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Miracle of miracles, it looks like I am finally moving to UK. Where should I go?

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  1. sixcarbs

    sixcarbs F1 Veteran
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    I have been trying to get to the UK for 8 years. Legally, not just show up. And now I finally have the opportunity.

    I thought I had it all figured out with respect to my son (7 years old now, going into P3 next year), but I don't.

    Where should I go?

    I would like to find a private primary school for my son. I would like to keep it 15,000 pounds per year maximum if possible. Right now he is an international English speaking school in Serbia that is on the Cambridge system.

    I would like to live near my son's school.

    I would hope the train ride to financial area of London (Moorgate station) is 1 hour or less, but if it has to be more so be it.

    Any ideas, recommendations? Anyone else with children the same age?

    Trying to research schools brings up a million links, most of them paid for, or guides with paid recommendations. I know this is the one place I can get honest opinions.

    Thank you,

    Sixcarbs
     
  2. energy88

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    Congratulations on finally achieving your dream!

    Hope you get lots of good suggestions from the FChat crewe on the other side of the pond.
     
  3. Bluebottle

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    You could do worse than live where I do in Newbury. Fast trains to London Paddington take 40 minutes, so you should be able to get to the City in around an hour. There is an excellent private day / flexi / boarding school about 15 minutes' drive from here at https://www.cheamschool.co.uk/ (previous alumni incude the present King and his father) which could see your son through from 7 all the way to A-levels.
     
  4. Wheels1

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    Or Cambridge, it has lots of private schools, the Perse being the best one I would think. Your son would have to be academic to go there, you cannot just pay and get him in, he would have to be accepted. https://www.perse.co.uk/ There are less-academic schools as well.


    40 Min. fast train to Kings Cross from the city centre, house prices are high though, even renting, but most places are like that I am afraid.
     
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  5. Bluebottle

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    Correction: Cheam only educates to age 13.
     
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  6. sixcarbs

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  7. Bluebottle

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    No idea about Staines itself, but there are some very nice (and expensive!) places to live nearby, e.g. Windsor, Virginia Water, Sunningdale, Ascot, etc., etc. Incidentally, if you want to check train times / frequency, https://www.thetrainline.com/ is very useful.
     
  8. Patrick Dixon

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    Staines is just up the road from Egham where Maranello are, and just down the road from Windsor, where the King and his Son (but not Harry) live. I haven't been there for a while, but there are good parts and not so good parts depending on how much money you want to spend on housing. I doubt crime will be that terrible, but traffic almost certainly will.
     
  9. Trev450

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    Traffic congestion is a problem wherever you choose in the UK unfortunately, with the possible exception of the Scottish Highlands and the wilds of Wales.
     
  10. sixcarbs

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    Minor change of plans.

    I am going to go alone now, and my wife and child will hang back here in Serbia for now. I will fly back to Serbia every 2 weeks.

    My wife is projecting her anxieties on to my son. She thinks I should go, learn the lay of the land, and then bring them. I tried to tell her that it is not optimal to move a kid to school mid-year, even if it is possible. I also have no intention of living out in the sticks if there is no child with me to go to school out there. I will live somewhere in central London.

    Me, I have lived around the globe. I have no problem showing up somewhere and settling. I moved from the Caribbean to Monaco with just my suitcases, and no residence lined up. I moved to the Balkans in almost the same fashion. I don't know what she thinks I will learn over months that I will not know in a 3-day weekend. But ok. I am not going to argue with her.

    So, any thoughts on Isle of Dogs, as a place to live? Safe? I will probably not be bringing a car. Any other suggestions? I need to be near Moorgate Station, (and maybe Canary Wharf). I am looking at 1-bedrooms, looking to spend 1500 per month. Looking at places slightly higher and prepared to offer them 6 months up front. I prefer modern, or newly refurbished. Not looking for anything "Charming."

    Thank you
     
  11. Bluebottle

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    Nothing wrong with the Isle of Dogs per se, but, like any place, there are good parts and not so good parts. I'm guessing you may have to up your budget a bit if you want something decent.
     
  12. sixcarbs

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    Maybe look at KIngs Cross to Highbury area - close to City and a bit more characterful than Isle of Dogs - maybe there are rentals in the Barbican too - the whole area around the City is criss-crossed with tubes for easy access and/or walk/cycle if living closer
     
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  14. Edward 96GTS

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    whats causing all her anxiety? is the landscape becoming more unsafe?
     
  15. sixcarbs

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    She suffers from anxiety, unrelated to this, to the point that she has these anxiety attacks several times a day where it looks like she may fall over. She doesn't do well with change, even if it is change for the better, so I have to take things slowly with her. So many thoughts lead her down multiple what if scenarios with each leg being bad. She says our some won't adjust well but that is just projection. It's her.

    What caused it? She was born in '84 and came of age in Yugoslavia/Serbia in the 90's. She always talks about the NATO bombing in 1999 and how she would sleep in the basement. She doesn't like any mechanical sounds or small spaces. There were some bases in Belgrade pretty close to where she lived. Then her parents took her up to their house on the river, and that weekend NATO bombed a major bridge right near their river house. Worse though, they missed the first night. So, I get it.
     
  16. Patrick Dixon

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    A while back, I worked on a project in Canary Wharf for a year or so. Lived during the week in rentals near Blackwall Basin and the Millwall Dock (where your linked property is). It's perfectly safe but pretty souless - I walked everywhere and used the DLR and tube. A lot of the flats are in new developments, have corporate owners and are empty most of the time. Canary Wharf is heaving during the day but dead at night. It's an odd place where you walk around underground and emerge in the foyer of someone's office building.

    Not sure I would want to subject a cat to a London flat.
     
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  17. jaisharma

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    When looking where to locate family it is worth looking at Shenfield/Chelmsford/Ingatestone as the trains to Liverpool Street are fast
     
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  18. sixcarbs

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    Well, looking at that area this hit my radar. It's a little swanky on the outside but actually has a garage.

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/148204439#/?channel=RES_LET

    This looks nice, and sounds like a nice area from what I read online. Crouch End.

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/147598796#/?channel=RES_LET
     
  19. Ferrari 308 GTB

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    Crouch End is a good area,close to Hornsey rail into Moorgate in 15 mins.Plenty of restaurants etc,and safe.I actually have a place there but its now rented.Drop me a PM if you need any info at all.
     
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