The 22 BEST Places to Live in London in 2019 [Update]

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What are the best places to live in London in 2019?

This is a question that many people who consider moving to London have.

But, let’s clear the record once and for all:

Choosing the best place to live in London depends on many things.

If you want to learn more about making the right choice, then you are in the right place.

Facts, rumours, and opinions—you’ll find it all here.

Ready? Let’s dive right in!

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Where to Live in London?

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Where to Live in London?

So, what are the best places to live in London?

As you already know, London is the biggest city in Britain.

In fact, according to WorldAtlas, its population is almost 5x bigger than the 2nd largest city in the UK:

Largest Cities in the UK
Image Source: World Atlas

But, London is not big only regarding population.

According to Google, the total London area covers 1,572 km2 in total.

London Area

That’s more than New York City or Los Angeles.

Pretty cool, right?

Also, London has some of the highest house prices in the world.

Business Insider reports that London is indeed an expensive city to live in.

As the Land Registry states:

Land Registry - UK House Price Index

So, the prices are going up.

According to a 2018 article by The Sunday Times:

“The average London house price has risen by a whopping 350% since 1998.”

That’s a huge increase.

Average Property Prices Between 1998 - 2017
Image Source: The Times

And, despite the slow housing market and the Brexit, an article in the Evening Standard on January reported that:

“The average asking price for a London property is £593,972.”

This is why finding a flat in London is so difficult.

So far so good, but I know you keep asking yourself:

What are the best areas to stay in London?

The truth is that there are many beautiful places to live in London.

Yes, I could give you something like:

Top 10 places to live in London

Top 10 places to live in London

But, I don’t believe there is such a thing.

As I hope is evident by now:

Yes, there are some popular places in London.

The choice you are going to make though should depend on your:

  • Financial status
  • Age
  • Work
  • Interests
  • If you are single or not

This article is going to help you identify the best place in London for YOU.

For example, you might come to London with your family.

Moving to London with a Family

In that case, you need to stay in a place that:

  • Has a nice community spirit
  • Is quiet
  • Is not near to bars or clubs
  • Is near to your children’s activities

In that case, you want a good and safe starter home that is affordable and suitable for your family.

Or, maybe you are coming to London alone, as a young professional who seeks new and exciting opportunities.

Moving to London as a Young Professional

In that case, you need to stay in a place that:

  • Is close to your job
  • Is close to your friends
  • Is close to your gym or other activities
  • Is affordable

There is no doubt that London can offer you a modern urban life.

But, only if you know what you are looking for.

Before giving you some of the best places in London, let me give you some context first.

So, stick with me because in the next chapter I am going to help you understand everything you need to know about the different London areas.

London Areas

As promised, this chapter is dedicated to London Areas.

Before I delve further, let’s get one thing out of the way:

This chapter is not for people who already live in London.

It is for people who have never lived in London before, and are thinking to move here.

So, let’s get started.

First of all, London is divided into five areas:

  • West London
  • East London
  • South London
  • North London
  • Central London

Also, there are “four corners” in London, which are:

  • North West London
  • North East London
  • South West London
  • South East London

An interesting thing to remember is that in London, the postcodes start with the letters of the area you live in.  

By the way, here is a cool map you can use to get a better idea on London postcodes:

So far so good, but, is there an area that is better than the others?

Not really.

Again, it depends on your wants, needs, and situation.

Keep in mind though that the area you live in is associated with who you are.

It is a part of your identity – especially if you live in London and generally in Britain.

Here are the things to know when it comes to London Areas.

West London:

If you talk to a Londoner that lives in West London, it is likely that you’ll hear the phrase:

“West is best…”

Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom
Image Source: Unsplash

Is it though?

This area is ideal for families that are looking for a nice and quiet place.

This doesn’t mean that singles or young people can’t live there.

It always depends on what you want and – in West London’s case – what you can afford.

Among others, in West London, you will find:

  • Quiet neighborhoods
  • Great architecture
  • Good schools
  • Strong culture

Let’s move on to the next one.

East London:

Until a few years ago, East London wasn’t one of the safest places to go.

But, it’s definitely up and coming right now.

Among others, in East London, you will find:

  • Many interesting places to visit and eat
  • Good nightlife
  • Green spaces and parks
  • Historic houses and museums

So, if you are looking for a really cool area to live in London, East London is your place.

South London:

Another up and coming area to live in.

It is situated South of the River Thames – thus, it’s named, South London.  

Even though it was considered to be dull in the past, South London is definitely an exciting area to live in.  

Think of it as a modern urban village.

Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom
Image Source: Unsplash

Among others, in South London, you will find:

  • Green spaces and parks
  • Family-friendly areas
  • Many hills
  • Many historic districts

North London:

This area is situated North of the River Thames – thus, it’s named, North London.  

I want to be clear about something:

There is definitely a battle between South and North London.

But, I believe that when it comes to choosing where to live, you have to do your research and trust your own instinct.

Camden Town, London, United Kingdom
Image Source: Unsplash

Among others, in North London, you will find:

  • A community spirit
  • Family-friendly areas
  • Historic buildings and areas
  • Places for children and families

Central London:

This is the last one.

Central London has popular areas like Piccadilly Circus and the Charing Cross.

Most people argue that this is where the action happens.

But, there is more to Central London than just places to go out for.

London Charing Cross, London, United Kingdom
Image Source: Unsplash

So, there you have it.

By now, you have a better understanding of the different London Areas.

Ready to see the best places to live in London?

You will find them all in the next chapter.

Best Places to Live in London

1) Notting Hill

You’ve probably heard of Notting Hill in the past.

Especially if you are a fan of romantic movies.

Notting Hill Movie
Image Source: TV Guide

Notting Hill is a place full of high-end restaurants, casual cafes, and boutiques.

It is ideal if you are moving to London with your family and have a high-paying job.

Ideal For:

Safest places to live in London

Best places to live in London for families

House Prices:

Expensive areas in London

Sub-region:

West London

2) Fulham

Fulham is an area of the South West London, known for its wealth and prosperity.

It is located within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Fulham London
Image Source: Google Maps

Even though considered to be a place for “fat wallets,” Fulham wasn’t always like that.

In fact, in the 1700s, Fulham was the place-to-be for those who enjoyed “forbidden pleasures” like gambling and drinking.

But, these days are long gone.

Back to now, this place is considered to be one of the most expensive areas in London.

Ideal For:

Safest places to live in London

Best places to live in London for families

House Prices:

Expensive areas in London

Sub-region:

South West London

3) Richmond

Richmond is indeed a great area to live in.

It is located right at the borders of River Thames.

Richmond London
Image Source: Google Maps

It is really close to the city center: just 8 miles from the Charing Cross.

And, it is one of the areas where you can find pretty much everything:

    • Theatres and cinemas
    • Parks
    • Good schools
  • Great shops and restaurants

If you are looking for a place with a community spirit and a short commute to the city center, then Richmond is the place to be.

Ideal For:

Safest places to live in London

Best places to live in London for families

Coolest places to live in London

Best places to live in Central London

House Prices:

Expensive areas in London

Sub-region:

South West London

4) Kensington

Kensington is an area in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

It’s close to River Thames and to other popular areas like Westminster, Hammersmith and the Hyde Park.

Kensington London
Image Source: Google Maps

It has a beautiful park, Victorian buildings and is close to the popular Hyde Park.

It is also a safe place to live in, and it is ideal for both families and young professionals.

Ideal For:

Safest places to live in London

Best places to live in London for families

Coolest places to live in London

Best places to live in Central London

House Prices:

Expensive areas in London

Sub-region:

West London

5) Camden

Another great area to live in is Camden.

It is located 2.5 North of the Charing Cross, which means that it’s near the city’s centre.

Camden London
Image Source: Google Maps

Camden is a historic place, and it’s really coming to its own now.

It is a fascinating area with many restaurants, pubs and various other activities you can join.

Ideal For:

Best place to live as a young professional

Coolest places to live in London

Best places to live in Central London

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

North West London

6) Chelsea

Chelsea is a real cultural haven.

It is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, on the edges of River Thames.

Chelsea London
Image Source: Google Maps

Have no doubt about it:

Chelsea is one of the most sought-after areas to live in London.

It also has some of the most expensive postcodes in London.

Nevertheless, it’s a great area with many high-end restaurants and great schools for kids.

Ideal For:

Safest places to live in London

Best places to live in London for families

House Prices:

Expensive areas in London

Sub-region:

South West London

7) Bermondsey

Bermondsey is an area located in the London Borough of Southwark.

It is located just 2.5 miles away from the Charing Cross and close to the famous Maltby Street Market.

Bermondsey London
Image Source: Google Maps

And, it is one of the most historic places in London as well.

Especially if you are looking for quirky restaurants, cafes, bars, and small galleries.

It is without a doubt one of the most exciting places to live in London.

Ideal For:

Best place to live as a young professional

Coolest places to live in London

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

South East London

8) Streatham

Streatham is located in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Streatham London
Image Source: Google Maps

Almost 15 years ago it was voted as the worst city to live in London.

But, things have changed since then.

Streatham may be the typical London suburb, but it offers:

    • Green spaces
    • Good schools
  • Modern houses and apartments

Ideal For:

Best London suburbs for families

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

South East London

9) Peckham

Peckham is an area of the London Borough of Southwark.

Pechham London
Image Source: Google Maps

It’s one of the places to be right now in London.

And, it is recommended to young people who are looking for a vibrant area.

Ideal For:

Best place to live as a young professional

Coolest places to live in London

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

South East London

10) Balham

Balham is an area that is located in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Balham London
Image Source: Google Maps

Being near to popular areas like Clapham and Brixton, this area was used to be underrated.

But, partly because it was voted as one of Britain’s best places to live by The Sunday Times –

And, mainly because it’s a great area to live, this place is ideal for almost everyone.

Ideal For:

Safest places to live in London

Best London suburbs for families

Best place to live as a young professional

Coolest places to live in London

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

South London

11) Wandsworth

Another great place to live in London, according to prominent publications like Metro News.

Wandsworth is located at the edges of River Thames.

Wandsworth London
Image Source: Google Maps

This area is ideal both for families and young professionals.

It’s also full of high-end boutiques, pubs, restaurants and good schools for children.

Ideal For:

Safest places to live in London

Best places to live in London for families

Best place to live as a young professional

House Prices:

Expensive areas in London

Sub-region:

South West London

12) Hackney

This area is located in the London Borough of Hackney.

Hackney is 5 miles away from the Charing Cross.

Hackney London
Image Source: Google Maps

It is no accident that most people moving to London want to live there.

This is a great place to live, especially for young people moving to London.

Ideal For:

Best place to live as a young professional

Coolest place to live in London

House Prices:

Expensive areas in London

Sub-region:

East London

13) Hammersmith

Hammersmith is a riverside district located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Hammersmith London
Image Source: Google Maps

It is a diversified area, consisted of different people, from different backgrounds and situations.

In Hammersmith, you will find cozy cafes, trendy pubs, and interesting walking trails and even high-rated schools for your children.  

Ideal For:

Best places to live in London for families

Best place to live as a young professional

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

West London

14) Shoreditch

This area is located in the London Borough of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, and Islington.

Shoreditch London
Image Source: Google Maps

It is one of the most vibrant places of the city.

It is full of pop-up stores, cafes, pubs and interesting restaurants.

The best part?

It’s (still) a relatively cheap place to live in London.

Ideal For:

Best place to live as a young professional

Coolest places to live in London

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

East London

15) Islington

Islington is located in the London Borough of Islington.

Islington London
Image Source: Google Maps

It’s a district that covers many popular areas like:

    • Kings Cross
    • Archway
    • Finsbury
    • Highgate
  • And, more

Islington offers a cultural mix, and many writers, artists, and high-end workers live there.

Again, many exciting restaurants, pubs and pop-up stores here, especially near Upper Street.

Ideal For:

Best place to live as a young professional

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

North London

16) Herne Hill

This area is located between the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

And, it is almost four miles away from the Charing Cross, which means it is near to the city center.

Herne Hill London
Image Source: Google Maps

Herne Hill offers excellent transport links and high-rated schools for your children.

Ideal For:

Best places to live in London for families

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

South East London

17) Clapton

Clapton is located in the London Borough of Hackney.

Clapham London
Image Source: Google Maps

It is close to green spaces and offers a great variety of things to do.

It is safe to say that Clapton is a place for people of all stages of life and all backgrounds.

As Nick Button puts it’s in an article by The Guardian:

“Not as grimmy as some of Hackney, not as yummy mummy as Stoke Newington, it has the best of both worlds: a sense of community along with a radical spirit.”

Ideal For:

Best places to live in London for families

Best place to live as a young professional

House Prices:

Expensive areas in London

Sub-region:

North East London

18) Kings Cross

Kings Cross is located between the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington.

Kings Cross London
Image Source: Google Maps

Even though this area consisted of warehouses and dull storage buildings, it’s really coming up to its own now.

It is near to the city center, and it’s full of energy, buzz, and activity.

Ideal For:

Best place to live as a young professional

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

North London

19) Clapham

This is one of the trendiest places to live in London right now.

Clapham is located in the London Borough of Lambeth and Wandsworth.

Clapham London
Image Source: Google Maps

It is near to vibrant areas like Brixton, which makes it a great place to live.

It also has green spaces and offers excellent transport links.

Ideal For:

Best place to live as a young professional

Best places to live in Central London

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

South West London

20) Tufnell Park

Tufnell is an area of the North West London, located in the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden.

Tufnell Park London
Image Source: Google Maps

It is a quiet area, with high-rated schools and many green spaces.

Of course, it is not as vibrant as the areas that are nearby (like Kentish Town), but it seems to acquire a bit of style lately.

Ideal For:

Best places to live in London for families

House Prices:

Expensive areas in London

Sub-region:

North West London

21) Brixton

Brixton is an area located in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Brixton London
Image Source: Google Maps

And, let me be clear about something:

It is one of the coolest places to be right now.

Especially if you are a young professional in the tech industry, as many startups move their open-space offices there.

Brixton is a vibrant and multicultural area, ideal for those who are in their 20s and 30s.

Ideal For:

Best place to live as a young professional

Coolest places to live in London

House Prices:

Affordable places to live in London

Sub-region:

South London

22) Hampstead

Hampstead is an area that belongs in the London Borough of Camden.

It is only 4 miles away from the Charing Cross and still have a village-like feeling.

Hampstead London
Image Source: Google Maps

It is without a doubt that Hampstead is one of the most affluent places to live in London.

Green spaces, nice restaurants, and good schools, you’ll find it all here.

Ideal For:

Best London suburbs for families

House Prices:

Expensive areas in London

Sub-region:

North West London

Moving to London?

If you are thinking to move to London, then I am sure this article has helped you.

Not to discover what the best places to live are, but to find out what is the best place for you or your family is.

It is without a doubt: London is a great place to live.

Before moving to London, do your research and ask people who have lived there.

But, above all remember:

It’s not the place. It’s the people.

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  1. Hello can you tell me about shrewsbury and telford,kent,guildford…which place is good to live with family…from india

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