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>If you are working in Hounslow then you should try to find a place to live in Hounslow.
You may have missed the part where I wrote that I don't much fancy living in a total shithole. Is Hounslow a shithole? Well I dunno but the internet seems to suggest so and the proximity to Heathrow would, I imagine, at least be vexing.
Now, the reason I bring up shithole avoidance is that I've lived in one before and following that experience would happily get up an hour earlier or pay a few bob more in rent to not deal with a locations 'rough' post-industrial charm and the broken men who populate it. This is not so much a worry born from crime or (obviously) economic opportunity but we can all remember a place we've been to where the air itself is polluted with a crushing sense of decay and despair that after a time insidiously pulls you into the trap. That is what I want to avoid while still budgeting for a just under 30k job.
>If you think Hounslow is that London, then I have shocking news for you, it isn't it. It is suburbs.
I care little for London elitism about being close to the centre, in my book it is in Greater London Area and therefore London. The issue I'm having is it is in West London while the places generally listed as pleasant are either on the wrong end or happen to be ruinously expensive.