Neighbourhoods in this area are relatively newer and less costly (in general). It’s got some brilliant areas, and you’ll probably get a bit more space for your money.
All good places to check out before you decide where to live in South London. If you don’t mind living further out from Central London or need more space for your money, try Croydon or Purley (in the Borough of Croydon). You can get the overground into Central London, you’ll just need to remember to catch the last train home or you could be in for a very long bus ride!
If you’re a bit of an artist, hipster and/or hippie then East London is the place for you. It’s got some of the coolest places to live in London, offering a great mix of alternative lifestyles with a constant supply of interesting things going on. You have the more expensive neighbourhoods in the area (Shoreditch for example), but the east is still up and coming so it’s got some more affordable places too.
DalstonShoreditchBethnal GreenHackney Central/Wick Wapping HaggerstonHackney is a borough and an area within the borough of Hackney (just to be confusing). This area is increasing in price due to gentrification but it’s still a popular place for young people to move to, especially if they work in media or the creative industries.
West London and Central London
Home to Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, the West is the face of London that the world came to know and of course, the backdrop of some of London’s well-known ‘pomp and ceremony’ state occasions! Keep a look out for the Guards in their big black bearskin hats and red uniforms as they patrol around here. Some of the best places to live in west London are:
If you want something slightly cheaper in the area, you can check out:
FulhamShepherd’s BushEarl’s Court HammersmithWest Kensington
Fulham is especially popular with young, affluent 20-somethings.
North West London
Another expensive part of London, the Northwest has some of the most elegant restaurants, as well as the busiest bars and markets. Ideal neighbourhoods in the area would be
Camden(known for its huge, alternative market in the old cobble floor, barrel vaulted horse stables)
Notting Hill (home of the one and only Notting Hill Carnival)
Kensal RiseLadbroke GroveWillesden Green Kilburn Wembley
The latter three being more affordable.
South East London
There’s a lot of reasonably priced accommodation in this area, and a good amount of businesses moving in too. It’s also got good transportation links, thanks to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). It’s not quite as booming as the other areas in London but it has Greenwich, which hosts a slew of antique markets, a great food market and beautiful historical buildings. Greenwich is the recurrent setting of many London films including Sherlock Holmes, Les Misérables and Pirates of the Caribbean. Neighbourhoods to live in this area would be:
GreenwichCanary WharfDocklandsNew Cross Deptford
New Cross and Deptford are less architecturally attractive but, like Greenwich, have great Overground transport links across London, making it easy and quick to get into central and East London. The close by Goldsmiths University is one of the worlds leading universities, especially in cultural and social studies. It attracts an artistic and open minded student base that adds a diverse and vibrant personality to these areas.
South West London
If you can’t live without green open spaces, you’ll love South West London. There’s Richmond Park and Kew Gardens to enjoy not too far from home. Families love this place, and it hosts very nice restaurants and shops in its high streets. Neighbourhoods to check out in Southwest London are:
ChiswickBarnes Richmond Twickenham SuttonFind property to rent in London here
London was a major port for a long time and there are lots of warehouse lofts that used to be used for storage that have been converted to flats in the following areas:
Borough Shad ThamesWapping
Lover of water
Don’t overlook the canals of London. There are plenty of waterways and house boats up for grabs if you fancy living somewhere really different with a unique community spirit. House boats in places like Limehouse can be a lot cheaper than renting anywhere made of bricks and mortar, and some are pretty big too. It’s worth a look if living on a house boat appeals!
If you’re going to try and save some money or if you’re a student or on a budget, less expensive (but still really good) mix of options are:
PeckhamBrixtonClaphamEnfieldShadwellDeptford HoxtonStreatham Hill Limehouse New Cross Tower Hamlets
Also check out the awesome post on the best cheap places to live London for more help here.
There are parks and sports fields scattered all over London so this shouldn’t be a problem. However, we recommend, Hampstead (Hampstead Heath above) Clapham and most of South London if you love getting fit. But there are gyms, boxing clubs and fitness classes everywhere in London, so take your pick.
If you’re a struggling artist or someone who’s trying to get there, here are a few places that are good for your art:
Covent Garden Notting HillShoreditchPrimrose Hill
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