I KNEW this would turn into Norf v Sarf.
Grumm; fauxbyfour said SOME of the best riding, not ALL. Please, try to get a bit of perspective on this!
For my life,London gives me most of what I need. And I can jump on a train, or in a car, or even a plane, if I want some big outdoorsyness. Not an issue. For me, going to somewhere like the Lakes or Wales, is a real treat, I love it. I have a great time in places like that, and really appreciate the spectacular nature an' ting.
But I, personally, couldn't live there. Too quiet, too empty of many of the things I want and need.
Horses for courses, innit?
So, the OP was asking about riding around London. The answer is, there's actually a surprising amount, and you can have loads of fun. And there's loads of people you can meet to go riding with. So, a move to London might be quite good thing, actually.
As for some of you bleating on about Oop Norf; places like Afghanistan, Morocco, Pakistan, the Andes etc all offer far more spectacular riding speriences than our little hills! Why not live there?
Perspective, people. When I'm somewhere like the Lakes, I don't bleat on about it being crap 'cos there's no cinemas, art galleries, museums, night clubs, job opportunities, restaraunts, markets, shops, wonderful architecture and a buzzing, diverse culture. No, I appreciate it for what it is. Nice.
Then, I come back to Civilisation.
Jimbo; if it's not for you, fine. You can always leave, and make more room for those of us that do appreciate it.