Wondering where to live in London if you're single?
Looking for love and living in the UK’s capital city? You’re in luck - recent studies suggest that not only does London have the most single people in the UK with seven London areas found in the top ten single spots in the country, it also has the most attractive potential suitors according to dating site Elite Singles. Globally, we’ve made it into the top ten single-friendly cities too so even the rest of the world seems to agree!
Although in theory you can now find a date from the comfort your sofa due to the rise of apps such as Tinder and Happn, if you really want to increase your chances if might be time to give one of London’s best areas for singles a try. Chosen for their statistically high number of singles, great potential date spots and quality of life, you’re bound to find love in one of these cool London quarters.
According to various reports, Islington in North London is the most single area in the whole of the city, with more than half of men and two-thirds of women still looking for a partner. Considered to be one of the original London villages, the borough of Islington is packed full of culture, nightlife, and curious winding streets of independent shops and cafes. It’s the ideal place to enjoy all the variety that London has to offer, with many renowned theatres such as the Almeida Theatre and the Pleasance Theatre are in the area, while during the evenings Upper Street is always buzzing with locals enjoying the relaxed bars and restaurants.
Situated north of the City and to the west of Hackney, commuting is incredibly easy with the Northern Line from Angel taking you into Central London, and the Overground and various buses giving quick access to the East and the North. Meanwhile all types of properties are available here depending on your budget, from Georgian terraces to modern apartments, although this is considered to be one of the pricier parts of North London.
Potential suitors: Media professionals, affluent journalists and city workers
Best spots for a date: Watch a play at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, go for drinks at the eclectic Dolls House bar, or explore Camden Passage Antiques Market on the weekend.
Rental prices: As of November 2015, the average price of a two bed apartment in Angel, Islington is £3700 per month, although places can be found from £1650.
With a huge concentration of bankers, lawyers and other ambitious professionals in the Square Mile, it’s no surprise that there are lots of single people to be found here - some reports suggest theres a staggering 155 men to 100 single women here, so it’s ladies choice too. While the City has plenty of chic bars and restaurants to meet people in after work, it’s rarely considered as a very desirable place to live, due to the lack of housing and the deserted atmosphere on weekends.
As a result many city workers now reside in nearby Shoreditch, where the bars, clubs, restaurants and pop-ups provide endless entertainment on evenings and weekends. The area has become hugely popular with well-earning young professionals in recent years, who love the cool, creative atmosphere and stylish warehouse apartments.
Potential suitors: Successful designers, start-up founders, and bankers
Best spots for a date: Dance the night away at the Queen of Hoxton, enjoy drinks with a view at Boundary Rooftop, or venture into the City to explore the divisive Brutalist beauty of the Barbican.
Rental prices: As of November 2015, the average rental price for a two-bedroom property in Shoreditch is £3,100 per month, although properties can found starting from around £1,600 per month.
You only have to pop into one of the many bars and clubs on Clapham High Street on a Saturday night to see just how many huge groups of young, attractive single people there are in the area. Popular with recent graduates, young professionals and families, the area has a great mix of residents who come here for the (relatively) low rental prices, easy transport links from Clapham Junction, and all the amenities you could need on the High Street and surrounding roads. On a sunny day, it’s hard to beat an afternoon spent relaxing on the endless greenery of Clapham Common too.
For some unknown reason Clapham has also become the first port of call for Australians and New Zealanders arriving in London, to the extent that in certain pubs the number of accents might lead you to think you’ve accidentally ended up in Bondi, so if you’re looking for a date with a Down Under accent you’ve come to the right place.
Potential suitors: Recently-arrived Antipodeans, rugby players, and recruiters
Best spots for a date: Try dinner and dancing at Fu Manchu, watch a scary film at Clapham Picturehouse or arrange a romantic picnic on the Common with food from an Abbeville Road deli.
Rental prices: As of November 2015, the average price of a two bed apartment in Clapham is £2150 per month, although places can be found from £1380.
You’ve got good odds of finding a date in kooky, colourful Camden, where statistics suggest that 57% of men and 53% of women are single and looking for love. As the home of gig venues such as Roundhouse it’s a great place if you want to meet a fellow music-lover, while the reputation for alternative types, goths and punks still holds strong around Camden Market.
Meanwhile, gentrification has led to rental prices in Camden rising steeply over the last few decades, and combined with the good transport links and pretty terraced houses on quiet residential streets, many students have moved out and been replaced by budding young lawyers and media professionals. As a place to live, it offers pretty much everything you could want in a busy, slightly chaotic atmosphere - and there’s always the calm of the canal or nearby Primrose Hill if you need a bit of peace and quiet.
Potential suitors: Lawyers, musicians and creative professionals
Best spots for a date: See a gig at Roundhouse, share a Deep-South dinner at Blues Kitchen or go for late night cocktails at Q Grill’s new speakeasy-style bar Frontier Room.
Rental prices: As of November 2015, the average price of a two bed apartment in Camden is £2600 per month, although places can be found from £1450.
Perhaps it’s the Made in Chelsea effect, but Fulham and nearby Parsons Green are renowned for being full of well-spoken singles looking for a date. Dating app Inner Circle recently rated Fulham Broadway as a hotspot for unattached young Londoners, and with all the swanky bars, high-end clubs and cosy pubs in the area it’s not hard to see why. Fulham has become known as the more affordable end of Chelsea, and where recent graduates in PR and banking often settle when first moving to the city.
There’s a very close-knit community here, and as a small area you’re likely to get to know your neighbours and frequently bump into people you know. Transport links aren’t ideal being on the District Line, but Earl’s Court isn’t too far for the Piccadilly Line and there are plenty of buses connecting you to other parts of London. Properties tend to be attractive terraced houses on leafy residential streets, with the occasional purpose-built mansion block and modern buildings on the river.
Potential suitors: PR professionals, investment bankers and lifestyle bloggers
Best spots for a date: Bond over champagne bubbles at Amuse Bouche, take a class together at Boot Camp Pilates, or tuck into a steak at Roxie’s Steakhouse.
Rental prices: As of November 2015, the average price of a two bed apartment in Fulham is £2400 per month, although places can be found from £1400 .
The original bohemian enclave, Notting Hill may now be more known for it’s carnival and the antique shops of Portobello road, but when it comes to finding a date W11 remains one of the single hotspots in the city - and not just because of Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts’ fictional romance. The Inner Circle app have targeted Notting Hill residents as the most successful, attractive and ambitious singles across London, so if you’re looking for a lover who’s going places then this is the place to come.
As an area to live in, Notting Hill is busy, beautiful and expensive. The bohemian influence can still be found in the many markets and vintage shops, although prices have since skyrocketed and you’re more likely to find a Chanel suit than a patterned kaftan. There are plenty of attractive stucco-fronted Georgian houses if you can afford the rent, as well as historic mansion blocks and a few new builds, while transport links are excellent with the Central, Circle and District lines at Notting Hill Gate station.
Potential suitors: Minor celebrities, fashion bloggers, politicians and successful writers
Best spots for a date: Share cupcakes at the Hummingbird Bakery, watch a classic film at the Electric Cinema, or make your own gin at the Ginstitute.
Rental prices: As of November 2015, the average price of a two bed apartment in Notting Hill is £2980 per month, although places can be found from £1700.
Main image credit: Alexander Mueller