Living centrally in London can often be exhausting. For many, there is the necessity of staying in London but there is also the desire of finding an area that’s a bit more reserved and tranquil that’s away from the hubbub.
We’ve done our research and compiled a few of London’s top hideaway and most scenic areas (some obvious and others not) to move to, where you won’t feel like you’re living in a capital city.
Hampstead has long been regarded as one of London’s most famous and desirable areas to live. Its village setting, beautiful properties and peaceful personality make it a remarkable location to escape busy central London. Boutique shops, cosy cafes and independent eateries tucked away on cobbled streets on Hampstead High Street transport you out into the country, yet keep you within half an hour of central London.
One can take a stroll around Hampstead and effortlessly take in all on offer. Taking a trip to landmarks such as Kenwood House – a neoclassical villa famed for its fantastic art collection, Keats House, the Freud Museum or the renowned Flash Walk provide a deeper insight into Hampstead’s characterisation as a location long favoured by academics and lovers of the arts.
Hampstead’s crowning glory, however, is undoubtedly Hampstead Heath. It’s arguably one of the best places to enjoy spectacular views of the capital’s skyline and is one of London’s most popular open spaces. Stretching over 300 hectares it’s rich in wildlife and has provided inspiration for numerous works of literature and art.
If you’re looking for a delightful and charming setting with a traditional feel then Hampstead ticks all the boxes.
Best areas – Belsize Park, Primrose Hill, Highgate.
Greenwich is one of only four Royal Boroughs in London, one of the capital’s richest historical areas and is, in fact, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on the bank of the Thames, Greenwich has a tightly knit market-town feel with a sophisticated but tranquil atmosphere. While Canary Wharf towers majestically just across the river, the rural like setting keeps the feel of central London at bay and one can enjoy the sights from far off instead of up close.
At the weekends Greenwich market hosts an array of stalls showcasing bespoke clothes and antiques, handcrafted creations, innovative artisan coffee fusions and delectable assortments of world foods variations that cover your every fancy.
When it comes to wandering around and taking in the sights you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to landmarks and attractions, so much so that you’ll need to make use of the artisan cafes and cosy pubs to take a break. Famous landmarks such as the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Queens House and the Royal Observatory for its breathtaking view of London if you can peer past the tourists and make it up the hill.
For more modern attractions, the O2 although a bit out of the centre is a hub for all activities and is one of London’s top entertainment venues. If you’re brave enough you can also take the climb to the top and enjoy a 360-degree view of London, or take a ride on the Emirates Air Line and experience the first urban cable car ride in Britain.
At only 5 miles away out of central London with fast and direct transport via trains at the DLR, Greenwich is an ideal location to enjoy the sights of London at a distance from a country setting.
Best areas: Greenwich centre, Blackheath (for a very similar feel with more modest prices).
One of London’s most affluent and desirable locations and our area of launch at Invisible Homes. Famous for pretty tucked-away streets showcasing breathtaking Edwardian and Victorian properties, Fulham is a very attractive location to live. Many of the period properties boast breathtaking conversions, high ceilings, and original features. It’s not just the property that makes this area such an attractive option for many, but also the incredible schools, fantastic eating locations and all around serene village-like atmosphere.
The picturesque streets are perfect for wandering along and are crammed with quaint cafes, bespoke florists and high-end fashion shops, providing everything that you need without the din and heave of being very central. Fulham also boasts great open spaces such as Bishops Park, containing Fulham Palace which regularly hosts events as well as tours of its grounds showcasing its gardens and history, as well as many spots for a relaxing walk alongside the Thames.
When it comes to eating out Fulham’s impressive selection of cafes, restaurants and gastro-pubs mean that you’re spoilt for choice and never short of variety. There are 2 Michelin starred restaurants, the Riverside Café and the Harwood Arms, as well as acclaimed other top eating venues such as Claude’s Kitchen – one of the best restaurants in London.
Despite being only about 20 minutes out of central London on the tube, Fulham takes you away from the hustle and bustle and you can thrive in being close enough to get all the benefits of the centre but just far out enough to escape all the downsides.
Best areas: Peterborough Estate, Hurlingham.