10 Of The Best Places To Live In London
London is one of the best cities in the world because it offers a litany of premier amenities and attractions few other places on Earth could match. Better still, it's full of opportunities, and in the last few years, people from far and wide have come to ply their trade in the Big Smoke.
According to the 2011 census, for instance, London's immigrant population now stands at 36.7%, which accounts for over 3m foreign-born workers, making it one of the world's most diverse cities. Perfect, then, for those who want to live somewhere where acceptance and ambition go hand-in-hand.
With that in mind, The Travel Lane has compiled 10 of the best residential areas in London.
Voted by London's Evening Standard as the best place to live in London, Clapham has quickly established itself as one of capital's go-to residential areas. Popular with Australian and French immigrants, Clapham's blend of young British and foreign workers as well as families and senior residents make it an enjoyable place to live.
Situated in Zone 2, the transport links are arguably the best in London, with three tube stations on the Northern Line alone, while an Overground station can be found on the High Street, all but guaranteeing you a relatively straightforward commute.
The area itself is beautiful, and thanks to Clapham Common, greenery covers a significant proportion of Clapham. The High Street also offers ample socializing opportunities, with clubs, bars, and restaurants all on hand, while the more family-friendly neighborhoods in the Old Town and Abbeville Road are perfect for those looking to buy.
A stone's throw away from Clapham lies the slightly more affordable Brixton. An area that was once synonymous with crime, the uber-trendy neighborhood has transformed itself into one of the most desirable places in the capital.
Deep rooted in West Indian culture, Brixton offers some of the best Caribbean food in Europe, while the vibrant buzz from buskers and street performers all but guarantee a smile on the faces of residents.
Home also to the premier music venue, Brixton Academy, Brixton is one of the few London locations that has still preserved its identity without succumbing to the mass levels of gentrification seen in nearby Clapham.
Known for its coterie of artists, politicians, and soccer players, Hampstead is a seasoned playground of the liberal glitterati, and there's a strong case for the leafy North London enclave being the best residential area in London- if money isn't an object, that is.
After all, Hampstead's unique blend of sprawling verdant greenery, charming village streets and convenient transport links (Kings Cross is 10 minutes away on the tube) make it a favorite with the rich and as such the likes of Harry Styles, Ricky Gervais, and Sacha Baron Cohen all call Hampstead home.
Admittedly, the area doesn't offer much in the way of nightlife, though Camden is only a five-minute tube journey away.
Arguably the heart of North London, the baying sounds of market sellers characterize much of this popular area, which is still synonymous with punk music, vintage clothing and rather dubious looking side street shops.
Known also for its legendary nightlife and quaint canal walkway, the area's recent facelift has made Camden a viable proposition for families, though most homes are found in nearby Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent.
Situated in Zone 4, the Southwest location of Richmond is home to the awe-inspiring wonders of Richmond Park, where deer and various other bucolic wildlife happily roam free.
Near to London's Kew Gardens, Richmond is certainly perfect for those who like city life but prefer to be in areas situated away from the hustle and bustle of the more central zones.
Regarded as the most exclusive area in London, Chelsea is home to those with wads of cash and draws similar comparisons to Hampstead in the sense that it is a favorite of those of a particular group.
In Chelsea's case, residents tend to be of a more conservative, and old-money background, though in recent years wealthy Arabs have started to settle down in the area as well.
As for the area itself, Chelsea is still famed for its famous Kings Road, a major street stretching from Chelsea to Fulham. Once deemed a world-renowned shopping destination, the road has become less about retail and more about dining, though high-end fashion is still ubiquitous to the area.
The Saatchi Gallery can also be found there, while Harvey Nichols is a 10-minute walk from Sloane Square station.
7. Primrose Hill
Like Hampstead in that many celebrities call it home, Primrose Hill is situated on the northern side of London's delightful Regent's Park and is packed full of upmarket townhouses and swanky apartment blocks.
Perfect for families, the area has an excellent array of cafes, shops and quaint and narrow walkways, though its stellar attraction is its famous hill, from where you can view all of London's glory at the summit.
This hipster utopia is synonymous with cereal cafes and finely manicured beards, but revert away from stereotypes, and you'll find a place awash with different cultures.
Better still, Shoreditch's bars and clubs attract people from all over the world, with XOYO being one of the best. The housing can be on the expensive side, though with many flatshares, finding cheaper accommodation in Shoreditch shouldn't be hard, and if you're a creative, you'll find living there beneficial.
Known globally for its prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon and its surrounding areas are equally as impressive, with homes that could quite easily make jaws drop, and faces turn green.
More popular with families than young people, the idyllic Wimbledon village and its abundant amounts of greenery make the southwest area one of the most exclusive residences in London.
10. Notting Hill
If you haven't visited Notting Hill, then you've probably at least heard of the film's namesake or the famous carnival. What makes Notting Hill a great place to live, however, isn't the carnival but the international nature of the place, with rustic pathways, boutique and vintage shops and the famous Portobello Market providing residents with a place that is like few others in the capital.
Though increasingly dominated by Tory politicians and wealthy City workers, Notting Hill's burgeoning affluence hasn't taken away its creative history, and it is thus still famed for its alternative culture and artists.