An international relocation to London is going to acquaint you with new avenues—there are life paths to consider professionally and personally, but also, quite literally, a labyrinth of streets to navigate! Getting to know different London neighborhoods as your London Relocation agent guides you from one London apartment rental to the next is a stellar way to start getting acquainted; the cumulative expertise at the London Relocation agency will exhaust the options for you. But after cutting to the chase of finding a flat to rent, the time will come to step outside of it and wander around. From my personal experience, I find the best way to learn the streets is to get yourself properly lost! 😉
It’s always tempting to stick to the main thoroughfares that you know in navigating around, but London is packed with darling surprises when you let yourself veer off the beaten path. Just this last weekend, my husband and I frolicked on over to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (I just blogged about this event recently—which runs through January—and I reiterate here that if you’re relocating to London this winter, it’s a must-see!). As was fully expected, it was an awesome time, which left us in high spirits and keen to take a new route home that might offer somewhere else fun to explore. Ducking into the side streets of the Knightsbridge/Belgravia area just off Hyde Park Corner, we found ourselves strolling down Wilton Place and then into the utterly cute mews of Kinnerton Street. We popped into the Wilton Arms for a pint and felt cozy and warm in very old-school and intimate British interior with its carved wood paneling, bookshelves, and classic fixtures and decor. Just down the street from there is the Nag’s Head, which it was too late for us to go inside, but it looked like a very eccentric, kitschy interior, which of course I adored at first sight; it seemed an establishment truly for the locals, so I’ll see how I fare there in future as an outsider Yankee.
From there, we meandered around Belgrave Mews, Motcomb Street, and Lowndes Square, past all sorts of nice boutiques, restaurants, and hands-down the poshest Waitrose grocery store I’ve ever seen in London—it looked like an upscale department store from the outside, spanning the full depth of a block. At this point, you’re approaching the ultra high-end shops of Sloane Street (which stretches between the shopping hot-spots of Knightsbridge and Sloane Square), but if you stay east of it and wander further south, you enter eerily quiet and still residential streets like Eaton Square. In this vicinity are some of the larger and more regal looking rows of white Victorian terraced houses you’ll see in London, with an almost imposing, embassy-like officialness to them even though they’re family homes (and huge ones at that of top-notch quality).
Even three years after my relocation from the US, I hadn’t seen most of these streets, sticking to the main drags of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street, as it were, that are crowded and lack a lot of soul in comparison. I recommend you yourself take a wander around this area—you just may fall in love with it and insist your Relocation agent show where you can rent apartments there!