I am hardly alone in leaving London. According to the Office for National Statistics
(ONS), 340,500 people moved out in the 12 months before June 2018, the largest number since the ONS began collecting data in 2012. The BBC claims
that over the past decade more Britons have left London than moved to it (although a high birth rate and external migration has more than covered the loss). Most of these people are in their 30s and 40s, the majority new and young parents (the average age for a British woman to have her first child is 28). This is all the more true after 2020. Since the pandemic shook up the ways we work and live, it's no wonder that more people than ever are considering making that leap. In December a survey from SpareRoom found that 27% of London renters
are planning to move after the pandemic, with half of them planning to leave for good. That number is even higher for Gen Z and millennials, with 55%
saying they are considering packing in the London life. The housing charity Shelter has said that we need to build 1.2 million homes
to meet the needs of younger families who cannot afford to buy and "face a lifetime in expensive and insecure private renting". Frankly, who can afford to buy?