Living in the city is hard. It’s also expensive. A common criticism of most cities is that home prices, and apartment rents are only getting more expensive. A city like London can certainly fit the bill when it comes to high rent prices. Of course, in a city full of movie stars, politicians, businessmen, and royals, there are plenty of people willing to pay for the richest … [Read more...] about The London Fiver – Five of the Most Expensive Apartment Buildings in London
A survey of London commuters was undertaken by Randstad to determine which tube line carried the wealthiest commuters and which professions were most likely to travel on what line. Looking at all nine tube lines and their stops – which one would you expect to have the wealthiest commuters? Perhaps the Hammersmith & City Line which takes you from trendy West London through … [Read more...] about Interactive Graphic: Which London tube line is home to the wealthiest commuters?
Image Credit: Giorgio Badaini Londoners are a steely lot and sometimes it can be easy for a tourist to get on their nerves. So, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of things a tourist should not do when they come to London. Do Not Ride the Tube During Rush Hour The Tube is a tool used by Londoners to get to and from work. It's sole reason to exist is to move … [Read more...] about Londonism: 10 Things Not to do in London – London Travel Etiquette
The Daily Mail is reporting interesting news that it now costs £96,000 to buy a parking space in London - which they note costs more than many houses in the North of England. From the Mail: A parking space in Central London can now be worth more than a house in other parts of the country, a study has found. A vehicle bay in Kensington and Chelsea was valued at £95,800, … [Read more...] about Insane Property: Parking Spaces in London Cost More than a House in Northern England
The big news over the weekend was a new proposal being investigated by the British government that would seek to develop a high speed rail line between Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport - thus turning the two airports into a 'virtual hub.' The idea is rather daft and would most certainly be a huge waste of money. The fact of the matter is that the south of England … [Read more...] about Heathwick? New High Speed Rail Line Proposed to Connect Heathrow and Gatwick Airports
Trivago has conducted a survey of hotels in Europe and it turns out that London has fared the worst in hotel ratings in Europe. According to TravelMole: London hotels are amongst the worst in Europe, according to a new survey. Of all the continent's capital cities, London came out the worse in the study by online hotel price comparison website trivago.co.uk. Out of … [Read more...] about Does London Really Have Europe’s Worst Hotels?
Sorry for the break, Londontopia readers – I have been ill. However, this means that I can now write to you about the lovely NHS! The system is sort of in turmoil at the moment, with governments moving toward American-style privatization of medical care and cutting budgets left, right, and centre. Everyone is in an uproar, as doctors like to both be paid and be able to offer … [Read more...] about The London American – the National Health Service
The Evening Standard had a rather interesting article today stating the obvious - a study has found the most expensive neighborhood. And surpise! It's Mayfair! From the Article: Analysis of house prices shows that last year the average home in the W1J5 prefixed postcode sold for £3.98 million. Three-bedroom terrace properties went for around £6.7 million as more "ultra-high … [Read more...] about Captain Obvious: London’s Priciest Area Revealed
Bloomberg's Adam Haynes reports from London on the shift away from iconic skyscrapers as developers adopt cheaper, less ambitious plans. This report includes comments from Ken Shuttleworth, the architect of the landmark Gherkin building. … [Read more...] about London’s Skyscraper Boom Ends
Editor's Note: We'd like to welcome our first official London-based columnist to Londontopia. Stacy Hackner is an American living the Anglophile dream while she studies in London. This column will be all about her trials & tribulations as well as her adventure - so let's give a big welcome to the London American! Hiya! I’m Stacy, holder of a Tier 4 student visa. I … [Read more...] about Introducing The London American – How to Become a British American
For those that don't know, London has a congestion toll for the center of London to discourage people from driving into central London. It keeps the roads clear and the air cleaner. It's a policy that actually works. Despite this - there's one organization that refuses to play ball and pay the congestion charge: the US Embassy. From the Guardian: Boris Johnson is "adamant" … [Read more...] about Biggest Tax Cheat in London: The USA Embassy
Okay, so you've decided to take a trip to London. After your flight is booked, your thoughts will naturally shift to lodging. Where will you stay? London is a big city, and there are a ton of options when it comes to lodging. London is full of hostels, self-catering flats, bed and breakfasts and of course hotels. I am going to focus hotels today because this is the most … [Read more...] about London Hotels: Top Tips For Booking Your Hotel Room – Guide to London Hotel Realities