Whether you’re moving to the UK from abroad or you’re travelling from different parts of the UK to move to London, you’ll have heard that London is very expensive. These costs can differ depending on what part of London you’re living in as well as if you’re living in university accommodation, a house or a flat. There are a lot of different opinions as to how much living costs will be, which then again depend on the lifestyle of the person and how much money they have to spare.
These prices are representative of a person renting their accommodation - I have researched numerous prices and have listed the median price. Although, each areas have their expensive areas and their inexpensive areas, to which rent prices can differ massively.
If you want to purchase a flat, house or any other form of accommodation outright whether it’s in North London or even South London then the median price will be over £600,000 - some houses can be bought for as cheap as £300,000 whereas newer buildings in areas such as Central London and East London can go into the millions.
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There are hundreds of different supermarkets and shops that sell food - from markets to chain supermarkets, each offers their own products and branded products at a range of prices. Supermarkets such as Tesco and Lidl are known for being relatively inexpensive whereas supermarkets such as M&S and Sainsbury’s are a little more expensive for the higher quality provided.
London has hundreds upon hundreds of different activities to do - whether it’s rain or shine, there’s a wide range of activities with price tags that vary on where you visit and what you do. Each person has their own taste and preferences but regardless London is very expensive in this aspect.
London is renowned for its shops, from Oxford Street to Westfield Shopping Centre, there isn’t a shortage of shops to spend all of your money on clothing. Primark is known to be guilty of fast fashion with t-shirts selling for as little as £2 and jackets for little as £20. However, if you went into a shop such as H&M or Zara you can expect to pay as much as £20 for a t-shirt and £30 for a jumper, especially if they’re branded with a celebrity or TV show.
Blondies Kitchen, you've probably heard the hype from one person or another or have seen their products featured through videos on Facebook and on Instagram. When I first stumbled across Blondies Kitchen I never knew the range of products they made let alone that they are the only milk and cookie bar currently in London.
When I visited the stall in the food hall in Selfridges I was shocked to find that there was only two members of staff currently working, I had a thought that these women must both be wonder woman. The reason for this being even though there was people surrounding the stall, cookies exchanging hands and people running in all directions with their new sweet treats, it was still immaculately clean as well as the staff being really friendly. There are so many cookies to choose from which are aligned in stacks for customers to see what each cookie prides itself on. Blondies Kitchen goes above and beyond what many stalls do, by including vegan cookies such as "The Nana" and a gluten free peanut butter cookie. Blondies Kitchen doesn't stop there, this fabulous duo go even further to make seasonal treats, when I visited there were mince pies on display and through their Instagram I saw some spooky Halloween treats. Blondies Kitchen has an extensive menu, so much so that you're spoilt for choice!
Blondies Kitchen currently serves freshly made cookies in which are baked daily and are hand made. These cookies are made with organic ingredients such as unrefined sugar, Cotswold flower and free range eggs. Ingredients such as chocolate chips are weighed to make sure that every cookie is the same. When I saw the prices of these cookies it was a pricey sweet treat but considering these ladies have to make everything by hand as well as pay extra for the ingredients they use, it makes it a fair price. Cookies ranged in price from £3 to £3.50, each cookie stacks had little stands next to them with the exact price on it as well as what the signature ingredient for the cookie was. When the person I went to Blondies Kitchen said "Get Stuffed" I was originally quite offended and didn't know what to do, it then came to me that the cookie was called "Get Stuffed", which contains Nutella and Oreos. These cookies can either be bought alone or they can be made to form a mousse-filled cookie sandwich. Blondies Kitchen goes one step further and even has a 12-inch cookie pizza which can be bought as a slice or bought as a whole (at this point I was just about to give them my debit card and let them have their way with it). I fell in love with Blondies Kitchen when I found out that they sell safe to eat cookie dough, which included a shot of cold milk with it, which really took me back to my childhood. I could eat the whole container if the lady would let me buy it, it was that good. Blondies Kitchen use packaging made from plants which in turn is completely compostable, 10 brownie points (literally) for Blondies Kitchen.
Address: 400 Oxford Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1A 1AB (Selfridges Food Hall)
Address: 1 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PA
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