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SomeoneElse
19th August 2007, 15:11
Hi All,

I'm thinking about moving in from the 'burbs into the city (near Barbican or Moorgate). Does anyone have any experience? What's it like?

Cheers.

NoddY
19th August 2007, 15:14
I've never lived that far in, but any visit to the City (or Docklands for that matter) on weekends has meant empty streets and not much happening. Compare that with anywhere west of Holborn.

Gonzo
19th August 2007, 15:20
I know someone that used to live at the Barbican (about 10 years ago) and absolutely loved the location.

I can't think where your nearest things like supermarkets that will be open at the weekend would be though.

EDIT. OK a quick search tells me that there is a Waitrose right there.

Old Greg
19th August 2007, 16:37
I know people who have lived in Clerkenwell which is near enough the city but still has some life at the weekend.

sasguru
19th August 2007, 18:42
I used to live in Shoreditch and work in the City - know the Barbican well as I had a friend living there.
I would have no hesitation living there. The Barbican has it's own arts complex and cinema. True it's a bit quiet at the weekend but you're a couple of stops from Shoreditch and Clerkenwell which are lively plus if you do go west you're so central it's a doddle by tube, bus or cab.
Highly recommended.

Sysman
19th August 2007, 21:20
... any visit to the City (or Docklands for that matter) on weekends has meant empty streets and not much happening.

Going back more than 20 years here, but a lot of pubs and restaurants were closed in the evening and at weekends. If that concerns you, check it out.

sasguru
19th August 2007, 21:28
Going back more than 20 years here, but a lot of pubs and restaurants were closed in the evening and at weekends. If that concerns you, check it out.

I think the London of 20 years ago was another city:smile

Old Greg
19th August 2007, 21:49
I think the London of 20 years ago was another city:smile

I hear Vauxhall has its charms.

Francko
20th August 2007, 08:25
Hi All,

I'm thinking about moving in from the 'burbs into the city (near Barbican or Moorgate). Does anyone have any experience? What's it like?

Cheers.

Dull, grey, over-priced, plenty of crime, no community feeling. Go to live in a proper area where there are real people and not saddos like sasguru who spend most of their time counting money that they never use.

zathras
20th August 2007, 08:26
Hi All,

I'm thinking about moving in from the 'burbs into the city (near Barbican or Moorgate). Does anyone have any experience? What's it like?

Cheers.

Expensive. Even in the Southern End of the Socialist Republic of Hackney you are looking at > 300K for a 2 bedrooom apartment, no en-suite Bathroom.

Back when apartments their were setting you back 120K around the city you were looking at £240K. So over say a 30 minute walk you are looking at double the price.

sasguru
20th August 2007, 08:54
Dull, grey, over-priced,...no community feeling. .


But enough about Switzerland. And skint as well, eh Francko.
Worry not, though, at least Switzerland has legalised euthanasia.:laugh:laugh

Sysman
20th August 2007, 11:37
I think the London of 20 years ago was another city:smile
True, but my bit about checking the area out in evenings and weekends still stands.

Sysman in

a) I didn't realise a pedestrian zone could be so dusty
b) I didn't realise it's the 4-5 o'clock route home for customers of a local hight club

mode.

ElectricChair
20th August 2007, 11:41
I lived 50 yards from Barbican Tube - loved it. Walk home from work then over to Holmes place gym for a swim.

Not quite so good for kids.

IR35 Avoider
20th August 2007, 12:04
There's loads of flats being built just east of the City, especially east of Leman street. (say 25 minutes walk from Barbican, probably less to wherever you work.) Some old office buildings are also being converted. (Look not just at the east side of Leman street but the backstreets to the east of it as well.)

alreadypacked
20th August 2007, 12:08
There's loads of flats being built just east of the City, especially east of Leman street. (say 25 minutes walk from Barbican, probably less to wherever you work.) Some old office buildings are also being converted. (Look not just at the east side of Leman street but the backstreets to the east of it as well.)

Sounds good, do you know which agents are handling them?

sasguru
20th August 2007, 12:20
Sounds good, do you know which agents are handling them?

Carringtons, usually. That's where I had my BTLs.

Or comt to think of it: Ludlow Thompson and Felicity J. Lord

Francko
20th August 2007, 13:37
But enough about Switzerland. And skint as well, eh Francko.
Worry not, though, at least Switzerland has legalised euthanasia.:laugh:laugh

I can tell you that close to the center for me means being able to leave your home and walk there in 5-10 minutes. Luckily I can do that.

Are you able to walk to Shoreditch? Maybe in half an hour if you don't get stabbed on the way by a gang. :laugh

Once you are out of London (don't need to go abroad, there are also many beautiful towns in UK) you start realising what you have been missing all these years, trust me. The Center of London is not Barbican or Shoreditch. A couple of trendy bars among dumpsters and gangs doesn't make an area the "center". It's amazing how London can modify your perspective and let you lose touch with the reality.

Now, when you will be able to afford a house in the West end I might consider you a "center" boy then... so far you are just an eastender. :tongue

sasguru
20th August 2007, 13:42
blah blah my words show what a loser I am etc etc

Nuff said :laugh

Francko
20th August 2007, 13:45
Nuff said :laugh

As I said, you lose the grip on reality in London.:alien:

sasguru
20th August 2007, 13:46
As I said, you lose the grip on reality in London.:alien:

shut it, poor Eurotrash boy.

buffdaddy
20th August 2007, 13:46
I live in Angel. not as close to the city as barbican or farringdon, however close enough.

the plus side is the nice bars/restaurants and also the markets andthe shops.

it takes me 25 mins to walk to city or i can hope on the tube for 2 stops or hop on one of 5 buses

Bagpuss
20th August 2007, 13:53
shut it, poor Eurotrash boy.


Side effects of Cocaine: You may well feel like a million dollars on coke, but to those around you, you may well appear as an arrogant, loud arsehole with your incessant gibbering and insincere waffling.


mmm:smokin

sasguru
20th August 2007, 13:54
Side effects of Cocaine: You may well feel like a million dollars on coke, but to those around you, you may well appear as an arrogant, loud arsehole with your incessant gibbering and insincere waffling.


mmm:smokin

Ah the other village idiot has made an appearance. Is it a day out for the whole asylum?

Bagpuss
20th August 2007, 14:00
Ah the other village idiot has made an appearance. Is it a day out for the whole asylum?

I refer the 'honourable' Gentleman to my previous answer:smile and add the following FYI..


Definition of Prig:
1. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.

sasguru
20th August 2007, 14:16
I refer the 'honourable' Gentleman to my previous answer:smile and add the following FYI..


Definition of Prig:
1. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.

Thanks for your self-diagnosis. I wouldn't describe you as a prig, though, more the following. The bits in bold will tell you why you haven't moved beyond TLG:

mo·ron (môrn)
n.

A person of mild mental retardation having a low mental age and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education.

HTH

Bagpuss
20th August 2007, 14:21
Thanks for your self-diagnosis. I wouldn't describe you as a prig, though, more the following. The bits in bold will tell you why you haven't moved beyond TLG:

mo·ron (môrn)
n.

A person of mild mental retardation having a low mental age and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education.

HTH


"Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery":wink

sasguru
20th August 2007, 14:29
Just found bag'o'pus blog (http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://foolishpeople.typepad.com/foolishpeople/images/geek.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.foolishpeople.com/foolishpeople/2004/07/raw_meat.html&h=450&w=361&sz=26&tbnid=ek0kljrv0qS1kM:&tbnh=127&tbnw=102&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgeek%2Bpicture%26um%3D1&start=2&sa=X&oi=images&ct=image&cd=2)