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The best places to live in London


The best places to live in London

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Last update: Aug 18, 2017 @ 13:48

If you’re looking for the best places to live in London then look no further. Wherever you’re from in the world, whatever your interests, and whatever your job; bankers, artists, hipsters, fashionistas, techies, writers, sales people, lawyers or personal trainers… it’s a hub for every profession, creed and orientation so you’re sure to find an area that’s perfect for you. Soon we’ll have a unique guide on ALL the places mentioned in this blog and we keep adding in more places, so keep checking! 

Whether you’re interested in the coolest places to live in London, the best places for young professionals to live in London, the most beautiful places to live in London, the safest places to live in London or the ultimate guide for newbies as well as our unique area guides, we’ve got all the info you need and we’re adding more all the time!

North London

North London has some of the most popular residencies in London, but this can come with a pretty high price. Premier areas are: north Camden (North-West),  Walthamstow (North East),  Stoke Newington (North East),  St. John’s Wood  Primrose Hill,   Belsize Park Islington Archway,  Highbury,  Highgate Maida ValeMarylebone, and Hampstead If you’re looking for something slightly more affordable, you’ve got: Kentish Town West Hampstead, and  Finsbury Park 

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South London

Neighbourhoods in this area are relatively newer and less costly (in general). It’s got some brilliant places to live, and you’ll probably get a bit more space for your money. south Wimbledon Battersea Clapham Wandsworth Crystal Palace, and  Brixton are 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!

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East London

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. eastDalstonShoreditchBethnal GreenHackney Central/Wick Wapping, Haggerston, and Hackney 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.

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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: north-westKensingtonHolland Park, and WestminsterIf you want something slightly cheaper in the area, you can check out:FulhamShepherd’s BushEarl’s Court, Hammersmith, and West KensingtonFulham is especially popular with young, affluent 20-somethings.

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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 west    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 Rise,   Ladbroke Grove Willesden Green,  Kilburn, and  Wembley.  The latter three being more affordable.

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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: south-east           Greenwich Canary Wharf Docklands New Cross,  Deptford,  New Cross, and Deptford, which 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. Nearby Goldsmiths University is one of the world’s 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.

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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 on its high streets. Neighbourhoods to check out in Southwest London are: south-west           Chiswick Barnes,  Richmond,  Twickenham, and  Sutton
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The best place to live with a family?

If you have a young family and want to live near good schools in London, with enough space for everyone and in a safe neighbourhood, have a look at the following places: Walthamstow (North East),  Crouch End,  Richmond,  St. John’s WoodHolland Park Hampstead Clapham Islington Chiswick Barnet,  Dulwich,  Crystal Palace East Dulwich, Muswell Hill,  Highgate Maida Vale Sutton, and  Greenwich is also a really popular place to live with a family due to its cute village feel. Check out Brockley too if you don’t mind living a little further out, but love loads of green space and a great village community vibe.

Young professionals

There are lots of great places in London to live for young professionals, being a city populated by millions of them! Being a young professional means there’s got to be a perfect balance between fun and work. We recommend: Kentish Town Camden Angel Shoreditch Fulham Battersea Clapham Earl’s Court, and Lewisham, 

Finance and banking

For those that work in the financial or banking sector, the following places are London’s greatest financial hubs: Isle of Dogs Aldgate,  Limehouse,  Tower Bridge,  Wapping, and  Canary Wharf 

Design, fashion, and media enthusiasts


Illustration of London by: Jenni Sparks

If your interest or line of work falls anywhere amongst these or you would describe yourself as a hipster, check out the following areas: Stoke Newington Camden Shoreditch Dalston Soho Brick Lane,  Covent Garden Hoxton Bethnal Green Broadway Market, (near Haggerston, Hoxton & London Fields),  Colombia Road,  Hackney Central, and  Notting Hill

Lover of warehouse lofts

London was a major port for a long time and there are lots of warehouse lofts that were used for storage that have been converted to flats in the following areas: Borough,  Shad Thames, and  Wapping 

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!  Angel and  Limehouse 

For the traditional London experience?

If you want to experience traditional London with its classic architecture and village feel, here are some places for you to consider: Richmond Primrose Hill Hampstead Greenwich Notting Hill West Kensington Chelsea,  Kensington, and  Westminster

On a budget?

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: Peckham, Enfield Shadwell,  Deptford, Catford,  Streatham Hill,  Limehouse,  New Cross, and  Tower Hamlets  Also check out the awesome post on the best cheap places to live London for more help here.

Lots of varied cultures?


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If you‘re a nonconformist looking for an unconventional community then the following areas host a wide array of cultures. You’ve got to check out: Brixton Camden Peckham Shoreditch and Dalston (all in the borough of Hackney), Bethnal Green Hoxton Hackney, and Queensway.  

Sports and fitness buff?

Hampstead Heath Park in London
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.

Where to live if you’ve got a dog?

The city can be a great place for dogs as long as they can get some good exercise. Somewhere with access to nice big green spaces is what you’ll be looking for, and being one of the world’s greenest cities, London’s got a lot to choose from. Here are some of the best.  Stoke Newington Battersea Clapham Greenwich Hampstead Richmond,  Kentish Town, and  Crystal Palace


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 Hill Shoreditch Primrose Hill, and Hackney.  Think we’ve missed anywhere? Let us know! We get loads and loads of you guys e-mailing and posting on the blog daily asking for advice on where to live in London. We’ve all done the move before so we know exactly how confused or worried you might be feeling!

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As content manager for Movebubble, it’s my job to be an expert on renting and London. Being a writer (Journalism BA Bournemouth University) with a passion for food and the arts, I definitely have my dream job! I love exploring the city and researching the latest information and news to bring to our readers. I love getting recommendations from readers on their favourite spots in London so if you have one, let us know in the comments!

Comments ( 216 )

  1. ReplyEddie
    We are moving to London, gay couple, with 2 small dogs, budget of 575 per week, 1,5 bedroom, big bathroom and nice kitchen, a lot of light, stable income,mquite area please but close to everything and public transportation, preferible west London or north west
    • A
      Hi Eddie Where did you end up? We're also moving, gay couple with 1 dog looking for very similar things. Moving July 2016 Did you find it difficult to find flats that allow dogs? Thanks!
  2. ReplyIndia
    I am moving to London in a years time. I will be 18 years old, however I am not looking to be a student when in London. My mum would like to buy a house for around £500000, or if she had to spend more she would get a mortgage. We are looking for somewhere with more than one bedroom ideally, so we can rent the property out to others, so it would generate an income. I would pay rent back to her too. I am interested in the media industry, TV and journalism. I love most parts of London but I was just wandering if you could advise me the best area to buy from with that sort of budget? I love areas that have an arty, quirky feel. As central as possible! Thanks
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi India. Thanks for your comment! That's a big question and you have a lot of options so I'll try and give you a digestable answer! You can always e-mail us at with a question in relation to any articles if you need more help. If you're looking for places to buy in London with a small (or no) mortgage then there are one and two bedroom places a little further out of central London that you could check out on that budget. Try areas such as Greenwich, Walthamstow or Crystal Palace for example, or other areas a similar distance from central London. These areas often have great transport links and will get you in to central London in as little as 10/15 minutes (in the case of Greenwich which connects to London Bridge station). If you want to live closer to central or in parts of fashionable east or west London then you may have to consider a mortgage although with a large deposit you should have no problem getting a good deal if you shop around. Try checking out this article about how you could buy a multi-bedroom property to rent further from London, and then use the income to rent yourself in your ideal location. Either way it sounds like you’re in an enviable position. In regards to your interests, you'll find that media-types and journalists live all over the capital, but East London is generally stereotyped as being popular with the fashionable arts and media crowd. Remember that when you come to setting the rent and managing the property for your future lodgers and/or tenants to check you're setting fair rent rates and read up on renters rights (there are loads of articles on the website that can help you) so that both you and your renters get to enjoy a great home and a fair and co-operative working relationship. Hope that helps!
  3. ReplyKim
    Hi there, Just wondering if you could help me out, I'm moving to London early next year and trying to work out the best places to look at living in, I'll be working in fashion retail, age group around 28 plus, alternative, bands/music, fashion, tattoos! Cool cafés, bars! What areas do you think? Thanks
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi Kim. Thank you for your comment! We'd love to be able to help you out if we can. First what you should do is work out your budget. Keep in mind that you'll also need money for transport so you may be buying a weekly zone 1-2 or 1-3 Oyster card to help you get around (read more about Oyster cards here As well as transport, it seems obvious but don't forget to budget for food, council tax and household bills too. From your interests I'd say that you'd enjoy living in East London. Where exactly will depend on your budget, but looking for a room in a bigger shared house will be better value and also it's a great way to meet people! If you don't want to tell everyone on the thread what your budget is you can always e-mail us at and ask for me. Check out areas like Dalston, Haggerston, Hackney or anywhere around London Fields in East London. If you want to live closer south look at Brixton (great place for live music and bars) or if that's out of your budget look areas close by such as Shadwell, Bethnal Green, Mile End that all good transport connections to those areas. Let us know what you think, hope that helped a bit! Thanks again Kim and good luck with the search!
  4. ReplyMaryam
    Loved the article! However I still feel a little lost as my family and I still can't decide on an area to move in to. My brother and I are in highschool and my sister in primary. Our main priority is to find an area with very good state schools near by. Our budget is more than £1300 with a minimum of 3 bedrooms. An area with a good neighbourhood, good state schools, affordable and yet not too far from London seems quite tricky.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Maryam, thanks for your comment, pleased you liked the article! You may have already found it linked in this post but try this article about where the best schools are in London. If these places are out of your budget you could check places a little further out. Walthamstow is a great area you could look at with a range of state schools. We've got a guide about Walthamstow too if you want to read a bit more about the area. There are areas that are further out with cheaper rent and good schools but it depends on how long you'd want to commute to central London to be. Let us know if that helps or you can contact us on if you wanted to chat a bit more about ideas on where to look. Thanks Maryam!
    • Valentina
      Hi, I live in Harold Wood and it's 35 mins by train from Liverpool Street. The area is very quiet and the state schools are good too (I have attended Drapers Academy, which is a brand new school and also very good). Also, renting a 3 bedroom house Ikr the one I live in with my family) can be rented at roughly £1200 as far as I know. + the shipping centre (Romford) is only 10 mins by car and 20 by bus. So I do recommend this area to you and your family.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Great advice Valentina! Thank you for contributing - it's great when readers can offer suggestions to questions in the comments :) Please come back again!
  5. ReplyJaidip Dutta
    Hi Carly, I (with my wife and 8 year old son) will be relocating from New Delhi to London by March'15 with a stable job. My employer will bear all my relocation and settlement expenses. I need your advise to choose most optimal place for me to live in either in a studio or (max) 1BHK flat in central London (zone 1), where I can get my son admitted to a good Govt. school in 4th grade (class IV), have all places of daily need at hand, secured, happening place yet silent, and most importantly closest to my office (at 20 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7AN) - as I plan to travel either walking or cycling. Upper limit of my weekly spend will be capped at GBP 750. As many of my colleagues are advising me to stay in the downtown at a bigger flat (2-3BHK) and avail the superb public transport for as low as GBP150 /month and limit expenses to GBP 500/week, do you think this option would be wiser? Please advise!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi Jaidip, thanks for your comment! Anywhere you live in central London will have most things you could need close by such as shops, access to transport and good schools. The only think you may find hard to find is silence, but it's not impossible! Where you live really depends on how money you want to spend on accommodation vs day-to-day expenses. If you live in central London a lot more of your expense will go on rent so you'll have less money to spend on leisure. You can find some lovely one bedroom flats for well under £2000 in areas near Kings Cross, Holborn, Euston or within one mile or so from your work at the Old Bailey. If you pop over the river (still a short distance) you can even get something with great outdoor space and more of that silence you're looking for! Also, weigh up how much that extra home space would mean to you versus the time you spend commuting. The wisest option would really depend on the things you and your family want to prioritise and what would suit your lifestyle the best. I don't know anywhere you'd be able to live in London with rent of £150 a month but I'm assuming you meant per week? Please correct me if I'm wrong. Some people prefer to live a little further from central London to escape the busy city when they're not working. I personally love areas like Greenwich, Ladbroke Grove, Holland Park and Belsize Park for families. They're also a lot quieter with good state schools and parks, but it would take you a long time to walk to work from any of those areas. You could also consider in Battersea, where you could cycle to work in around 30 minutes but still use public transport if you felt like it. There are guides to all these places on the blog so please take a look and if you want to ask any more questions then go ahead! We'll do everything we can to help.
  6. ReplyLisa / Best Holiday Destination
    London is a beautiful place for visit. There are many place in interest. Its a place where people can give true peace .
  7. ReplyMark
    Hi and congrats for the post! Really interesting! In my case, I am looking for 1bedroom flat.(plus living room, kitchen and toilet). Which area do you suggest? Any letting agency? Many thanks!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Mark, thanks for the comment! There are loads of places in London like the one you've described. As we're not an agent and we don't recommend agents (unless they have a user rated profile on Movebubble) the best advice I can give you is to determine your budget and your location requirements. If you don't know where you'd like to live, check out some of the area guides on the blog to help you make your decision. Once you've done that, look for agents in your area or for private landlords online. You can search for property with Movebubble too and create yourself a Renter Profile for free - helping you stand out from other applicants for property. You can use this no matter where (agents/private) you're looking for property. Any private property owners or agents on Movebubble can be rated and reviewed by the community. This means if they aren’t honest or trustworthy, it will show up on their rating. If you're looking on less secure sites like Gumtree, make sure you always arrange a face-to-face meeting and viewing of the property before handing over any money, and make sure you're clear about the identity of the property owner. Also, remember to ask agents what their fees are upfront, to avoid any expensive surprises! Check out the renter advice section of the blog for more articles on renters rights and what to look for when you're looking to rent a property if you're unsure. Hope that helped!
  8. ReplyKate M
    Hi Carly, Myself and my partner will be moving over to London at the beginning of summer. I will be beginning work in a secondary school and have been asked to narrow down the area in which the agency I am dealing with will search for a school. We would like to be within a radius of 30 mins outside of London city center. Our budget will be flexible, approx £1200 pcm for a house or flat. We'd like somewhere with a bit of atmosphere so we don't have to travel into the center to go out etc. An area with nice schools would be preferable too as it is possible we will both be working in education. We were thinking of the Crystal Palace area? Do you have any other suggestions?
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Kate, thank you for your comment! Crystal Palace is a great area to live in London. It's definitely got its own great atmosphere with a lovely park and a great selection of restaurants and pubs - there's also some pretty cool vintage furniture shops in the town. Perfect for when you're looking to decorate your new place! Rent prices are lower here as it's further out of London but it's got a good train links to get into central London. You could check out areas like Deptford (mentioned in the comment from Alex) it's just next to Greenwich and very easy to get to East/Central London - so there's plenty of variety when it comes to things to do on an evening. You could also try Walthamstow. It's on the Victoria line so even though it's further out it's still easy to get to Central London but it has its own great community vibe. There's a guide on the blog so check it out! Hope that helps a bit guys! Let me know how you get on!
  9. ReplyAlex
    Having grown up in London (Richmond) and lived in various other parts for the past 10 years, this guide seems to have some gaping holes. What about Balham, Tooting and East Dulwich for starters? The struggling artist section isn't exactly a realistic reflection - you're much more likely to find artists in Peckham, Camberwell, Deptford and the outskirts of London than in Covent Garden!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Alex, thank you so much for the comment. You're completely right, there are still areas that we'd like to add into the blog and we update and add new ones every week. We're working on getting guides for every single area we mention (we've just finished the Richmond one if you'd like to check it out?!). Peckham, Camberwell and Deptford are seeing an increase in artists and creative types settle there as they become priced out of places like Covent Garden - although this is one of the most popular areas of London to see live performance art due to the amount of tourists in the area which is what we meant in the guide. Deptford is close to Goldsmiths University so it was only a matter of time before students started changing the face of the area. I live right next to Deptford myself so I'm keen to get the guide for this area written very soon! Thank you for your comments though, as we put a lot of time and thought into each post, we know we haven't had chance to include everything we want yet but we hope you'll be able to check back in a short while to see some of those holes filled! Anything else you'd like to see on the blog then let us know! :) Thanks Alex
  10. ReplyJazmyn
    Hello, I have read through you article and it has helped me a lot, Thank you! I am trying to narrow down my search on locations in London to find flat share. I am 30 and moving to London from Australia on a working visa this year. I am looking for a location that is close to job opportunities and transport to travel around UK. I would like to be in an area that is close to everything and cheap to live but safe. Any suggestions you could give me would be greatly appreciated as I have never been to London and would like to have some options before I fly over. Thank you!!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Jazmyn, thanks for the comment! Most of zones 1,2 and 3 in London have good transport links to airports (Standstead, Gatwick and Heathrow or London City) and several main train stations that will take you all over the UK and to Europe. A lot of Australians choose to live in Clapham (check out our guides on the blog) but it really depends what kind of job opportunities you're looking for if you want to live close to work. It's easy to get around London on the tubes and busses and most people commute to work (it takes me 45 minutes to get to the office and that's about average). Also set yourself a budget of what you want to pay pcm for rent as this will effect where you live. Compare rent prices in different areas then set this against the atmosphere you're looking for. Different areas of London have different personalities so think about the kind of people you'd like to meet, how you like to spend your weekends, if you want to live somewhere quiet or busy etc.. If you're coming from Australia, you can set up a Movebubble renter profile for free with a personal statement about yourself and any references from previous landlords (from wherever in the world you've lived). You can use this profile to apply for property, organise viewings or just to help you stand out from the very busy crowd of renters looking for property in London! E-mail us at and ask for Carly if you'd like to carry on the convo! Hope that helps a bit!
  11. ReplyGiuseppe
    Hi there, At the moment I live in highams park with my wife and 6weeks old daughter ( we need good schools around in a few years time) in a rented 2 bed flat. Before, we used to live in South woodfrod and North Chingford, all village like places with good transport links. We plan on buying a 3 bed property , max budget 375k and seeing that my company is moving to High Street Kensington we think it might be best to move west, but the area is completely unknown to us. Happy to travel up to one hour door to door. We love quite areas with green spaces (village feeling), hence we started looking at Wimbledon, just to realise that the nice parts are well out of budget. Any hints would be much appreciated and we hope we are not just day dreaming with our requirements. Thanks in advance Giuseppe
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi there Guiseppe, as we're not agents and deal mainly with renters, I can't help you too much with your query. I would advise that your budget is too low for finding a three-bed property in zones 1 and 2 in West London and much of East London too. If I were you I’d look at property no closer than zone 3/4. The areas near or just next to Crystal Palace would be a good bet – Anerly, Birkbeck etc... I’d advise you to compare average house prices online and research around three areas you’d like to live, visiting a local agent in those areas to arrange viewings if you don’t feel comfortable doing that online. Hope that helps a bit and good luck with your property search!
  12. ReplyDan
    hi I'm Dan from Italy currently i habe been living and working in london for 7 months I'm living in canning town not exactlely the heaven. I'm looking for another area around the west of london but with this price it is driving me crazy... do you have any tips for me?I'd like to live alone and in a good neighbourhood with at least a bank some shopes and pubs. thanks
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Dan. You're right that prices are steep, especially in areas of West London. Also as you say you want to live on your own, the cost will be significantly higher than if you're living in a shared house or even just with one other person. You can check out our article Cheap In Chelsea on the blog for ideas of where to live near Chelsea on a budget. Also try looking in areas like West Kensington, Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush and Kensal Rise we have guides to Kensal Rise and Shepherds Bush for better value for money in West London. All these areas have a bank, shops and pubs! Hope that helps a little bit Dan! Let us know how you get on :)
  13. ReplyAndreia
    Hello Carly, Im thinking about moving to London in September, can you please help me and tell me the best/cheap place to live? I have some friends in Camden but the rent there is a little high, I want to know if the is some place close that is more affordable. Thanks :) and sorry for the bad english
    • Carly Klineberg
      hey there Andreia. Thanks for your comment! If you're looking for somewhere cheaper than Camden but really close, try looking in Holloway Road and Finsbury Park. You could also try Highbury and Islington. Hope that helps! :)
  14. ReplyJen
    Hi! Im planning a move to London as a young professional and would like to know the best agencies to get ahold of for shared accommodation. I like the idea of working with an agency because they supply furnished apartments and organize other flatmates. Is this a popular choice with locals? Thank you!!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there Jen and thanks for the comment. A lot (if not most) private landlords will also provide furnished apartments as many renters don't have all of their own furniture. Private landlords will rent the home out as a whole or room by room just in the same way that agents do. Agents and private landlords are used in the UK but agents usually charge a significantly higher fee for getting you to complete all the necessary documents usually asked for like references and credit checks. Some are higher than others and there are varying opinions as to which ones are better or worse. There are several online sites dealing with private owners and/or agents and you can look for property including Movebubble ( and you can also search for local agents in the area you'd like to move into. You can also create a Renter Profile with Movebubble to get a head start on collecting your references and other things you need to rent a property. It's free and it helps you stand out from the crowd when you start applying for property. Hope that helps Jen!
  15. ReplyOliver
    Hi Carly, Myself and my girlfriend want to move in together but are considering the option of obtaining a nice, big, two double bedroom place to share with another couple, therefore, making the rent affordable for a lovely flat in a great area. Do you have any suggestions of how to search for such a thing. We love the Isle of Dogs, Canary Wharf, Shad Thames areas and as we have a budget of between £1,000 - £1,250 between us, finding a couple with the same budget givers up to £2,500 per month on a 2 bed place. Thank you
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there! Yeah, sharing with another couple is a great idea, as it will mean you'll be able to afford a nicer place. Especially if you're looking in the Isle of Dogs where rent is cheaper than many other places in London. Have you looked at Greenwich? There are a few sites where you can search for housemates but I'd recommend setting up a free Movebubble renter profile and filling it out so you can send the URL to anyone you contact. It's a great way of self-referencing. You can ask your potential future housemates to do the same. I'd also recommend always meeting up a few times with anyone you're thinking of sharing with and making sure you really get a good idea (through questions and spending time together) if you'd be compatible living all together. It's important to be happy in the area you're living, but also with the atmosphere in the flat!
  16. ReplyTariq
    Hi, I got visa valid until Aug, 2015. Would you please recommend me a very cheap hotel/hostel small room for 1 adult, well linked with city transport, safe and peaceful. This will be my first visit and I don't know much about London and worth seeing places.Later on I'd like to stay in Birmingham fir 1-2 week.Please advise me for cheap and peaceful place there.I'm 50 yrs old. Thanks in advance, Tariq Athens, Greece Feb 11, 2015.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there Tariq. If you're just coming to London temporarily then try using to find a room. You need to set up a profile but it's a great site to use that's similar to ours (but for short term weekly renting). I think that may be more what you're looking for! Hope that helps! You can check out the guides on our blog to see if there's anywhere you fancy visiting!
  17. ReplyEmma
    Hi Carly! So i'm in the process of moving to London from Liverpool and struggling to work out the best areas for me to concentrate on finding a flat/house share. I don't know London at all, so was hoping you could point me in the right direction? I will be working on Coleman St (EC2R) throughout the week, I have a dog, and would ideally like to live somewhere with some space/parks that isn't too far to commute to and from work each day. I've been looking at Greenwich, but only because I've been a few times and really like it there, but not sure if this is a little far out? My budget will be £700 - £1000 per month. Any advice you can give me would be much appreciated! Thanks
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Emma. Check out as many guides as you can on the blog as London is such a big place and each area has its own individual personality. Greenwich is one of my favourite places in London and it's really easy to get to central London via Greenwich Station (only around 7 minutes to London Bridge) with direct links to Charring Cross also. You've also got the DLR which you'd be using to go to Bank to then take the Central line to Liverpool Street if you're commuting each day. It's harder to get back to Greenwich late at night when the trains and DLR stop running if you're in Central London but there are always busses. There's also a lot of space and a huge park in Greenwich so it's great if you have a dog. You should be able to find a great room in that area within your budget too. You could also look at areas near London Fields. There isn't as much space around there but it's a good area for commuting and you've got the Fields and great surrounding area of Hackney. You can fill out a rental profile on Movebubble for free to help you apply for property and stand out from other renters! Good luck finding somewhere Emma! Let us know how it goes
  18. ReplyPaula
    This is a fantastic read and so helpful! I'm moving to London from Sydney in late September early October this year and I'm anxious where to stay. I work in finance but am looking for a career change (hence the move) hopefully in thr travel industry. Recommend any places I can look at when I first arrive to get me started?
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there Paula. Thank you for the lovely comment :) There are so many places you could look at - hence the growing list of places on this post, I'm going to be adding at least four more areas this week alone! What's the ideal atmosphere of your future city location? If you let me know what kind of things you'd like to be around and what kind of feeling you're looking for in your ideal location/which things are the most important to you in deciding where to live, then I'll be able to give you some more specific recommendations. :) Lots of Australians choose to live in and around the Clapham/Clapham Junction areas (as do many new Londoners). It's a very lively area with good transport links and great bars and restaurants. There's a couple of guides on the blog if you want to check those out for a start!
  19. ReplyAnton
    Hi Carly, I am looking to move to London and want to find a nice 1 bedroom place within 30 minutes of commuting time to/from Farringdon station (my work is there). My budget is up to 1300 per month. What would you recommend? Thanks.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Anton! The Movebubble offices are currently in Farringdon and we love it here! You might be just around the corner! On that budget you could check out places near Caledonian Road or Holloway Road - all on the Picadilly line and/or in the Borough of Hackney near Mare Street/Hackney Downs/London Fields or Hoxton (any areas around here) where you can commute into Farringdon in around 30 minutes or less via bus. Obviously, the further out you go the nicer the property but if you want to keep within 30 minutes at this price I'd recommend checking these areas out to start.
  20. ReplyDipali
    Hi Carly, Very informative website, it doesn't cover the category we come under, so am writing to ask. We are a couple in our fifties, my husband is being posted to London with his firm, and I will accompany him. We have two children who are in university in the US, but will visit us during holidays. My husband's office is in Canary Wharf, so we need to be close to a tube station which can connect him. We are used to fairly large homes, so we don't want to scale down too a very small flat. I am a doctor, UK qualified, so I plan to look for work once we settle down. What are the areas you would recommend for us? Our budget is 900-950 per week. I will be coming for a first look sometime next month, so it would help if I had an idea of suitable areas to live in.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Thank you Dipali! From what you've described, I think I've got some good ideas on areas you could look. You can get some lovely four bedroom houses (your children will have rooms when they come to stay) that are a good size in Greenwich (in the Royal Borough of Greenwich South-East London). It's a great location with lots of green parks and beautiful architecture. There's also two DLR stations, one in the town and one just down the road from town that link directly with Canary Warf and also has Overground links. You could also try looking in areas that are along the Jubilee line which directly connects with Canary Warf but it depends how long your husband wants his commute to be. West Hampstead is a lovely area (North London) on the Jubilee line with Overground connections also, and you could get a good sized, four bed spacious flat within your budget. Although on opposite sides of London, both places have a great community feel with plenty of great restaurants, parks and things to do. I suggest you visit both places to see what you think! There are guides to both areas on the blog too if you'd like to check those out too! Hope that helps! :)
  21. ReplyA
    Hello! I will be moving to London soon to work in Victoria. I have a small dog and am looking for a bit of space. I cant decide between an apartment in Wandsworth just down the street from Clapham Junction (short commute time and lots of things to do) or a home in Enfield (space for dog and myself but 45 minute commute which doesn't bother me too much). I'm more concerned about crime rates than anything. Is Enfield safe? Is it okay for a young, single woman?
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there and thank you for your comment! If you have a dog and can/can't take it to work with you, a shorter commute might be better. Clapham Junction is a very popular area with young single people and there is a big common in Wandsworth and Clapham that you can walk your dog. It is nice having a bit more space but this can tie you to the last train times and commit yourself to a long journey when you want to go out and meet friends after work or at the weekend. Every area in London has a certain amount of crime but it depends what kind of environment you feel safe in or which feels suits you best. Enfield is also a large area and varies in geography and quality but with some great parts. West of the A10 is generally the most popular area. I suggest you visit both areas before you move to see what you think if that's possible? You can read the guide to Clapham Junction on the blog but unfortunately we don't have one for Enfield yet!
  22. ReplySouth west London mom
    I vote for South West London and West London for the Best Family areas ! Forget the rest hehehe I have Lived in North West London for 5 years before, I was in Stanmore and Golders Green area. Unfortunately it's lack of Family entertainment and the crime is getting worse everyday, seriously! There was No Nice High Street apart From Hampstead Only! o2 in finchley road is unpleasant! Brent Cross is boring! Not much of kids activities! When I visited My friend in Surbiton, Richmond, Wimbledon and Raynes Park, I fell in love With South West London at first sight. And Lived in south west London Since then! This is facts and information for you to know: 1. Wimbledon: Polka Kids Theatre, Wimbledon Park has mini golf, pond, free tennis court, volleyball, playground, sand pit Wimbledon town Centre: Centre Court Shopping Mall, Elly's Department Store, Wimbledon Village With Designer Shops. Family restaurants, Michelin restaurants, horse riding Stable, Bowling. Soft Play Cinema. State schools Are outstanding Public SCHOOL : King College School wimbledon (Check the result in 2014, They Are on top of Eton, Harrow, Westminster SCHOOL) Low crime rates. 2. Kingston Upon Thames Kingston riverside A massive town Centre, The Bentalls Shopping Centre, hundred of Shops , soft play Kids theatre. Riverside night club, riverside restaurants and cafes Cinema, Bowling, Horse Riding, Mini Golf in New Malden Korean community in New Malden. Top Public SCHOOL in UK: Tiffin SCHOOL , Kingston grammar SCHOOL. Low crime rates 3. Richmond Upon Thames Richmond Park !!! Richmond riverside All the towns Are very proper! Barnes, Ham, Teddington, Hampton Wick Big town Centre , Cinema, shops, Designer Shops. Family restaurants to 5 stars restaurants Top Public SCHOOL in UK: St Paul and Hampton SCHOOL Outstanding State schools Low crime rates 4. Sutton Not posh but proper Family areas (south Sutton, Cheam Village, belmont Village, Carshalton Beeches) Low crime rates Top borough for education in London Wilson SCHOOL, Sutton grammar SCHOOL, Wallington High School, Carshalton Sutton town Centre: not the Best but big and Okay. Richmond borough, Kingston borough, Sutton borough, and Merton are considered Low crime rates London boroughs ! So Many Best State Schools and Public Schools Are also in South West London Please explore the area by yourself, so you know what I have shared above to you! All the surroundings are very lovely, leafy and Family friendly :)
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey, thank you so much for your detailed comment. It's so helpful for anyone moving to London when readers of the blog share their experiences. It's the best kind of local knowledge! One of the reasons we created the blog was to form a platform where people can discuss their local areas and offer tips and advice to each other so I'm really grateful that you spent time to write your advice for other readers.
  23. ReplyElena
    Hello Carly! This is a very usefull article. I am a 30 year old girl who is moving to London next september to work in the City, near Liverpool street. I am looking for a 2 bedroom apartment near my job or in a 20 minutes commuting distance aprox. My budget is aroung GBP 2.000. I love jogging (so I need a place near a park or similar) and I am looking for a place with all services available, very good communicated by public transport with the city center, and good atmosphere. Zone 1 or 2 as maximum. Many thanks!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there Elena. If you're going to be working in Liverpool Street but want to live in Zone 1 or 2 with a park, I'd check out East London or places in West London on the Central Line. It's got some great areas to go out and it's really popular with young Londoners. The borough of Hackney is great, Dalston, Shoreditch, Haggerston, Hackney Central. London Fields and Victoria Park are close by and there's loads of things to do. If you feel like East London isn't for you and would like a more "sophisticated" or "grander" vibe, check out areas on the Central Line which will take you right to Liverpool Street. Notting Hill. That's a great area to live and you're close to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park for jogging. Hope that helps!
  24. ReplybOOK
    Hi Carly, I am moving to London with my family in May. We are a family of three - My wife, 2 year old son, and I. I will be the only one working at first, which will be in Leatherhead. Any good suggestion for an area to live in that is suitable for family, close by the office, and convenient for us to commute to Central London? Thanks in advance!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there. There are lots of places you could look as but as I don't know details (such as budget or how long you wish a commute to be etc.) I would be unable to give you specific suggestions. Why not look at living in Leatherhead? It seems like a great village with plenty of its own amenities. It's also a commutable distance to Central London. If you wanted to be closer to Central London you could look at Croydon (there's a guide on the blog) Kingston upon Thames (again, on the blog) or if you didn't mind being further away, Guildford is a great area outside London and you can get into central London in around 40 minutes on the train. You could rent a much bigger property for your money and also save more, but it depends on the kind of lifestyle you want. Hope that gives you some ideas!
  25. ReplyMarion
    Hi Carly, I have read this article and comments, thank you, you are very kind and helpful! I'd like to tell you my own problem : My husband and I (respectively 35 and 30 years old) are French (so excuse me if I do some mistakes in English), and always live in Paris suburbs. We have to move next month in London for 5 years, because of my husband job. I'm so exciting, but we don't know London well, so we need some advices. He will work in Westminster area, so we are looking for something not so far from there (not more than 40 min in tube), a 1 (or 2) bedroom proprety to rent for 1400£ pcm, in a nice and lively area but safe if we go home late on the night, with a friendly atmosphere, good transport links and great shops, restaurants around... Have you some areas to advise me? Plus, I'd like to know what is the difference between trains and tube. The train is it more expensive or does it works with the zone (1, 2...) budget? Is there as much trains than tubes in one hour for exemple? Does it stop earlier in the night? Thanks for all.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Marion. Don't worry as there are lots of areas in London you could look at that fit your criteria. Our customer champion, Rosine (who is French too) is always happy to help if you have any problems! If you have internet, download an app called Citymapper to check distances between London postcodes and ways you can commute. The difference between trains and tube is that the tube runs on the underground network and the train (also called the Overground) runs on the overground rail network. The price is the same and just depends on the zone you're traveling in (within the budget of that zone). All busses cost £1.50 per single journey, no matter how long the journey. You can get weekly, monthly, 6 month or yearly travel cards between zones (1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6) the bigger the distance you need to cover, the more expensive the card. All National Rail trains have their own pricing structure as they also serve the rest of the UK and not just London. Check out Richmond, Chiswick and Hammersmith (West London) for some ideas on where to look first. Hope that helps!
  26. ReplyKew
    Hi, I am looking for a safe, quiet, villagey, leafy, green, dog-friendly, non-multicultural, chepaer location outside of the city, ideally upto 1h by train from Central London. Which areas would you recommend for a young couple (with no children) and how much cheaper does it actually get when living in outer zones, if you add public commuting costs to your monthly rent? Is it possible to find for example a 1-bedroom flat with £800 pcm budget? Thank you in advance :)
    • Rosine Lemeur
      Hi Kew, you might want to have a look at opportunities around Shenfield (30 min from Bank), and other areas like Guildford (35 minutes from Waterloo) and Stevenage, Kettering, Peterborough, Woking, etc. You should be able to find a place that will fit your search criteria. All these places are in a scope of 1 hour commute. Commuting from a distance is expensive so it's very unlikely you'd find anything 1 bedroom for £800 including your commuting costs unfortunately.
    • Kew
      Hi Rosine, thank you for your suggestions, I will definitelly look into those places as well. Now I already know that we will work nearby the Bank tube station, therefore I was researching mostly the Southeastern train network (Cannon Street station) and found out that from anywhere between Petts Wood to Knockholt, you can still commute for monthly £225, which is "just" £100 more than basic Travelcard price. Am I correct with this? Can you use the Travelcard on Southeastern train as long as you travel within its valid zones? If so, we could fit into £1000-1200 budget including commuting costs, perhaps. What do you think about this area, Petts Wood, Orpington, Chesfield, Knockholt? I can see from google map view that it is villagey, leafy and green, but is it also safe? Do you have any closer knowledge of this part? Thank you in advance for your advice :)
  27. ReplyDani
    So.. I'm not English and moved to london 9 yrs ago from Spain for work. Now, I ve lived in islington for 9 yrs... And now I have 2 kids... And suddenly I wonder .. Is this the best place to raise a family. There is one good school we apparently are in the catchment area for but honestly, it doesn't feel like islington is the best best place for kids... Where would someone with better knowledge of London and surrounding areas normally start looking if they wanted good schools and the typical commute into the city? Thanks in advance... !
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there Dani and thank you for the comment. Choosing where to raise children is always a very personal decision can be dependent on many external factors. If anyone else reading this question that's had the same dilemma, hopefully they can give you some advice from experience. If you feel like you want to move to a more rural part of London then there are lots of places you could look at. Areas like Sutton, Crystal Palace, Greenwich, Blackheath, Hampstead and Maida Vale are popular places for people with families as there are larger green spaces but the commute into the centre of the city is still fairly short/below average. If you wanted to move further out of the city you could look at areas in Surrey with good train connections into the city. You can check school reports on the Ofsted website but you might also want to speak to local schools in the area to find out about catchment areas and waiting lists. I hope that helped give you some ideas for areas to look at, but it would be great if other readers could share their thoughts too.
  28. ReplyFakir Hossain
    London is a thrilling place with a multitude of places to visit. There is no shortage of things to do in London: you can relax in the city’s quiet Georgian squares, explore the narrow alleyways of the City of London, wander along the riverside walks, and uncover the quirks of what is still identifiably a collection of villages.
  29. ReplyTessa
    Hi there! My friend and I are looking at moving to London next year after completing a Top Deck tour. We are looking for somewhere that is safe, affordable and close to public transport. We are both students so we will be on a tight budget. Where would you suggest? Are there any websites you would recommend that I should look at for renting a property/apartment? We will be there for possibly 5 months. Thanks heaps! Tessa
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there Tessa. You can usually find short term lets in London (anything less than 6 months is a short term let). It's hard to find good quaility short term lets on a budget but you can always use sites like Airbnb to find somewhere to stay in whilst you're looking for somewhere more permanent. I'm not sure what your budget is exactly but you should look for areas no closer than zone 3 if you're on a strict budget. You can check out a standard London tube map for a rough idea of locations to look near as the zones are published on the map. There are plenty of areas with good transport links too. It might help your search if you create a Movebubble renter profile with references and information about what kind of property you're looking for and yourself (a bit like you do for Airbnb). You can look for verified property on Movebubble but you can also send your profile URL to anyone you want when you want to show them a bit about yourself to stand out from the growing crowd of renters in the city. You can also check other sites like Gumtree (although be very careful about fraud as they have no checks or protection) or sites like Spareroom. Hope that helps!
  30. ReplyAlex Swan
    Hi Carly, my boyfriend and I will be moving to London in May and we have no idea where to live. We have a monthly budget of 1300 and looking for a 1-bedroom flat. In terms of locations, I'll be working by St Paul's cathedral and my partner in Kingston upon Thames. Can you please help us? We are both at late 20s so we would like ideally something vibrant but also with open spaces. Many thanks, Alex.
    • Rosine Lemeur
      Hi Alex, thanks for your comment. I’m starting to help Carly reply to the comments as we’re getting so many (which is good!). Ok, the commute between central London and Kingston upon Thames is pretty easy and convenient. You have trains that go directly to London Waterloo from Kingston or Norbiton stations, taking from 25 minutes, which is way under the average commute time. London Victoria is just 40 minutes away, with a change at Clapham Junction. The rental prices will be lower than in central London but it will be harder to get back in the evening if you want to stay out late in central London. That's why it might be a good idea to check Acton areas: North Acton, East and West Acton. With good links to central London it will be easy to do the commute and to enjoy a night out in central London without worrying about how to get back home...and it's also cheaper than a lot of London areas!
  31. ReplyAdrian
    Hi Carly, Thanks for the post and insights into the places to live in London. I thought I'd get your idea on the best places to stay for myself. I'm single, late 30s and will heading to London later this year. Pretty much an urban person, prefer the city. Lived in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and looking forward to London. Likes greeneries and can imagine myself heading out to the museums, the park for a run, dining and bars @ Soho, with an interest in live music and performing arts as well. Likes modern architecture and facilities, will probably join a gym as well. Office will be at Canary Wharf, likely will not want to spend a lot of time in commute, though not critical. Zone 1 and 2 max as I prefer to live near to the city with ease of transportation links. Was actually quite intrigue with the lofts you'd mentioned but not sure of the location/area. Which area do you think will be most suitable for me. Will then decide based on area the budget and the size of accommodation, am flexible on that front. Also, what do you think of buying instead of renting? Thanks a lot.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi Adrian. If you can afford to buy in London and you're planning on staying for a few years then I would advise that. It's almost certain that your mortgage repayments will be lower than the average rent. If you move on from the city (it sounds like you move with work regularly) you can always rent the apartment and manage it yourself or get an agent to take over until you can sell it on. Canary Warf is on the Jubilee and DLR so anywhere around London Bridge would give you quick and easy access to all of London as well as a short commute. Check out Hyde Park Corner (one stop from the Jubilee line and close to Hyde Park - of course) Farringdon, (easy and quick access to central and East London) Shoreditch (areas around Old Street) would give you a few places to check out.
    • Adrian
      Carly, Thanks a lot for your thoughts, appreciated. Your post is a very useful guide as a kickstarter. Thanks once again.
  32. Replymanwithvancatford
    This is such a great post! Many times we meet clients who ask us where is the best for them to go. London is very big and sometimes it is really hard to answer all their questions! Your post will be used for good! Thanks for sharing! Greets, Man With Van Catford Ltd.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Thanks for the comment Manwithvan!! :)
  33. ReplyAdam
    Hi Carly, Many thanks for the informative post! As someone moving to London soon it's incredibly helpful. It looks like you've given some great advice to people posting in the comments section, so I thought I'd try my luck too! I'll be moving back to the UK from Japan in a few months with my girlfriend. I'll be working in Mortlake and she'll be taking a masters at LSE, so we're looking for a 1 bed place with good access to both Mortlake and Central London (Waterloo/Temple/Holborn area) on a tight budget (1000 or less pcm would be ideal, but can stretch a little over that). We're not too fussy on where exactly, but somewhere safe and greenish and not too far out would be perfect. We've been looking at areas around Wimbledon and Kingston so far (Crystal Palace too, but the transport links appear less convenient), but would appreciate any advice you might have? Thanks!
    • Rosine Lemeur
      Hi Adam, I’m starting to help Carly reply to the comments as we’re getting so many (which is good!) it must be really exciting to come back to London after living abroad! I have no idea how it is like to rent in Japan but you probably know that central London areas are getting more and more expensive now, and except if you are very lucky, it might be a bit difficult to find a one bed place within a 1000 pounds budget...Because you said you're not sure about where you want to live, you might want to have a look at the opportunities in South West London (Mortlake, Barnes for example, North Sheen, Barnes Bridge maybe...) Merton is good too and there is also lots of green space and parks like Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park... There are South West Trains Railway Stations in the Borough. Check the trains from Clapham Junction for the commute to London (you can get a direct train from London Waterloo or London Victoria in approximately 10 minutes). Waterloo station can be reached directly in 20 minutes from Richmond allowing good connections to the city, the West End, as well as the south-east coast. Hope this helps!
    • Adam
      Thanks Rosine :)
  34. ReplyLauren
    This is such a useful information! Every area has a different vibe and it's important to research good before rent out buy a house! Lovely post!
  35. ReplyAshleigh
    Hi. Your website is really helpful thanks. My husband I are 27 from New Zealand and moving to London in September. I will be studying law at either UCL or LSE, and my husband will be working. We currently live alone but will probably have to move into a shared flat. Any suggestions on good areas? I would like somewhere within an easy 30-45 min commute to LSE/UCL, good restaurants/cafes/bars/markets, safe to walk around, area for young professionals but not too party-like, a nice atmosphere, village or community feel, and reasonably priced. We have previously stayed with a friend in Bow but didn't like this area (it felt a bit unsafe and lacked a nice atmosphere). We're not interested in the hipster scene or gigs so I don't think East London would suit us. I think we would probably prefer somewhere in West or North-West London from what I have read on your website. Any suggestions? Thanks, Ashleigh
    • Rosine Lemeur
      Hi Ashleigh, I’m starting to help Carly reply to the comments as we’re getting loads at the moment which is great! Thank you for your nice comment. We’re really happy you found us and congratulations on your decision to move to London! You did not specify your budget but you’re probably aware that the closer you are to Central London, the more expensive it gets! A couple of things you want to keep in mind when finding somewhere to live are: bus and underground times...If you can afford it, property close to/in easy walking distance of tube stations will make your life a little bit easier. Due to the location of LSE, if you look south of the Thames you immediately find a drop in property prices. You said you would be looking mostly North-West but if you don’t mind going south of the river, check out places like Dulwich (short bus journey away, village feel, green area…), or Camberwell (twenty minutes away from LSE by bus). If you want to be more centrally located and if you can afford it the Covent Garden area is only 10 minutes away from LSE but it’s expensive and can be very busy as it’s popular with visiting tourists. If you end up at UCL, Walthamstow might be a good pick (zone 3 of the Underground map but is a simple 19 minutes journey on the Victoria line straight to Warren Street) but only if you feel like you can give East London another try after your first experience in Bow! If you’re lucky enough to be able to spend more money on accommodation, Belsize Park is a short journey to UCL on the Northern line. It offers everything:pubs, clubs, restaurants and chic cafes (we have a great blog post on the area so check it out!). More North-west, Kentish Town is also a good option: quick journey to UCL on the Northern line and bars with a great reputation for music… Hope this helps!
  36. ReplyNick
    Amazing Article. So much information for people who want to know the real deal with London Areas. Will be moving to London next month. Got a position at Canary Wharf area. Will move the family in London during summer. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids 1-3 yo. Any suggestions where to look for renting a house that is in an acceptable travelling distance and has parks for the kids or houses with garden?
    • Rosine Lemeur
      Hi Nick, Thank you for your message and for your kind words, we’re very glad you liked the article! Even though it is exciting to move house we know that it can be daunting as well. When you’ve drawn up a list of areas in your price range, because you have children you might want to check the ofsted reports of the local schools. You can find these on Google. That would be a good way to narrow down your search a bit and to find good places to check out first! You can also check one of our recent article about the best schools in London. Because you’re going to work in Canary Wharf some areas North-East and South-East London could offer you both advantages of a good quality of life and easy transport connexions for you everyday commute. Charlton is located between Greenwich and Woolwich and you’d have a commute of around 35 minutes. It’s got a calm village ambience with open green spaces and an outdoor lido, but has great transport connections to central London. In the same commute time range, Forest Hill (SE23), next to East Dulwich, benefits from the amenities of this affluent pocket of South-East London, but so far has managed to avoid the prices. Forest Hill also offers a selection of respected schools as well as a 14-minute commute to London Bridge. Still South-East you can also check areas like South Norwood; located in the Borough of Croydon, this area is becoming increasingly popular with families and young professionals and it also has good connections to central London. Check out Leyton on the opposite side of the Thames not far from Stratford. There’s a nice selection of local bars and restaurants, Westfield Shopping centre is nearby and the Central Line will take you directly to Bank in just 15 minutes. Hope this helps!
  37. ReplyVictoria
    Hi Rosine and Carly, thank you for your great post. Im planning to move to London with my family (me, my husband and 1,5years boy), I will be working at Heathrow airport so Im looking for the areas near by with good school, parks, doctors and place where in the future our son can actively play tennis. Once we are settled I would like to study Photography at South Wales University, or if you have suggestion on this and you know other Uni is great for studying arts, I will really appreciate your tip on this too. Thank you for reading my comment and looking forward your answer.
    • Rosine Lemeur
      Hi Victoria! Thanks for your comment and congratulations on your decision to move to London! Even though it is exciting to move house we know that it can be daunting as well, especially if you plan to relocate with your whole family and pets! We would suggest to start your search focusing first on the areas that you like, with good transport connections to make the home-work commute easier. Once you have drawn up a list of areas in your price range, if you have children you might want to check the ofsted reports of the local schools. You can find these on Google. That would be a good way to narrow down your search a bit and to find good places to check out first! Based on your criteria and your job’s location you might want to start having a look at the different options South-West London has to offer… Chiswick, Twickenham and Richmond Park for example are nice areas all three within approximately 50 minutes commute to Heathrow. The area around Richmond Park could be a great option for you and your family: it’s a great location with a close community and country village atmosphere, but still a short commute to central London. Richmond is also one of the six safest areas to live in London and Heathrow airport is just a few miles away. Richmond station is served by the underground (District Line), the Overground and national rail services, meaning that Waterloo is just 21 minutes away on the fast service. The Overground is the easiest way to get to East or North London. There are rail connections to all over the South West of England. Check out Goldsmiths for art courses - it’s one of the best universities in the world but it’s further from Heathrow Airport.
  38. Replyalice
    Hi Carly/Rosine, im in gladgow and wanting relocate to london or surrending erea. A friend of mine offered me his flat in crystal palace in the midtime while u sort myself out. I dont know this place and I have a 8 years old daughter. Is it good for families n kids? And how are schools there? What are the best schools? Is the ereao safe enough since I heard south east is the worst? thanks a lot for your reply...
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Alice. There's no need for you to worry, as Crystal Palace is a great place to live in London. It feels a bit like a large village with its own great selection of pubs and restaurants, some great antique shops and a huge park that is perfect for kids (make sure you visit the maze and the famous dinosaur sculptures with your daughter, kids love it!). You should be perfectly safe in the area and it's not known for high crime rates or violent crime. It's a very popular area with families and you'll see lots of them out and about in the park at the weekends. Check out nearby primary schools, Paxton Primary School, Kingswood Primary School and Rockmount Primary School - all have good Ofsted results (measuring the performance of UK schools). Check out our guide to Crystal Palace for more info. Hope that helps!
  39. ReplyKiran MH
    Hi, I am a single mother looking for a property, which is not that expensive but in a safe area-I don't mind leaving in zone 4 unless the area is safe and has a tube line. Could you suggest me smthg? Thank you, Kiran M
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Kiran MH - I'll give you a few of my favourite areas... we have guides to these places on the blog too, check them out! Try Walthamstow (at the end of the Victoria line - soon to be open 24 hours a day in September) Acton or Ealing Broadway (on the Central line) Wimbledon (District Line) could be good places to look at. They're in zone 3 but if you want to be further out price wise check along the same tube lines. Hope that helps a bit!
    • Kiran
      Thanks Carly. I will look in these areas! I love your blog-keep up the work :)
    • Carly Klineberg
      Thanks Kiran! :D
  40. ReplyVikki
    Hi Carly, Thanks for your article. Could you possibly offer some advice? I'm hoping to be moving to London at the end of this year with work, I'm a 23yr old engineer, and the office is located in Hammersmith. I've got a 2yr old Labrador that I would ideally want to bring with me, however she's been brought up in the countryside and isn't a city dog! I know you've listed some good dog friendly locations, but are these generally for people with families etc? Is there anywhere that's good for young professionals and dog owners? I think my budget would be around £700-£800/month. Also, slightly off topic but do you know which transportation you are allowed to take dogs on? Thanks so much, Vikki
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there Vikki! I actually live pretty close to Hammersmith in a place called Brook Green. There is a little dog walking park and green area but for a Lab who isn't used to the city, I really don't think she'll be too impressed with this! You're much more likely to find places that will take dogs in areas popular with families as they generally have more green spaces. This doesn't mean you'll be the only young professional though. Unless you're taking your dog to work I assume you'll be getting a dog walker so it would be better if you're close to parks. If I was you I'd check out Richmond as it's not too far from Hammersmith, close to a great park and still full of great restaurants and bars and a mixed crowd including young professionals. You can take dogs on all public transport - busses, the tube, the DLR and Overground. You must not take your dog on the escalator though, only the stairs or lift (dogs can easily hurt their paws on them).
  41. ReplyMeher
    Hi Carly, My name is Meher and I am 33. I am in the process of relocating from California to London. My office is in Richmond and I will only get 2 week temporary accomodation. My Stay at home wife and 1year kid will also be moving with me. Hence, I am on a tight budget. I am an avid cyclist and will be shipping both my cycles from here on Company expense which I intend to use to commute to office. No offense to anyone but the reviews online about Feltham [ Young offenders] & Hounslow [ Indians & Pakistanis] are average. As I dont have much time and I heard the real estate market moves really fast there, Can you kindly suggest few good areas [Safety, Shops, Restaurant, Parks, Traffic] with in 30min cycling range from Richmond around 1000pounds per month? Thanks in advance :)
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Meher. Ok, two weeks isn't a lot! The London property market moves really quickly so it's essential you organise as many viewings as possible in the weeks that you're in your temporary accommodation. If you run out of time try and look for somewhere on Airbnb as it will be cheaper than a hotel. Often a lot of reviews and guides of London areas online can be very dated so keep that in mind (unless you're on Movebubble of course!) assuming you want a 2 bed property and from what you've said, I think you should be looking at places in or close to the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (within 1/2 a mile) and you should be able to cycle to Richmond easily. You should be able to find something within your budget within or around this area. Really hope this helps! Start arranging viewings as soon as you can as the best places can often only be on the market for a week or few days. There's an up-to-date guide to Kingston on the blog if you want to check it out! :)
    • Meher
      Thanks a bunch Carly. A friend of mine said there is a rule which says 2yr+ kid has to have her separate bedroom in UK per law. Is it true? I negotiated for a 4week stay with my Company. So, I hope I will have enough time to hunt for a house :). I dont see any 2 bed properties for ~1000GBP on Zoopla or Rightmove :(. Are the prices shown on the websites negotiable in general?
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Meher. No it's not the law that your 2 year old child has to have a seperate room, that's up to you at this stage! If you have a look around the 1,200 mark with a minimum of 900 you should find some. You may need to set the search to "within 1/2 mile of or within 1/4 of a mile of" the locations I suggested which will pick up more properties. You can also check on Movebubble for properties as well as the standard agent portals (if you need help with this you can contact Rosine directly on Prices can be negotiable yes but agents and property owners are more likely to take a lower rent than advertised if they think you'll be a reliable renter. Hope that helps!
    • Meher
      Perfect. Thanks again. Very informative site & blogs. Helping me a lot. Cheers!
    • Meher
      Hi Carly, Would you suggest Twickenham or Teddington if I dont get something good in Kingston upon Thames in my budget? I will be looking for a 2Bed ~ 1200GBP. Aslo, what about Isleworth and Hounslaw? Thanks in advance :)
  42. ReplyVincent
    Hi Carly, I will be moving to London from Singapore for 3 months starting August to October this year. My workplace will be very near London Bridge tube station. Can you please suggest me a nice neighbourhood to find a 1 bedroom apartment? It should ideally be 10-15 min walking or 5-10 min tube ride to London Bridge. I will be moving with my wife and 1 year old son so neighbourhood i am looking for should be safe and have grocery shops and restaurants nearby. My budget is 400 GBP/week. Thanks in advance!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Vincent! Check out Greenwich. You can get to London Bridge station in just 8 minutes from Greenwich train station. There's a huge park for your son, it's safe, there are plenty of shops and loads of great restaurants and it's got some beautiful traditional London buildings like the Naval College and Painted Hall. You should look for a short term let, but with the budget you have you'll have no problem finding a two bedroom apartment to rent in this area although 3 month lets are more difficult to find. Hope that helps! ps. I used to live there and I loved it! Check out the Greenwich area guide on the blog too :)
    • Vineet
      Hi Carly, Thanks for pointing to Greenwich. I was too focussed on tube so forgot about the overground train. Keep up the good work.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Thanks Vineet! Don't forget about the DLR, it's great (especially when you get a seat right at the front)
  43. ReplyIvette
    Hi! I love your site , congratulations ! Well I'd like to have your recommendation on where to find a place to rent for about 1 year , my husband will be doing a research stay at LSE , which is why our budget is like for students, so ideally something cheap, near or well connected to university and safe for family, as we have a son of eight years . Thanks in advance!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Ivette. Thanks for your nice comment :) - As you're renting in London it's near on impossible to find somewhere cheap by most peoples definition but I'll try and suggest places where you'll get more value for money. LSE is very central so rentals nearby will be expensive. I'd look at places you can commute from easily. There's a guide to Walthamstow Central ON THE BLOG (at the end of the Victoria tube line in North East London) to Holborn station for LSE via Victoria and Piccadilly. You could also look at places close to Ealing Common or Acton Town in West London on the Piccadilly line - all choices taking under 30 minutes to commute. We have quite a lot of properties on Movebubble in Acton at the moment. You can contact Rosine at if you need any help checking those out. Hope that helps get you started!
  44. ReplyIvette
    Thank you for the information , it's very helpful to me !!! I have another question but I don't know if you can help me !!! It's about school for my son , know first whether public schools are free and if they allowed foreigners ? Thanks... thanks...
  45. ReplyChoi
    Hi, this article is very helpful for me. I am moving to London with my wife in July. It is for working. Working place is near Bank station. If you can help me, please advice where area is good for us. My budget is 1,500 GBP/PCM(contain council tax). It should be 10-30 min tube ride to Bank station. And safe area, need supermarket, not studio type. Thanks in advance.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Choi. For that price I'd check out Stratford. You're very close to Westfield which has a huge supermarket and it's easy to get to Bank directly via the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) - it only takes 11 minutes! The area has been through a lot of regeneration thanks to the Olympics and there's plenty of people moving to the area. You can get a nice, clean modern flat in the area starting at around £1,300 pcm so it should fit nicely within your budget if you're also factoring in council tax. Hope that helps! :)
  46. ReplyKatie Graves
    Hiya Carly, thank you for a very helpful article! Our search has a lot more direction now but I was wondering if you would be able to suggest any specific areas - my husband and I don't have a moving date but I am a health care professional and will be working in a clinic on Harley St. Our budget is limited to a max of 1200pcm and I'd like somewhere close to the tube. We are happy with either a studio or a one bedroom flat. Cheers! K
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi there Katie, really pleased the article helped narrow your search! Sorry for the late reply but I've been away for a couple of weeks! If you're looking for a studio or one bedroom flat around that price you should be fine looking in places outside of central London that have good transport links. Any places you like in particular? Not sure where you've narrowed down to but check out places like Crystal Palace (train but no tube) in South London, Wimbledon (SW London), both nice areas where you could find something within your price rangeand also commute within a very reasonable time to Harley Street. If you download City Mapper or check on TFL (Transport for London) you can check commute times from station to station or post code to post code.
  47. ReplyMary
    This is a really good throughout article on subject of the London areas. It's quite messy there, so many postcodes, areas, etc. Everyone going there should read this article first!
  48. ReplyThomas
    Hello everyone and most of all to Carly, Thanks a lot for the lists and recommendations. I am furthermore hoping to receive some tailored advice as to where to hunt for a room in a shared flat. I am an incoming graduate student in Political Sciences at one the centrally located unis. Hence, I am hoping to live in an area that too houses students and young proffessionals, has a certain "alternative", possibly leftist, political and socio-cultural vibe to it. I do not care about the actual quality of the housing too much as living in an area with like minded people and bigger, shared, vibrant flats and a streetculture with bars, clubs, etc. Obviously somwhere with access to a direct tube line to Kings/LSE would be splendid, but one can't have everything, right ? Hence, the east of London seems to be what I should be going for ? Any specific quarter or mainly the Borough of Hackney ? How realistic is it to show up in London at the beginning of September and find something within 2-3 weeks ? Cheers a lot for any advice and/or recommendation as to how to obtain such a room in such an envisioned shared flat and/or community. Greetings, Thomas Thomas
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi there Thomas. From what you've said I would definately recommend looking in either South London or East london in Hackney (check out our guides to Dalston, Hackney Central, Stoke Newington and Shoreditch) you could also check out Haggerston (next to Broadway Makerket in Hackney Central) Tower Hamlets or look in South London (Brixton and Peckham are two of my fave South London places). It is realistic to find somehwere in a 2-3 week time period if you narrow your search down to two areas or maybe three if they're close together, and book as many viewings as possible. Flats in London leave the market quickly if they're nice so you need to be on the ball when searching for property. Book an Airbnb in the area you're searching in before you arrive and don't stop phoning, e-mailing or searching for property whilst you're there. Hope that and the other guides on the blog help! Good luck finding a place :)
  49. Replyaroy
    Hi Carly, I will be moving to London in 2-3 months for my graduate studies/research . I am looking for a safe place to stay (as my studies may require me to be in university late into the night) with good places to eat/drink and a supermarket nearby. I would like recommendation for places/areas within a 15 - 25 min tube journey from Tottenham Court Road (Station closest to the university). I would prefer studios with attached kitchen/Bathroom. Facilities to play badminton nearby would be an added bonus. What are the approximate rents at these areas? Thanks
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there Aroy. Sorry for the delay in replying, I've been off for a little while! Ok - most places in London haven a supermarket so don't worry about that, likewise good places to eat/drink but I'll keep that in mind anyway. Check out places in North London. North London is one of the most expensive areas of London generally but try Camden, Kentish Town, Belsize Park, St John's Wood, Angel, Holloway Road or Primrose Hill (rents starting at approx £1,200 pcm for a studio bedroom) You can check out close by badminton clubs here. Hope that helps a bit!
  50. ReplyS Gupta
    Hi Carly, Great article / posts. My family (Me 46 yrs/ my wife/my mother + 3 kids 19/15/10) are planning on living in London. We have about 3M to bu a house. I work from my house. My wife and mother stay in the house. Kids live with me and will go to school / college. We want to live close to central london in a proper detached house with about 6 bedrooms and a garden in front. The area should be safe and preferably close to trendy shopping. Please suggest the right areas. Thanks
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi there. Unfortunately I don't specialise in buying houses, but in locations for renting, so I wouldn't be able to advise you on where would be best or on house prices. Sorry I couldn't help any more!
  51. ReplyMichael Forrester
    Hi Carly, I have been using your article/s to figure out and find a place for myself in London but I have been finding it tough! I am originally from Liverpool, but live in Hong Kong, and my knowledge of London is limited. I am moving to London for a grad scheme in auditing, and have been told 10+ months of the year I will not be based in my office. The majority of my time will be spent in client's offices, I suspect in London and Greater London. This, for me, I think, means my flat could be anywhere, with transport links being most important. I would prefer to live on my own, and I don't particularly like studios, but my budget is under £1000 pcm. Unrealistic? Probably. Might also instead look for a 2 bedroom flat (£1400-1800 pcm), then find a flatmate to save money and get a much nicer flat. I am looking for a flat in a quiet, but close to the bustle of either the areas of Shoreditch, Camden or Brixton. I have been looking at areas such as Balham and Peckham in the South and Belsize Park and Stoke Newington in the North, and all the different areas are sending my head in a spin! If you think of somewhere I should check out please let me know! Thanks,
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi there Michael. Glad you've been finding the articles helpful! It is pretty hard to decide where to live in London but it sounds like you'll be getting to know it much better if you're going to be travelling to work in different areas. Balham and Peckham are very different to Belsize Park and Stoke Newington. Although all are good in their own way, it really depends what you're looking for. Balham and Peckam aren't particularly quiet where as Belsize Park and Stoke Newington have a lot of quiet areas, within easy access of parks. North London is more expensive than south London though and you may find it harder to find a 2 bedroom flat or studio flat at that price. Stoke Newington, although one of my favourite London areas also doesn't have the best transport links if you're going to be travelling around London. We have guides to all of these places (apart from Balham) on the blog. Have you considered looking for somewhere in west London, maybe near Hammersmith or Shepherds Bush or in-between (West Kensington)? There are lots of quiet areas and tree lines streets between these hubs, and you'll also be close to Kensington Olympia Overground.
  52. ReplyRob
    Hi there wondering if you could help , I am looking at buying 2 bedroom flat in London , or 4 bedroom house with room shares and renting the property out . What's the best areas to buy flat to rent out and best rental prices? And what's best areas to buy 4 bedroom house to rent out to people going on per room rent out ?
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi Rob, as we're mainly here to help give advice to renters I'm not sure on where the best areas are for buying property righy now. It would really depend on your individual budget. Sorry I can't help more :)
  53. ReplyVince
    Hi Carly, One more case study! I will be relocating from Asia to London on my own with my family, incl. 3 kids As none of us are from UK, I would be looking at getting a serviced flat to start with at least for the first months or so. Checking my budget, I would spend 3000-4000 pcm while aiming for 3 bed rooms, convenient access for supermarket and subway (any elevator in London? I got used to Paris whereby it can be tricky…) but also very close to a nice park for the baby to crawl and walk. I forgot one, security! Not sure this is ever possible for this price? Many thanks in advance and hope to be able to meet/thank you in person if the dream comes true!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi there Vince! It's common to have elevators in London in purpose built flats, but many flats are converted from mansions that used to be one single home. You should be able to find somewhere at that price. I would suggest looking in areas in Kensington or anywhere in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, newer purpose built buildings that are more likely to have service. Otherwise, there are many period properties that have been split into flats but they are unlikely to have service or security. Have you thought about using a relocation agent? They might be able to help you search for a property with the requirements you need whilst you prepare for your move. They are expensive, but it could save you a lot of time looking. Hope that helps a little bit!
  54. ReplyKiki
    Hi there, My boyfriend just started working in Battersea last month (closest station to work is Wandsworth Town) and myself and our 11/2 year old little girl and little dog are looking to move over in the next month or so. Our budget for the first year will be about £ we are looking for a 1 bedroom flat.. green area nearby, shops, and some character about the place would be a plus! We've been looking in a few different south London areas..Crystal Palace, Blackheath, and also places like Twickenham - which has a good link into work for my BF and into central London for us all. Any suggestions or guidance welcomed! TIA :)
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Kiki. You've done a great job! I would have suggested the same places that you're already looking in as they're a little cheaper than many areas of London, but still great areas with lots of green space. It can be hard to find places that allow dogs so arm yourselves with references from previous landlords if you can as it could help you secure a property. Have you checked out Kingston upon Thames too?
  55. ReplyLarisa
    Hello! You give so much useful information.Thank you! Maybe,you will be able to give me some advice as well:)) We are going to move to London in August. We are a family of four people. I have already started to look for some property to rent. It is not difficult to find accommodation at all if you don't claim for housing benefits. If you do,it's impossible to find anything. Can you give me some advice?I am sure YOU know what I shoild do:))
    • Jamie Gough
      Hey there! Thank you for the kind words, and sorry for the late reply! have a section dedicated for DSS properties, which is probably the best source. If not, it will be worth contacting the landlords privately to find out on properties you like. It can be tough, but if you persist you will find somewhere for you! Hope I'm not too late!
  56. ReplySophie
    Hi there, My boyfriend and I are considering moving to/working in London, but we are a bit lost as to where to start looking! I am in banking/finance and he is a chef. We're not big "city people," but realize London may be best for us, career wise. Our budget for rent, per month, would be about £1000, and we'd like to keep our commute within about 40 mins. We are looking for a green, quieter place to live with reasonable cost of living. Farmer's/food markets and live music a plus. Any thoughts or assistance would be greatly appreciated!
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi Sophie, Sounds like Kensal Rise would be a great location for you and your boyfriend. There are a few markets nearby and a lot of green space! 1 bed flats can be found for around your budget and you have great connections to the City. It is a very safe neighbourhood as well, and is quiet in comparison to places like Shoreditch. Hope this helps!
  57. ReplyDee
    What about shopping, I love going to the movies and shopping with friend during my free time.....I also like a park near by with a bike trail......or a bookstore......bookstore Is a must I also have to live in a neighborhood that's close to farmers markets and stores that sell makeup, lotions, and home stuff. I like to live in an area that looks astetically pleasing on the outside and inside......I want to feel safe and not like I live a a bad neighborhood. I'm looking for an area that I can rent between 1500-2500 a month and that's with me and my not picky for what type of building wether it'd be a flat or house.....nor the rooms me and my friends can have 2 rooms max if it means a decent neighborhood...
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi Dee, Based on the kind of preferences you have, I think South Kensington would be a great area for you. Kensington gardens is a huge park which you can cycle through, and South Kensington farmers market is known for its variety of products! It's a nice and safe area, where you can find 2 bedroom properties for around your budget. If you are interested, we are currently testing an app that can narrow down properties for you based on preferences much like the ones you have listed. You can sign up for free access here! :) Hope this helps.
  58. ReplyChloe
    Hi Carly, I am planning a move to London in the next few months however my knowledge of residential areas is very limited. I will be working as an air hostess from Heathrow so I will be commuting quite often. My budget would be around £1000-£1300 PCM. A flat with one bedroom would be ideal and I would also like to live in a safe area as i will be travelling a lot and would like to know my belongings are safe! Thanks for your help!
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi Chloe, Congrats on the soon to be move to London! I would definitely recommend somewhere like Acton Town. The tube station is on the Piccadilly line (you can go straight to Heathrow!), and you can easily find a place to rent for that budget. It is just as safe as anywhere else in London. Hope this helps :)
  59. ReplySteven John Harry
    Hi, I'm moving to London in a few months and my salary is around the 30k mark. Where is the best to rent for the next 12 months? The job is near Kings Cross and my budget is around 500-600 per month. Single wanting to share. Thanks in advance for any advice.
    • Jamie Gough
      Hey Steven, Congrats on the move to London! I expect you could find a double room in a flatshare in an area like Hoxton for that budget. You'd have to act fast though, as the London market moves incredibly quickly! Kings Cross may be a long shot at that budget, but Hoxton is an equally as lovely area and has very close links to Kings Cross. Hope this helps, Jamie
  60. Replynick
    Hi! My girlfriend and I would like to find a 1-bedroom flat (a studio is not ideal). She is a designer working in London and currently living close to Waterloo station, I will start soon my Ph.D. at Imperial College. We are looking for a place close to the city centre that is safe and well connected (day and night), but that also provides some nightlife. Our budget is 1500£ at most, do you have any suggestions about the area in which we should search the apartment? We are having some difficulties finding the right location. Thank you very much!
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi Nick, It sounds like Clapham may be the area for you. You can find a 1 bed flat there for around that price. The nightlife there is great and is connected perfectly to the City. Hope this helps! Jamie
  61. ReplyMah
    Hey! Just finished my masters degree and landed a job at Northwick Park hospital! As a27 year old single busy male with no car Whats a good place to live in London with a max budget of 1500pm? Thanks :D
    • Jamie Gough
      Hey there, You could live anywhere around the hospital. Somewhere like Harrow is just next to the Hospital and you could find a nice bachelor pad there for yourself. Hope this helps, Jamie
  62. ReplyGina Smith
    I hope to move next school year from America to London. Where are the best, affordable, and safest places to rent? I would like to be in walking distance to the tube. Thanks
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi Gina, Somewhere like Clapham might be perfect for you. Safe, energetic and great transport links. Unsure on your budget though so I can't say if it's affordable! Hope this helps, Jamie
  63. ReplyAshok Karwasra
    Hi, I am moving to London in October and want to rent atleast 2 BHK house as we have 1 year old daughter. Area with green space and more relaxed feel would be preferred. I would be working in Canary Wharf but want to limit my rent range to max of 1200 PCM. What would be safe and pleasant area to live within 45 min travel by public transport.
    • Freddie fforde
      Hey Ashok, I would recommend looking in the areas around Greenwich, over the rive from Canary Wharf. There is a beautiful, large park there, and I would also look at Blackheath for the same reason. Otherwise, you could follow the DLR line east, or the Jubilee line up to the redeveloped Olympic Park area at Stratford We'd highly recommend that you try downloading our app, which is designed to help you find areas that you love. The app will learn about you and your needs and update your searches automatically with new and available properties. Let us know and good luck!
  64. ReplyJohn flanagan
    Hi Me and my girlfriend are moving to London in November from Ireland. we are looking for a one bed flat/apartment close to the central London that is easy access to the city on a buget of 12OO PCM,which is safe and comfortable as my girlfriend would be on her own with my job.have looked at the blog and found it very useful. Thanks
  65. ReplyCarl
    Wow, this must be the best place on the internet for people who need more information on where to move to in London. Thank you all for sharing so much information! I (EU citizen) would like to move with my wife (non-EU citizen) and toddler (EU citizen) to London in a few weeks/months time. Both my wife and me don't have a job there yet, but we have a lot of savings and we are planning to find a job as soon as we have found a place to live. I guess landlords prefer people who have a job already, but would you say that this will make it a lot harder for us to find a nice place? Is there anything that we can do to make landlords trust us better or to make our applications stronger? Thanks a lot!
    • Jamie Gough
      Thank you for the kind words Carl! Usually landlords and agents do prefer people to have employment sorted, so that they can guarantee the rent will be paid. It may make the process a bit more difficult for you, but if you can prove that you could pay your rent for the first few months of your tenancy (maybe through your savings), then most shouldn't have an issue with it. Hope this helps! Jamie
  66. ReplySercan C.
    Thank you for this such a well-intentioned article. I am planning to move to London, preferably to North region, Muswell Hill. After reading this article, I am sort of mixed up. I will be working in HR department in a private company, located in Central London. I thought for a fresh graduate, Muswell Hill could be good place to start dwelling on and becoming familiar to UK culture. My budget will be about £400-500 per week for accommodation. I started to contact some of the real estate consultants to rent so is it a good decision to move there? Thank you for your help!
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi Sercan, Sorry to hear you're a bit confused. Muswell Hill is a good, safe area with a very nice cinema and lots of lovely cafes, so if that is the kind of vibe you are looking for then it's ideal! You can also find a nice 1 bedroom flat for yourself in Muswell Hill, so yes you're on the right tracks. Hope this helps, Jamie
  67. ReplyRebecca
    Hi Carly, I, like others who have posted have loved your blog. I too will be moving to London area in the next few months. I have reviewed many of the options you have posted, however I was wanting to know an area that would be a good fit to an extensive traveller, teacher and young person. I am looking for an area that will be safe, but also an area that is not more than an hour commute to Heathrow, or to central London to attend events, or nights out. Additionally, I ideally do not want to take transport to a reputable school I could be working at. I would like a village that has nice parks and good public school but not be too far from the city. If you have any specific suggestions for areas you would recommend I would love to hear about them. Thanks so much!
    • Freddie fforde
      Hey Rebecca, Great to hear from you, thanks for getting in touch. It sounds to me like somewhere on, or near, the Picadilly tube line would be a good start - that's directly connected to Heathrow. Or you could also consider living near to Paddington, or near the Bakerloo line, as that is where the regular train service stops and starts. So, depending on your budget, your areas could include North West, like Maida Vale and Kilburn, the North East, such as Hackney and Arsenal, or possible the West near Ealing. The easiest way to learn about areas you love is actually by giving our app a go - built to answer exactly these questions for you, and showing you real available properties for rent. You can also book viewings directly in the app too.
  68. ReplyMartina
    Hello, My husband just received serious job offer with office located in Finsbury Circus, London.. we are considering to move over. I'm expecting our first child to be born in few weeks. Our budget for the rent would be around £1500 with bills included possibly. park and green area nearby, shops, and some character about the place would be appreciated. Any suggestions or guidance welcomed! Martina
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi there Martina, I would recommend somewhere near Old Street station. You can find a 2 bedroom flat here for around your budget, as well as having lots of character, bars, restaurants and some green space. It's also very close to Finsbury Circus. Hope this helps, Jamie
  69. ReplyAilyn
    Hello, thanks for the lovely information in this site. I'm currently living in Herts for few months now and planning to move to London so my mom can work as seamstress/sewing machinist. We are looking for area with more garment manufacturing companies. Hoping to get some ideas and advice. Thank you.
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi Ailyn, I must say my knowledge on garment manufacturing companies is fairly limited! I know there is one factory in Mile End, but I'm afraid that's the only one I know. Mile End might be a good idea, as it's a very cultured area and the residential areas are very nice and quiet to live in. Hope this helps, Jamie
  70. ReplyDavid
    Hi there, my two sons are admitted to queen Mary starting next September and they are coming drm canada. We were wondering about the best place to look near the school at Mile End. What should we expect to spend if we want them to be in walking distance and preferably in the area or slightly easy of the school. Many thanks for all the time you spend helping us all!! David.
    • Freddie fforde
      Hi David, Thanks for being in touch. There are some great spots around Mile End, depending on what you're looking for and your budget. There is a good range that should help you kick things off. We suggest you download our app to help you in your search - we are currently building extra functionalities for families too! The app will suggest new areas and provide you with more information and guides to new areas. Let us know how you get on!
  71. ReplyABHI
    Hi, thanks for all the info on this website. I am looking to relocate to London in Jan next year and will be working in St James Square. I am 30 years old, single and am looking for an area with one or two bedroom places to rent in the 1000-1600 pounds a month range. I would like to be close to work and enjoy proximity to good cafes and running tracks. Thanks.
    • Freddie fforde
      Hey Abhi, Thanks for writing in - have you thought about London Bridge, Bermondsey or Greenwich? If you think about going along the Jubilee line, this runs up to your closest tube station for work (Green Park) and is one of the most comfortable and reliable tube lines in London. There is a lot of beautiful green space at Greenwich. You could also consider going north and looking at West Hampstead, not far from the glorious Hampstead Heath park Good luck!
  72. ReplySreeni
    Hi, I'm moving to London in a month or two and my salary is around the 40k mark. I am planning to take a 6 month or 1 year lease. My work location is in Central London, Fenchurch Street. I will be travelling with my family (3 - Myself, Spouse and 1 year old daughter). I am looking for a place which is good and safe as well as a easy commute to work. I can afford around 1000-1250 per month. Do you I need to take a two bedroom or 1 bedroom should fine? Please give your best advice. Appreciate it. Thank you!
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi there, As you are bringing your daughter, I may recommend a 2 bedroom (as she can have her own room). I could potentially recommend somewhere like Harrow, but the commute is a bit further than you may need. It takes around 40-50 mins to get to Fenchurch Street from there, but the area is great for families and you can find a 2 bedroom place there for your budget. I hope this helps, Jamie
  73. ReplyWill
    Myself and my girlfriend (both 23 years old) graduated from university last year and after no luck in finding work in video production/photography, we now want to make the move to London. We currently work for Sainsburys so we are looking to make a store transfer. This way we will still be earning whilst we look for work in our chosen profession. We don't mind sharing a house if its a cheaper way of living. The main things we would like to know are: 1) Best part of London for video/photography jobs 2) Cheap but nice areas to live (ideally near a Sainsburys) 3) Suitable accommodation (house or flat share/flat to rent etc) 4) Possibilities of bills all included with rent 5) Living costs - food, bills, travel etc 6) Places to avoid We're thinking our budget for rent between us will be £800pcm leaving us with approx £600 for everything else. Lastly, is it recommended to save money prior to moving and how much considering our circumstances? Every piece of advice will be greatly appreciated! Will and Lucy
    • Jamie Gough
      Hey Will! :) 1) I would say that Shoreditch is probably the best area to find video or photography jobs. There are tons of Startups who will either be in video or looking for some temp work at the least. 2) There are Sainsbury's everywhere...But some nice areas are places like Ruislip or Greenwich. Not cheap in comparison to the rest of the country, but cheaper than Central. 3) As you are a couple obviously it would be great for you to have a 1 bed flat to yourself, but this is all budget permitting. You are only 23 so a house share might be fun and a bit cheaper. 4) Bills and rent in house shares would probably come to £800-1000 a month for you both in London, and more like £1500 for a flat to yourself. 5) Food, bills and travel all depend on where you are and how you budget. If you're in Zone 1-2, a travelcard would be £125. Standard monthly bills for electricity, water, gas, TV license, council tax and broadband/phoneline for a couple is around £150, depending on what deals you have. 6) I wouldn't list anywhere as somewhere to 'avoid' as such, but there are a few places like Brixton and Peckham which can be quite intimidating at night, most places are fine during the day. Hope this helps! Jamie
  74. ReplyCris
    Hi. What about Golders Green to live a with small children? Is it ok? Is it safe? Thanks.
    • Jamie Gough
      Hey Cris, Golders Green has a large Jewish community, and is an extremely quiet suburb. It's an area that in the 1930's was built more towards families as houses had large gardens. I would say it's very safe for small children :) Hope this helps, Jamie
  75. ReplyUM
    Hi, great article and obviously very informative! We are a young family (Spouse, 16 mnth old girl, and I) and planning to purchase a property (preferably a 2 bed house) in Loughton, Essex. Just want to understand what sort of budget should we be looking at? Overall, how is the area in terms of safety, cost of living, regular commute to zone 1, and primary schools? Appreciate your best advice. Cheers!
    • Jamie Gough
      Hey there, Thanks for the kind words! As you're looking at purchasing, your budgeting will be different. The average 2 bedroom property in Loughton is anywhere from £275,000-£350,000. As for travel, you would need going from zones 1-6. The central line goes to Loughton so it would take around 50 minutes to get into London, and cost £225 a month. Costs of bills, food etc will all depend on how much you need/use your utilities. The maximum council tax you would pay would be £3,000 annually, lowest £900. As for primary schools, Hereward Primary School is in Loughton and received an 'Outstanding' from Ofsted. I hope this information helps! Jamie
  76. ReplyEssie
    We are a married couple with two kids ( one baby and one, almost teenage boy), just got proposal to move there due my husband's job. If we decide to move, it would be our 5th place to live ! what i am concerned is more about children's attitude ( a.k.a Vandalism) for my son. Which schools are in good neighboroughs would you suggest ? While i know, most of the English people i have met, were so polite and nice, i have heard lots of complain about English children's general attitude, when we compare to some part of Europe ( mostly west and south Europe). This is the only concern i have. Its very useful info by the way and Thank you !
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi Essie, There are a mix of schools in every area of London. Some good, family friendly areas in London are the likes of Ruislip, Wimbledon and Sutton, but all are quite far out from Central London. As far as I'm aware, issues with children's attitudes isn't a huge issue in those areas, and even in Central London it is a small minority of teenagers who can be a bit rude - much like anywhere in the world! If you need any more specific information about areas where your husband may be working, feel free to get in touch. Jamie
  77. ReplyPanikos Achilleos
    Hi great article but I am very surprise not to see Wanstead in North East London as one of the best areas to live.
    • Freddie fforde
      Hey Panikos That's a great idea! We're working on new area guides and adding new content on places to live all the time. I'm going to talk to the team and see how we can highlight Wanstead in the future. We're also very keen for our renters to be involved of course, please get in touch with us if you think you would be interested in writing some pieces for us! Nobody writes about an area better than people who live there :) Best Freddie
    • Volk Stanz
      NOOOO!!!! SHHH!!! Let's keep Wanstead to ourselves!!!
  78. Replyvally
    Hi, I am 32 and in March I will move to London. I have been hired by a company with offices in Langley-Berkshire.. and I am still evaluating which is the better are to live.. somewhere closer to the office (e.g. Windsor) or the city (west side) since I prefer to not spend to much on daily commuting. Any suggestions? Thank you!!
    • Freddie fforde
      Hey Vally, Good question... I suppose it really depends on what's important to you, commuting versus cost vs local area... I would say if you're moving to London it might be worth giving city life a go and moving in to the west side of London itself. Chiswick and Ealing are two areas that jump to mind but you'll need to be sure you're happy with travel links. However given that trains aren't always reliable, I wouldn't live too far from the stations, so you can reduce the risk of being made late if there are delays. I think you should download our app to have a look at what properties are available in your price range in London - just search Movebubble in Google Play or the App store. It's a great introduction to what you can rent in London and even allows you to book viewings in the app too! Best Freddie
  79. Replydali
    Thank you for so much fantastic information! I'm moving from Sweden to London in three months and trying to zone in on where to live. Looking for a relatively quiet and peaceful neighbourhood, as much green around as possible (hopefully a place with a little garden too), and good commute to city centre where my husband will be working. I'm home with a toddler so schools and kindergartens aren't necessary, and we are completely comfortable in small one bedroom apartments. Would like to rent for no more than 1200 a month. I grew up in Muswell Hill as a child and it was wonderful, would that even be a possibility for this budget? Where should we start looking otherwise?
    • Freddie fforde
      Hey Dali, Muswell Hill is lovely, however the property prices in London have gone pretty crazy in the last few years since you were here. £1,200 sadly doesn't get you very much in Zone 1 or 2, but if green areas are important for you perhaps try Highgate or consider going south west to Richmond? If you download the Movebubble app on your phone, you can actually enter no search areas at all and we will suggest places for you based on your criteria. We also give you information on local amenities and parks, as well as area guides for places you might like to consider. Just search for Movebubble in your app store (or Google Play) to have a go.
  80. ReplyLin
    Hi there, just discovered movebubble - it's great! I feel I should be able to work it out myself but I'm gonna ask your advice anyway... My husband and I (40s, no kids) are moving to London this year. We are looking for 2 bed minimum, preferably 2 bath, balcony/terrace would be a bonus. The most important thing is that the area is safe. My husband will work in the City. He is willing to do up to an hour commute, but less would be better. The only area we really know is Wapping and we like that, but I'm sure there are many other areas to consider. We are not party people, nice restaurants & pubs are more our thing. Also, I won't be working so I'd love to live in a place with a "community feel" where I might meet some people. We probably won't have a car so public transportation/walking distance to shops are also important. Our budget is around 2000 pcm. Can you help please? Again, thanks for a great page:-)
    • Freddie fforde
      Hey Lin, Great to hear from you, and welcome to London. Very kind words about Movebubble thank you. My best suggestion to you is to download the Movebubble App in the app store or Google Play, just search Movebubble! We have built a search and match function that will suggest new areas to you all the time and give you a feel for what you can afford. As well as Wapping, I think you'd really like Bermondsey and the area around London Bridge and Borough Market. Dalston, Hoxton and Haggerston are also worth a shot. Good luck with the app and let us know what you think!
  81. ReplyCam
    If you knew someone who was interested in the arts (theatre etc) where would you recommend they live?
    • Freddie fforde
      Hey Cam - why not try Kentish Town and Camden? There are also a lot of theatre pubs in Islington too.
    • Cam
      What are some more affordable, safe areas in North and East London that are close to Central London?
  82. ReplyCC
    What areas do most Spanish/Hispanic/Latinos live? I've read there is a small population of Mexicans where to they live?
    • Freddie fforde
      Hey CC, I dropped you a reply on our other post 'Where should I live in London'. I'll copy it here to be sure you see it! London is a very diverse city and you will always find people from all nations mixed around most areas. However I do know that there are large South American communities around Seven Sisters and again at Elephant and Castle (Walworth Road). A Spanish friend of mine tells me that there are a lot of Spanish around Canary Wharf and possibly at Mile End too! Hope that helps!
  83. ReplyCC
    Is the Seven Sisters area relatively safe? What South American countries are represented there? Are there many Central American/Mexican communities?
  84. ReplyCam
    Where is the Mexican community in London?
  85. Replysera
    Hi; First, let me tell you that move bubble is one of the best web sites that I came across with. Congratulations to the whole team! I will be moving to London with my husband and my 6 year-old daughter. I will be working very close to oxford circus and I do not want to commute longer than 30-40 minutes to work by underground. Where would you recommend me to have a look. My budget is 3,000 GBP per month at max and I really want to live somewhere with excellent state schools, residential and leafy but with a proximity to local shops and restaurants. Thanks a lot
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hi Sera, thanks so much for your lovely message! Have you considered an area like Maida Vale? We've just posted an area guide on it and it sounds like a great option for you where you can get a lovely property for your budget.
  86. ReplySusy
    Hi, we are planning to move UK, near London. I will be working close to Waterloo station and looking for a house to buy. We have 2 children so school and safety is important. I would love to live in a house with a garden but not sure if we can effort it. With mortgage planning to look for a house max for GBP400.000 Which areas shall we focus and any other suggestion. Thanks
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hi Susy, thanks for your message! Currently we only have properties to rent available in our app, but you can definitely have a look in our area guides section to get an idea of the sort of area you'd like to move to. Wishing you the best of luck with your move, and if you need to find somewhere to rent, you know where to look!
  87. ReplySubbu
    Hi Team Movebubble, Thank you so much for the article, it's really helpful. I will be moving with my family (spouse and 2 daughters aged 6 & 2) for a long term deputation in UK from India. I am looking for areas that will (in order of priority) have nice govt. schools (primary), safe locality, with Indian diaspora and rentals not in excess of 1000-1200 pcm for 2/3 BHK fully furnished apartments. My office is all likelihood will be in SW1X 7HY. Would request your expert opinion and thoughts.
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hi there! Thanks so much for getting in contact! At the moment, I can't see any properties on the app that match your requirements. How far would you be willing to travel into work? Rental prices in London are quite high at the moment, so you may need to look a little further out and perhaps travel in on a train. You could try somewhere like Orpington, where the mainline train station travels into London Victoria. Wishing you the best of luck with your search!
  88. ReplyStenz
    Hi everyone, this is a really great guide, a lot of useful information! I'll be working in Hayes really soon, but I think I'd rather live downtown. As someone in his twenties, I am guessing from this guide I should move to north or east London. My main concern is the commute. I am a bit confused by all the options, and by trusting Google maps, being close to Paddington, or Central is important. But places like Soho might be too expensive, maybe Camden? I'm afraid east of Angel might make a long commute. What options someone working in Hayes in his twenties has?
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hey! Looking at the transport out to Hayes, I'd suggest somewhere in West London, perhaps Notting Hill/Ladbroke Grove. It's a lovely area! What do you think?
  89. ReplyPL
    Hello, this website is amazing. Thank you so so much! My husband and I want to live in the south west and have narrowed in on richmond mainly because I am familiar with the area. We are looking for a two bed flat, preferably, with a small garden or balcony depending on the location. Ideally we want to live close to the river, but our main criteria are: safe area and proximity to a bus/train/tube station. I have limited knowledge of Teddington, we've liked a few flats in the area; is this a safe area to raise children? Also: could you please help us figure out the nice bits of Kew and Barnes? Thank you :)
  90. Replylatika
    Hello, this is surely very useful website and the article in particular as my girlfriend and I are planning to move to London soon. My job will be somewhere around Westminster area and our budget is around 1500 a month. Ideally we would like to get a 2 bedroom apartment at that price if possible. What would be the best area to look for in this case? Oh, and google maps thinks it is bikable most places in London. Is that really so?
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hi Latika, Thanks so much for your message! Based on your budget and where you'll need to be, I'd suggest having a look at Vauxhall. I've had a quick search on the app for you and it looks like you can get a 2 bed flat for around £1500 in this area. The best thing to do is download the app (if you haven't already) and play around with the search areas. Check out the area guide: You could definitely bike from Vauxhall to Westminster :) I hope that helps, best of luck with your search!
  91. ReplyMrs B
    Hi I've just started a blog called 'Diary of South London house hunter' Please give it a read, there will be lots of reviews coming in the next few weeks. Thanks Mrs B xx
  92. ReplyF
    Hi! Thank you so much for the informative article. I am a 36 year old single female and moving to London from the Far East in June 2016. I love theatre and museums and book reading etc. I also like parks to run. I prefer to live in a place where restaurants and bars are accessible since looking to meet people. My work is near St Paul's cathedral. I want a 1 bedroom flat or a 1.5 if budget allows - 450-500 per week. Would love to hear your thoughts.
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hey! Thanks for getting in touch, and so glad to hear you found the article helpful. I'd recommend downloading the app and searching in Highbury and Islington. Islington/Angel is a lovely area for bars and Theatre, and is a very central location. Highbury is slightly further out (only slightly!) and has lovely restaurants/bars, and parkland areas nearby. I hope that helps :)
  93. ReplyIris
    Hi, I am a professional person and would like to move to london next year, live on my own, looking for a property around £300,000 to buy. I am looking for a nice area and won't mind if live in a small flat but prefer to live in a safe place with pleasant people around. Could you possibly give an idea of the area!
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hi Iris, We specialise in rentals, but have loads of area guides you can check out to really get a feel for the different areas and where you might like to live. All the best!
  94. ReplyRemovals London
    Thanks for the information about best places in london
  95. ReplyNeha
    Hi everyone I am looking for a flatshare in East London, not too far from Bank where I work. I just found a place in Bromley by Bow (7 minute walk to the station). The flat is fine and the rent is within my budget. But I am just not too sure about how safe the area is. And if you could suggest other places to live not far from Bank. Any comments appreciated. Thanks Neha
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hey Neha, My advice would to be to go to the area and see if you feel safe there! That's the best way to judge it and different areas will feel comfortable to different people. All the best, Amy
  96. Replya neer
    hi! I am a struggling artist and I am looking for apartment where you can record at night without trouble and have a freedom of being as loud as you want during the day. but still pretty affordable and somewhere in the city where you wouldn't waste the whole day on the public transport. is this mission impossible ?
    • Simon Whittaker
      Hi! In general, central London will not be an affordable option for you. Try looking a bit further East. Area's such as Barking, Dagenham, Tower Hamlet, Greenwich and Hackney are all well connected and culturally rich. With regards to the noise, this is something I'd disclose before moving into a new place. Make sure to check that windows are double glazed, the walls are nice and thick and there's a none street facing room for you to practise. New builds may be an option, as they're generally high rise(above street level) and well insulated. All the best with your house hunt and music career.
  97. Replyzinebtino
    Hi there I am moving with my husband from Manchester to London and we are thinking of purshasing a three bedrooms detached or semi detached house. Our budget is 500 000 pounds. We don't want London boroughs. Can anyone advise please? Many thanks.
  98. ReplyLalita
    Hi, my husband and I have been living in Greenwich for around 2 and a half years now, but want to move somewhere closer to Mornington Crescent, or the somewhere on the Northern Line. We are on a tight budget of £1300 for one bed, including council tax. What areas can we possibly look at? Thanks much!
    • Rosine Lemeur
      Hi Lalita, I hope you're well. Here are some recommendations for your search. Golders Green: great transport links and some pleasant parks (one of which comes with a zoo)!Regarding budget,it is generally agreed that the prices will be lower for more space than areas such as Hampstead. Kentish Town could be a good option for you as well. It is the best for affordable rates in a prime location due in part to its only-recent renaissance. You'll find that the vibes are similar to Hampstead and nearby Tufnell Park with a friendlier budget and more DNA with neighbouring Camden. However, the prices are set to boom with on-going gentrification... You can also check areas like Chalk Farm or Archway. I hope that helps! Please let us know how your search goes. Thanks!
  99. ReplyKunal
    Hi, we are a family of 5 Travelling to London in November for 10 days. We are looking to hire an apartment with 2 bedrooms with attached bathrooms. We have a per night budget of roughly 💷150. Preffered location will be around central london. We will be hiring a car so will be required parking space as well. Any suggestions and leads will be appreciated. TIA
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hey Kunal! I'd suggest Airbnb for a 10 day stay :)
  100. ReplyGabriella
    Hi! I love your articles, they are very helpful! I'm moving to London in a month and am currently choosing between two places: one in Forest Hill, the other near Finchley Road tube station. I don't really know much about either of the two areas but there seems to be more information everywhere about Hampstead and in general everyone advised me to look in North London but I feel like that's a bit of a sweeping statement. Do you have any insight into these areas? I work near London Bridge so it's important that it's easy commute and also that the area is safe. Thanks in advance! G
    • Adrian Lowdon
      Hi Gabriella, You've certainly chosen places on the opposite sides of London there! People can get quite passionate about "their side of the river", but I don't want to pick sides here ;) (I've actually lived on both sides at various points). North London is much bigger and tends to have better transport links, particularly with the Underground, but both sides have great areas. It largely depends what you're looking for. Finchley Road itself is a busy main road which you might not necessarily want to live on, especially around the tube station, but there are some quieter areas nearby like South Hampstead, West Hampstead, Frognal or Swiss Cottage that you might want to look at as well. It has good shopping nearby and you have the Underground and Overground at hand, which makes getting to the nearby tranquility of Hampstead Heath a doddle, and the Jubilee line will get you straight to London Bridge or the centre of London with ease. I know less about Forest Hill, but I think it's more surburban (as South London tends to be), with more parks nearby like those at Crystal Palace and Dulwich. The Horniman Museum is definitely worth a visit as well. There's a direct train service to London Bridge, but it's run by Southern, which is currently in a bit of turmoil - you might have a more reliable commute by sticking to the tube! You'll have the Overground here as well though. Forest Hill may be a little safer but I'd say the areas around Finchley Road are pretty safe too (you can check crime rates at if you're interested). Hope this helps, and good luck with your house hunt! If you use the Movebubble app you can search in as many areas you like at the same time, so you can easily compare properties to see what's best for you :)
  101. ReplySP
    Hi, Could you please advise on good private schools within 5 mile radius of London W2? We have a daugther 9 and son 3.5 that we want to move into London school(s) for next year.
  102. ReplyJames
    Hi there, I've just started out in London with a job in Victoria and am looking for a place in February- March time for maximum 750-800 per month. I really want a short-ish (like 30 mins) journey into work but i have no idea on where best to look or if this would be possible to find in London. I have a few friends in Brixton who say good things about it but I have no idea what would be good. please help. Thanks James
    • Nicola Carr
      Hi James, Congratulations on your new job! The good news is if you are looking for a house share there are lots of great areas less than a 30 minute commute to Victoria so you are spoilt for choice! Brixton is a fantastic suggestion and very lively with great bars and restaurants, or if you are after a bit more greenery you should consider Clapham Common which has a huge park and also a great nightlife. If you're a bit more creative take a look around Shoreditch and Hoxton and for a village feel try Wimbledon :-) If you are looking for a place of your own you might need to look a bit further afield or up your budget. Either way don't forget that Movebubble is the easiest way to move in London so remember to use the App to find properties, book viewings and also put down your offer! Good luck and please let us know if you need any further help! Nicola and the Movebubble Team x
  103. ReplyKami
    Hey, I am moving to London with my family ( wife & 6 year old child). My work is in the city (near bank station). I am looking at Clapham Common, Wimbledon Village, St Albans as areas to rent in. My monthly budget is around 3500 pounds.
    • Nicola Carr
      Hi Kami, That's great news! Movebubble is here to make renting easier so I recommend you download the Movebubble app (found here and enter your search criteria, including how many bedrooms you need, your budget and the areas you are interested in moving to. We will then match you with the best properties for you and you can use the app to request viewings (within a few taps!) and keep track of all confirmed viewings in your schedule. When you're ready to make an offer simply complete your details in the app and Movebubble will help secure you the property! Good luck!
  104. Replyzakir
    wow it is amazing....
  105. ReplyEstelle
    Hello ! Thanks for the article, really helpful. We are about to move to London as a couple 25 and 30 yo. Both working in the financial sector and currently living in a small european capital we are looking for something in a calm but still active area close to a park or a green area and that wouldn't necessitate to spend too much time in the tube, so quite in the center. Would you have any recommendation? I thank you in advance for your help, Estelle
    • Nicola Carr
      Hi Estelle, Depending where you are based for work, what your budget is and if you fancy staying north or south of the river here's some ideas to cover all! North: Kentish Town is a good option as it's walkable to Hampsted Heath, or Stoke Newington where you'll find Church Street full of cute cafes and bars and Clissold Park nearby. East: Anywhere around Victoria Park is a good bet, explore the park, treat yourself to pastries in the Village itself or walk the canals all the way to Camden! South: Battersea has lots of green and close to the centre or head south to Balham for a bit more liveliness. West: Notting Hill is pretty and close to Hyde Park, one of the biggest parks in London. Good luck!
  106. ReplyBaris
    Hi! I love your articles, they are very helpful! I will be moving with my family (spouse and my son 8 years old) for a long term deputation in the UK from Turkey. I am looking for areas that will (in order of priority) have nice govt. outstanding or good state schools (primary), and safe locality. I'm looking for min 2 bedroom houses my budget is around £1500-1700 /PCM fully furnished apartments. Would you have any recommendation? I thank you in advance for your help, Baris
    Excellent blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I'd really like to be a part of online community where I can get feedback from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks a lot!
  108. ReplyTymon Meanz
    Interesting article. Of course it misses out London's number 1 area... Romford!
  109. ReplyDave
    Hi, my son is moving to London in next couple of weeks, he works in the Animation industry and is looking for the best place to live in a share house, with lots going on, work will likely be in Soho, can you advise what the best options are Thanks Dave
  110. ReplyAidan
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