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Best Places to Live in London: Where’s Right For You?

Blog London Lifestyle
17.03.17

London is exciting, vibrant and diverse. When it comes to selecting where you want to live, you’re spoilt for choice. Where you end up is one of the most defining elements of your lifestyle – but where are the best places to live in London and where’s right for you?

Are you looking for an apartment in the heart of the action close the best bars and nightlife? Are you looking for an artsy pad in an area filled with like-minded creatives? Or are you looking to fuse urban and rural life with a home next to an abundance of green space?

North London

North London boasts some of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the city along with a plethora of historical landmarks, architecture and culture. Because of this, it also commands some of the highest prices, so don’t expect to find a bargain.

Favourite areas include Camden with its world-famous market, the newly-regenerated Kings Cross, as well as super-desirable Hampstead and Highgate.

The heart of North London has to be Islington, which ranked number 3 on TimeOut’s top 20 best places to live in London. Cutting through the middle of the borough is Upper St and Holloway Road, which are adorned with plenty of restaurants, bars, boutiques and cafés. At the top of Holloway Road is Vantage Point, our first North London development. So if the north is for you then this is your place to live.

South London

South of the river you’ll find a smattering of vibrant, exciting neighbourhoods – like Brixton and Clapham – which are perfect if you’re looking to be in amongst a buzzing nightlife.

You’ll also find plenty of up-and-coming areas where you’re likely to get more bang for your buck. Balham, Crystal Palace and parts of Dulwich are 3 examples. They’re in Zones 3, so a little further out, but you’re likely to nab a little more space and enjoy a quieter, more ‘rural town’ feel.

And on that note, across the other side of South London is Greenwich, which is fast becoming a highly-desirable locale. The centre of Greenwich has a Cotswold town feel, despite being just a 20-minute DLR ride from Central London. It also features the Cutty Sark – a 19th-century sailing ship – along with the stunning buildings of the Old Royal Naval College and a 183-acre royal park.

Our very first South London development, Creekside Wharf, is currently being built on the banks of Deptford Creek – putting our future residents right in the heart of this South London gem.

East London

East London is known for its creativity, and for its popularity with artists and hipsters.

The centre of this has long been Hoxton and Shoreditch, which have become highly desirable places to live benefiting from a wealth of trendy independent bars, restaurants, boutiques and galleries.

And this creative wave is moving down the road to Bethnal Green, where our very own Farrier House is located. So much so that Bethnal Green out-ranked Shoreditch, Hoxton and most of its other East London rivals to make it to 5th place on TimeOut’s top 20 best places to live in London.

Heading further east is where you’re likely to find the lowest priced accommodation in London – particular in Barking and Dagenham.

If price isn’t an issue, then the metropolis of Canary Wharf is a great choice. Skyscrapers are flying up on every corner, providing the estate with thousands of new jobs along with hundreds of stunning new apartments. And we’ll shortly begin construction on Infinity Towers, our iconic Canary Wharf development.

West London

Heading west you’ll find affluent areas such as Kensington and Chelsea that boast street after street of picturesque white terraces, green squares and leafy tree-lined roads. It’s a similar story further west in areas such as Fulham and Hammersmith, but with a slightly more rural feel along the banks of the Thames. Obviously these premium areas come with a premium price tag to match; Kensington and Chelsea are the two most expensive areas of London.

Heading a little further out you’ll find Chiswick – a popular choice for young families. And just around the corner is Brentford. Still only a 32-minute commute into Victoria, Brentford is the best of both worlds. It’s also less than half an hour from Heathrow, meaning that it’s not just London that’s on your doorstep.

Slightly north of Brentford (but still in West London) you’ll find Acton – an area earmarked for major regeneration and soon to benefit from the brand new major HS2 hub station, Old Oak Common. Part of that redevelopment includes our biggest development, The Perfume Factory.

The best places to live in London

North, east, south or west, all areas of London have their own unique appeal. And wherever your preference, there’s an Essential Living development with your name on it.

What’s more, we let our residents move between our developments without charging any fees. So if you ever fancy a change or want to upgrade to the newest development, you can.

Register now to find your next home.

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