Here at Moove2London, we try to provide you with as much information as possible for you to make your own decisions when it comes to deciding where to live in London. However, we realise that sometimes you just want to be told the basics and as there are 118 Inner London areas to choose from (not including Outer London or commutable home county areas) the breadth of choice can be a bit overwhelming.
So we’ve put together a summary of some of our most popular articles together with some area ideas for you based on your circumstances.
If you already have a particular area in mind then please peruse our North London, South London, East London and West London pages, or our London Postcodes page to locate the area guide that you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a flatshare in your preferred area, then please check out this Easyroommate, an excellent way to find flatmates in London.
But for those of you who have no idea where to start, then here goes….
Where are the best places to live in London?
If you happen to know that you want/need to live in North, South, East or West London, then look at the list below of a few popular areas to live within each of these parts.
Some of the best places to live in North London include: Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Islington, Highgate and Camden.
In South London: Clapham, Balham, East Dulwich, Crystal Palace and Putney.
In East London: Bethnal Green, Bow, Limehouse, Stratford and South Woodford
In West London: Chiswick, Ealing, Fulham, Notting Hill and Hammersmith.
Where do young professionals live in London?
10 areas that you can find plenty of young professionals in, include Clapham, Islington, Stoke Newington, East Dulwich, Crystal Palace, Bow, Balham, Camden, Ealing and Crouch End.
Where do graduates live in London?
This is very general, but graduates live in London in pretty much the same areas that young professionals do as above. 10 other areas that you might find either young professionals or graduates in include Forest Hill, Muswell Hill, Greenwich, Putney, Shoreditch, Highbury, Kennington, Battersea, Wandsworth and Docklands (for instance Limehouse).
Where are the best cheap areas of London to live in?
If affordability is important to you (and for most of us, it is) but you don’t want to compromise and live somewhere truly dreadful, then here are some of the better yet affordable areas of London that you might choose to live in. They’re often cheaper because they’re either next to a dodgy area, because they’re not on the tube line or because they’re a little further out of Central London.
You might be interested in Penge, Forest Gate, Hornsey, Cricklewood, Willesden, Acton, Mill Hill or Sydenham. To find out more about some of these areas, read our Best Places to live in London – Affordable Areas article.
Where are the best places to live in London if you’re single?
For great bars, singles nights and speed dating, the following places could be right up your street:
Clapham, Islington, Shoreditch or Battersea.
Where are the best places to commute into London from?
5 areas in the home counties that you might consider commuting into London from include: St Albans, Colchester, Maidstone, Amersham and Guildford.
To find out more about these places, please read our Best Places to Commute to London From article.
Where are the best areas to live in London for parks?
Here are 10 parks that you might consider living next to: Hyde Park, Clapham Common, Regent’s Park, Crystal Palace Park, Battersea Park, Tooting Bec Common, Highbury Fields, Streatham Common, Wimbledon Common, Hampstead Heath. To find out more about the residential areas next to each of these parks, please read our Living in London – 10 Great Parks to Live Near article.
Transport – Where to Live in London on a particular tube line
We’ve come up with a list of areas to live in if you work on a particular tube line. For instance if you work near Tottenham Court Road Station which is on the Northern and Central lines, then you might want to live somewhere with a station on either the Northern line or the Central Lines.
Residential areas on the Northern line – Clapham, Balham, Kennington, East Finchley and Camden.
Residential areas on the Central line – Ealing, Shepherd’s Bush, Bethnal Green, Stratford and South Woodford
Residential areas on the Victoria line – Brixton, Stockwell, Highbury, Walthamstow and Pimlico
Residential areas on the District line – Wimbledon, East Putney, Ealing Common, Bow Road and Chiswick Park
Residential areas on the Piccadilly line – Southgate, Wood Green, Hammersmith, (South)Ealing, Acton(Town)
Residential areas on the Jubilee line – Willesden (Green), Kilburn, St John’s Wood, Stratford and (North) Greenwich
Residential areas on the Hammersmith & City line – Hammersmith, Whitechapel, Shepherd’s Bush, Bow and Plaistow.
Residential areas on the London Overground – Highbury & Islington, Hampstead Heath, Crystal Palace, Hackney and Kilburn.
Residential areas on the DLR line – Limehouse, Greenwich, Bow (Church), Stratford and West Ham.
Residential areas on the Waterloo & City line – we have decided not to include a guide for this as the line only serves 2 stations – Waterloo and Bank.
Coming soon…. Residential areas on the Circle, Metropolitan and Bakerloo lines.
Where are the trendy areas of London to live in?
If you’re a musician, artist, actor, fashion student, model or just general ubercool type, then you might like to live in one of the following areas which should be perfect for you:
Shoreditch, Hackney, Bethnal Green, Camden, Brixton, Hoxton, Peckham and Camberwell.
Where does the Indian community live in London?
According to the Office of National Statistics, the Indian communities make up around 6.4% of the population of London (this equals approx 500,000 people). Their different communities and faiths are spread all over London in areas such as Southall, Hounslow, Wembley, Harrow, Watford, Ilford, Tooting and Croydon. For more information, please read this article on where Indian people live in London.
Where does the Polish community live in London?
It is thought that over 515,000 Poles have moved to London since the EU’s expansion in 2004. Many have settled in London – find out where the best places for Polish people to live in London are – they include Polish shops, churches, dance groups and libraries. For more information, please read our article on where do Polish people live in London.