Everyone has to have a different opinion on where is best to live in London. We’ve trawled the web (looking at various articles that all take into account different factors) when coming up with a list of the best places to live in London.
We’ve tried to bring together much-loved areas that already have lively and established communities and thriving property markets with housing suitable for a range of buyers.
Acton somehow manages to be incredibly near to public transport and affordable. It also happens to be huge, so there are plenty of options when it comes to finding the right area. There are seven tube stations within the area and, by December 2019, the Elizabeth Line will also run through Acton Mainline Station. The area is undergoing regeneration, so we think it is truly on the up.
Perks: Bargain, Transport
Downside: Bad Reputation
Hampstead has been one of the most desirable areas to live in London for a long time. It’s right by Hampstead Heath and filled with thriving independent retailers and eateries where you can spend your time and money. The properties are considered beautiful by many, but they do come with a hefty price tag.
Perks: Green spaces, Culture, Community
Downside: Property Prices, Cost of Living
Alternative: Muswell Hill
8. Notting Hill
Notting Hill is known as one of the most fashionable areas in London to live, with help from the classic 1999 film and its diverse community of artistic people. It hosts Notting Hill Carnival each year, the biggest party in the city, and Portobello Market each weekend. The area has everything, but property comes with at a cost.
Perks: Lifestyle, Culture, Location, Shopping, Food.
7. Shepherd’s Bush
Shepherd’s Bush offers West London without the hefty price tag of nearby Holland Park and with a lot more diversity and character. The area is well-served by the 3 Tube lines, beloved live venues (the O2 hosts many of the biggest names in music), shops and restaurants.
Perks: Westfield, Transport, Culture
Clapham ranks highly for both families and young professionals and can offer plenty of green spaces, great culture, excellent transport links and a high quality of life for residents. There is a variety of properties, with flats and houses of all shapes and sizes across the diverse area.
Perks: Green space, Diverse, Great Food
Downside: Infernos, Property can be expensive
Part of the reason why we launched in Fulham is that it is a great area to live. It has a high level of property development, so there are always new homes about. It’s great for families since there is plenty of green space, a great community and lots of excellent schools in the area (but it also attracts lots of young professionals for its appealing venues).
Perks: Village-feel, Picturesque property
The Sunday Times crowned Peckham the best place to live in London last year. The drastic regeneration of the area, popularity of venues such as Bussey Building and Frank’s Rooftop Bar and affordable rent have drawn in many prospective buyers. Not to mention it has lots of green space and a village feel.
Perks: Community, Diversity, Culture, Affordable
Downside: Annoying Hipsters, No tube (but great trains!)
It wasn’t that long ago that Hackney was undesirable, but now its a fair few years into its regeneration we’ve seen a huge turnaround to become one of the trendiest and most sought-after locations. It’s got eateries, pubs, huge green spaces, shops a-plenty and a real mish-mash of gorgeous properties along with a thriving building development scene.
Perks: Culture, Lifestyle, Diverse
Downside: Becoming Expensive
Believe it or not, Bermondsey has become a great place to live in recent years. The area has an array of craft beer havens (the Bermondsey Beer Mile), Maltby Street Market and many independent shops but the true perk has to be having central London on your doorstep. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to views of Tower Bridge and the Thames?
Perks: Location, Transport, Food, Culture
Downside: Finding the right property
Camden has it all. It’s slightly North of Central London, making it the perfect location. It’s a diverse, artistic hub with plenty of great shops, eateries, the famous market and incredible arts venues. Plus, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill are right around the corner if you want to escape.
Perks: Culture, Lifestyle, Location, Green Spaces.
Downside: Tourists at the Market
Missed the cut:
Richmond – It is apparently one of the happiest places to live in the capital, but we were focussing on more central areas in this list.
Croydon – It’s often touted as an ‘up-and-coming’ area, particularly for young professionals, and a lot of money has been pumped into regenerating the area – it won’t be long until it has it’s own Westfield’s.
Dulwich- Dulwich has a great village feel and plenty of green space, making it perfect for families. It’s also great for arty young professionals because of its proximity to Peckham and Brixton.