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Can anyone give me an idea of what it’s like to live in London? What is there to do? Do you meet a lot of people? Best places to go?

I’m going to be in Acton (I think). What’s that like?
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ive never been to acton so idk about there but yeah in general, there's quite a lot of things to do in london. if u like shopping, there are loads of shops. also "instagrammable" restaurants. central london is where most of the touristy stuff is. westfield in Shepard's bush is quite nice for shopping. also chinatown is nice for food. london is expensive though. u can also ride those santander bikes if ur into that type of stuff.
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ive never been to acton so idk about there but yeah in general, there's quite a lot of things to do in london. if u like shopping, there are loads of shops. also "instagrammable" restaurants. central london is where most of the touristy stuff is. westfield in Shepard's bush is quite nice for shopping. also chinatown is nice for food. london is expensive though. u can also ride those santander bikes if ur into that type of stuff.
I’ve been to London a lot to visit, I like the shops and I’m happy with the diverse range of cuisines available to choose from, but to live there, is it stressful? Do you get bored? Is it too busy?
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Can anyone give me an idea of what it’s like to live in London? What is there to do? Do you meet a lot of people? Best places to go?

I’m going to be in Acton (I think). What’s that like?
Is that for UAL/Imperial halls of residence?
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Is that for UAL/Imperial halls of residence?
Yes Imperial, Woodward/Kemp Porter.
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I’ve been to London a lot to visit, I like the shops and I’m happy with the diverse range of cuisines available to choose from, but to live there, is it stressful? Do you get bored? Is it too busy?
Well Acton is a very large place, so it's hard to say. You won't get the "city" experience in Acton itself, which is probably a good thing because it's very well linked to central where you can go to have that experience.
I've lived in, or around, London my whole life and I never understood the stressful connotations it has. Yes, it's a bustling city, and yes you'll probably be surrounded by people if you're travelling during peak hours. Is it particularly stressful, no. People just do their thing as they're trying to get from A to B. You get out of it what you want. If you want relaxation, there are various parks and quieter bars/cafés you can go to. Alternatively, there's no better place in the country if you want a proper night out, you're spoiled for choices. There are also various meetup clubs and groups that partake in various activities, and are actually great ways to be social as there are a lot of young, active people in the city.
Having options has only ever been a good thing as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure you'll love it!
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Well Acton is a very large place, so it's hard to say. You won't get the "city" experience in Acton itself, which is probably a good thing because it's very well linked to central where you can go to have that experience.
I've lived in, or around, London my whole life and I never understood the stressful connotations it has. Yes, it's a bustling city, and yes you'll probably be surrounded by people if you're travelling during peak hours. Is it particularly stressful, no. People just do their thing as they're trying to get from A to B. You get out of it what you want. If you want relaxation, there are various parks and quieter bars/cafés you can go to. Alternatively, there's no better place in the country if you want a proper night out, you're spoiled for choices. There are also various meetup clubs and groups that partake in various activities, and are actually great ways to be social as there are a lot of young, active people in the city.
Having options has only ever been a good thing as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure you'll love it!
That’s great thanks. I think having a quieter place to live will probably be beneficial to me (help me get my head down and get some work done).
How often do you meet new people on nights out? And keep in touch with them
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I’ve been to London a lot to visit, I like the shops and I’m happy with the diverse range of cuisines available to choose from, but to live there, is it stressful? Do you get bored? Is it too busy?
for me personally, i think it can be a bit overwhelming due to how busy it is. and especially in the mornings/afternoons when people are going to or coming back from school/uni/work, the buses and tube get quite congested. i dont usually get bored as there's loads of stuff to do in terms of going out with friends and stuff like that. again im not too sure about acton but i live really close to central and it's filled with loads of tourists pretty much all the time (pre-covid ofc lol) and in general, there's a lot of people outside and it's super busy which i dont like. and it can get quite loud on friday/saturday nights
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for me personally, i think it can be a bit overwhelming due to how busy it is. and especially in the mornings/afternoons when people are going to or coming back from school/uni/work, the buses and tube get quite congested. i dont usually get bored as there's loads of stuff to do in terms of going out with friends and stuff like that. again im not too sure about acton but i live really close to central and it's filled with loads of tourists pretty much all the time (pre-covid ofc lol) and in general, there's a lot of people outside and it's super busy which i dont like. and it can get quite loud on friday/saturday nights
Yeah, pretty much my memory of visiting central london. Hopefully acton is a nice relief from that lol. Are the bars and clubs ever too busy to get in?
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Yes Imperial, Woodward/Kemp Porter.
Ok. Super convenient location for supermarkets, other than the Sainsbury's and Tesco there there's a huge Asda 10 mins away and I think a Chinese supermarket not far either. The location itself is pretty boring though, mainly residential blocks. One pub nearby, a few a bit further away. A lot of the time socialising took place in the halls, so at least you get close to people in your course in your halls.

Westfield shopping centre is two stops down on the Central line, plenty to do there. Absolute buttload of cinemas. You can get to places like Soho quickly enough from the halls - 20-30 mins tops. Here's a good video on places to eat (far from exhaustive). There is the London Farmer's Market chain which does some slightly-too-expensive takeaway lunches, but some stalls are ****ing delicious.

It takes about 35 mins to get to campus which is alright if you only go in and out once a day, but when there's stuff on there in the evening it's a bit more annoying.
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Yeah, pretty much my memory of visiting central london. Hopefully acton is a nice relief from that lol. Are the bars and clubs ever too busy to get in?
i personally haven't been to any bars or clubs but my friends have had experiences where they couldn't go into a nightclub because of how crowded it was. im pretty sure most clubs in london are really busy and in high demand. i know that the ones in soho are popular. but i feel like it really depends on which area of london youre going to go clubbing in
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That’s great thanks. I think having a quieter place to live will probably be beneficial to me (help me get my head down and get some work done).
How often do you meet new people on nights out? And keep in touch with them
I'd say pretty much every time I go out I'll end up talking to new people. I've never really kept in touch with random people, but if it's a house party then I've made a few friends that way as we'd already have mutual friends. Your experience as a Uni student may be quite different as I'm sure people your age will actively be looking to make new friends.
I've found that some stereotypes are true. When we're going from A to B, you'll struggle to find friendly faces, or anyone saying hello. I still remember the first time I went up North for a hike and some random guy smiled and said hello and I thought it was the killer or something. Strangers seem to be more friendly there! But in actual social situations, everyone here tends to be friendly and more than willing to talk. More so as more drinks are consumed!
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Ok. Super convenient location for supermarkets, other than the Sainsbury's and Tesco there there's a huge Asda 10 mins away and I think a Chinese supermarket not far either. The location itself is pretty boring though, mainly residential blocks. One pub nearby, a few a bit further away. A lot of the time socialising took place in the halls, so at least you get close to people in your course in your halls.

Westfield shopping centre is two stops down on the Central line, plenty to do there. Absolute buttload of cinemas. You can get to places like Soho quickly enough from the halls - 20-30 mins tops. Here's a good video on places to eat (far from exhaustive). There is the London Farmer's Market chain which does some slightly-too-expensive takeaway lunches, but some stalls are ****ing delicious.

It takes about 35 mins to get to campus which is alright if you only go in and out once a day, but when there's stuff on there in the evening it's a bit more annoying.
That’s brilliant, thanks! Chinese supermarket sounds awesome. Handy that you can get onto central from there, I hadn’t properly looked at the lines that go to acton yet.
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I'd say pretty much every time I go out I'll end up talking to new people. I've never really kept in touch with random people, but if it's a house party then I've made a few friends that way as we'd already have mutual friends. Your experience as a Uni student may be quite different as I'm sure people your age will actively be looking to make new friends.
I've found that some stereotypes are true. When we're going from A to B, you'll struggle to find friendly faces, or anyone saying hello. I still remember the first time I went up North for a hike and some random guy smiled and said hello and I thought it was the killer or something. Strangers seem to be more friendly there! But in actual social situations, everyone here tends to be friendly and more than willing to talk. More so as more drinks are consumed!
Haha, similar to most places then. I’m looking forward to seeing more people around, I live out in the countryside at the moment so it’s a big big change.
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I’ve been to London a lot to visit, I like the shops and I’m happy with the diverse range of cuisines available to choose from, but to live there, is it stressful? Do you get bored? Is it too busy?
Hi JGLM,

London is among the most popular cities in the world so it definitely is busy and does get stressful at times like any other big city would but the stress is often an occasional concern. Life here is fast-paced so in the beginning, it does take some time to settle down and get acquainted but once that happens you will start enjoying the city. The no of parks this city has to offer is unbelievable and you are also discovering new places all the time so getting bored is not a concern at all. In fact, you will be spoilt for choice in terms of what to do because the city has so much to offer in terms of recreational activities and unwinding.

One thing worth knowing is the erratic weather, it changes too fast and winters often get gloomy as the sun sets at about 4 pm for 3 months of the year, that in my opinion is one of the only negative things I will have to say about living in London but besides that, you will definitely enjoy staying here.
The city is also quite expensive to live in so definitely account for that; budgeting your daily expenses can help you keep track of your money and makes it a lot easier to live here.

Exploring London as a resident allows you to see its different sides and a break from the typical touristy areas which is far more exciting.
Hope this helps!

Best of Luck,
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Hi JGLM,

London is among the most popular cities in the world so it definitely is busy and does get stressful at times like any other big city would but the stress is often an occasional concern. Life here is fast-paced so in the beginning, it does take some time to settle down and get acquainted but once that happens you will start enjoying the city. The no of parks this city has to offer is unbelievable and you are also discovering new places all the time so getting bored is not a concern at all. In fact, you will be spoilt for choice in terms of what to do because the city has so much to offer in terms of recreational activities and unwinding.

One thing worth knowing is the erratic weather, it changes too fast and winters often get gloomy as the sun sets at about 4 pm for 3 months of the year, that in my opinion is one of the only negative things I will have to say about living in London but besides that, you will definitely enjoy staying here.
The city is also quite expensive to live in so definitely account for that; budgeting your daily expenses can help you keep track of your money and makes it a lot easier to live here.

Exploring London as a resident allows you to see its different sides and a break from the typical touristy areas which is far more exciting.
Hope this helps!

Best of Luck,
Ananya
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Thanks a lot, that’s great. I don’t think the weather will be much different to what i’m used to.

I think it’s the “different sides” of London im intrigued to see.
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Can anyone give me an idea of what it’s like to live in London? What is there to do? Do you meet a lot of people? Best places to go?

I’m going to be in Acton (I think). What’s that like?
be prepared to get cheffed round the corner lol
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