A favorite destination among expats is obviously London. Despite ongoing attempts at political devolution and economic decentralization, London remains the undisputed center of the United Kingdom. In this context, London mostly refers to the Greater London Area — an administrative region that was created in 1965 and which subsumed an entire county (Middlesex). However, the urban conglomeration of London stretches beyond the GLA boundaries, into the so-called Home Counties surrounding the capital: Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, and Sussex.
The administrative unit of the Greater London Area houses 8.6 million residents and consists of the City of London (i.e. the financial district), as well as 32 boroughs. The 12 Inner Boroughs around the city center include:
The 20 remaining boroughs form Outer London. These are as follows:
When you go looking for property in London, be aware that the boroughs above are not identical with postcode districts, nor do they correspond to actual neighborhoods. Notting Hill, for example, covers Kensington & Chelsea, Shepherd’s Bush represents Hammersmith & Fulham, and the Docklands stretch across Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Newham, and Greenwich.
If you aren’t familiar with London’s residential areas yet, you can go about the property search as follows:
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