Gourmet bakeries, cobbled streets and a distinct lack of tourist traps – this is the spot for those who can afford the price tag. Noticeably absent from this charming, quintessentially ‘British’ neighbourhood are the strangleholds of franchise brands and overcrowded chains. The general affluence of the residents mean that bakeries, boutiques and bistro pubs get to flourish free from the clutches of capitalism. With narrow, cobbled streets leading to colourful houses and hidden Cul-de-sacs, this is the best place for those seeking out small town life. Of course, Hampstead Heath is a massive draw – power your way up Parliament Hill and soak up a view too profound for a price tag.
Just as a side-note: this is also one of the best places for celebrity-spotting, though we are sure you are far too cool to lose your composure around the likes of Emma Thompson and Ricky Gervais… Read our full guide to Hampstead
For those who don’t mind the quieter life, Golders Green is one of the best suburbs for city living with a difference. Excellent schools, great transport links and some pleasant parks (one of which comes with a zoo) make this one of the best choices for families. The schooling in particular boasts some of the best performing schools in the region. The benefit of being a bit more secluded from walkable hotspots here is in the price difference; it is generally agreed that the prices will be lower for more space than neighbouring areas such as Hampstead. A predominantly Jewish populace has ensured relative safety in the area, so if you are looking for a bubble of tranquillity a short tube ride from the bustle of the city, you’ll strike gold with Golders Green.
We know that not every renter is looking for peace and quiet, in fact some of you are just escaping the suburbs and want to throw yourself into the good, bad and ugly of a capital city. But fear not, North West London has you covered there too…
How could we not mention Camden? Once a no-go for most ‘respectable’ Londoners this market town is now one of the best cultural landmarks in the country. Famous residents have included the late Amy Winehouse – who still looks over the place in statuesque form – and it is easy to see why the young and hungry come in their droves. Check out our guide to Camden to get the lowdown on the best tourist attractions which are worth a visit, but remember that living in Camden is about more than the markets. The NW1 postcode is the embodiment of the phrase “If we build it, they will come.” The diversity of its residents has built the area – from the punky bars, the protesting street art to the more upmarket shops and restaurants – renting in Camden promises something for everyone. Unbeatable transport links – the Northern line, the Overground and a short walk to Euston – is the whisky-soaked cherry on top of this rock and roll landmark.
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