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Where to live? London Feature

02/07/2008 Joanna

The most popular destination for our teachers is London so I’ve done a break down so those of you who are coming to London so you know more about what to expect and where to start your research.  Perhaps this might make London a little less scary for others! 

London doesn’t suit everyone, so please remember Teaching Personnel is a nationwide agency! We can help you secure work in ANY of our 23 branches, but for those of you unsure of where to choose, we can also guide you on suitable places to live, with good public transport links and plentiful amounts of work! Check out information about all of our branches by following the map link on the website

Staff from Teaching Personnel’s 4 London Offices offer the following recommendations:


For anyone looking to live in a trendy and fashionable part of London then Islington is the place for you. Located 10 mins north of Central London on the Northern line, Islington displays a thriving haven for shoppers, theatre-goers and diners alike. Its close to the financial part heart of the City and the West End, and yet it retains its own identity and sense of pride. As you’d expect from a cutting edge multicultural community, there are leading theatres, arthouse and mainstream cinemas and restaurants, bars and clubs that cater for all tastes.

If you are looking to live somewhere more affordable then the South East of London is becoming a popular place to live amongst our overseas teachers. The South East has become one of the best connected places in London, with quick and easy access in to central London. It’s cheaper than most other areas to live, and with the region benefiting from the Olympics funding to refurbish the area, it has become a popular area for workers looking for affordable rent prices. I would recommend Greenwich and Lewisham:

Greenwich itself is home to one of England’s top Universities, hence it being popular for singles and young couples to live. There are many bars and restaurants to choose from to wind down and meet new people, and with the new O2 arena (formerly known as the Millennium Dome) drawing in the crowds to see all the top music artists from around the world, and screening all the latest films in its new cinema complex, there is something to choose for everyone.

Lewisham can offer as much peace and quiet or hustle and bustle, as you want. It all depends where you look. Lewisham is at the centre of south London, neighbouring Lambeth, Greenwich and Southwark and providing quick access to the clubs of Brixton, bars of Clapham and the Tate Modern. Lewisham itself is now touted as 'up and coming', with a growing number of bars, pubs, clubs and other leisure facilities. There are numerous train and bus routes throughout the borough, running directly into central London - to Charring Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo, London Bridge and Victoria. It takes around ten minutes from Lewisham's town centre to London Bridge. Night buses also run throughout the small hours from the centre.


Covering the majority of Greater West London the Ealing branch of Teaching Personnel is ideally situated to cater for its catchment area of schools.  Incorporating the Borough's of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hounslow, Brent and Hillingdon, Teaching Personnel offers day-to-day supply work through to permanent placements at the 708 schools that fall in its boundaries.

The Ealing branch is in public-private partnership with Ealing and Houslow council’s with these two ‘LEA Gateway Agreements' providing schools an efficient and rapid response teacher absence solutions.  These agreements also mean even more work for teachers in these areas.

Large numbers of overseas teachers find a home around the Acton and Fulham areas, no doubt to maintain proximity to their local drinking haunts of 'The Redback' - in Acton and 'The Slug and Lettuce' - in Fulham, places that have become synonymous with being an Australian, New Zealand, South African or Canadian traveller living in London.  On a healthier note Chelsea Football ground is around the corner from the Slug and Lettuce.  The new Wembley stadium in Brent is nearby (Football's birthplace reborn).  With easy access to Twickenham Rugby ground, Wimbledon and Central London, Ealing is a tried, tested and popular destination for those travellers looking for a new experience while maintaining home connections with like-minded individuals.


The South West of London is a popular place for South African’s, Australias and New Zealanders! This “antipodean belt” consists of the following areas: Clapham (North / South and Clapham Common and Clapham Junction), Putney, Fulham, Wimbledon and Southfields.

Wimbledon is located in southwest London, approximately 10 kilometres (6 miles) away from central London.  You’ll know Wimbledon because of the famous tennis tournament every June.  Frequent trains run to Waterloo Station, (journey time 15 minutes) which is very near to central London and adjacent to the Eurostar terminal for onward bound trains to Paris, Brussels and other European cities.  The cloest airport is London Gatwick.  Wimbledon is a lively town centre with a great shopping centre, "Centre Court". Favourite Antipodean hangouts include the Walkabout bar and Suburban, a small but friendly Cocktail bar. If you prefer a quieter life, Wimbledon Village is the "classy" end of Wimbledon with kooky boutique shops, organic coffee shops and great Italian restaurants.

Neighboring Clapham is really popular for a night out - Clapham High Street is home to cheesy discos planning retro classics, Revolution vodka bar and loads of great eateries.Clapham has tube links along the Northern line and Clapham Junction Overland train is quick and convenient.  Putney is home to a more relaxed pace of life - ideal for a riverside stroll or meal overlooking the Thames. However, Putney also has its own high street with a reasonable range of shops - and the obligatory Starbucks!  Putney has advantages of having both tube and overland train links, Wimbledon also has fantastic access to public transport.  These areas are busy, lively, safe and with excellent acess to shops and supermarkets. 


Two More Great Websites with a PostCode Map of London, descriptions and photos from suberbs all over the city, check out!


Teaching Personnel’s International Team are always happy to answer any questions about where to live from our own personal experiences and those of our teachers.  Email us on 



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