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Area Guides safest places to live   |   Apr 1, 2014

The safest places to live in London

Richmond - Safest Places to Live in London

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So where are the safest places to live in London?

Like any buzzing capital city with millions of inhabitants, London has a higher crime rate than the rest of the UK. However, don’t let this deter you – it's normal for such a huge city to see higher crime numbers when compared to smaller areas. 

To make sure that you have all the latest stats, we've put together a list of the 10 safest places to live in London based on official crime statistics from the MET police.

Finding a property to rent in London in a safe area is high on the priority list of many people moving into the capital each year, but it shouldn't completely rule your decision. 

If you're looking for a specific borough of London and wish to find out more about policing in your area click here. You can also check out the overall best places to live in London!

There are a number of lovely London boroughs (usually in the suburban South East and South West) where the crime rate is actually less than the UK average of 64 crimes per 1000 citizens. These areas are also pretty affordable, so you get both safety and savings in one!

 

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1) Richmond

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Originally founded as a royal retreat in the 16th century, Richmond upon Thames in South West London, is without a doubt one of the most beautiful spots in London. Situated on the riverside in the South West of the city, Londoners flock here on sunny days to enjoy the riverside, the expansive park, the local restaurants, and the pubs on the hill. With the lowest crime rate in London, it's no wonder that famous faces such as Mick Jagger and Richard E Grant choose to make Richmond home.
The safest places to live in London

Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £1,200 pcm 

Crime rate: 54 crimes per 1000 citizens

Distance from Central London: 9.2 miles

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2) Bexley

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Voted one of London’s best places to live in a 2012 survey for its low prices and community spirit, Bexley on the outskirts of South-East London can now add safety to its list of accolades. This area feels more like a village than a borough on the edge of London, giving you the best of both worlds with a friendly local spirit, a huge green area in the form of Bexley Heath (where festivals and events are held) and fast connections into the city.
 
There is a real sense of community spirit, topped up with brilliant trendy cafes serving fresh produce and a town centre butchers that has been serving the local for decades. Pop into the library tea-room to see older residents of Bexley enjoying a gossip and cup of tea together!
The safest places to live in London

Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £900 pcm

Crime rate: 56 crimes per 1000 citizens

Distance from Central London: 13.7 miles

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3) Kingston-upon-Thames

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Just over a mile south of Richmond, Kingston upon Thames also ranks within the safest areas of London. As a bustling town in its own right, Kingston offers plenty of shops and restaurants, a busy riverside and a notable theatre. While the London Underground hasn’t reached Kingston yet, there are plenty of trains which will take you directly to London Waterloo in just over 30 minutes. Check out our secret guide to Kingston upon Thames here.

The safest places to live in London

Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £1,100 pcm

Crime rate: 57 crimes per 1000 citizens

Distance from Central London: 10.7 miles

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4) Sutton 

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The little quiet, sleepy suburban area of Sutton in South-West London is a great spot to raise a family. With lots of green spaces, good grammar schools, a busy town centre and even weekly farmers markets, this is the kind of place you would want to lay down roots. Transport links to central London and the South are also very speedy, making it ideal for commuters. 

The safest places to live in London

Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £900 pcm

Crime rate: 57 crimes per 1000 citizens

Distance from Central London: 12.2 miles

5) Harrow

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For those seeking good schools in a safe and affordable area, it’s hard to beat North West London’s safest borough. Home to a number of private schools, including the renowned Harrow School for Boys (attended by Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, no less), this culturally diverse area also offers two large shopping centres and great transport links with both tubes and trains to central London, making it ideal for families.
 
The safest places to live in LondonCheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £975 pcm

Crime rate: 63 crimes per 1000 citizens

Distance from Central London: 13.7 miles

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6) Bromley

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Located in South East London, this leafy suburb is a commuter’s dream with direct trains into London Victoria taking a mere 13 minutes. Lovely Victorian streets, a busy town centre, great state schools and a notable theatre make up the rest of Bromley’s charms, along with being the safest area in South East London.

The safest places to live in London

Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £1,000 pcm

Crime rate: 64 crimes per 1000 citizens

Distance from Central London: 11.2 miles

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7) Merton

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The London Borough of Merton is located in South West London and incorporates Wimbledon, Mitcham, Colliers Wood, Morden and Rayners Park. They all offer strong residential settings including plenty of parks and tree-lined streets. Wimbledon is the most sought-after area in Merton and offers two-bedroom properties from £1,790 per month.

The safest places to live in London

Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £1,200 pcm

Crime rate: 66 crimes per 1000 citizens

Distance from Central London: 10.2 miles 

8) Havering
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The furthest area from central London, the borough of Havering is on the eastern fringes of Greater London and incorporates parts of Essex. Romford, Hornchurch and Upminster make up the main areas, with Upminster offering Tube station access via the District Line. Despite being located just half an hour away from central London,  Havering residents benefit from many countryside areas with lots of green space and rural settings. 

The safest places to live in London

Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £825 pcm

Crime rate: 67 crimes per 1000 citizens

Distance from Central London: 19.0 miles

 

9) Barnet

Barnet is an affordable place to rent in London

The range of properties in Barnet make the area an ideal place to live for both families and young professionals, although it has garnered a reputation for being a favourite with the latter. Parks a plenty, village shops and lots of good schools lend themselves to the family lifestyle, while transport links in the form of a tube and train station offer easy access into central London.

The safest places to live in London

Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £1,000 pcm

Crime rate: 68 crimes per 1000 citizens

Distance from Central London: 10.3 miles

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10) Enfield
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Home to the world's first ever ATM machine, Enfield has cemented its position as a regular feature in obscure pub quiz questions. Sitting on the edge of North London, the area is a gateway to the scenic countryside of Hertfordshire, yet still offers easy access into central London. There is a vibrant town centre as well as a selection of good schools and period properties that - along with low crime rates - will appeal to families. 

The safest places to live in London

Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £975 pcm

Crime rate: 74 crimes per 1000 citizens

Distance from Central London: 16.3 miles

Safe and Sound

While these areas are officially the safest places to live in the capital, it doesn't mean that you should shy away from London's other delights. If these aren't quite what you're looking for, how about the best places to live in London, or the ultimate newbie guide to LondonOur best tip would be to start with one or two places you like and work from there or your search can get overwhelming! 

If you've got a question, let us know in the comments below. We always do our best to reply as soon as possible, and in as much detail as we can! Thanks for visiting the blog guys. We hope that you find the content useful!

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