I used to live in London and quite liked it as there was so much to see and do (when I wasn't working). I lived in a very quiet street and had lovely neighbors. However, I got tired of the crowds and commute into the West End - which in comparison to many people, 50 - 55 minutes wasn't too bad, but I began to hate it. I have now retreated back to the West Country and have a much more peaceful life. In 50 - 55 minutes, I can travel around 40 + miles, not 8! I have visited London a few times since, but find I still hate the crowds and noise.