Living in London Area Guides

Explore the different areas in London and what they have to offer you, our guides will help you decide which locations are best suited to your needs. 

The East London borough of Barking and Dagenham combines a rich history with a clear vision for the future with more than thirty listed buildings sitting side by side within an array of new developments. 

Barnet is a haven for homeowners seeking the best of the buzz of city culture while maintaining the tranquillity of green open spaces and near-countryside living. It is no wonder that Barnet is the most populous London borough.

After years of false starts the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea development is now transforming the district east of Battersea Park and the wider Battersea and Nine Elms region. The Northern Line extension will also provide an additional boost to the area, creating two new stations on the extension...

Bexley has been a popular location for people to work and live for generations not only due to its good transport links, but also for the town and village centres and riverside views. 

Bloomsbury is a cultural hotspot for book lovers, intellectuals and art fanatics. The central London area is home to some of the capital’s greatest museums and universities, not to mention impressive architecture and leafy squares. It is a popular destination for domestic and international...

One of London’s most popular commuter boroughs, Brent is well connected with a high number of TFL managed stations - predominantly serving Jubilee, Metropolitan and Bakerloo lines - and overground services into Euston.

Quirky, unconventional Camden is a borough of energy, culture, and promise. This North West London borough stretches from the edge of the City and West End, up to Hampstead and Highgate.

Unlike many other areas of London, Canary Wharf has been designed almost completely from scratch. Over the past 30 years, it has undergone extensive regeneration to become one of the world’s leading business districts.

Once an area that was dominated by industrial wasteland, it is now one of the...

Originally known as the square mile, the City of London is the smallest of London’s districts in terms population and size. This world-famous centre of finance - with more businesses than permanent residents – makes for a superb place to live in the heart of London for its 10,000 or more residents

Clerkenwell offers an ultra-fashionable lifestyle in the heart of Central London’s Islington Borough and is one of the city’s best destinations for foodies. The area appeals to London’s young professional crowd, and is known for its historic pubs, bars and Michelin starred restaurants, as well as...

The second largest of London’s boroughs, Croydon offers affordable housing with good transport links into the centre of London and out to nearby Surrey and the South Coast. The attractive house prices make this exciting South London borough a great choice for families.

 

Suburban Ealing is a leafy borough in West London, with period properties, an abundance of parkland, and several good schools making it an attractive area for those looking to strike a balance between access to the centre of London, and a charming, village lifestyle.

Enfield - the most northern borough of London. This neighbourhood has more than 900 hectares of parks and open spaces, including the eight acres of grounds to explore at Myddleton House and Gardens.

The Central London neighbourhood of Farringdon is a fun, smart and vibrant district that offers easy access to the rest of the capital city. It has much to offer residents, including a variety of shops, theatres, pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. There’s plenty of things to do in Farringdon.

Fitzrovia is a friendly and bustling neighbourhood in Central London, home to many of the capital’s creative industries. With an eclectic restaurant scene and beautiful residential streets, the area has a quieter and more laid-back atmosphere than surrounding areas. It’s a highly sought-after...

Fulham is one of the best connected residential areas in the capital. It's a short commute away from the City and West End, but boasts a suburban, village-feel that is ideal for young professionals and families.

Historic South East London borough Greenwich is known around the globe as the centre of world time measurement. The area is home to a myriad of attractions that contribute to its UNESCO World Heritage site status and mean that there is much to keep visitors and residents alike entertained.

 

The regeneration success story of Hackney borders the City and incorporates trendy areas Dalston and Stoke Newington.

The West London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is a lively borough with outstanding schools and climbing house valuations that reflect its increasing popularity. 

 

North London borough Haringey is an area of contrasts with its western fringe incorporating some of the wealthiest postcodes in the country - including Highgate, Muswell Hill and Crouch End – as well as neighbourhoods with opportunity for improvement.

Residents in the North London borough of Harrow enjoy a suburban oasis on the brink of the Chilterns, but its numerous tube and mainline train stations ensure constant connectivity to the City and beyond.

Residents of Havering, the most eastern borough in London, are proud to live in one of the greenest areas in London.

London's second-largest and most western borough, Hillingdon is home to the world-famous Heathrow Airport, giving residents of Hillingdon enviable connections to Europe.

Stretching from Chiswick in the east to the Surrey border in the west, Hounslow is a jewel of the outer London boroughs. It’s only a stone’s throw away from Heathrow Airport, meaning a host of multinational brands have chosen to base themselves here.

London’s third smallest borough, lively Islington is only four miles from Central London and is packed with diversity and culture, attracting a raft of young professionals and new and exciting start-ups and tech businesses.

London’s smallest borough outside of The City, it is remarkable how much life and energy Kensington and Chelsea embodies.

As one of Central London’s most vibrant and newly regenerated areas, King’s Cross is a highly desirable location in the capital. Whilst it is known for King’s Cross station, it had lots more to offer locals and tourists alike.

It attracts a mix of professionals, students and boasts a dynamic vibe...

South-West London borough Kingston upon Thames is the oldest of the four Royal Boroughs in England and borders the county of Surrey.

Stretching from Southbank, home to the landmarks such as London Eye and OXO Tower, to family-friendly Streatham in the south, Lambeth is one of London’s more elongated boroughs and is brimming with a diversity of micro-cultures and communities.

The youthful southeast borough of Lewisham is nestled between Greenwich and Southwark. Historically a small village until the advent of passenger trains, Lewisham has a charming mix of creative communities and family neighbourhoods.

Marylebone is a centrally-located area in London, home to a variety of period conversions and mews, as well as a large French contingent. The neighbourhood is known for its diverse, cosmopolitan residents and fabulous shopping district that includes Oxford Street and hundreds of other outlets. The...

In the heart of traditional London, Mayfair is one of the most prized addresses in the capital - and in the world. Surrounded by world class eateries and the most exclusive shops on Bond Street, this residential area is synonymous with affluence and luxury.

While away an afternoon exploring the...

The South West London borough of Merton offers an escape from the city bustle and, with its peaceful open spaces and family-friendly housing, is much like the Home Counties but with faster connections to central London.

The legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games remains in this North East London Borough of Newham, which was historically an industrial and manufacturing hub, running along the River Thames

Nine Elms is an up and coming area in London situated on the south bank of the River Thames on the site of the Grade II-listed Battersea Power Station. It has recently undergone a huge regeneration project and now offers many new homes, business and leisure facilities, as well as chic eateries, pop...

Redbridge is the perfect mix of both village and city living. This East London borough is neighboured by Waltham Forest, Newham, Havering and Barking and Dagenham boroughs.

The Royal Borough of Richmond upon Thames is one of London’s most expensive areas, with house prices sitting significantly above the London average.

Soho is a small neighbourhood in the centre of London that is known for its buzzing and bohemian atmosphere and culture. From nightlife to theatres, restaurants and bars in Soho, it’s the place Londoners and visitors go to enjoy themselves 24/7. It is also home to some of the capital’s best homes,...

South East London borough Southwark stretches from Central London on the River Thames down to suburban East Dulwich.

St James’s is a long-established area in London, with a history as a residential hotspot for wealthy aristocrats. Today, it is bustling destination famous for its old English shops, chic restaurants, Royal Park and members clubs. The area is quintessentially English and adored by locals and...

Sutton in one of London’s most southerly boroughs with Merton, Croydon and Kingston as its neighbours and the woods and field of Surrey at its border.

The east London borough of Tower Hamlets runs along the river Thames with the City to the west, and Greenwich to the south. Covering much of the traditional East End, the borough is popular with both City and Canary Wharf workers. 

Waltham Forest sits adjacent to the River Lea, one of the largest rivers in London and a major tributary to the Thames, and this North East London borough is popular with those looking for a slower pace of life.

The South West London, riverside borough of Wandsworth has long been a firm favourite of young families, so much so that the area around Wandworth Common is affectionally known as ‘Nappy Valley’.

Wandsworth Town is rapidly becoming a popular location to live for young professionals and families alike.

While considered in many respects to be one of London’s more traditional areas, Wapping is far from a sleepy corner of the capital. With an eclectic mix of warehouse conversions, riverside bars and restaurants, plus plenty of famous landmarks, living in Wapping is a highly desirable option. It’s...

Westminster is one of the two London boroughs that can boast a ‘city’ status and is dominated by some of London’s most beautiful architecture, historical attractions, and iconic areas.

Woolwich is currently undergoing a major regeneration that is helping to turn a popular part of London into a thriving, vibrant hub of activity filled with some of the best live entertainment venues, public transport links and luxurious new properties. The lure of Woolwich continues to grow and, as...