Living and working in London
If you’re considering coming to work with us and you’re from a different part of the country, or even the world, you might want to find out a bit more about what it’s like living in the capital.
Most of our sites are based in west London, with the exception of Broadmoor hospital which is based in Berkshire. We have put together some basic information about places to live in London, things to do, and how to get about.
Where to live
Most of our sites are based in west London, with the exception of Broadmoor Hospital which is based in Berkshire. The areas in zone 1, Kensington, Notting Hill, Knightsbridge and Chelsea, are the most expensive areas of west London. However, the further west you head, the more affordable living becomes.
Our main sites are based in three main boroughs, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow.
Traditionally known as the ‘queen of the suburbs’, Ealing became known as the leafy buffer between the city and the countryside. Ealing remains one of the greenest boroughs of London making it a fantastic place to live and work. Ealing is still within easy reach of central London whilst also maintaining many metres of parks and green spaces.
Ealing has excellent transport links, being served by Ealing Broadway station on the great western main line, with the added bonus of the Heathrow Connect. It has five London underground stations, Ealing Broadway, North Ealing, South Ealing, Hanger Lane and Ealing Common.
Central London travel time: About 30 minutes
Brentford is situated in the borough of Hounslow. Located at the point where the River Thames and the River Brent meet, Brentford has a delight of river and canal walks with the lusciously green Boston Manor Park popular with walkers and joggers. Just across the river from Brentford is Kew Gardens.
Brentford is served by a number of different train stations including Kew Bridge, Syon Lane and Brentford itself, with a number of different underground stations including Boston Manor, Northfields and South Ealing.
Transport: Piccadilly line.
Based in the London Borough of Hounslow, the riverside village of Chiswick is a quiet and leafy green area with a number of excellent parks, whilst also maintaining close connections to the city and Heathrow.
Chiswick is served by the District and Piccadilly line and over ground rail on five tube stations and two railway stations: Turnham Green, Chiswick Park, Gunnersbury, Stamford Brook and Ravenscourt Park.
Chiswick high-street is an excellent place to shop and eat, with a great mix of independent outlets and high street chains and dozens of great cafes and pubs to sample.
Central London travel time: About 30 minutes
Famous for its theatres, attracting artists from around the world, and its array of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, Hammersmith has established itself as London’s entertainment hub and a great place to live.
Hammersmith is one of the best connected areas in all of London, with excellent transport links with three tube lines running through, and a bus station at Hammersmith Broadway serving west London and afar. It also has reliable links to Heathrow airport, central London, Ealing and Richmond.
Central London travel time: About 20 minutes
Moving to a big city like London can be a little scary, especially if you are moving on your own and making new friends can be difficult.
There are lots of ways for you to make new friends who you can enjoy what the city has to offer. Citysocializer is an excellent way to meet like-minded groups of people across the city. In addition to this, Meetup allows members to join groups with common interests such as music or movies, these are all good places to start to meet others and make new friends.
Things to do
There is always something going on in London, so it is difficult to know where to visit and what to do first. London offers an array of different tourist attractions, from the more famous London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace and London Zoo, to the less well-known hotspots at all points on the tube map.
London has something for everyone to enjoy and Timeout provides an excellent guide for visiting London with a regular calendar of events over the weeks and months to keep you in the loop.
Getting to work sustainably
There is often only limited parking at many of our sites and we advise using alternative transport whenever possible. If you do need to drive, we offer a car lease scheme to all full time employees.
To find out if the site you’re visiting has parking facilities, check out the sites and locations section.
Parking for blue badge holders
Registered blue badge holders can park free within marked disabled parking spaces at all trust sites, subject to availability.
At some community sites which have no formal parking spaces, normal local authority rules apply.
Cycling is a great way to get around the city and is one of the best ways to keep fit. Whether you own your own bike or use a cycle hire scheme, you’ll often reach your destination quicker on two wheels.
Transport for London’s online journey planner has an option for cycle routes. Simply enter your postcode and that of your destination.
We also have a government approved salary saving scheme which can help you save money on the cost of a bike and accessories enabling you to save money and also improve your health and fitness.
The main train services for our London sites are South West Trains and First Great Western. You can find tickets and journey information online at www.nationalrail.co.uk and www.thetrainline.co.uk or in your local ticket office.
Accommodation available for NHS staff
Thames Valley Housing provide key worker accommodation in the London and surrounding areas for NHS workers. They are all purpose built, modern well maintained homes. Visit the website for more information
If you are moving to London on your own, and are looking to share a flat or a house, Spare Room is an excellent way of saving money and making new friends. You can advertise a spare room or a room you’re looking to rent by creating a profile and telling people a little about yourself and what kind of flat share you’re looking for.
"Ealing is a really vibrant and interesting place to live, with central London just a few tube stops away. I live in a shared house with some really lovely people and living here means I can walk to work and save on travel costs." - Steph, communications officer