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Londoners debate whether they will ‘leave the capital’

London is an amazing place to live. There’s so much to do and so many different ways to fill your time. It’s so easy to meet up with friends and head to events, whatever area of the city you might live in.

But how do you feel about being in London during lockdown?

Many people might have a totally different opinion of London while they’re stuck inside their homes. On average Londoners will have much smaller living spaces and many won’t have a garden.

Outside areas like parks and commons will likely be much busier here in London than they will be out in the countryside.

And essential shops like supermarkets and pharmacies that you might have to go in during the lockdown to pick up essentials will probably be busier too.

Equally though, for some people who are stuck out in the countryside in the middle of nowhere, this lockdown has made them realise they want to be closer to loved ones.

And for people living alone, London has been a great place to stay because you can guarantee there will always be someone close by, even if you’re just waving from a window.

Essentially this lockdown has caused people to think about what they really want.

Here’s what some Londoners have said, according to a Reddit thread that was shared on Sunday.

London is expensive – but would I get FOMO if I left?

“I absolutely love London. I’ve been living here for 13 years. But now realising that it might not be worth the price, limited space and shallow relationships. Especially since the job market is becoming more remote,” one person wrote.

“Questions is… Would I have real fear of missing out (FOMO) if I leave London when move to the countryside?”

This is potentially the biggest worry for many people considering leaving London.

With so much to do here, when not in lockdown, and so many unique aspects of this city, one worry about leaving it behind is missing out on experiencies.

The grass isn’t always greener

“I think it’s a misconception that you have to move to the middle of the countryside to get that lifestyle that you want,” another person said.

“I think a lot of people will have made that assumption in the past and regretted it.”

It’s easy to think that everyone else is having it better than you, especially during a challenging time where you’re left alone with your thoughts a lot. But it’s not necessarily the case.

The dream would be having both

“Given infinite money I think my ideal would be a flat in Zone 1, and then a small house or cottage somewhere really rural, next to a national park such as the Peak District or Dartmoor,” one person with big aspirations wrote.

“What I realize I don’t like is zones 2 to 3 and further out – the London suburbia, worst-of-both-worlds areas. But I don’t have infinite money so that’s what I’ve got.”

This person has probably nailed it. If you had all the money in the world, you should just buy a central London home and a countryside abode so you could enjoy both.

Paying a premium is a difficult pill to swallow

“I have always known I won’t be growing old in this city, so have always tried to make the best of it,” someone who has thought ahead said.

“But the lockdown definitely makes this city less worth the expenses – think about it, all the social and outdoorsy things that are on offer aren’t available anymore!

“Instead you’re spending all your time in a smaller house for more rent than someone outside the city would be doing.

“What makes this city so fun is not available to do during lockdown, so it doesn’t seem worth it at the moment.”

One of the main issues people are finding with lockdown life in London is how much more money they are paying than people out in rural areas only to have a lot less space.

Working from home might become more commonplace

When it comes to the location of where you work playing a role in determining where you live, one person wrote: “If you’re only commuting one day a week, you may be willing to live much further away from London.”

If remote working increases because of this pandemic, would that change your mind about where you want to live?

London is amazing, lockdown or not

“I will never move,” a proud Londoner wrote. “I know lots of people that have moved out to more rural areas. Some happy, some not.

“Its just not for me, I love the anonymity and the bustle and the noise and the sirens. I totally understand why someone would want to though.”

While this lockdown has caused some people to reconsider their position, others feel more sure than ever.

It’s not London itself, it’s your attitude

Another person wrote: “Ive lived here all my life, with the longest I spent out of here a little more than a month.

“Ive realised London manages to amplify what you are feeling in yourself. If you are happy, there’s no better place on Earth, if you are sad, its a horrible wasteland.”

Maybe this whole debate is how you feel and what you want. London is an incredible place. It might be totally perfect for some people and wrong for others – you have to figure out what suits you.

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