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The best places to live in London

25 April 2014 Carly Klineberg Read time: 6 min
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Carly Klineberg

If you're looking for the best places to rent 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:


Camden (North-West), 
Walthamstow (North East), 
Stoke Newington (North East), 
St. John’s Wood 
Primrose Hill,  
Belsize Park
Maida Vale
Marylebone, 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.


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.


DalstonShoreditchBethnal 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: 







KensingtonHolland 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



 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 

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:



Canary Wharf
New Cross, 

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:



Twickenham, and 

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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, 
St. John’s WoodHolland Park
Crystal Palace
East Dulwich, Muswell Hill, 
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
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
Tower Bridge, 
Wapping, and 
Canary Wharf 

Design, fashion, and media enthusiasts

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
Brick Lane, 
Covent Garden
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:

Shad Thames, and 

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 

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:

Primrose Hill
Notting Hill
West Kensington
Kensington, and 

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
Deptford, Catford, 
Streatham Hill, 
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?

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:

Shoreditch and Dalston (all in the borough of Hackney),
Bethnal Green
Hackney, and Queensway.  

Sports and fitness buff?

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
Kentish Town, and 
Crystal Palace

Where to live if you're an Artist

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
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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