Thank you all for the sincere and thorough responses.
@levelsio - To give a bit of background info. I spent the last 3.5 years in SE Asia and just need a change in the direction of 'living where things work" for a change. Call it burnout or whatever… it’s just what I need at the moment.
I’m a dual national (German/US), so visas aren’t a problem and I do have a partner, so expenses will be shared for the most part.
@Ani - Thank you very much for the suggestions. I will look into these.
@Shayna , @jerriep & @Oskar - London is great! Perhaps a reason why it’s so expensive =) I agree that having a bit a of pressure is a good thing. "Necessity is the mother of innovation!"
Also, I feel like I’m stagnating a bit and want to be in a place where I can renew/expand my current skill set. Again, @Shayna thank you for the detailed information. I’ve been looking around Shoreditch, but it is indeed a bit expensive. I’ll start scouring the the borderlines. Hopefully, something will turn up! Totally agreed about your point on the number of flatmates. Funny, 10 years ago it wouldn’t have made a difference!
I guess for those who have made the transition to more expensive places. What strategies have you employed to increase business? Anyone outsourcing/referring in order to handle more business?