It’s little wonder that Belsize Park’s stucco-fronted houses, trendy status and proximity to some of London’s top school attract young professionals and families alike.
This friendly, laidback area is well and truly on the up, with electrification of the railway through Crouch Hill the latest improvement on the horizon.
Fiercely loyal residents of NW6 love this residential area for its independent shops and restaurants, as well as its impressive transport links
Historically a left-field retreat for writers and artists, in the past couple of decades Primrose Hill has gained a reputation as a home to many of Britain’s best known celebrities. Situated between Camden Town, Swiss Cottage and Regent’s Park, its hillside homes often carry a blockbuster price tag too.
Some may accuse the residents of N10 of being a little smug, but with its array of shopping and dining options and it’s excellent education opportunities area pride is well deserved
The somewhat poor relation of very rich neighbours, Childs Hill is a low-key area, full of small local businesses, good family amenities and quiet residential streets but a high frequency of scaffolding hints at an area on the up.
A pocket of Victorian terraces, Edwardian mansion blocks and Modernist estates, Gospel Oak is a family-friendly area, which backs on to the famous Parliament Hill Lido and is home to a cluster of some of Camden’s top-performing schools.
The Westminster side of Queen’s Park is a haven for buyers keen to secure a small piece of central London at relatively low prices.
Situated between Crouch End and Muswell Hill on one side, and Wood Green on the other, locals joke that Hornsey’s reputation as a ‘poor neighbour’ really depends which neighbour you’re comparing it to. Most agree that this Victorian suburb is a cosmopolitan area on the up, with a great sense of community and a wealth of independent cafes and shops.
The meeting point of the Regent’s Canal and the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal forms the central point for this charming London neighbourhood.
Students, tourists and music fans flock to Camden Town for its rental property, markets and alternative heritage.
Muswell Hill’s quieter eastern neighbour, the streets north of the Palace and the Park are popular with young families who move there for the spacious period housing and excellent state schools. The hill also offers stunning views over London and plentiful green space so is a popular spot for a stroll.
Regent’s Park’s iconic housing stock is made up of the large Regency cream stucco crescents and terraces designed by John Nash in the early 19th century.
Regent’s Park has a glitzy monied legacy stretching back as far as it’s origins as a grand royal project in the Regency era. Nowadays an international crowd, headed by the US ambassador and the Sultan of Brunei maintain this glossy image, while the Park’s sporting and cultural facilities and its popularity with dog walkers help keep the area’s feet on the ground.
For a busy, some say transient, area located around a traffic gyratory a community emerges in force when it feels threatened by largescale development, be it tower blocks or cycle lanes.
Longstanding locally run cultural institutions are one of Highgate’s most unique features, but locals are also devoted to the excellent schools, attractive houses and strong village community.
Beloved by locals as a breath of fresh air, East Finchley is a leafy, residential, community-spirited enclave only half an hour’s tube journey from central London
Kenwood and its surrounding area is bursting with history, shopping opportunities on Aylmer Parade, and plenty of provisions for young children says Lucy Daltroff.
Maida Vale: The well connected bastion of independent shops and restaurants that attracts a well-heeled crowd
The independent shops and gastropubs of serene Maida Vale continue to attract the celebrities and well-heeled media types who make their homes on the leafy streets and cobbled mews says Prudence Ivey
There’s more to Paddington than just a station and a famous bear. Look beyond the tourist traps to find a bijou village full of luxurious independent shopping.
Believe it or not, Marylebone used to be a central London backwater, a secret closely guarded by those in the know. No longer. Prudence Ivey explores a village hitting stellar heights.
New shops, bars and restaurants are opening in Kentish Town almost every day but, alarmed by recent price hikes, current residents won’t thank us for pointing that out.
Beautiful buildings and literary legends abound in this historic part of north London where you can have the culture of a city with the feel of a village.
Straddling the popular boroughs of Camden and Islington, Tufnell Park is a neighbourhood gem boasting close knit communities and independent shops amongst desirable Victorian residences.
St John’s Wood is a popular spot for corporate relocations; as a result it boasts some of the highest rents in London but for those who can afford it, the area offers a busy high end high street surrounded by glossy residential streets to an international crowd.
Where once Archway was defined by its bridge and its unprepossessing junction, plans to entirely remodel the gyratory system at its heart mean change is coming to the area. Until then, residents and visitors enjoy the quiet residential streets and the area’s thriving independent shopping and dining scene.
The Cinderella-like transformation of King’s Cross from notorious red light district in the 1990s to established cultural capital seems unlikely to anyone old enough to remember the bad old days. But, since The Guardian moved their offices to the area in 2008 and the University of the Arts re-located to its Victorian warehouse premises a few years later, the area’s status as a creative hub seems to be cemented.
Crouch End is a hub for independent shopping and cafe life with a plethora of vintage and second hand boutiques and quiet residential streets lined with period property. No wonder it’s so popular with artists and their children.
Once home to grazing elephants, Hampstead Garden Suburb is nowadays one of London’s most exclusive areas full of green spaces and Arts & Crafts architecture.
Come for the commute, stay for the culture. The area between Euston Station and Mornington Crescent harbours hidden delights, with museums, musical instruments and even a magical HQ.