When you’re moving to London your first decision is going to be where to live. Do you get an ultra modern  apartment or a cute Victorian London rental home? Which area you live in is also important in terms of amenities, schools, and the transport system. You can do a lot of research before you touch down in London, and be sure to ask your colleagues at your new job to give you advice and recommendations about places to live.

South London – Wimbledon

Many people have heard of Wimbledon as it hosts the most famous tennis tournament in the world. The suburb of Wimbledon has a lovely village atmosphere to it, the streets are full of family homes and there are a number of excellent schools and shops in the area. Wimbledon is in South/West and the you can rent a small flat here for about £800 per week ranging up to £ 2500 for a terraced family home.

Council Information: Clapham falls under the Council Borough of Merton with annual taxes, ranging from £1000 – £3000.

Transport: Wimbledon tube station is on the District Line of the London Underground and your Transport Zone for ticket prices is in Zone 3. It’s about 30 minutes by tube from Wimbledon to the centre and about 15 minutes if you take the train from Wimbledon station to central, Waterloo Station. There are loads of buses for transport in and around Wimbledon.

Shopping: Sainsbury, Tesco and Marks and Spencer’s all have branches in Wimbledon and Tesco’s offer a delivery service in the area.

Doctors: If you’re looking for a doctor in the Wimbledon area you can use the NHS website, which also has a handy section on symptoms and non-emergency medical care. You can call the NHS Direct hotline on 0845 4647 for any health care questions and advice

Other Amenities: There are a number of restaurants and pubs in the Wimbledon area. Great family food and traditional British fare in this country village right in the city of London. Many expat choose to live in Wimbledon if they have young families and if you’re looking for great schools then Wimbledon is your choice.