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Swiss Cottage: Sports, theatre and Modernist architectural flair in NW3

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

Highgate: the history and culture of a city with the community spirit of a village

Happy Highgate residents are rightly pleased with abundance of independent shops, excellent schools and thriving community found around such neighbourhood hubs as Waterlow Park

Kenwood: green spaces and luxury homes abound around north London’s premier stately home

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.

Maida Vale: a tranquil and verdant haven close to the bustling heart of London

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.

Paddington: a transport hub with plenty to do and lots of property options

Popular with graduates and young professionals, Paddington is often unfairly overlooked but offers quality accommodation and enviable transport links

Marylebone: full of celebrity haunts with a fashionable high street

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: Upmarket international neighbourhood with a Continental feel

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.

Golders Green: Comfortable suburban living with a thriving Jewish community

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

King’s Cross: a hub for tech, creatives, transport and swanky new homes

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: safe, sociable and stuffed with independent shops

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.

Hampstead Garden Suburb: Expensive, exclusive and alive with the sound of music

One of London’s most exclusive areas is full of green spaces, Arts & Crafts architecture and musical interludes

Belsize Park: a fashionable postcode and excellent educational opportunities

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.

Stroud Green: A trendy high street surrounded by flats and family homes

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.

West Hampstead: a slice of European cafe living with great transport links

Fiercely loyal residents of NW6 love this residential area for its independent shops and restaurants, as well as its impressive transport links

Primrose Hill: An elite bohemian village with fabulous views

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.

Muswell Hill: table-topping schools attract families to this thriving community

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

Childs Hill: Time to buy in this well-located area on the up

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.

Gospel Oak: Down-to-earth Heath-side living

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.

Queen’s Park: Victorian workers’ cottages entice families

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.

Hornsey: Thriving independent scene and popular 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.

Little Venice: A unique waterside location with high-end independent shops and cafe culture

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.

Camden Town: Look beyond the markets for hidden gems

Students, tourists and music fans flock to Camden Town for its rental property, markets and alternative heritage.

Alexandra Palace: Views, a park and a growing cluster of independent shops

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.

Top 3 properties in Regent’s Park

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: Glossy stucco houses surround glorious formal gardens and sports facilities

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.

Swiss Cottage: Sport, culture and food to discover in this often overlooked area

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.

Highgate: A well-to-do village fiercely proud of its history and culture

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.

East Finchley: A comfortable suburb with a smattering of independent gems

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: A stately home at its heart, surrounded by leafy avenues lined with mansions

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

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