Moving to London and looking for somewhere nice to live? Or perhaps you’re tired of your current shoe-box apartment and want an upgrade. Maybe you’re just one of those people who likes to pretend they can afford to live in the swisher parts of the city. Whatever your reason, we’ve put our heads together to come up with areas of London that we think are swell, real nice, delightful, gorgeous, just down right grand.
So come on a tour of ten seriously nice places to live in London (it was really really hard to narrow this list down so we’ll have to do another list soon!).
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Brook Green has it all – leafy tree-lined streets, secluded parks and gardens, and elegant period architecture all within an easy commute of the hustle and bustle of central London. Nestled amongst West Kensington, Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith and close to Holland Park, it is the slightly more affordable neighbourhood in this affluent area and is named after the large green located inside it.
The local shopping areas are lined with independent restaurants, cafes and shops where you can buy a designer dress before sitting down for a nice afternoon tea.
Check out the Wild Food Market
every Saturday at Addison Primary School and Brook Green Hotel
for the real ale upstairs and the speak-easy cocktail bar in the basement.
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A pocket of shopping heaven in central Notting Hill, Westbourne Grove runs from Kensington Park Road to Queensway. It is definitely more than just a row of shops, it’s a fashionable and desirable place to live, work and visit. However, if your dream is to live surrounded by antique stores, designer fashion boutiques and luxury furniture shops, you had better save your pennies – this is part of London is very expensive.
If fad diets are your thing, then the UK’s first paleo restaurant, Pure Taste
, is on Westbourne Grove.
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Holland Park Avenue was once the main Roman road crossing through the forest of trees that we now know as London. It is now home to some of London’s most glamorous residents in their stucco mansions and expansive houses.
The area is still beautifully green with lots of parks and gardens that are particularly well maintained and manicured. The restaurants in the area are of the highest caliber including Brett Graham’s two Michelin starred restaurant, The Ledbury
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Sitting cozily between Primrose Hill
and Camden Town
, Belsize Park is one of those areas of London that just seems to have it all. Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Kate Moss and the Gallagher brothers have all spotted the great potential, having called Belsize Park home at some point.
The Victorian and Georgian apartments are highly sought after and rent isn’t cheap. However with such great access to central London, its close proximity to fantastic cafes, bars and independent stores, and the scattering of green parks and gardens amongst the beautiful houses Belsize Park is one of London’s loveliest neighbourhoods.
Catch a film at the independent Belsize Park Everyman cinema
or learn a bit more about one of the most influential scientists in modern psychology at the Freud Museum
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Locally known as Hampstead Village, there are more millionaires living in this area than anywhere else within the United Kingdom. So if hanging out with those with dough gets you excited then Hampstead is your hood. Its location next to the beautiful expansive greenspace of Hampstead Heath is a definite win with breathtaking views of the London skyline from Parliament Hill.
There are beautiful old churches, listed buildings, museums and theatres dotted throughout the neighbourhood plus rows of independent cafes and restaurants to keep you fed. Hampstead has everything you could ever want in a neighbourhood.
When the summer sun finally decides to shine, head to the Hampstead Heath swimming ponds
for a relaxing outdoor dip.
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Primrose Hill is as delightful as its name makes it sound – with Victoria terraces surrounding a quaint hilly park, it is a lovely area of London to live in. It’s popular with the young and trendy and you’ll want to be wearing your most stylish walking outfit when you head out for an afternoon stroll.
There are plenty of cosy cafes and pubs to meet friends for a drink and this is a great location for Sunday brunch. We love the Shakshuka from Greenberry Café
Across the road from the Primrose Hill park you will find a completely different experience – London Zoo
is a great day out for young and old. Chi Chi the giant panda would love you to come and visit.
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‘Stokey’ is a bit more alternative than some of the other seriously nice places in London, so it is the perfect option for those who like the good things in life but don’t like to live in an area saturated with tourists. There is a remarkably large range of independent stores, restaurants and bars in the area, bringing a special personality to Stoke Newington.
Church Street is the main hub of the area with Clissold Park sitting prettily at one end. This is a great park for cycling and Sunday picnics and Clissold House is a gorgeous location for a wedding or special birthday.
A much loved resident on Church Street is The Spence Bakery
, sending out enticing aromas of freshly baked bread and croissants across the neighbourhood. We dare you to try and avoid it!
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Founded in the 16th
Century when Henry VII built Richmond Palace, this suburban town offers excellent quality of life just 8 miles south west of London. Sitting alongside the meandering Thames, Richmond is green and lush and offers unspoiled views over London. You are close to Kew Gardens and have access to 12 acres of parkland at Richmond Green.
Richmond is rich with culture and heritage and is noted as being one of the Royal family’s preferred areas to visit. You can feel like royalty yourself by visiting the Hampton Court Palace
– these opulent state apartments are most closely associated with Tudor King Henry VIII.
We particularly love the Orange Tree Theatre
, a 168-seat performance space specialising in new and forgotten works.
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Haggerston’s location next to the Broadway market makes it one of the most sought after locations to live in Hackney. It is very popular with students, creatives and young couples and is quickly growing in popularity. And it’s not surprising – there are fantastic food options and bars near Kingsland Road, including an extensive range of southeast Asian cuisine.
Haggerston also has great access to Regent’s canal with the ever popular Towpath Café
, the perfect location for a lazy breakfast. Experience the wonder of a Saturday morning at Broadway market
and you will be hunting for your Haggerston property in minutes. Your taste buds will be jumping out of your mouth as you wander past the eclectic mix of food and drink stalls offering delights from all corners of the world.
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Blackheath is a proper gem of a London village. You may have guessed from the name that it’s got a heath, but it’s also got a great community and popular local restaurants and cafes that serve really, really good home made and fresh food.
The local butcher has been passed down through generations and it’s the kind of place that always remembers your favourite cut. These places do exist in the capital, right here in Blackheath! It’s part of the borough of both Lewisham and Greenwich, and even though there’s no tube, you can still get to work in the City or Canary Wharf in as little as 22 minutes!
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