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Light at the end of the tunnel? Dec. 17th, 2005 11:01 am
Almost finished the Bloody Huge Project at work, and may manage a somewhat saner workload shortly. Thank [deity/profanity of choice]...

On that note, keep an eye out for the next Mind Gym book in the shops (and out of curiosity, have any of you dealt with the company / read the book in the past?)

Longer term, I need to move closer to work. The downside of this is that work is in the expensive heart of West London (it's on Kensington Square), which means that "near" involves a lot of the expensive side of Zone 2. Ideally I'm looking for a 30-minute commute door-to-door, and my calculations on a tube map seem to suggest this draws a boundary line on the tube map from Ealing Broadway down to Richmond, Wimbledon, Clapham, Brixton, Waterloo, Bermondsey, Bank.

Can anyone comment on good places to live in that arc? What's the travel like? Paying a bit more to live further in may be worth it if it helps me get my work done, as bonus percentages are insane at TMG. In the first instance I'm looking for a small 1-bed (but not studio) flat (on the basis that I don't need to spend much time at home, living in London), but I'm open to advice. Living nearer to people I know would be a plus, of course. Oh, and I'd prefer to be on the tube to mainline (down to frequency of service, because I'm no good at catching trains on schedule).

Also, if anyone has any outstanding queries to me, please remind me and I'll try and catch up.
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From: booklectic
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 11:37 am (Link)
Trains from, say Clapham Junction run almost as frequently as tubes.

There might be affordable places round Chiswick, Turnham Green or Ravenscourt Park, all of which are nice places to live. Round here: well, Tooting's good value and has character, especially if you like Indian food. Balham's good too. Southfields is villagy, but the District Line is too slow to guarantee you a 30 minutes commute.

The less nice bits of Pimlico are affordable and close to town. But less nice.
From: hsb
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 11:51 am (Link)
Second the comment about CJ, I never worry about timetables. Also, you can get practically anywhere in London in an hour, even North London.

From: wechsler
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 11:55 am (Link)
TFL maps claim that Soutfields is 16 minutes from High Street Ken on the District - is this inaccurate?
From: booklectic
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 12:00 pm (Link)
Let's say it's technically accurate. You'd probably make it within 20 minutes most of the time.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 12:10 pm (Link)
I used to live in Southfields. It becomes very crowded during Wimbledon week, but if you're near to the tube it's OK for commuting. 16 minutes might be a slight optimism, though.
Oh, and I can name a landlord to avoid ...
From: wechsler
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 12:15 pm (Link)
16 minutes is quoted off-peak time; I'm trying to get about 15 mins closer in "quoted time" as that's all I have the data for.

"Quoted time" from here is about 15 minutes out, plus there's a 10-minute walk to the tube.
From: booklectic
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 12:34 pm (Link)
Me too. Where did you live? I miss Southfields. It's got a good feel to it. Can't afford to buy a house there, though...
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 01:01 pm (Link)
Keevil Drive, at the top of the hill, initially. It's where we lived when we first moved down to London.
From: jhaelan
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 11:39 am (Link)
Reading the book and been on the Relaxtion Techniques course :)

As I _think_ I mentioned last Sunday
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 12:13 pm (Link)
What you said on Sunday was that you had the book ... [grin]
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From: wechsler
Date: December 17th, 2005 - 12:10 pm (Link)
Looks like it's worth considering, having added the Jubilee line into my maths - it's about the same distance as Wimbledon, etc.
From: webcowgirl
Date: December 18th, 2005 - 02:09 am (Link)
Outstanding queries ... hmm ... haven't seen a bottle of yellow hair conditioner in your flat, have you?
From: wechsler
Date: December 18th, 2005 - 10:31 am (Link)
Oh is that what it is? It was hiding under the bed.
From: webcowgirl
Date: December 21st, 2005 - 07:37 pm (Link)
Doubtlessly in fear ...
From: thalinoviel
Date: December 18th, 2005 - 11:24 pm (Link)
Cla'm is a rather nice place to live, lots of nice little restaurants and some solidly excellent pubs. The houses are fabulous huge victorian things, so even small studios are quite big. And the transport's very good indeed, having as you do the Northern line and Clapham Junction not to mention shedloads of buses.