellent night life, lots of places to eat out and drink, tho the rent is quite expensive



    You have left manchester?

    Original Poster

    schizoboy

    how important is tube access?is a particular line preferable?will you be … how important is tube access?is a particular line preferable?will you be commuting? if so to where?in terms of local shops etc what is important to you?What is your budget?What is your length of stay?etc etc etc



    Tube very important, partner and I both working central, me at Moorgate, he at Oxford Circus. Both flats are close by and within 20 minutes commute by tube of both work places. Ideally we would like local shops, supermarkets, general things to do, e.g. bars within a reasonable distance. We have found flats in both these areas so now we are tossing up which is best location wise. Some sort of open space as we both like to exercise so that would be useful.

    We both want somewhere nice for our money and have found it in both:

    The flat in GG is nicer, more spacious (which matters) and offers more for the money we spend. Parking is no issue so could keep the car and have somewhere really nice to go home to at the end of the day.

    Islington is closer to work, more to do but the flat is smaller, more open plan and for a long term stay it may begin to feel cramped (which is my concern).

    It would be a move for at least a few years, we are prepared to move again in a few months if necessary.

    I stayed in GG about 16yrs ago. Personally I liked the area. Used to still be able to go to the clubs and get back no problem, on tube and in taxis. Local pub was good, Waitrose just down from where I stayed, bus and tube links close by also.
    I would stay there again. I was in my early twenties at the time, and I had a great time!

    Sounds like the GG place is where you're hearts at. Sounds good!

    Islington.

    Closer to Arsenal's stadium.

    Islington all the way,
    I lived just up the other end of Holloway Road about a year ago and loved it, I still work on Upper Street. Prior to working in Islington I used to pass through Golders Green on my commute to work, and although it looked nice, I never thought I would rather live in Golders Green than Islington.

    The main benefit is the better transport links (busses from and to Golders Green take forever) there are a million more things to do in Islington.

    I thik it depends on the person, but I'd rather be closer to things as come the colder weather tube strikes etc, you may find yourself stopping in more in Golders Green.

    You may even find your jobs both go well, and you can get a bigger flat after a while. I'd rather be happier in a smaller place until that time occurs.

    The other benefit of Islington is that you can walk to work in Moorgate - so if you really hate the claustrophobia of the Tube and Buses, this is a major plus (especially with the tube strikes)

    i'd much prefer islington too, but as above poster says, if you're hearts in the GG place, go for it. you need somewhere you LOVE living (flat-wise) if you don't like the islington flat now, don't think you will at a later date either. but GG/highbury is very Jewish (not a prob, but most shops are kosher :))

    actually- just a thought, maybe should've rented for a few months before putting in offers to buy- just to get a feel of things?

    moved away years ago to get away from the bloody place! hurrah!

    Original Poster

    samwants2save

    actually- just a thought, maybe should've rented for a few months before … actually- just a thought, maybe should've rented for a few months before putting in offers to buy- just to get a feel of things?



    Hiya

    We are just renting for now as its a big change for us both, we decided to go for the GG flat afterall, nice flat, nice area, easy to access and best we have found for our budget so far... Thank you for the advice :-)

    Good luck with the move- you made the right choice.. You'll love London, I'm sure
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