One of the questions we get asked the most is “where should I live once I get to London?”. We decided to break it down for you… here’s our guide to the best areas to live in London!
Depending on who you talk to, everyone has a different idea of the best area in London to live in. Below we have broken it down so you can decide what sounds the most like you! We have also linked all the place names so you have an idea where they are in London!
A good idea is to consider a short-term lease, to begin with (5-6 weeks) that way you really get a feel for London as a city and find out which areas you like before committing to a lease.
Happy house hunting!
North West London
North West London is an interesting slice of the city, due in most part to the fact that the NW postcodes cover a very wide – and widely diverse – section of the city. It really has something to offer for everyone, from the famous Hyde & Regents Park to the bars & clubs of Soho and Covent Garden, not to mention the huge sporting stadium of Twickenham and Wembley.
West London has always been a mainstay for Aussies making the move to London, super easy to find cheap rent and there are a million things to do during the week and over the weekend.
Hammersmith has a lot going for it. It is one of the best places in West London for live music, thanks to the Eventim Apollo, there are also the clutch of riverside pubs (‘The Dove’ & ‘The Blue Anchor’ are two of London’s best), which gives another reason to while away an afternoon – or even a whole day and night – in Hammersmith.
Fulham has plenty of great bars and restaurants, as well as nearby green spaces and riverside walks, and its close proximity to Stamford Bridge and Craven Cottage make it a popular trip for football fans.
Kensal Green has an arty, bohemian feel with restaurants, cafés and gastropubs always busy with a great atmosphere. It is one of our personal favourites as it is on the doorstep of some of the best areas of London, for less than HALF the rental price. So you still have great access areas such as Camden, Notting Hill, Soho & Hampstead, but you’ll only be 10 minutes away by public transport!!
Notting Hill is so much more than just the setting for a famous movie. It plays host to Europe’s biggest street festival is brimming with fashionable restaurants, bars and shops, and is home to one of London’s best markets: Portobello Road Market.
North East London
North East London is becoming increasingly popular with the Aussie/Kiwi crowd with the majority of our office now calling it home.
Popular areas in the East are Shoreditch, Dalston, Bethnal Green and Hackney. East London has an edgy vibe, yet it has some fantastic parks, cafes and the picturesque Regent’s Canal running through it. Home to the very popular Columbia Road Flower Market, Brick Lane and Broadway Markets – you are never short of an amazing weekend activity.
Come summertime, we love the famous London Fields in Hackney which comes to life with people flocking from all over to enjoy an outdoor BBQ, drink, sunbathe and play games in the sunshine! It is an experience not to miss! And for the shoppers among us out in Stratford, you have Westfield Shopping Centre which is your one-stop shop for literally everything.
Popular suburbs in the North are Camden, Angel and Islington. Camden has an edgy feel with a fantastic daily market and great live music venues. In Angel and Islington, you may see a slight increase in rent but this is offset by a decrease in travel costs. Everything is on your doorstep here and less time spent on the sweaty tube, the better!
North London provides something for everyone with cute cafes, lively bars and the best parks in London. One being Primrose Hill (part of Regent’s Park), which is very popular on a summers day. It is a great place to crack a beer enjoy a view of the London skyline!
Hackney Wick Spaces is a great Facebook group to look for places in this area!
South East London
South East London has seen a huge surge in popularity over the past couple of years, with CHEAP RENT (did we mention cheap rent?) and vastly improved transport options driving swathes of people to the area.
The South East really has something for everyone, from the trendy bars & cafes of the up and coming Peckham, to the green open spaces of Greenwich and the thriving live music scene in Brixton.
Peckham has become a hub of the area, partly due to its fantastic diversity. We recommend you head to Bellenden Road for fine dining, boutique stores, great coffee and a lovely cruisy vibe. The other side of Peckham offers something different again – nightclubs and bars, side by side with arts venues and amazing street food. Not to mention Franks Rooftop Bar for the best view of the London skyline.
If you crave green open spaces and fresh air, Greenwich is for you, with parks and museums aplenty.
At the other end of the spectrum, if you love live music and a night on the town then Brixton has one of London’s most thriving scenes – not to mention an easy ride home on the speedy Victoria line.
South East London Housing Co-op is a good Facebook group to look for accommodation options in this area!
South West London
Clapham is the most well-known area in South West London thanks to the massive Clapham Common park which in the summer is thriving with sporting activities from touch rugby, to “ultimate frizby” to football (soccer) and even AFL – our very own Frank Caldow coaches the local side being the ‘Wandsworth Demons’.
In terms of transport, it’s one of the best-connected pockets of London with Clapham Junction station providing links south and west via the national rail service along with a 15-minute journey back to the city centre. The High Street is packed with cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs and is always buzzing.
Nearby suburbs to the south, Tooting and Balham, have recently been voted the best place to live in London- based on affordability, trendiness, friendliness, food/drink, and transport links.
If laid-back isn’t enough for you and you want a more suburban experience you can consider the rolling hills of Surrey. Lush and green with much more of a country feel and some fabulous schools in the area. Again, this is significantly cheaper than central London and even Clapham, all the while being an hour or less on the train from the CBD.