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Where should I live in London?


Where should I live in London?

Where should I live in London? Easy! Whether you're a media type, hipser, banker, performer, punk or celebrity - you can find your perfect London area here! Since it's our  job to ...

Where should I live in London? Easy! Whether you’re a media type, hipser, banker, performer, punk or celebrity – you can find your perfect London area here! Since it’s our  job to be experts in London, don’t leave the blog without clicking around. There’s a London area guide added almost every day as well as food, event guides and renting advice and loads more! It’s way easier to find a property to rent in London when you know where to look!

Where should I live in London?

Whether you’re a banker, a hipster, a young professional, or a family man – London is guaranteed to have an ideal neighbourhood for you. We’ve got a comprehensive guide on where you should live in London! If you’re interested in the best places to live in London, coolest places to live in London, the best places for young professionals, the most beautiful places, we’ve got all the info you need!

Where should I live in North London?

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Image credit: Duncan H

Want to live in North London? This area houses some of the best, classic neighbourhoods in London, but they generally come with a pretty high price. Premiere places are: If you’re looking for something slightly more affordable, you’ve got:

Where should I live in South London?

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Image credit: Gareth Williams

Neighbourhoods in this area are relatively newer and therefore, less costly (in general). It’s got some great areas, and chances are you’ll get more space for your money. These are some good places to check out before you decide where to live in South London.

Where should I live in East London

Image credit: Duncan H

Image credit: Duncan H

Living in East London? If you’re a bit of an artist, hipster and/or hippie then East London is the place for you. It offers a great mix of alternative lifestyles and there are always loads of interesting things going on. There are more expensive neighbourhoods in the area such as Shoreditch (in the borough of Hackney), but it’s still up and coming so it has some more affordable places too. You’ll have to look hard for those though! These are some of the best places to check out:

Where should I live in West London?

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Image credit: Herry Lawford

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 Welsh Guards in their big black bearskin hats as they patrol around here. Some of the best places to live in West London are: If you want something slightly cheaper in the area, you can check out

Where should I live in North West London?

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Image credit: Paul Hudson

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:

Where should I live in South East London?

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Image credit: Davide D’Amico

There’s a lot of reasonably-priced accommodation in this area, and a fair amount of businesses moving in too. It also has good transportation links, thanks to the Docklands Light Rail (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 Miserables and Pirates of the Caribbean. Neighbourhoods to live in this area would be: New Cross and Deptford are less attractive but, like Greenwich, have great overground transport links across London, making it easy and quick to get into central London.

Where should I live in South West London?

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Image credit: Docklands Tony

If you adore green open spaces, you’ll love Southwest London. There is Richmond Park and Kew Gardens to enjoy not too far from home. Families love this place, and it hosts very nice restaurants and shops in its high streets. Neighbourhoods to check out in Southwest London are:

Where should I live with a family in London?

If you have a young family and want to live near good schools in London, enough space for everyone and a safe neighbourhood. Ideally meeting this criteria are the following:

Best places in London for 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:

 Finance and banking

For those that work in the financial or banking sector, the following places are London’s greatest financial hubs:
  • Aldgate
  • Limehouse
  • The Docklands
  • Tower Bridge
  • Wapping
  • 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 trendy hipster check out the following areas:

Lover of Warehouse Lofts

London was for many years, a major port, and there are lots of warehouse lofts that used to be used for storage that have been converted to flats in the following areas:

Are you a sucker for the traditional London experience?

If you want to experience London the way the world came to know this great city to be; lovely houses, famous places, cottages and somewhat rustic, yet modern and rich at the same time, here are some places for you to consider:

Where should I live if I love 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: The last three are all in the borough of Hackney.

Are you a ‘wannabe’ celebrity?

If you’re a struggling artist or someone who’s trying to get there, here are places that are good for your art: (Best options)

 Where is good live if you are 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 options are:

Are you a sports and fitness buff?

There are parks and sports field scattered all over London so this shouldn’t be a problem, especially if you live in areas like Hampstead or Greenwich with their famous parks – perfect for running! There are gyms, boxing clubs and fitness classes everywhere in London, so take your pick. Image credit: Davide D’Amico

As content manager for Movebubble, it’s my job to be an expert on renting and London. Being a writer (Journalism BA Bournemouth University) with a passion for food and the arts, I definitely have my dream job! I love exploring the city and researching the latest information and news to bring to our readers. I love getting recommendations from readers on their favourite spots in London so if you have one, let us know in the comments!

Comments ( 16 )

  1. ReplyElena
    Hello Carly! This is a very usefull article. I am a 30 year old girl who is moving to London next september to work in the City, near Liverpool street. I am looking for a 2 bedroom apartment near my job or in a 20 minutes commuting distance aprox. My budget is aroung GBP 2.000. I love jogging (so I need a place near a park or similar) and I am looking for a place with all services available, very good communicated by public transport with the city center, and good atmosphere. Zone 1 or 2 as maximum. Many thanks!
  2. ReplyEliot
    Hi Carly! This is a very helpful plethora of information. Just wanted to pick your brain about areas to live. My wife and I (early 30s) and our 8 month old daughter and French Bulldog are moving to London from Chicago this month. I will be working close to the Barbican tub stop and want to keep the commute 30 mins or less, ideally much shorter. We are used to a 2500 sq ft house and a 15 min commute, I understand it will be difficult to replicate but we do have a budget of up to 900 pounds per week. We are looking for a open plan modern space that has some sort of outdoor space for the dog to wonder around. I would like to be as central as possible to 'experience' London but could envision moving a bit further out in a year or 2. We have found a place in Greenwich/Ashburnham Triangle that is very nice but just thinking I want to be closer to the city center for our first year in London to really experience it. What areas would you recommend? We love modern places and also converted warehouse types. Thank you
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there Eliot. London is such a sprawling and diverse city that some may say by living in the very centre, you wouldn't really get to "experience" as much of it as you can. Central London is great and stuffed full of famous buildings but it's also extremely busy, expensive and caters for tourists. London's character is often divided into North, West, South and East with each area having its own distinctive vibe. It's areas like Camden, Greenwich, Hampstead, Belsize Park, Hackney Central etc. all with a completely different feel that really show off London's unique character. You can check out Notting Hill and Chelsea (both in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London) for a more central London location and if you really don't want to give up on living as close to the busiest hub of the city as possible, try Soho or Covent Garden. Most of these areas we have guides to on the blog so just type them into the search bar and have a read - you can also click on any of the places mentioned in the lists above to see the guides/restaurant guides for the area. PS I adore Greenwich (I used to live there) it's a great place for dogs and children and there are some brilliant restaurants - the transport to central London is also good. Your budget should easily find you a great place to rent but just make sure you're clear that you have a dog. Give the blog a good read to become an expert on London before you get here! Hope it helps :)
  3. ReplyMollie Grace Whitmore
    Hi :) Really need some help.... 21 year old banker from Somerset. Liking the look of the South/West LDN areas... Fulham and Clapham etc. I want to be somewhere with a bit of greenery, good shopping, good links to the city for work, night life, safe environment, nothing too "alternative".... any suggestions?? :) Thanks Mollie
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Mollie! These areas sound like they'd be great for you. Fulham hasn't got brilliant transport links but is very popular with young affluent young Lononers - it's quieter but you've got access to the popular Kings Road for shops and going out although prices can be pretty high. Clapham can get very busy on an evening but it's a popular place for people who are new to London or just-finished uni students. Depending on how much you've got to spend you can also try Shepherds Bush where you have great shopping in Westfield and a Central line directly to The City. If you've got a bit more money try Ladbroke Grove in Notting Hill (this would be my choice!)- great shopping, nightlife and transport links and close to Holland Park, Kensington Gardens and Hyde park. There are guides to all these places on the blog too so check them out. Hope that helps a bit!
  4. ReplyChris
    Hi there Thanks for such a very helpful article. Please kindly advise, I'm a New Zealander moving to London from Melbourne Australia, I work In health sector and hoping to live somewhere not too close to the busy central. I enjoy café, and shops but will prefer to live slightly away from the buzz and noise of central. I do not mind suburbs as long as it's not too far from London. I will be working in different hospitals and councils so somewhere with easy access to transport would be great. The big thing for me will be size, I like apartments with big space and possibly accommodates a dog. A friend asked me to look up Hertfordshire, Southampton, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Middlesex or Cornwall. What are your thoughts? Please do advise,
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Chris. Well I can tell you that you do NOT want to be looking in Cornwall if you don't want to be too far from London!! It's beautiful (you must visit!) but a whole 5hr train ride or 1 1/2 hour flight from London! I'd say that Southampton and Oxfordshire are also much too far to commute every day and will cost a fortune in train fare. Middlesex, Herts, Surrey and areas immediately surrounding London would be a good choice if you pick a strategic spot close to a station so it's easy for you to travel in. It'll also be easier to find a house that accommodates a dog if you're further away from Central London, and you'll get more space for your money.
  5. ReplyDebraUK
    Great information, thank you for taking time to put it together. I've lived in Chiswick for 15 years so found it very interesting to read some things I didn't know myself - such as the 'Cheese farm' and 'Fishing village'. I'm moving shortly to Wembley and see you have it as a good area for NW London, however there is no link through for further information... so just wondered if this would be something you would look to do in the future? Thank you in advance - d;-)
    • Freddie fforde
      Great to hear from you Debra, and thanks for saying nice things! We're always writing up new area guides, so I'll get the team to add Wembley to the list. There's a lot of ground to cover in this city! We've got a guide to North London you can check out in our Area Guides sections.
  6. ReplyCC
    What areas do most of the Spanish and Hispanics/Latinos live?
    • Freddie fforde
      Hey CC, London is a very diverse city and you will always find people from all nations mixed around most areas. However I do know that there are large South American communities around Seven Sisters and again at Elephant and Castle (Walworth Road). A Spanish friend of mine tells me that there are a lot of Spanish around Canary Wharf and possibly at Mile End too! Hope that helps!
  7. ReplyDam
    Hello! I have been recruited for a job in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Have you some cities to recommend and other to avoid in this area? I'm a 25 single French man who is looking for a one bedroom flat. I would like a place which isn't too quite if possible. Thanks!
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hey Dam, Would you prefer to be living closer into London, or further out than Uxbridge? All the best, Amy
  8. ReplyMatt
    Hello, I am a 26 year old Australian who is moving to London to work in Finance. I have been looking at places to live but am very torn. Everyone from Australia says South West but I am a bit reluctant to be surrounded by Aussies and would like to be somewhere affordable where I can mix with other young professionals. What is Canary Wharf like? Your help is greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
    • Henry Mulligan
      Hi Matt, What would your budget be and where are you commuting to?South West is certainly popular, especially around Clapham. Other ares that could be of interest are Shoreditch/Hoxton. They are very trendy with good transport links into the city. You could go further North also to Highbury and Islington which is close to the popular Upper Street for socialising with other young professionals. Henry
  9. ReplyCurso Windows Mobile
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