Moving to London? If you are trying to figure out which area could possibly be the best to live in… well… I might have some info for you based on my personal experience.
Having relocated few times already, I had the feel of the various vibes that certain areas of London could give you.
Although, at the time being, many areas of London are undergoing into the process of gentrification and are in constant change – read change as “getting way more expensive”- this is how I’ve seen London within the last 3 years:
House n.1 – Belsize Park – North London
When I first moved to London I had the pleasure to live in the lovely area of Belsize Park, where I shared the flat with Eliza (also a blogger ) and Hanna.
Most of the North London area is very elegant and classy. You can find there some of the most popular residencies (and some celebrities too), but the whole package can come up with a pretty high price.
In fact, Belsize Park is quite central, suburban and the average price of a double room can come to up to £1000. Mainly, the reason why I moved somewhere else.
Best areas to live in north london are:
– Camden (North-West).
Very busy, but with the perfect combination of transport links
– Stoke Newington (North East)
Very close to Islington but the rents are cheaper. Less pleased with the transport links.
Upper – middle class live here. Pretty area.
If you’re looking for something more affordable, you’ve got:
– Kentish Town
– West Hampstead
– Finsbury Park
House n.2 – Wimbledon – South London
I absolutely loved living in Wimbledon! Leafy, pretty (Postcard Pretty) and with that “small, happy villagey” vibe.
The village is my favourite part, especially during the summer months. These pictures were taken at the Cannizaro House, a picturesque hotel/ park/ restaurant close by to the Wimbledon common park, which I’ve discovered randomly when I got lost in one of my walks.
South London is definitely not only confined to Wimbledon though, but is a very mixed bag of places. Running from the multi milion pound mansions to the poorest and roughest areas.
Streatham and Balham have now improved a lot over the last decade and are getting more pleasant, whilst areas like Nunhead and Peckam are still notorious for being… ehm not the “safest”.
And, if you don’t mind living a bit further out from Central London you can try Croydon. You can get the overground train and in 28 mins ca you are already into Central London, you might just need to remember to catch the last train home or you could be in for a very, very long bus ride!
House n.3 – Greenwich – South East London
Been living nearby Greenwich for almost 6 months now, definitely not one of my longest tenancy.
Very good in terms of safety, less in terms of transportation links (especially if you work nearby east london). In this instance as well, if you miss the last train home there is only one night bus that runs only almost EVERY HOUR, therefore you’d better not.
Accommodation wise is still reasonably priced, and in the future a good amount of businesses will be moving in too.
Greenwich hosts few antique and food markets and is the set of many London films such as “The Italian Job”.
Neighbourhoods to live in this area would be:
Soon to be… House n.4 – Dalston – East London
Young, creative? Then Dalston is definitely the place for you. In 2009 Vogue Italia declared Dalston as the trendiest and coolest neighbourhood in London. Will need to update you on this bit once I move in!
Those, in my opinion, are some of the best places to look at.