Tuesday 22 August 2006 5.48pm
You will not be the first....but it is unusual. 70% of my ante-natal class moved within about two years of the birth of their first child.
We decided to stay, in part because my husband felt that if he was going to have children he wanted to see them, not spend a sizeable chunk of his life on the train.
The issues are property prices; schools; access to green; and meeting other families.
Don't worry to much about the last. Having children is a great way to meet other people. You may need to make a bit more effort than if you lived in a suburban nappy valley, but ante-natal classes, play groups etc exist.
A quick flick through estate agents websites will soon tell you if you can afford the space you will need. It is not so much when they are babies, but many people find themselves forced out of the area when they have a second child and seek to trade up. We found somewhere we could afford backing onto a railway line, and the kids share a room, but it works.
Primary schools are not so much of a problem, especially if you are in Southwark, and/or are regular church goers. Secondary schools are.
Living in the centre of a big city is great, and there are loads of things you can do with children. (For example kids love Borough Market
, and there is a certain amount of pleasure to be gained from using the buggy as a way of parting the crowds.) However I suspect I am not alone in occassionally yearning for respite from people, traffic, noise and pollution.
James Hatts, editor of this site, grew up in the area. He is a star, so it can be done.
PS. the Borough Market
and buggies remark was meant with TFIC, though it is true that kids love it.