I finally did it! Two days ago I packed my life into the back of a van and moved into my very own flat in East London.
For most of my life, (apart from a brief spell at art college), I've lived just outside London, in rural Buckinghamshire. Most of my work is now in London, as is my social life, so it's not like I'm a stranger to the big city. Travelling into London has always been easy enough, but when you start doing it a lot, Zone 9 (yes it really does exist!) can take forever to get to. So last October I started looking for somewhere a bit more central.
To begin with, I had no idea where I wanted to live. I looked at places all over London, quickly realising that my expectations didn't entirely match my budget. Eventually at the beginning of the year, I settled on East London as the right area for me, and in March I finally found 'the one'.