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It's pretty hard to choose where to live in North London as there are so many great places. Similar to West London, North London is often seen as the glamorous part of London with desirable places to live along with many of London’s historical landmarks, architecture and culture.
In this blog we’ll take a look at two of the more affordable areas in the north of London, and two of the more ambitious parts of the north to live!
Our first pit stop in our race around North London is the highly sought-after, affluent Highgate. The town is picturesque and armed to the teeth with history, culture, beautiful Georgian architecture, amazing pubs, restaurants and cafes. Highgate is located in one of the highest points in the city and falls in the three boroughs of Haringey, Camden and Islington.
Popular sight-seeing spots include London’s most famous graveyard, dating back to the 1800s and home to Karl Marx‘s tomb, the public house where Dickens and Byron drank and the spot where Dick Whittington and his cat heard the Bow Bells chiming.
The mix of culture, Georgian and Victorian-Gothic buildings and tree lined streets along with a short twenty minute journey to central London makes Highgate a top choice to live, with many families and young professionals choosing to set-up-shop here. Student shares start at £650 pcm, small studios around £750 - £800, larger and nicer studios start at £900 with beautiful, modern flats beginning at £1000 pcm.
Finsbury Park falls in the three London boroughs of Haringey, Islington and Hackney and is located at the bottom of the 46 acre park of the same name. A successful regeneration programme saw eateries, cafes, restaurants and bars all revamped and are now presented in a modern, stylish way.
The area is a perfect choice for young professionals and families with the park being a perfect open area with an abundance of activities and sports available, including; football, bowling and athletics.
The park has had many amazing bands and artists grace its grounds, from Hendrix to Dylan and Morrissey to The Sex Pistols. Small studios start at £550 pcm while one bed roomed spacious flats can be found for as little as £900 pcm, with multiple room properties starting at just over £1000.
West Hampstead is a very popular and affluent area that works well for young professionals, young families and commuters thanks to its fantastic transport links and vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants.
The NW6 postcode falls in the borough of Camden which of course means it’s near Camden Town (a twenty minute journey). The town boasts many upmarket, independent cafes, boutiques, bakeries, delis and falls near Kilburn Grange Park. There’s plenty of choice for schools too, with well performing educational institutions at both primary and secondary level, adding more weight to the argument that this is a great place for young, professional families to live.
Decent studios and small flats can be found between £750 and £800 pcm with plusher studios and well-presented, decent-sized flats starting at £900 pcm.
Looking for more ideas? Check out the ultimate guide to the best places to live in London!
Finally, a town that would be best described as a little bit Liz Hurley, and a little bit Vinnie Jones. Rough and ready streets meet beautiful Georgian squares in an area that has a little something for both ends of the financial scale. The town of Islington falls in the borough of Islington and is mainly a residential area, served by the Angel Islington.
Most of the property is of Georgian or Victorian ilk and the “Camden Passage” can be found here - home to many antique boutiques and bric-a-brac shops. Rooms in shared houses can be found for £600 pcm, nice studios are £800 and onwards pcm and fantastic Victorian conversions will set you back at least £1000 pcm.
If North London isn't your thing, then check out the hipster East for an edgier, cool atmosphere.
Do you live or have you ever lived in North London? We’d love to hear your opinions and where you’d recommend to anybody reading.
Main title photo credit: Alastair Rae