I guess this is an unexpected follow up to my last post and I honestly didn’t think I’d move this far out. But hey, the rent is so much cheaper and I have a beautiful flat to look after!
A couple of months ago I made the leap, and swapped my hectic zone two* lifestyle for the quiet life in zone six. Here are twenty things that I have discovered so far:
1. Shops don’t close THAT early. Although they are still closed by the time I get back from work, so they are useless establishments to me.
2. It is possible to buy plantain** in zone six. Who would have thought?
3. The cost of a 1-6 travel card will make you cry yourself to sleep so it’s best to close your eyes while purchasing.
4. When you’ve spent that much on said travelcard you will feel it is your right to make the most of it, so impropetu trips to oxford circus for shopping occur frequently.
5. People will show outrage over how far you live, as if you plan on inviting them over anyway.
6. You won’t hear a single police siren. And if you do it’s a really big deal and you’ll rush to your window to find out what’s happening.
7. Your borough magazine appeals to those aged 70+ with an interest in Pilates. No featured restaurant of the month, or Prosecco nights.
8. Parking is free in most places. Best thing ever.
9. Starbucks who? My worst nightmare ever.
10. You will return to zone two for a visit and immediately feel stressed about how noisy and crowded it is.
11. Nobody walks like a commuter with places to go. And if you speedwalk you will look like a city douchebag.
12. As above but with drivers too.
13. People refer to zone one as “London” eg – “Oh you work in London?” Excuse me – we are also still in London! (Just)
14. The M25 isn’t actually that far away, and can take you wherever you want to go.
15. It is so lovely to return from a hectic day at work to peace and quiet in the suburbs.
16. Chicken shops don’t really exist, and if they do they cost about the same as Nandos. Pain.
17. Actually moving out of London may not be such a bad idea after all. Since I’ve discovered that I can hack a 75min commute.
18. Black people don’t really exist, however people don’t act like they’ve never seen us before so.. silver linings
19. You get the best of both worlds when working in the city, you can enjoy the benefits of the entertainment and come home to the quieter and cheaper life.
20. Your local off licence lady will still ID you every time despite knowing you well enough by now.
So far, so good in the “burbs”. Having a car definitely helps though. I don’t miss much yet! Maybe this is the start of a new, suburban me…. Horse riding anyone?
* It’s easiest for Londoners to talk in zones, zone one is central London where rich people and very lucky council tenants live, zone six is the suburbs, where most people claim they have never heard of.
**Staple in a Caribbean/South American/African household. Better than life itself.