While some people will immediately feel at home in one or the other I think it does rather depend on financial circumstances and employment opportunities and how bad the commuting is. Personally I loved living in Central London but also like a more rural small village. It's the bit in between I wouldn't go for, none of the real benefits of central London but all the hassle of people too close together.
I love the cycling I can do at the moment, open fields in two minutes etc
, space and garage to play with old cars
, space in the house to enjoy it
. In London I was in Camden Town, more bars in walking distance than even Oliver Reed could visit
, plus numerous restaurants
, 5 min to Regents Park
but the outer circle gets a bit tiresome after a while
A shed load of cash could solve the space issue but short of a lottery win........Restaurants in more rural areas have to be driven to
and are often over priced mediocrity
. Cinema is a 30 minutes away
. No food deliveries
Does also depend on local people but this is so down to individuals that not deciding factor.