London is a fantastic city to shift base to, especially if you have a family. Here are five reasons why you should consider relocating your family here.
Central London has numerous parks and playgrounds your children can play in
Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of open spaces for children to play in Central London. From wooded parks with running trails to playgrounds with jungle gyms, you can find a wide assortment of child-friendly, recreational facilities here.
There’s Queen’s Park Gardens in Westminster, which has a long, winding trail that visitors can follow. A viewing deck allows your kids to spy on bats, birds and squirrels in the treetops. There’s also a designated dog zone where your children can walk your pet.
Another park with a brilliant playground is Hyde Park. There’s an open sports field for the older kids to play, and there are climbing sets, swings, and slides for the young ones. The concept of “natural play” inspires these grounds, and children are encouraged to make up their own games using natural trees, rocks, and other elements.
Apart from these are the Bloomsbury Square Garden, The Regent’s Park and Haggerston Park, all of which have dedicated open spaces and playgrounds for kids of all ages.
It is home to numerous internationally-renowned, multi-cultural schools & universities
Central London boasts an excellent school system. There’s the multi-cultural Soho Parish School, where children are encouraged to make friends with kids from all countries and ethnicities. It’s also the perfect place to get your young one ready for the cosmopolitan nature of London.
The Southbank International School in Kensington too celebrates ethnic diversity in its students and staff. The school, which starts from kindergarten, organises regular visits to museums, parks, and historic locations as part of its teaching curriculum.
You will adore the massive swimming pools, cricket grounds and sports centres
The Central London locality has many gyms, cricket grounds, sports centres, swimming pools, and fitness clubs. The Oasis Sports Centre in Camden features a fully-equipped gym, a swimming pool, and a squash court. The Centre is disability-friendly as well.
Then there’s the Third Space Soho gym. A premium gym with fully-equipped facilities, you can get your workouts in through group classes and personal training. The gym organises runs and hikes in the Ourika Valley, and there’s also a Spa on the premises.
The Bannatyne Health Club Russell Square, The Club at County Hall (Westminster), and The Holborn Fitness Club are other great places to workout or get a game of squash in.
Central London is home to world-class museums, pubs, restaurants, and cinemas
Love museums and art galleries? Well then, there’s no better place to be than in Central London. The British Museum, The National Gallery, Tate Modern, V&A Museum, The House of Minalima, Photographer’s Gallery, The Queen’s Gallery, London Transport Museum, and Freemasons’ Hall are located in and around Central London. These establishments have special weekend classes for kids, where they teach them art, drama, music and literature. Book a spot and watch as they have fun.
Another reason why Central London makes for the perfect place of residence is the lively nightlife it offers. The Apollo Theatre & London Cabaret Club in Soho, Victoria Palace Theatre in Westminster, Adelphi Theatre in Holborn, and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden put on excellent shows every night.
If you’d like a drink before the show, The French House at Soho, the Lamb and Flag in Covent Garden, and Ye Olde Mitre in Holborn are three iconic pubs in the city. And London’s most famous food market – Borough Market – is just a tube ride away.
The tube connectivity to other parts of the city is amazing
Talking about the tube, Central London has excellent connectivity through the tube and train stations. The Oyster Card is accepted on every line, whether you’re travelling within Central London or Greater London or to any suburban town.
The Central Line is the primary tube line that services Central London. However, the Hammersmith & City line, Metropolitan line, Circle line, Victoria Line and Northern Line all have stations at various Central London localities.
If you’re travelling outside London, the Chiltern Railways, West Midlands and Greater Anglia train lines all connect to the suburbs through King’s Cross Station.
Apart from the tube and the train, Central London is connected through numerous bus routes. There are stops at multiple places like Somerset House, Upper Taxi Road, Tension Way, St. Giles High Street, Kingsway, Drury Lane, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Bedford Street and more.
Buses come in intervals of 5-10 minutes, making travel super convenient. Both modes of transport are excellent to reach schools, universities, and offices in and around Central London.
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