Best Area to Live in London?

BEST AREA TO LIVE IN LONDON?

Best Area to Live in London

We’re often asked where are the best areas to rent or buy in London. Of course this depends on the individual but here are five of our personal favourites that we’re always delighted to be showing clients around. 

 

BERMONDSEY 

Voted by The Sunday Times as the best London area in 2018. Bermondsey is an eclectic area with picturesque hidden walkways, industrial buildings and beautiful riverside apartments. There is a large variety of independent businesses and the world famous Borough Market is on its doorstep. 
 
Situated by London Bridge station, the area has fantastic transport links and the City of London is just a short walk across the Thames. 

Property Notes: The Shad Thames neighbourhood has hundreds of fantastic converted apartments which benefit from heigh ceilings and are larger than average. 

Also Consider: Nearby Southwark also sits by the River Thames and has undergone similar regeneration over the past decade.  

Best Area to Live in London
Shad Thames

HAMPSTEAD

One of the capital’s most exclusive areas, Hampstead Village is a long-standing favourite with celebrities and American expats living in the capital. The area is well connected but its cobbled streets, leafy avenues and cosy pubs make it seem a world away from central London. Hampstead Heath is one of London’s largest ancient parks to lose yourself in and offers stunning views across the city. 

Property Notes: Hampstead is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the world, not just London. This is partly due to the larger number of detached houses which have remained as family homes and command a much higher price per square foot. Expect to pay a further premium for property in the middle of Hampstead Village or facing the Heath. 

Also Consider: Highgate Village to the North of Hampstead Heath has a similar feel – the two areas even share a local newspaper. 

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Hampstead Heath
Best Area to Live in London

THE CITY OF LONDON

The City of London is London’s historic financial district and home to many of the world’s largest finance and law firms. Its ever-rising skyline gives the area a unique feel compared to its more traditional neighbours. The City has managed to keep its charm with centuries old pubs and churches rubbing shoulder to shoulder alongside some of Europe’s tallest skyscrapers. 

The Square Mile stretches from Chancery Lane in the West to Aldgate East and is served by several tube stations. 

Property Notes: The City of London does not have the largest amount of housing stock and what there is comes at a premium. The area has around 10,000 residents but 300,000 commuters! There are several residential towers such as The Heron which are aimed at the luxury end of the market and those wanting as short a commute as possible from the office.  The iconic Brutalist housing development and arts centre The Barbican is definitely worth a visit even if you don’t want to live there.

Also Consider: For those wanting a similarly modern neighbourhood with a greater selection of new builds, try London’s second financial district – Canary Wharf.

CLERKENWELL

For our money, one of the capital’s most underrated areas. Clerkenwell boasts a fantastic range of architecture from medieval chapels to cutting edge modernist builds. Clerkenwell is home to a thriving creative sector with hundreds of design and furniture firms echoing the area’s manufacturing history.

The area is also home to the fantastic Exmouth Market which has a great range of dining options. 

Nearby Farringdon station is on the Crossrail route and will give residents even quicker access to the rest of London.  St Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames are just a short walk away. 

Property Notes: Many former warehouses and schools in the area have been converted into tasteful apartments which have retained a lot of their original features. Local planning officers been more lenient towards experimental architecture and there are a lot of unique new builds in the area. 

Also Consider:  Whitechapel has a similar mix of heritage and modernity and also attracts young professionals in the creative sectors. 

Best Area to Live in London
Best Area to Live in London

Islington

One of our favourite North London areas. From the picturesque Regent’s Canal, elegant Georgian Squares to the bustling Angel – Islington offers something for everyone. 

The area is home to several arts centres and theatres such as The Almeida. Camden Passage is popular with locals and has a fantastic selection of independent shops and cafes.

Property Notes: Islington has a mix of period property and new builds offering something for everyone. The area surrounding Regents Canal provides a nice contrast to the bustling Upper Street and has fantastic Georgian terraces and garden squares. 

Also consider: Camden and the area around Mornington Crescent station has a similar vibe. 

Interested in buying or renting in London? Contact us today for a free consultation and no-obligation quote.

For our guide on How To Rent in London, click here. 

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