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Hampstead Garden Suburb: Quiet, exclusive and well-planned

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.

Crouch Hill: Independent cafes and shops and great outdoor facilities

This friendly, laidback area is well and truly on the up, with electrification of the railway the latest improvement to hit the area

West Hampstead: Upmarket urban living from transport to cafes

A beguiling mixture of transport hub and quiet residential district, the area also bustles with independent businesses that keep residents loyal and fiercely protective of the local feel of their neighbourhood

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: top schools and leafy streets attracting middle class families

Home to the Kinks front men Ray and Dave Davies, who named their 1971 album Muswell Hillbillies after their childhood haunt, Muswell Hill boasts some of London’s most sought-after schools, a thriving village community and plenty of green space

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: Cottages and community in the heart of Westminster

The Westminster portion of Queen’s Park is a small enclave of late Victorian housing and it’s still possible to pick up one of the ex-workers’ cottages for under £1million. Homeowners have been getting wise to this though, and the area has renovations galore with at least three building sites on every street as new residents move in

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

Lisson Grove: Art and antiques in this slice of old London

Once defined by slums and industry, the area around Lisson Grove represents some of the best value in Zone 1, with a lively market, antiques galore and a solid art scene

Regent’s Park: A cosmopolitan set living alongside a close-knit dog-walking community

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, and several celebrity newcomers, including recent arrival Damien Hirst, maintain this glossy image, while the Park’s use as a free public space with sporting and cultural facilities and its popularity with dog walkers helps keep the area’s feet on the ground.

Swiss Cottage: Municipal sport and new culture abound in a Modernist haven

Boasting Hampstead Theatre, a refurbished leisure centre, large library and regular farmers’ market, there’s plenty to do in Swiss Cottage.

Fortis Green: Family friendly suburb with large houses and independent shops

Often subsumed into Muswell Hill, Fortis Green is a parliamentary ward to the west of East Finchley

Stroud Green: Cafes, schools and hidden green spaces make this area a hit with families

Stroud Green is full of house sharers, families and a relatively high proportion of social tenants who enjoy the green spaces, sports facilities, friendly pubs and independent restaurants.

King’s Cross: Culture, cuisine and clubbing in a reformed red light zone

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 nearby a few years later, the area’s status as a creative hub seems to be cemented.

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