The romance of London is still alive and kicking. London is an area with connotations of rom-coms, films of times gone by and memoirs of an older England. The UK's capital is abundant with areas to melt the heart and views that would make Da Vinci want to get out his paintbrush! Here are some of the most beautiful places to live in London, we think anyway!
Primrose Hill finds itself at the northern side of Regent’s park in the borough of Camden. It's primarily a hill, but a hill with the most fantastic panoramic views where you can feast your eyes upon central London, Belsize Park and Hampstead all with one swirl of the head.
What makes the area of Primrose Hill unique is that it’s a successful, affluent urban suburb with history linking it directly to Henry VIII and the distant past.
If you have money but don’t warm to the sometimes aristocratic vibe of West London, then this will be more to your taste; lovers of the environment dwell in house boats on Regent’s Canal while left-wing celebrities dodge the ‘paps’ whilst ducking and weaving in and out of chic bars, boutiques and high-end independent fashion shops.
Tube: Chalk Farm on the Northern Line
One bedroom flats start at £1500 pcm
Hampstead Heath influenced C.S. Lewis when penning the pages of “The Chronicles of Narnia” if local folklore is to be believed - as good as an endorsement for beauty can surely get! One of London’s most popular open areas, with 791 acres of heath and woodland, it has to be up there with the best the city has to offer.
Head to the Heath on a sunny day and you can smell the vitamin D and it’s happy side-affects in the air with picnickers, cyclists and runners all soaking it up. Add to that the cornucopia of wildlife making the park its natural habitat, the awesome natural swimming ponds and sports facilities the park has to offer and the fact it’s all just 4 miles from Charing Cross...it really does make you want to live within throwing distance of Hampstead!
Train - Hampstead Heath on the overground
Studios start at £1200 pcm while well-sized flats start at £1500 pcm
Highgate holds many a tree-lined street with Georgian property and on "olde" London feel with views and sights-to-see that eclipse many other places. Highgate edges on to Hampstead Heath and offers one of the highest spots in London with great views of the city.
The period style village mixed with its artsy, alternative and creative residents who set up theatre groups and run art classes offers the perfect mix of beauty, lifestyle and, London whilst also showcasing some of the capital's most beautiful characters. History has been created on history in Highgate and Waterlow Park boasts 20 acres of paths, ponds, tennis courts and cafes.
Oh and it’s also bordered by one of England’s most awe-inspiring cemeteries that's home to the tomb of Karl Marx.
Tube: Highgate on the northern line
Modern flats in converted Georgian buildings can be found for as low as £1000 pcm
Holland Park is as 'romantic London filmset' as you can possibly get, with Stucco fronted buildings, mansion blocks and a 54 acre park offering summer balloon rides, all set in the Royal Borough of Kensington.
Holland Park sits snugly between Notting Hill and Shepherd’s Bush and offers a glamorous, leisurely life with chic cafes, high-end boutiques and streets with independent butchers, and bakers, hell, we wouldn’t even be surprised to see a candlestick maker there too! The café culture of the day transforms smoothly into the vibrant evening environment of the bar and pubs.
London’s most graceful area is also home to the pretty-as-a-picture park of the same name that’s reminiscent of picturesque old films, with ice cream stands and well managed horticulture making London’s daily grind seem a million miles away.
Tube: Holland Park on the central line
Small but tidy studio flats £1000 pcm. £1400 pcm for beautiful 1 bedroomed conversions
One of the most beautiful places in London, Greenwich feels like its own town. If it wasn't for the thames stretching past the end of the town you could almost forget you were in London.
The buildings are old and grand, used by almost every hollywood film that needs a grand looking English set (it was even used as France in the latest Les Miserables Film). The park is huge and popular with tourists, locals walking their dogs and lovers going on romantic strolls. The restored Cutty Sark remains a sight to behold, and with the painted hall, music college and observatory situated in this Royal Borough, you'll never be short of awe inspiring sites!
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