London is one of the best metropolises in the world to live in, with its fusion of culture, art and fashion. With its spectacular history, tradition and architecture, you have a city with a great soul that is full of life.
London has the finest transportation in the world, with a combination of underground, over-ground trains, buses, ferries and cabs to take you wherever you need to go. Everything is so convenient and cheap to get to that a lot of people do not even have to drive anywhere. With the London Olympic Games, there were even more improvements to the infrastructure.
If you're looking to buy a property, then it's a good idea to try an area out by renting there first before you commit to owning property there. In London, you can choose to buy in an area which has already been popular for many years. An area falling into this category will most likely have good transport links and a multitude of bars, restaurants and shops on it's high street. Wimbledon and Clapham both fall into this category. New build homes to rent or buy will be quite pricey here, but they are unlikely to wane in popularity.
On the other hand, you might want to choose an area which is considered to be 'up-and-coming'. Look for areas which are due to get new transport links in the near future. For example, areas in South-East London which are about to feature on the London Overground map are well worth a look.
Many housing associations have been capable of providing a good supply of affordable property for tenants and first time buyers, offering shared ownership properties schemes such as the new build homebuy.