Best Places to Live in London – Locations Guide

In a big city like London which is so diverse in culture, deciding where to live can be daunting. The choice is governed by rent prices and the location that satisfied your interests and your profession.

But the plus point about London is that it provides space for everyone. So wherever you are, you still can find something that suits you interest. The London streets with its big markets, restaurants and shops will get you everything. There are bars, clubs, galleries, musical halls, theatres and cinemas to entertain you.

River Thames is an integral part of London and its life. The prefixes like North, South tagged with London comes from the respective location with respect to the Thames. Thant means North London is to the north of Thames river.

North London

It has many best neighbourhoods yet coming with a hefty price. The premium places are Hampstead, Highbury, Archway, Islington, Highgate, St. John’s Wood, Marylebone, Maida Vale, and Primrose Hill. Some affordable properties can be found at in Kentish Town and West Hampstead.

South London

South London neighbourhoods are newer and not very costly. It offer more space and is value for money. Areas like Borough, Battersea, Clapham, and Wimbledon and Wandsworth are the places to check out.

East London

Those who are artistically minded, hipsters or hippies can find solace in East London as it is ‘the’ place for them. Alternative lifestyles and interesting things are its highlights. The expensive neighbourhoods include Shoreditch but many affordable places are coming up fast. So, areas like Islington, Bethnal Green, Shoreditch, and Wapping are places to watch out.

West London

West London is the famous face of London known to the world. It houses Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. Its best places to live are Chelsea, Kensington, and South Kensington.

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Northwest London

Northwest is expensive in the sense that many top restaurants, bars and markets are there. Some of its much talked about neighborhoods include

  • Camden
  • Notting Hill
  • Wembley
  • Kilburn
  • Willesden Green

Southeast London

Home to reasonably-priced accommodations this London locale has a fair amount of businesses with good transportation links thanks to the Docklands Light Rail (DLR). Greenwich has a slew of antique markets, food market and historical buildings. Greenwich has been a favorite setting for many hit films that include Sherlock Holmes. Other important neighbourhoods are Canary Wharf, Docklands, and Greenwich. The affordable ones are New Cross and Deptford.

Southwest London

Southwest London is more eco friendly with its amazing green and open spaces. Richmond Park and Kew Gardens are some of the hot locations. For families this place is nice as nice restaurants and shops dotting the high streets make an invite for pleasant outings. The leading neighbourhoods to check out in Southwest London

  • Barnes
  • Chiswick
  • Richmond
  • Twickenham


For the successful celebrities Notting Hill and Primrose Hill are the places to live.

Family Crowd

Those relocating to London with family must ensure that there is enough space for everyone. Choosing a safer neighbourhood having good schools and social amenities is important. The criteria can be met in the following locations

  • Barnes
  • Chiswick
  • Clapham
  • Dulwich
  • Fulham
  • Hampstead
  • Highgate
  • Holland Park
  • Islington
  • Richmond

Budget Locations

These are the places where you can manage even on a tight budget  

  • Brixton
  • Deptford
  • New Cross
  • Peckham
  • Streatham Hill

In short, when you are scouting for flats to rent in London make sure that you are in the right area and combines fun and social amenities in the same scale.

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