In this series of posts on ‘where to live in London’ on a particular tube line, we’re looking at 5 popular places to live which are on the Northern line. The Northern line runs from High Barnet in North London down to Morden in South London and serves 50 stations in total. You might look at living in these places if you have to take the Northern line to work and don’t particularly want to have to change lines halfway through your journey into town. If you work in places such as Bank, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road, Charing Cross or King’s Cross, then you might be interested in living in some of these areas.
Clapham is really popular with graduates and young professionals. Clapham High Street runs from Clapham North down to Clapham South (where it turns into Balham) and is lined with great pubs and restaurants. But the biggest draw to the area is Clapham Common, a huge expanse of space which is completely packed with locals jogging, walking their dogs, holding hands, meeting friends armed with coffees, picnicking during the summer or attending the latest open air event. Read more about Clapham in our Clapham Area Guide.
Just down the road from Clapham, is the much smaller but equally attractive Balham. It also has it’s fair share of swanky bars and restaurants as well as the community hub in the historic pub, the Bedford. Balham has a good mix of small independent shops mixed with high street favourites such as M+S, Boots and a large Sainsburys. For more information about Balham, please read our Balham Area Guide.
Camden is situated in North London and is home to just about every type of Londoner imaginable – musicians, arty types, punks, students, gays, the rich, the rich who are pretending not to be rich and then just the ordinary person who enjoys a few beers. Camden is famous for markets, an amazing live music scene and some great pubs. It’s really popular and very busy. For more information about Camden, please read our Camden Area Guide.
East Finchley is very affordable compared to it’s posh neighbours of Highgate and Hampstead. It has a nice functional high street which contains your usual chains as well as a selection of gastropubs and restaurants. The real jewel in East Finchley’s crown though, is the Phoenix cinema which is one of the oldest cinemas in the UK. Please read our East Finchley Area Guide to find out more.
Back down to South London and we’re looking at Kennington. Considering it’s proximity to Central London, it’s a very affordable area of town. You can even walk into town from here if you’re so inclined. The area of Kennington Cross is a small area with a lot packed into it, including a good selection of pubs, bars and restaurants. For more information on Kennington, please visit our Kennington Area Guide.
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