Friendly, foodie and with plenty of great facilities, Swiss Cottage has cultivated a community that’s fiercely protective when it comes to warding off encroaching developers
Happy Highgate residents are rightly pleased with abundance of independent shops, excellent schools and thriving community found around such neighbourhood hubs as Waterlow Park
Mansions preside over peaceful, leafy avenues and there are plenty of shops selling everything from luxury rugs to Russian deli products for the homesick billionaires who make their homes near Kenwood House.
The wide and leafy streets of Maida Vale attract young families who want a quiet life, but its independent pubs and businesses are under threat from rising rents.
Popular with graduates and young professionals, Paddington is often unfairly overlooked but offers quality accommodation and enviable transport links
Once a central London backwater and closely guarded secret by those in the know, Marylebone and it’s fashionable high street has recently become popular with billionaires and celebrities such as Tom Ford and Damien Hirst.
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.
A model of co-existence, Golders Green is a leafy suburb of quiet residential avenues with a diverse high street featuring a new crop of child-friendly Kosher eateries
The Cinderella-like transformation of King’s Cross from notorious red light district in the 1990s to established cultural capital would have seemed unlikely 20 years ago. But, with The Guardian and Google offices and the University of the Arts settled in the area, its status 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.
One of London’s most exclusive areas is full of green spaces, Arts & Crafts architecture and musical interludes
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