London is a wonderful place to live, but as with any city, particularly a capital city, you’d be right to have concerns over your safety, so in this article we’re going to give you an idea of where to live in London for safety.
It is interesting, but perhaps not surprising to note that some of the safest boroughs to live in London, are located in Outer London, whereas the central boroughs of Westminster, Islington and Hackney are conversely considered the least safe to live in London. This data has been compiled by findahood, who collect data from a variety of sources including the Office of National Statistics, Department for Education, Communities and Local Government and the Home Office.
Here are the top ten safest boroughs to live in London:
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1. Richmond is a beautiful villagey part of London with good transport links into Central London via the tube or train. The borough offers plenty of open space (Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Park) as well as gorgeous walks on the river. Prices are high in this part of town – areas worth looking at include Mortlake, East Sheen, Teddington, Twickenham and Richmond town.
2. Bexley is located in South-east London – to be honest it’s not the most exciting of areas, but property is reasonably affordable and offers fast and frequent trains into Central. In terms of open spaces your best bets are Danson Park, Erith Marshes, Foot Cray Meadows and the grounds of Lesnes Abbey (now a ruin) in Abbey Wood. Not all of the areas in Bexley are worth considering to live in, but you might be interested in searching in Bexley, Bexleyheath, Sidcup, Barnehurst and Crayford.
3. Sutton is a leafy suburb in South-West London. Again it has great rail and bus links into London but it is not on the tube map. It’s quite near to Croydon which offers good shopping (and will be getting the Westfield). Sutton High Street itself is in need a bit of a facelift, but nearby Carshalton and Worcester Park are worth looking at. The St Helier housing estate (built between 1928 and 1936) doesn’t have the best reputation – it’s split between private ownership and local authority with many residents having taken advantage of the ‘right to buy’ scheme introduced in the 70s.
Cheam split into North Cheam and Cheam Village is also a nice place to look at if you’re considering where to live in the Sutton borough.
4. Kingston Upon Thames is adjacent to Richmond Upon Thames in South-West London and is similar in character as a leafy riverside suburb. The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames contains districts such as Canbury, Berrylands, Surbiton, Norbiton, Tolworth, Chessington, Coombe, Kingston Vale, Motspur Park, New and Old Malden.
The most affluent of the areas include Coombe, Kingston Vale and Old Malden. You can expect good train and bus routes (again no tube in this part of town) into London and some good shopping in Kingston with boutiques, the usual high street suspects and Bentalls department store.
5. Harrow is located in north-west London and hurrah it’s on the tube line – in fact it’s got a lot of stations on the London Underground, all of which are in Zone 5: South Harrow (Piccadilly), West Harrow, North Harrow and Harrow-on-the-hill (all Metropolitan line) and Harrow & Wealdstone (London Overground and the Bakerloo terminus).
Harrow is the largest town/area in North-West London. It’s a very handy area to live in if you’re into your shopping – it has a pedestrianised shopping area as well as 2 shopping centres. It has nice restaurants, but a slow night life. But maybe, that’s why it finds itself in the top 10 safest places to live in London. Westminster, Islington and Hackney (the unsafest boroughs to live in London) have excellent nightlife!
6. Bromley is located in south-east London and neighbours Bexley which is number 2 on this list. Bromley is an interesting borough, as parts of it are quite rural such as Keston, Leaves Green and Downe, whereas other parts of it stretch up into Transport Zone 3 and 4 of London (Sydenham, Penge, Anerley, Beckenham). Beckenham is a lovely place to live, as is Chislehurst which is a smart and reasonably expensive area compared to the moderate prices of much of the rest of the borough. Bromley Town offers great shopping, nightlife (which can be a little edgy) and restaurants. It has a pedestrianised shopping area and the former Glades shopping centre has been rebranded as ‘intu Bromley’.
7. Merton is located in South London and includes a real mix of districts, some of them good, some of them not-so-good. In the desirable list, there is of course Wimbledon, home to the famous tennis tournament and a great place to live, with shops, bars, restaurants and good transport into London. On the list to avoid, you’d probably steer clear of living in Morden or Mitcham although no place in London comes without good points and Morden is on the end of the Northern line after all.
8. Havering is located in North-East London stretching out towards Essex. It includes the areas of Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster and Rainham. Hornchurch and Upminster are well-served by the District line out in Zone 6. Southend is also easy to get to. Hornchurch and Upminster would be preferable to live in, over Romford which has a bit of a reputation when it comes to nightlife. Gidea Park is located near to Romford and is worth checking out – it’s known as the Romford Garden suburb. Prices in this part of town are reasonably affordable.
9. Barnet is a large borough located in North London. Whilst it includes Barnet (town) at the end of the Northern line, it also includes other desirable places to live such as Mill Hill, Whetstone, the Finchleys (East, North and Finchley itself).Whetstone is actually home to many multi-millionaires so may be a little out of budget for a few of you, or not for the luckier amongst you. Cricklewood is one of the of the furthest areas into Central London and is within Transport Zone 3. It has a large Irish population and a fun high street on the Cricklewood Broadway.
10. Enfield is located in North London and borders Barnet (above). The borough includes Enfield Town which is about a 35 minute train ride from the City. Enfield has access to open space at the Lee Valley. Upper Edmonton in Enfield may have an exciting future with the proposed Meridan Water – a 1.3 billion pound development with 5000 houses and a high street. Other areas of Enfield worth checking out include Southgate (on the Piccadilly line) which is a reasonably smart town with restaurants, bars and fitness facilities.
Coming soon, we’ll tell you the 10 areas in London with the most crime. We also have more help for deciding where to live in London here.