Popular Areas to Live

UK ARRIVAL GUIDE | We review some popular and exciting London areas to settle in.

 
 

UK ARRIVAL GUIDE | We review some popular and exciting London areas to settle in.

Everyone has different opinions of areas in London because upmarket and council areas are often found right next to each other. Each area has a certain something and you may get quite attached to your particular spot. Here is an overview of popular locations for young professionals. The further outside of central London you live, the cheaper the rent, but travel costs and times increase. Commuting should be the most important factor in your decision.

NORTH
Highgate N6 and Archway N19
Highgate is on the Northeast corner of Hampstead Heath, which is made popular in summer with kite-flying, fishing, model boating and swimming in any of the three ponds. The edges of the Heath play home to several famous drinking havens and people from all over the world visit the homes of John Keats and Sigmund Freud. Archway is a popular area with leafy streets and beautiful Victorian homes – slightly less expensive than Highgate. • Zone 2 and 3 • Northern Line

Finsbury Park N4 and Turnpike Lane N8
Finsbury Park will suit an active lifestyle. The park is 112 acres and is a mix of open ground, gardens, a children’s play area,café and an art exhibition space with sports facilities, which include a football pitch, bowling green, athletics stadium, tennis and basketball courts as well as an American football field and softball and baseball diamonds. These areas have reasonably priced accommodation and there are good pubs, bars and restaurants. Finsbury Park is a great space that is developing. • Zone 2 • Victoria and Piccadilly Lines and Overground

Islington N1 and Highbury N5
Islington and Highbury are very popular areas to live because of their beauty and proximity to central London. Islington has a vibrant nightlife with many restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres and Highbury has sports and leisure facilities. There’s also a variety of quaint shops together with the Camden Passage Antique Market. The more affordable area is near Arsenal football stadium. • Zone 2 • Victoria Line and Overground

NORTH WEST
Crinklewood, Dollis Hill NW2 and Kilburn NW6

These are reasonably priced areas with good transport links into the centre and many houseshares. There is a lively nightlife and plenty of pubs, restaurants, tennis courts, a shopping mall, a cinema and a theatre. In NW2, there are a variety of small, inexpensive cafés and restaurants. • Zone 2 • Jubilee Line

Camden Town NW1
A bustling and high-profile area, Camden is full of life with a Bohemian vibe. Some parts are expensive but affordable places abound. It’s close to the centre and has some lovely housing and great shopping. This is home to the huge Camden Market and live jazz venues and quirky bars. • Zone 2 • Northern LineWest London

Shepherd’s Bush W12, Acton W3 and Hammersmith W6
These areas are popular with antipodeans for the reasonably priced rent and great tube and bus links. There are many traveller pubs, including the notorious Walkabout Inn (Shepherd’s Bush) and the raucous Redback Tavern (Acton). There are also sports grounds, museums and the newly built Westfield shopping centre. Hammersmith has some great pubs and entertainment in lovely settings along the Thames, but costs a little more. • Zone 2 • Central and Hammersmith City Lines and Overground (Shepherd’s Bush)

SOUTH WEST
Clapham SW4
A great area with relatively cheap accommodation. The transport links are good and reliable, with lots of night buses supporting the busy nightlife near Clapham South. There are a variety of bars and clubs ranging from small and conservative to the multilevel and slightly crazy infernos. Clapham Common is a big draw card, being home to many rugby and football teams and more recently, military fitness enthusiasts.• Zone 2 • Northern Line and Overground

Wimbledon SW19 and Putney SW15
Both areas are easily accessible and beautiful, with Wimbledon’s sweeping commons and Putney’s view of the river. They are very popular areas, which tend to be a bit more pricey than Clapham. Wimbledon boasts its famous tennis championship in summer and the Oxford/Cambridge boat race sets off from Putney. There are plenty of restaurants, bars andclubs in this area and beautiful shops in Wimbledon Village.• Zone 2 and 3 • District Line and Overground

Brixton SW9
Gritty Brixton has a raw excitement to it, and young professionals live here as it’s close to the centre. There are plenty of shops, pubs and night clubs. It’s famous for the Brixton Academy (concerts) and its Caribbean Street Market in Electric Avenue. • Zone 2 • Victoria Line and Overground

Earlsfield, Southfields and Wandsworth SW18
Earlsfield and Southfields are popular with London newcomers as it’s possible to find good value for money. There’s a shopping centre in Wandsworth, which is convenient and easily accessible from Earlsfield and Southfields too. The nightlife is more focused around smaller bars and pubs and there are many parks suited to leisure activities. • Zone 3 • District Line and Overground

SOUTH EAST
Blackheath and Greenwich SE10
These are pleasant areas with good transport links into the city and Canary Wharf. This area is a mixture of expensive and affordable accommodation and is highly sought after.• Zone 3 and Zone 2 • DLR and Overground

EAST LONDON
Docklands, Limehouse and Canary Wharf E14

Canary Wharf is the commercial hub of London. Many places are still very reasonably priced. There is steady growth in thelocal vibe and the gorgeous modern accommodation. Riverside pubs, good Chinese restaurants and the soap ‘EastEnders’ are famous here. • Zone 2 • Jubliee Line, Overground and DLR

Stratford E15
The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will have their main base at the Olympic Park in Stratford, which will contain a significant number of venues including the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and London Velopark. Some of the new housing will serve as the Olympic Village before being reconfigured for the property market. After the Olympics the plans include the largest new urban park in Europe in over a century. • Zone 3 • Central and Jubilee Lines and Overground

Leytonstone E18
The birth place of David Beckham and the home of Alfred Hitchcock, Leytonstone is a high-density suburban area and may derive its name from the large stone standing at the junction of Hollybush Hill and New Wanstead. In the 18th century, an obelisk was mounted on top of it and it has been claimed that it is the remains of a Roman milestone.
• Zone 3 and 4 • Central Line

CENTRAL LONDON
Earl’s Court SW5

Earls Court has become expensive for long-term accommodation. However, it’s full of hostels and B&Bs, so is perfect for when you are just starting out or need an in-between place to stay. It has many pubs, bars and restaurants and an energetic atmosphere. • Zone 1 • District Line

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