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    Coming from a small country village (where I moved back to after uni in London) I miss the anonymity. The constant flow of people. And the public transport that doesn't come only once a week!
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    (Original post by 0xygen)
    I've lived in London for the past 22 years (born here) but i'm starting to seeLondon to have one of the most depressing atmospheres.

    Reasons:

    - The weather is always terrible. Its too dull. You have to wake up to cloudy skies and a hidden sun, then sleep to terrible winds and covered stars.

    - Its too historic, you don't feel as if its really moving forward with anything. The houses are all the same red brick ugly style (unless you have real £). Its full of museums and dull rivers.

    - Tax depresses you. You have a nice salary of £50k? Get ready to give 14k away. You can then try to save your pennies for the next couple of years till you manage to save enough to take a mortgage on a small house outside London.

    - NHS is downgrading year after year.

    The list goes on.

    Any thoughts?
    I've been living in London for 24 years and yes it so ****ing hella depressing
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    Ha, are you sure you're not just a bit SAD towards the end of winter? It affects a lot of people by this time of year.

    I don't think London is any more depressing than many big cities and considerably less so than some. It has a lot going for it and you can have fun, despite the architecture, which is good in places. :teehee:

    Your tax complaint could apply to lots of countries, has nothing whatever to do with London and actually taxes are relatively low in the UK by EU standards.
    I didn't say that you can't do anything in London, you can, but your options are limited and other factors heavily affect how much fun you actually have vs doing the same thing in another country. (Weather, Architecture, Pricing etc...)

    London is supposed to be a historic city and I understand that. The weather doesn't really help though... Dull buildings / houses and dull weather is just terrible.

    In regards to the way the government tax its workforce is probably worse than any other country I've seen. 40% tax on anything above £42k isn't a nice thought, especially when you see what you're receiving in return. (NHS, public infrastructure and the millions sitting on income tax who use it as an excuse not to work, a free education system for under 18's where teachers couldn't care less about the student).

    You also have to consider the living costs of a single man/woman. An average studio flat alone (in London) will leave you with very little. Now imagine a married man with kids who's take home salary per annum is £36k. I'd assume he'd be living the most basic of lives.
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    (Original post by homeland.lsw)
    agreed...the sooner I get out of this country the better.
    Same, I want to move to America

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    The weather can be depressing and some of the miserable people on public transport, other than that, it's great for me!
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    (Original post by Andy98)
    Same, I want to move to America

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    Canada for me Maybe Vancouver...?
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    I'm gonna move to LA
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    (Original post by homeland.lsw)
    Canada for me Maybe Vancouver...?
    Sounds good, I was thinking California because silicon valley

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    (Original post by Copperknickers)
    Good God. You should try living in Scotland. When I moved down to London I was amazed that it was possible for a place to have so much sunlight and so little rain.



    Well that's just insanity. London is at the forefront of European science, technology and culture, it has the EU's tallest skyscraper, and tbh it's difficult to see a single building more than 50 years old on its skyline, with the exception of landmarks like St Paul's and Big Ben. Its houses in my experience are mostly 1960s and 70s flats, until you get out into the suburbs. London is one of Europe's fastest growing cities and is 'moving forward' to a massive extent compared to other parts of the UK. Just look at how many construction cranes there are everywhere, infrastructure projects, business startups, new immigrants... London is a totally different city than it was even 20 years ago.



    Tax is hardly a problem unique to London.



    Again, healthcare all over the UK is substandard. At least London has some of the best specialist hospitals in the world.

    All the points on your list are just reasons why London is the best part of the UK to live in, aside from the rent costs.
    Haven't been to Scotland.

    London? Businesses have an easy time making money, yes. I think you misunderstood my point about it being historic in the way its structured. You're paying £500k for a tiny two bedroom house which is made up of cheap red brick and an ugly exterior. Fixing up the interior will cost you even more £.

    Tax alone won't really be THAT much of an issue. Tax with rising house prices and living expenses being through the roof... Thats an issue.

    " At least London has some of the best specialist hospitals in the world." - I see and hear the complete opposite of what you said about the NHS.
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    (Original post by Andy98)
    Sounds good, I was thinking California because silicon valley

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    Silicon Valley? Have you / are you studying CompSci or something?
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    (Original post by 0xygen)
    Silicon Valley? Have you / are you studying CompSci or something?
    Yep, applied for it for uni

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    (Original post by SAhm95)
    I'm gonna move to LA
    Living costs cheaper, houses more spacious, its more modern, has nice weather. But too many gang related crimes happen in LA. (Need to be prepared)
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    (Original post by Andy98)
    Yep, applied for it for uni

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    I'm studying it now. Prepare yourself for hundreds of hours of assignments, meetings, projects and independent study. Its so tiring
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    (Original post by ivy.98)
    At least there's always something to do. I cant imagine living outside London in the UK, must be so boring tbh
    yes it is boring outside haha

    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    Yeah literally nothing happens outside of London ever.
    i second this!!
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    (Original post by 0xygen)
    I'm studying it now. Prepare yourself for hundreds of hours of assignments, meetings, projects and independent study. Its so tiring
    Which uni you at?


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    (Original post by ivy.98)
    At least there's always something to do. I cant imagine living outside London in the UK, must be so boring tbh
    Most other cities in the Uk offer the majority of London does rwcreationally but in a smaller area so it's way easier to get around.

    OP yes I find London depressing but not for the reasons you've said.

    My reasons:
    1. It's expensive. Buying a house is basically impossible.
    2. The city is so big that it takes forever to get anywhere. If your journey time is under half an hour it's basically a miracle. Which means going home before going out is impossible. Not that you can afford to go out anyway.
    3. Everyone goes home really early to get the last tube
    4. There are too many people. Going into central at weekends is hell so you just end up sitting in your house/going to friends but your friends are like an hour away in whatever godforsaken corner of London they can afford. When you do go and do cool stuff it's always rammed and totally stressful
    5. It is impossible to get to any decent countryside without travelling upwards of 1.5 hours.
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    (Original post by ivy.98)
    At least there's always something to do. I cant imagine living outside London in the UK, must be so boring tbh
    I must be living in the wrong London.
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    (Original post by loveleest)
    I must be living in the wrong London.
    go to central.

    i live in a shithole so i feel ya gurl
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    i like london
    the people look upset though
    you be walking in the street and you look up at their faces and they either look like
    they just woke up
    they want to cry
    or they show no emotion and are cold hearted murderers

    ...so yeah I think the cities fine but the people aint 0_0
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    only when it rains and that's why I love the summer
 
 
 
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