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Old 10-02-2002, 12:47 AM   #1
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Default Any one from london or lives in london?

Alright, I might be living there in 6-9 months for anywhere from 3 months, to a year...mabye even 10 years. It all depends on if I get this job after the "season".
But I was wondering if people have suggestions on how to look for a place to live. I need a good area, because
#1 I am new to the city.
#2 I am half paying for it, my work pays the other half (which means I can pay more and get a better place)
#3 I am not going to be there much. My to be job will make me travel alot. So I wanna not worried about my place getting robbed etc...

Also, being 19 (will be 20 when I am there) I wanna be in a place where I can meet people my age and also see the awsome euro cars.

Also, if there is anyone in the TV industry who lives in the london area..please tell. Because that is the field I am in, and mabye you know who is my furture employer and can tell me what you think.

fair warning: by looking at my age, I am young yes. But I have been working for this goal of moving to london and working for these guys since I picked up my frist video camera and started to edit. Locals can tell you I am very into my work and heck, I was kicked out of a school for being to good at what I do

but back to the main subject. If anyone knows of a site to look at places to rent/buy, know of good areas in london to live (mabye by the tube?) and if any of you are in the TV/Video biz and wanna help me out. please post.

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Old 10-02-2002, 12:47 AM   #2
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i am sorry, i have neither been there, nor know how to speak "english"

Have a nice day
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Old 10-02-2002, 08:59 AM   #3
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Lightbulb A little help

Have a look at this Renting Info site it may answer some of your questions.

Idealy you will want to house share with people your own age not too far outside the westend, 'cos this is where all the fun happens.

You'll have no problem meeting people to hook up with and party, London is full of students and foreign travelers. The biggest problem is the expence, London isn't cheap to do anything.

I don't live in London itself but I do work here, if you have any other questions I'll answer as many as I can.
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Old 10-02-2002, 09:04 AM   #4
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I'm originally from Liverpool but I'm always in London when I go back home to the UK. If youre looking for fairly cheap, stay away from Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Kensington...

Good luck and I hope you have fun...

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Old 10-02-2002, 10:42 AM   #5
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Rents - very high
Petty crime - high
People - bitter
Beer - bitter, warm and strong
Weather - lousy
Politics - left of here
Public transport - OK
Prices - high
Cars - don't bother owning one
Where to live - pick carefully

Still, you could live outside London and be really badly off.
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Old 10-02-2002, 11:22 AM   #6
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... it's full of English people.
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Old 10-02-2002, 11:51 AM   #7
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... it's full of English people.
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Old 10-02-2002, 01:15 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info guys. I am looking at the link right now.

I stayed in london for a week a few years ago when I was younger. I don't remember where I was staying but it was a friends flat. Pretty nice place but mabye because I wasn't familiar with the neighbor hood, but it felt slightly gheto.

But I didn notice how expensive rent is, fortunally my to be employeer said that rent will be split 50-50 untill I either get hired or till they give me my 2 weeks notice. (I will be on a year trial).

Also, can someone explane the whole taxes on VCRs? I am not sure if my friend was joking or if there realy is a tax. Because being a camera man, editor and color corector, I have dub machines and VCRs, beta machines and cameras I am going to bring over. If I do start to live there, that would be insane for taxes. or is my friend just Bsing me?

And I would assume that there are places to rent cars..right? because I will be traveling a good amount of my time. I also don't think that unless the place of destionation is less then 2 hours, they won't fly me. So I figgured I should get a License for overseas.

well if there is anyone in the video biz over seas, please post here or drop me a PM if you think you could help me get some more background on my employer.

thanks for all your help guys.
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Old 10-02-2002, 01:23 PM   #9
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Originally posted by HoRo1
Rents - very high
Petty crime - high
People - bitter
Beer - bitter, warm and strong
Weather - lousy
Politics - left of here
Public transport - OK
Prices - high
Cars - don't bother owning one
Where to live - pick carefully

Hey, he's asking about London, not San Francisco!
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Old 10-02-2002, 01:36 PM   #10
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Also, can someone explane the whole taxes on VCRs?
Maybe he meant the TV license. The BBC get funded that way. Or your m8 is a
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Old 10-02-2002, 01:57 PM   #11
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Oh yeah, TV license. My uncle used to live outside Manchester, and there were actually government employees who came knocking on his door to check how many TVs he had in his house!

Yes, you can rent cars, and you can drive with your valid US license alone. However, keep in mind that they drive on the right, and traffic doesn't move very fast until you're in Wales or Scotland. My favorite mode of transport there is the train, though the locals have been complaining about poor service for many years.

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Old 10-02-2002, 02:49 PM   #12
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I'm British, lived in London from 94 to 97 before moving to New York.

I lived in Crouch End (sounds like a medical complaint, I know, but actually a nice place to be). Living anywhere in Central London will cost a fortune, esp Knightsbridge, Kensington areas. Best bet is to find a shared house/flat out of the centre (Tube zone 2 or 3) and use the subway (tube). The tube is comprehensive, easy to understand but like everything else, pricey.

West End is OK to go out in, but really expensive and full of tourists (you'll be a local of course). Petty crime is on the increase, keep your wits about you though and you'll be fine.

Prices are high, for everything: food, accommodation, cars, electronics -everything. Example: Subaru WRX Sedan ~22000 pounds or about $32K in US money. Its about $24K here.
Everything else is about pounds for dollars i.e. If a TV here costs $500, in London it'll be about 500pounds ( ~$750).

VAT -Value Added Tax (sales tax) is 15% I think and is normally included in quoted prices. Business expenses can be tax deducted.

Car insurance is generally cheaper than in the US (Brits don't sue as much), but coverage is different. Petrol (gas) is hugely expensive (~80pence/litre or about $4.50/US Gallon). About 95% of cars are stick shift (auto WRX not available), 30% are diesels. Motorway speed limit is 70mph, limit on regular open roads is generally 60. Lots of speed cameras but the cops themselves generally aren't interested in you unless you're doing over 90-100 on the motorway (I've been passed by a cop while doing 105 and not been pulled). Oh, we drive on the left (this is important).

Most cars are small and fuel efficient (high gas prices, people can't afford 12mpg SUVs) but much higher quality than US domestic cars (which are generally viewed as crap). Cool cars you might want to try: WRX STi, Lancer EVO VII, Forrester Turbo, Renault Clio 172, Vauxhall VX220, Lotus Elise, any Peugeot GTi, even the VW Polo or Lupo GTi is OK. If the cost of gas makes you pale, there are a few diesel cars (don't laugh yet) that can haul ass and sip gas: BMW 330d, Golf TDi150 PD to name 2.

You'll probably need to get a UK licence, which may mean a driving test. Judging by the standards I see on the NJ turnpike, this may prove more difficult to pass than the NJ test at least (I honestly believe NJ licences are given away with Cheerios).

At your age, go for it. The experience of living in a different country is well worth it -even if you end up hating the place, at least you'll have done it.

Also, the beer is very good and very strong (but it isn't necessarily warm) and the weather isn't THAT bad but most of us are very very bitter ;-)

Hope you go ahead and enjoy it.

Al

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Old 10-02-2002, 02:51 PM   #13
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Maybe you're refering to the sales tax AKA VAT at 17.5%?
Beer served at storage room temp. which is below pub temp. Plus you can drink at 18 BUT everybody, or it will seem like everybody, smokes. That might not be important to you, but to a SoCal boy like me, it is almost frightening to see so many people killing themselves. And you can buy 98 octane - even if it is about $5/gallon. And hear people drop cu*t into everyday converation - not to mention that naughty 4 letter word that can get you a timeout here. If you really want to listen to hardcore swearing you have to go to Australia though.

Finally, age of consent 16 - so you can find yourself a nice schoolgirl for those miserable damp days (that's about 300 days a year by the way).

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Old 10-02-2002, 03:02 PM   #14
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17.5% ! It went up ! This does not surprise me.

Having read your original question. Perhaps you mean import duty (tax on stuff you bring in). I reckon if your equipment is work related you can bring it in tax free. But don't take my word for it.

Seeing as you work in TV though beware the differences in:
a) power, UK uses 220/240 volts
b) TV, UK is PAL, US is NTSC

but I'm sure you're aware of that.

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Old 10-02-2002, 03:40 PM   #15
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yeah, I know. I got a buncha pal decks already from an old job at had and my editing machine is also pal ready. I just don't wanna pay taxes on that stuff. Also I am looking at this place in kensington(sp) a friend of the family has a flat out there for rent, I hear that is a nice area to live and close to the main part of the city.

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Kensington is really nice. But it'll cost
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remember they use the PAL video standard vs NTSC over here. Don't forget about the voltage difference too.
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Old 10-02-2002, 05:16 PM   #18
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Yeah, I got all the stuff to do the conversion. My real worries are moving there and getting oriented. Finding a good place to live and all of that fun stuff.
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