Anna (beeinmybonnet) wrote in little_details,

Social status in London?

What? Harry Potter-fanfiction, novella length
When? Late 1970’s
Where? London
Who? Miscellaneous characters, both canon and original

As you can see in the short form above, I’m currently writing a HP fanfic. However, I’ve hit a bit of a roadblock when it comes to the “filling” details. Seeing that I’m an ignorant foreigner who hasn’t even set foot in England, I’m somewhat clueless when it comes to the things you can’t look up in a book.

The main characters – all about 18 - 19 years old – have left school and are trying to adapt themselves to the adult life. Now, the plot is neither important nor interesting here. What I need to know is the different social statuses in the different parts of London — like, which areas are considered seedy and which areas are considered smart? Are there any “labels” I should watch out for, like, district X is generally associated with junkies, or whatever. Things like that. I’ve looked at Wikipedia and tried Google, but I can’t find any information about it.
If it helps, three of the characters are living alone in flats and the one couple is living together. Two of the bachelors are living in rather dodgy and cheap places, while the other one and the couple have family fortunes and are living in great style.
Also, on a scale from one to ten, where one is a garbage can and ten is Buckingham Palace, where would you place Dulwich?

Thanks in advance! ♥
Tags: 1970-1979, uk: london

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