How to choose the right area of London to live in
Searching for houses or apartments in London can be hard. With so many different areas to choose from – all promising their own unique blend of city living – if you don’t start your search with firm criteria in mind, you’ll feel like you’re going around and around in circles (most probably on the tube).
Here are a few tips to help plan your search and find your favourite areas.
Deciding on your required criteria
Think about the following before you even start looking at areas:
- The size of your budget
- The pace of life you want on your doorstep
- The essentials you need in walking distance – parks, green open spaces, bars, and restaurants
- Transport links and the length of your commute
That will do for starters. Now let us give you a quick tour of some of the best areas in the north, south, east and west of the capital.
The best of the north
Pace of life: Fast-paced and fun.
The essentials in walking distance: The vast and sprawling street market is world famous and home to plenty of quirky and alternative stalls and shops. The bar and restaurant scene is bustling – those around the canal are perfect in summer – and the green spaces of Regent’s Park and London Zoo are close by.
Transport links: Plenty of buses pass through Camden, while Camden Town tube station sits on the Northern Line – you can be in central London in less than 20 minutes.
Pace of life: Relaxed with a leafy village feel.
The essentials in walking distance: Living in Hampstead is all about getting out and enjoying green open spaces such as Hampstead Heath and Hampstead swimming ponds.
The roadside cafes spill out on the pavement and there’s history everywhere with around 18 Grade II listed buildings in the area.
Transport links: Hampstead is home to an abundance of transport links. In Zone 2 it’s served by the Jubilee Line, while there’s also an overground station (West Hampstead) and a Thameslink station too.
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The best of the east
Pace of life: Being in East London but very close to central, Aldgate offers everything you’d expect from central city living. It’s quick paced, fun, and the views are great.
The essentials in walking distance: There’s culture and history on your doorstep, with the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and All Hallows by the Tower. You’ll also find the best in central London bars and restaurants, as well as the Sky Garden.
Transport Links: Aldgate is well served by several bus routes, while Aldgate East tube station provides fast access into central London and the City of London.
The best of the south
Pace of Life: A little outside the city, Greenwich is green, relaxed and ideal for family living.
The essentials in walking distance: Days out are catered for with the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark, The National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House, Greenwich Market and Greenwich Park.
Transport links: You can get to and from Greenwich by boat, tube, train or Docklands Light Railway. Commuting time to central London is between 20 minutes and half an hour.
For quirky south London living head to Brixton, Peckham for the capital’s new hotspot, or Southwark to be in close commuting distance to tech start-ups and boutique media agencies.
The best of the West
Pace of Life: Quick, but a little more relaxed than the likes of Camden.
The essentials in walking distance: Life in Fulham promises green spaces, proximity to the glitz of Chelsea and the King’s Road, and plenty of its own great clubs, bars and restaurants.
Parsons Green is great for a picnic, while the whole area retains a relaxing and charming local feel. It’s of course London, but you can’t escape those village vibes.
Transport links: Fulham is well served by several bus routes including the 11 to Liverpool Street, the 211 to Waterloo and the 14 to Warren Street, and two tube stations on the District Line: Parsons Green and Fulham Broadway.