Best locations to live in London


If you’re looking for the best places to live in London then look no further. Wherever you’re from in the world, whatever your interests, and whatever your job; bankers, artists, hipsters, fashionistas, techies, writers, sales people, lawyers or personal trainers… it’s a hub for every profession, creed and orientation so you’re sure to find an area that’s perfect for you.

Whether you’re interested in the coolest places to live in London, the best places for young professionals to live in London, the most beautiful places to live in London, the safest places to live in London or the ultimate guide for newbies as well as our unique area guides, we’ve got all the info you need and we’re adding more all the time!

North London

North London has some of the most popular residencies in London, but this can come with a pretty high price. Premier areas are:northCamden (North-West), Walthamstow (North East), Stoke Newington (North East), St. John’s Wood Primrose Hill, Belsize Park, Islington, Archway, Highbury, Highgate, Maida Vale, Marylebone, and Hampstead. If you’re looking for something slightly more affordable, you’ve got:Kentish Town, West Hampstead, and Finsbury Park

South London

Neighbourhoods in this area are relatively newer and less costly (in general). It’s got some brilliant places to live, and you’ll probably get a bit more space for your money. southWimbledon, Battersea, Clapham, Wandsworth, Crystal Palace, and Brixton are all good places to check out before you decide where to live in South London. If you don’t mind living further out from Central London or need more space for your money, try Croydon or Purley (in the Borough of Croydon). You can get the Overground into Central London; you’ll just need to remember to catch the last train home or you could be in for a very long bus ride!

East London

If you’re a bit of an artist, hipster and/or hippie then East London is the place for you. It’s got some of the coolest places to live in London, offering a great mix of alternative lifestyles with a constant supply of interesting things going on. You have the more expensive neighbourhoods in the area (Shoreditch for example), but the east is still up and coming, so it’s got some more affordable places too. eastDalston, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Hackney Central/Wick Wapping, Haggerston, and Hackney is a borough and an area within the borough of Hackney (just to be confusing). This area is increasing in price due to gentrification but it’s still a popular place for young people to move to, especially if they work in media or the creative industries.

West London and Central London

Home to Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, the West is the face of London that the world came to know and of course, the backdrop of some of London’s well-known ‘pomp and ceremony’ state occasions! Keep a look out for the Guards in their big black bearskin hats and red uniforms as they patrol around here. Some of the best places to live in west London are: north-westKensington, Holland Park, and Westminster. If you want something slightly cheaper in the area, you can check out:Fulham, Shepherd’s Bush, Earl’s Court, Hammersmith, and West Kensington. Fulham is especially popular with young, affluent 20-somethings.

North West London

Another expensive part of London, the Northwest has some of the most elegant restaurants, as well as the busiest bars and markets. Ideal neighbourhoods in the area would be west Camden (known for its huge, alternative market in the old cobble floor, barrel vaulted horse stables), Notting Hill (home of the one and only Notting Hill Carnival), Kensal Rise, Ladbroke Grove, Willesden Green, Kilburn, and Wembley. The latter three being more affordable.

South East London

There’s a lot of reasonably priced accommodation in this area, and a good amount of businesses moving in too. It’s also got good transportation links, thanks to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). It’s not quite as booming as the other areas in London but it has Greenwich, which hosts a slew of antique markets, a great food market and beautiful historical buildings. Greenwich is the recurrent setting of many London films including Sherlock Holmes, Les Misérables and Pirates of the Caribbean. Neighbourhoods to live in this area would be: south-east Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Docklands, New Cross, Deptford, New Cross, and Deptford, which are less architecturally attractive but, like Greenwich, have great Overground transport links across London, making it easy and quick to get into central and East London. Nearby Goldsmiths University is one of the world’s leading universities, especially in cultural and social studies. It attracts an artistic and open minded student base that adds a diverse and vibrant personality to these areas.

South West London

If you can’t live without green open spaces, you’ll love South West London. There’s Richmond Park and Kew Gardens to enjoy not too far from home. Families love this place, and it hosts very nice restaurants and shops on its high streets. Neighbourhoods to check out in Southwest London are: south-west Chiswick, Barnes, Richmond, Twickenham, and Sutton.

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