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on 31 October 2010
Disappointed. I bought this book after looking for a decent guide to help me purchase a house in London. Carrie Segrave's excellent "New London Property Guide", which used to be updated yearly, was my bible before, but it hasn't been released now for several years and is out of date.

"Where to live in London" was pitched as "essential reading for anyone looking to rent or buy in London". While it does provide a lot of useful facts for people that are not familiar with London, it is not particularly helpful for anyone that already lives here. Much of the book is taken up with chapters of advice on how to hail taxis, the types of taxes we pay, and even a section of conversion of weights and measures. For a Londoner who wanted in-depth information on each area its less useful.

The latter chapters of the book are broken into a borough by borough guide of London. Again I found this lacking. The sections are a list of facts, which, while accurate, don't provide any context. It almost has the feel of a piece of work written by contract writers. Just fill in these sections boys and we're done.

I really didn't get any impression that the writers (only one of whom lives in London) had any real feel for the boroughs, other than obvious observations. I learned nothing new.

Overall, a useful guide for non-Londoners, especially Americans, who it seems to be aimed at. Not so good for anyone that already lives in London. I'm still looking for my Carrie Segrave replacement.
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on 14 August 2015
An interesting book, If you are interested in London in general, it gives you lots of information about each part of the capital, that you would not even think you needed to know.
I have lived in London and it told me some things I had not known.

If you are new to London or are thinking of coming to it to live, I would recommend it
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on 27 July 2015
This book could be considered as a good first point of reference for people who decide to move to London for the first time. It collects many useful information about the daily tasks and about the boroughs.
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on 16 May 2011
This is a very useful Guide. And the fact that it covers all 33 London boroughs is a real bonus - not all Guides have done this in the past. Indeed, with the outer boroughs starting to benefit from significant investment by individual homebuyers and developers alike, this full coverage is indispensible. The book's area assessments are unbiased and of genuine value. As with other all-borough guides, readers will soon realise the sense in looking seriously at the outer regions of Greater London around 10 miles from the centre - it's often possible to find an architecturally identical property for around half the price just by looking a little further out. Local restaurants and coffee bars will often be branches of exactly the same names as found in the inner areas - and sometimes frankly better. And schools are definitely better overall and crime is of a far less serious nature - what's not to like?
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on 10 January 2015
Great purchase. Would recommend to any new Londoner!
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on 21 April 2014
SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE DISTORED IDEAS OF LIVING IN LONDON.IN REALITY UNLESS U ARE V WEALTHY,OR MEET THE CRITERIA FOR SOCIAL HOUSING EG PEABODY I WOULD STAY WHERE U ARE.WITH IMMIGRANTS NOW CAMPING AND HAVING BBQS IN PARK LANE THE PROBLEM OF HOUSING IN LONDON IS DIRE.STAY WHERE U ARE !
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on 28 December 2014
Great
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on 26 February 2012
This book is exactly what I needed as Im looking to move to London next year, it gives me the low down of each borough and is very interesting. I haven't been able to put it down.
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