Deciding where to live in London can be quite a headache for tenants, as there are 118 Inner London areas to choose from as well as many more Outer London and commutable home county areas. This page attempts to narrow down some of the best places to live in London and when you’ve chosen one, you can then look for a flatshare in your preferred area.
Where to live in North London?
In North London check out: Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Islington, Highgate, Highbury, East Finchley, Stoke Newington, Mill Hill, Hampstead, Kentish Town, St John’s Wood, Cricklewood, Kilburn and Camden.
Where to live in South London?
In South London check out: Clapham, Balham, West Dulwich, East Dulwich, Dulwich Village, Crystal Palace, Putney, Forest Hill, Battersea/Clapham Junction, Mortlake/East Sheen, Wandsworth, Tooting, Wimbledon, Brockley, Honor Oak Park, Greenwich, Sydenham, Herne Hill and Streatham.
Where to live in East London?
In East London check out : Bethnal Green, Bow, Limehouse, Stratford, Chingford and South Woodford/Woodford Green
Where to live in West London?
In West London check out Chiswick, Ealing, Fulham, Notting Hill, Bayswater, Mayfair, Acton, North Kensington 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?
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).
Which areas of London would we never live in?
Sometimes one of the quickest ways to decide where to live in London can actually be to start with where you wouldn’t want to live, so we’ve come up with a list of places that we would avoid. They’re not without their positives of course, but if we had a choice we’d look elsewhere:
Homerton, South Tottenham, Edmonton, Harlesden, Charlton, Deptford, New Cross, Catford, Woolwich.
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 and options, read our Best Places to live in London – Affordable Areas article.
Another option for reasonably priced accommodation is to become a property guardian in London which involves living in an unusual vacant property such as a heritage building. The cost of living in such accommodation is usually 60% less than standard rented accommodation plus the cost of a licence fee.
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.
Where are the most village-y areas in London
London is a city after all, but within it there are a number of areas that resemble a village – they have a village shop, a couple of traditional village pubs and possibly even something that could pass as a village green. Be warned that these areas often come with a hefty price tag and of course lots of yummy mummies. Check out the likes of Dulwich, Richmond, Hampstead and Primrose Hill.
Where to live in London for cultural diversity?
If you’re looking for the opposite of a village suburb and long for varied cuisine, accents, cultures and religions then you’ll love the following areas: Brixton, Camden, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Camberwell and Dalston.
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 top ten places to live in London for safety?
Recent research by findahood.com ranks the following 10 boroughs as being the safest places to live in London – starting with the most safe:
1. Richmond-upon-Thames, 2. Bexley, 3. Sutton, 4. Kingston-upon-Thames, 5. Harrow, 6. Bromley, 7. Merton, 8. Havering, 9. Barnet, 10. Enfield.
Where are the least safe places to live in London?
Again taken from findahood.com’s research, the top 10 least safe boroughs to live in London (in terms of crime) are ranked as follows starting with the least safe:
1. Westminster, 2. Islington, 3. Hackney, 4. Lambeth, 5. Camden, 6. Hammersmith & Fulham, 7. Kensington & Chelsea, 8. Southwark, 9. Tower Hamlets and 10. Newham.
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, Dalston, Hackney, Bethnal Green, Camden, Brixton, Hoxton, Peckham and Camberwell.
Where to live in London for warehouse conversions?
If you’re dying for an ubercool warehouse loft, then areas around the river are your best bet. Head to Rotherhithe, Borough, Wapping and Shad Thames.
Where do bankers live in London?
Much of the city’s financial work takes place in either the City or Docklands. Bankers tend to work long hours, often starting early in the morning to catch the markets around the globe. So it’s fair to say that long commutes aren’t on the wishlist for most bankers. You may have read in the papers that bankers earn big salaries, so often they can afford to live quite near Central London. With this in mind, you’ll often find bankers living in areas such as Islington, Clerkenwell, Clapham, Highbury, Shoreditch, Bow, Bethnal Green and Wapping.
Where do families live in London?
Many of our Moove2London visitors are young, free and single graduates or young professionals. But for those of you with a young family, you might be interested in moving to Clapham, Dulwich, Forest Hill, Islington, Stoke Newington, Ealing, Richmond, Chiswick, Highgate and Holland Park. As with all places in London, there will be a big difference in the prices of some family areas to others, with Ealing and Forest Hill for instance getting you much more family living space for your money than Islington or Clapham.
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.
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