RoddenShaw saidThe finer architecture is extremely impressive in London. I wasn't suggesting that it is good in general, however - there's too much '50s and '60s trash for it to be so.
The public transport system is pretty impressive in its scale and scope. It faces some fairly unique challenges (old and awkward infrastructure, decades of under investment, lack of time for maintenance and upgrades) and faces up to them quite well. The unions are another matter - the boxing day strike is quite vulgar.
Cycling in the city is certainly dangerous and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. I don't know anybody who has cycled in the city for more than a couple of years who hasn't had at least one serious accident, myself included.
Housing is expensive, but less so than in Paris. In fact London is, on average, slightly cheaper than Paris so if housing and the general cost of living is the main challenge for you I wouldn't suggest that you pick Paris as your next stop.
Yeah, there's a lot of 50's and 60's trash.
Yes it is impressive, but it's not worth its current price. Prices should be decreased tremendously.
The danger for me doesn't lie in the other traffic participants but more on the roads themselves. Also, I don't understand why Londoners cycle so fast. LOL, it's so funny, it's like they're all geared up for the 'tour de france'. But that doesn't annoy me so much.
Honestly, I don't think that's really the case. I know that's what statistics say, but I've lived in Paris for two years. Not only was my rent much lower, I had my own all incl. studio all the time, and I lived super central, 10 minutes walk from the eiffel tower and two minutes walk to the champs elysees, but I also received a subsidy from the government of 197 euros a month because I was a student. Here in London student housing is more expensive than any form of housing, and it's not even central. Most houses are in filthy ex-council flats with untidy flatmates and no living rooms. In Paris at least you'll live in a beautiful building, even if it's a chambre de bonne.