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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Discover the close community of Swiss Cottage

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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Pond Square

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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Eric Aumonier's Archer statue at East Finchley tube station

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

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Flamme by Eugene Dodeigne in the grounds of Kenwood House

Kenwood and its surrounding area is bursting with history, shopping opportunities on Aylmer Parade, and plenty of provisions for young children says Lucy Daltroff.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Lauderdale Road

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

Friday, April 22, 2016
Paddington Bear statue in Norfolk Square

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.

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Harley Street

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.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Kelly Street, NW5

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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016
The Holly Bush

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.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Boston Arms

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.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
St John's Wood High Street

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.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Whitehall Park

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.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
King's Cross station forecourt

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.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Ivy Gardens

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.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Waterlow Court

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.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Mornington Crescent

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.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Old Dairy

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

Thursday, January 21, 2016
West End Lane

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

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Chalcot Square

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

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Muswell Hill's leafy residential streets are popular with 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

Thursday, December 10, 2015
View from Childs Hill

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

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Oak Village

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

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Houses on the Queen's Park Estate

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

Thursday, November 12, 2015
St Mary's Church, Hornsey

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

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Camden Lock

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

Thursday, October 29, 2015
The canal from Blomfield Road, W9

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

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Seashell of Lisson Grove

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

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Alexandra Palace

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

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Gloucester Gate

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.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Swiss Cottage Library

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

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Fortis Green, Haringey

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

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Stroud Green, Haringey

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.

Area Guide Of The Week

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Pond Square

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.

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