When I moved out of home in the 80s, I was living in central London, and it was brilliant. The music, the people, the fashion, it was all so so vibrant and cutting edge. I felt as if I was at the centre of the world and people were looking at us for the next move. My mum described a similar feeling of London for her in the 60s.
These days, rents are so ridiculously high that young people cannot move to the city in droves to enjoy young life and all the city has to offers. My friends and I worked normal low paid grad jobs and we could afford a decent bedroom in a nice enough flat. The same flat today would mean I'd have to be earning £100k+ to even think about.
It seems such a shame that London is becoming the preserve of the international elite's money, and that it is losing its edge as the heart of our culture.
"London has a net migration inflow for people aged 15 to 29."
London has a far higher percentage of the population under 30 than any other city. It's growing rapidly, and the migration into it is largely by young people. The people who are moving out of London are overwhelmingly people 45+.
Its the same everywhere. You are not the same, london is not the same, the internet has globalised the world so no one has a physical identity anymore. We’ll never go back to those days coz people are not as physically connected to their environment anymore. Kids want to be global citizens, not part of an inner city culture movement.
And re the drinks, oh please. G&T is a thing right now and two shots of hipster gin and a posh mixer is going to add up, yes. Or you can have a beer for a fiver. Or drink at home. But just because you can buy an expensive drink if you really try doesn't mean young people are leaving London.
I live in central/east London and where I am, it's full of young people! I live in a gated development (approx 100 flats) and the majority of residents appear to be young. I sometimes wonder how they afford it. I assume some are funded by the Bank of Mum & Dad buying their flats and they rent out the extra rooms to friends but I'm also sure some are just young successful people doing well in creative industries (the area is a hotbed of start-ups etc). I generally feel ancient when I walk down the street at weekends. It's a very trendy area and definitely shows London's edgy side.
Yeah, bollocks. It might be expensive to live but there are thousands and thousands of young people living there or living nearby and the music, fashion and culture scene is as thriving as ever. £30 for two g&ts is a lot but you can find that anywhere! You can buy a normal drink for 4/5 quid in any part of London. You can easily go out and enjoy london and spend a normal amount of money as you would anywhere. And I do regularly. It’s full of young people who still move there in droves. It’s a vibrant, amazing city and I doubt it will ever stop being that!