When planning a move to London, it can be hard to know where to look for a place to live. Speed up your search with this handy list of some of the best places to live in London along with three top facts about each. As this site is focused on moving to and living in London on a budget the very expensive locations have been left off.
Accomodation range: £ ‘affordable’, ££ mid-range, £££ expensive
NB. Affordable is a relative term in London and maybe be considered more expensive to newcomers.
Acton (west, ££)
- Budgets go further out west in Acton. Popular with newcomers in shared accommodation.
- Great transport links. Acton has a total of seven stations nearing it’s name, more than anywhere else in the UK. The stations are Acton Main Line, Acton Central, South Acton, Acton Town, East Acton, North Acton, West Acton.
- Visit the Acton Market for a range of arts & crafts, baking, jewellery and international cuisine.
Battersea (south-west, £££)
- Famous for its’ dogs & cats home.
- Explore the stunning Battersea Park on the banks of the River Thames, complete with zoo, a boating lake, athletics track and tennis courts.
- Home of the iconic Battersea Power Station, currently undergoing extensive residential and commercial development.
Brixton (south, ££)
- Fantastic eating and drinking at the Brixton Village and Market Row.
- Catch a movie at the Ritzy Cinema.
- Birthplace of legendary British musician David Bowie.
Camden (north, £££)
- Browse the vintage stalls and grab a bite to eat at Camden Market.
- Walk along one of the nicest stretches of the Regent’s Canal.
- Visit nearby London Zoo, located at the northern edge of Regent’s Park.
Clapham (south-west, £££)
- Vibrant area with plentiful bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. The Clapham Picturehouse is an excellent arthouse style local cinema.
- Popular with newcomers looking for houseshares.
- Clapham Common is one of London’s best greenspaces.
Clapton (north-east, ££)
- Vibrant social scene.
- Popular with students and for houseshares.
- Within walking distance of Stoke Newington (see below), one of London’s hidden gems.
Croydon (south, £)
- Eat and drinks at the newly opened BOXPARK Croydon, London’s second BOXPARK.
- Affordable accommodation options.
- Excellent transport connections to central London, and south towards Brighton and the coast.
Crystal Palace (south, ££)
- Come face to face with dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park.
- Home of the Overground Festival, an annual celebration of music and culture.
- Popular with families and couples.
Dalston (east, ££)
- Popular with students and young Londoners looking to party. It’s probably only second to Shoreditch for being associated with hipsters.
- Amazing range of Turkish restaurants, courtsey of it’s local population.
- Catch a film or special event at the hip Rio Cinema.
Depford (south-east, ££)
- Popular with new arrivals and people looking for houseshares.
- Check out a show at the Albany Theatre, one of London’s best performing arts centres.
- Close to historic Greenwich, starting point of the London marathon.
East Ham (east, £)
- One of England’s most multi-cultural places to live.
- Popular with first time buyers.
- Great selection of south Asian curryhouses, Chennai Dosa is a favourite.
Fulham (west, £££)
- Located next to the Thames, it’s perfect for a drink by the river. Check out The Crabtree and the The Waterside.
- Good range of shopping options along Fulham Road, that run’s parallel to King’s Road.
- The stunning properties make this area popular with those with deep pockets, but there are still a few afordable spots.
Greenwich (south-east, ££)
- The range of culture, history, restaurants and bars make Greenwich one of the most desirable places to live in London.
- Visit the Royal Observatory Greenwich to learn more about astronomy and the Prime Meridian Line.
- Explore Greenwich’s maritime past at the Old Naval College, then hop onto a MBNA Thames Clipper for a river tour.
Mile End (east, ££)
- Enjoy a tasty plate of rice and kebabs at Ariana’s restaurant.
- Popular with those on a budget who want good transport connections.
- Catch a movie at the trendy independent cinema Genesis.
New Cross (south-east, ££)
- Affordable accomodation options with good transport links.
- Popular with students and home of Goldsmiths University of London.
- Great choice of coffee shops & pubs. Recommended coffee shops include The London Particular, Red Lion and Out of the Brew. Recommended pubs include the Amersham Arms, Fat Walrus and The Albany.
Peckham (south, ££)
- Famous as the setting for the British 80s TV show ‘Only Fools and Horses’.
- Popular with students, people looking to househare and first time buyers.
- Play classic arcade games at the Four Quarters bar.
Stoke Newington (north-west, £££)
- Walk down one of London’s best village streets, Church Street, chockabloc with independent shops and restaurants.
- Clissold Park is one of London’s best loved greenspaces, complete with tennis courts, an 18th century mansion with a cafe and animal enclosure.
- Popular with families and arty types.
Tooting (south-west, ££)
- One of the best places in London to get a good curry, the Apollo Banana Leaf is a favourite.
- Popular with new arrivals looking for a houseshare.
- Excellent transport links – the Northern Line has two stops; Tooting Bec and Tooting Broadway.
Victoria Park Village (east, £££)
- Village living with classy eating and drinking options.
- Home of the East London Liquor Company, that distill East London Gin. Book a tour to find out about the distillation process.
- On the door step of the extensive Victoria Park, home of Field Day Festival. Also check out the superb weekend brunches at the Pavilion Cafe.
Wimbledon (south-west, £££)