Flat Hunting

The last few days I have been frantically flat/house hunting around London. Might I add it is not a pleasant experience.

I’ve been sifting through Gumtree, and in the Loot newspaper, and there’s loads of rentals out there, but only 1 in 20 is ever worth visiting. Obviously, you only find that out after spending a couple quid on a tube ticket, and an hour’s worth of time to get there.

The classifieds don’t help much either. They are advertised as follows:

Beautiful, huge double bedroom, with TV, in a mod and clean flat, perfectly situated, a stone’s throw from the tube station

Which actually means:

Crusty flat, above a dodgy kebab/pizza shop on noisy Wandsworth High street. A 10 minute walk from the tube station.

I’m learning pretty quickly how to decipher these adverts.

To cheer me up a little, I snapped this picture. At least London trains and buses come on time. Well most of the time. See below for proof:

London trains always on time
Expected arrival time: 10:41
Actual arrival time: 10:41:00

By Mark Forrester

Co-founder of WooThemes. Makers of WooCommerce - acquired by Automattic. Mark is a husband, dad, early stage investor, photographer, gadget geek and sports fanatic. Proudly based in Cape Town, South Africa.


  1. Haha mate, good luck, been there done that, got the t-shirt and now I’m doing it all again in the next few months, really sucks, the right one will come along soon enough, and then you wonder how they hell the others can charge what they do!

  2. Ha Ha ! Nice one Mark, so true, keep hunting and don’t give up they are out there you just have to spend a lot of time looking! Try get the advertisers to email you pics before you venture out it always helps !

  3. Hey Jammin, was wondering if anyone was going to ask that. How observant of you.

    I actually submitted the photoshop tutorial to a tutorial search engine. The hits are coming from there. I’m not sure how long it will last, but definitely makes me think should I post more?

  4. “At least London trains and buses come on time. Well most of the time.” – Good luck when reality sets in dude. Some of the most frustrating time in my life was spent waiting for transport in the UK.

  5. heh heh heh. Good luck. My first and only experience of looking for a room was pretty much the same, except I was paying to get from Dorset to High Wycome/Marlow (bloddy expensive when you’re still converting everything back into Rands and not earning a penny) only to find the place was a shit hole with a window the size of an ipod, of which most of it was covered by someone else’s washing. Good luck. Oh, and watch out for the damp… one damp flat ruined a lot of my books and clothes.

  6. You have been lucky Mark! The tubes and trains in London are, as a rule, never on time. EVER! Good luck in Londinium. I’ve just started checking out your site and find it really easy to read and hence have kind of a connection to you – but not in a weird way?!?! I’m also from Cape Town and have had my time in the UK.

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