Life in London
Thrilling retirement living in the nation's capital
Retirement Living in London
Things to do in London
London is packed with endless iconic landmarks, making it perfect for sightseeing. From Westminster, for example, you’ll find Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and the Tate Modern all within walking distance from each other.
You’ll discover eclectic antiques in Portobello Road, designer shopping on Oxford Street, theatre in the West End, music at the Royal Albert Hall, quirky cafes in Covent Garden and the finest views across the city from the top of the Shard. Greenwich is famous for its time keeping, but also the Maritime museum, while over at the Museum Mile, you can visit 14 museums covering everything from transport to cartoons.
There’s plenty for grandchildren too, from the Natural History museum and Madame Tussauds to London Zoo. Finally, there’s a never-ending list of cultural events and festivals, from local community arts trails to the Notting Hill Carnival.
Transport and Connections
From the famous London Underground to the iconic red buses, London has one of the most extensive and reliable public transport systems in the country, which means you can easily explore everything this great city has to offer without ever needing a car.
If you want to go further afield then there are an impressive number of trains stations across the city, including Paddington, Waterloo and Kings Cross, that can take you directly to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Penzance in matter of hours. From St Pancreas you can hop on the Eurostar and enjoy the sights of Paris in just over 2 hours. Tres bien!
And for further adventures abroad there are six international airports to choose from, including London City, Gatwick, Stansted and of course Heathrow, the third largest airport in the world.
Retirement Homes in London
Retiring in London - Frequently asked questions
London can be an excellent choice for a retirement location as it offers some of the best sights, attractions, amenities and facilities in the whole of the UK.
However, it is also one of the most highly populated areas in the country, so it might not be ideal for those looking for a quieter retirement without any hustle and bustle.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to retirement options in London, as the nation’s capital offers something for everyone.
For example, those who want luxury and access to all the top attractions may want to choose a central borough like Kensington and Chelsea or Greenwich. While those who want the best of the city mixed with some additional green space may wish to retire to Lewisham or Richmond which come with plenty of top parks and outdoor areas.
Knowing how much money you need to have to retire depends on a few things: how lavishly you want to live and how early you want to retire. Ultimately you need to work out how much you intend to spend a year on your living costs and work out how you can comfortably afford this based on your existing savings, pensions and incomings.