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.
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.
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.
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.
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.