Whether you're looking for a city location in the heart of London or a quiet suburban area close to great schools, I can help find the perfect home to settle into
London is made up of many suburbs or boroughs, each with their own distinct atmosphere, culture and sense of community. Deciding where to live depends on a multitude of factors including budget, lifestyle, school and commuting options. If you're not sure where you'd like to focus your home search, I can help narrow things down - have a look here at the different areas for insight into each unique neighbourhood in and around the capital, and beyond.
PRIME CENTRAL LONDON - the highest valued and most sought after properties in the world, in some of the grandest streets and finest squares.
Loosely defined as the boroughs in the very centre of the capital, Prime Central London includes the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, as well as parts of the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham and Camden. Within this relatively small geographic area, lie dozens of smaller locales, each with their own distinct character and ethos, giving London a global reputation as a cosmopolitan hotspot.
One of the most exclusive districts in the world, elegantly proportioned white stucco fronted townhouses form grand crescents and squares. Modern Belgravia still houses the royals, the rich and the famous but it’s also known for its bijou village community spirit and café culture.
Chelsea's polished, prime central hangout comes with one of the world’s most famous shopping streets and a mix of high-end homes that attract buyers from across the globe.
Surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens, Holland Park enjoys some of the world’s most prestigious properties, with close proximity to lively Notting Hill.
Traditional stucco terraces adapt to the modern euro-family apartment lifestyle in London’s world-renowned cultural heart.
A multicultural centre and internationally recognised address which attracts residents from all over the world. Families are drawn to the area due to the good local schools.
Boutiques, superb restaurants and smart apartments create a Continental feeling in this west-London village.
Despite being one of world’s most desirable and expensive places to live this central London hub still retains a charming village feel in the heart of the city.
The colourful, lively and eclectic neighbourhood of Notting Hill retains an air of culture amongst all the luxury. From Carnival to the antiques market to stucco homes, everything about this boho neighbourhood shouts 'London'.
Characterised by its fine white stucco terraces and squares, Pimlico offers homes in a convenient central London location with a strong community spirit.
Owing their existence to the vision of one man, John Nash, architect to the Prince Regent, Regent’s Park and the surrounding terraces and palatial villas are among the most expensive homes in the metropolis.
EAST CENTRAL LONDON - the historic heart of London
East Central London may be better known as the creative hub and corporate stronghold of the City, but it’s an appealing residential location too. This is the historic heart of London, and lays claim to some of the Capital's most exciting property.
Historic centre: Blackfriars • Mansion House • Monument • St Paul’s
The Square Mile is more than just a business district with 18 stations and over 8,000 residents living in the area... this is the historic heart of London, and is rich in tales of both disaster and success. In 1666 the Great Fire of London broke out on Pudding Lane near today’s Monument Tube station, named for the neighbouring column that commemorates the fire. The blaze destroyed much of the surrounding area, including St Paul’s Cathedral, which was then rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren and is now one of the Capital’s most iconic landmarks. Most locals here live in contemporary apartments overlooking the City, with riverside properties at a premium.
Creative hub: Barbican • Clerkenwell • Farringdon
With more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world, this area’s artistic hum is loudest in Clerkenwell, luring a trendy young crowd of professionals who thrive in this dynamic environment. At the weekend, residents make the most of the area’s bustling markets, restaurants and bars, while enjoying a quick commute to the heart of the City of London during the week. Catering to this demographic, property here is mostly made up of modern, high end flats and apartments, many of which boast stunning views over London’s skyline.
Property searches in East Central London
- Liverpool Street
- St Paul's
- The Square Mile
- Tower Hill
EAST LONDON - renewed by innovative development
From the iconic skyline of Canary Wharf to the parks and Victorian terraces of Hackney, East London's landscape tells a tale of rise and regeneration.
Riverside living: Canary Wharf • Shadwell • Wapping
Along the north bank of the Thames, stretching from historic Wapping to iconic Canary Wharf, this area offers unrivalled opportunities for riverside living. The history here is intrinsically maritime and much of the available property is in converted riverside warehouses. Boat moorings in St Katharine Docks and Limehouse Basin, as well as the marinas in and around Poplar, mean that London life on the water is still a possibility. This central location, with good transport links and excellent restaurants and amenities means new blocks of high end apartments and riverside developments are popping up throughout the area. With Crossrail set to arrive in 2018, the potential for further growth is expected.
Vibrant East End: Bethnal Green • Bow • Hoxton • Shoreditch • Whitechapel
A lively mix of immigrants, City professionals and artists gives the area vibrancy and diversity – and the community spirit for which the East End is famed for endures. Despite being badly damaged in the war, there are still plenty of Victorian terraces. Shoreditch represents the best of inner city living and its central location gives it an irresistible lure for those working in the City. Designer shops sell everything from speciality coffee to exquisite antiques and handmade shoes, while hip hotels and rooftop bars cram in around the increasingly upmarket galleries. Converted warehouses offering spacious lateral living and flexible live/work spaces are much sought after in this cool and very central part of London.
Revitalised urban enclaves: Clapton • Dalston • Hackney • Haggerston • Stratford
Of all East London’s neighbourhoods, nowhere has been injected with new life quite like the borough of Hackney. This thriving and multicultural area has undergone massive regeneration and continues to be one of the most highly sought areas for buyers and tenants. New apartments, period restorations, warehouse conversions and exciting new developments add to the revitalisation of this borough, rated the greenest in London. Although a community of committed locals has been hard at work for a decade or more, the 2012 Olympics was a major catalyst to the area, also positively affecting Stratford.
Property searches in East London
- Bethnal Green
- Canary Wharf
- London Fields
WEST CENTRAL LONDON - residential neighbourhoods bordering Theatreland
Already home to the Capital’s finest cultural and academic venues, West Central London has benefited from further regeneration and residential property development.
Cultural enclaves: Covent Garden • Charing Cross • Leicester Square • Soho
The West End - beating heart of London’s cultural scene - and with so many world class music and arts venues it’s also known as Theatreland. From the Royal Opera House to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the National Portrait Gallery to Somerset House, there’s enough within walking distance of the area’s stylish apartments and wow-factor warehouse conversions to keep residents entertained all year round. Soho is the centre of the country’s film production and post-production industries, with Covent Garden's world-famous restaurants right on the doorstep.
Academic quarter: Bloomsbury • Fitzrovia • Holborn
Some of London’s top universities are based in and around historic Bloomsbury. The strong student population has injected the area with a vitality enhanced by the abundance of cultural offerings in the area, such as the British Museum and the Wellcome Collection. Around Holborn, the historic legal quarter is transforming. The schools here were already great but now there are new homes, shops and more restaurants than ever to choose from.
Regenerated neighbourhoods: King’s Cross • St Pancras • Euston
This once shabby district is now one of the hottest property tickets in town - it took some seriously good design to turn this grim place around and there's plenty more to come. The area has gone from strength to strength since the opening of the St Pancras International terminus in 2007. The new campus of Central Saint Martins is already up and running, some excellent restaurants are on the scene and the new Google London headquarters will be built next year. With its reputation as London’s seediest location consigned to history, King’s Cross looks set to be London’s next top residential area, with nearby Euston feeling the beneficial effects too.
Property searches in West Central London
- Charing Cross
- City of Westminster
- Covent Garden
- Kings Cross
- St James
- St Pancras
WEST LONDON - neighbourhoods of charm and sophistication
Known for its charm and sophistication, West London is more diverse than perceptions would have you believe. Stretching from cultured Marylebone to suburban Acton, it is as varied and interesting as it comes.
Urban chic: Bond Street • Marylebone • Mayfair
This is quintessential central London. From the red buses that line up along Oxford Street and the high-end shops of Bond Street, to the unique boutiques, art galleries and multitude of bars, theatres and music venues, this area buzzes at a frenetic pace. Yet just a stone's throw away, Marylebone is a surprising pocket of calm - a true urban village complete with colourful local characters and a weekly farmers' market. Nearby Mayfair, one of world’s most desirable and expensive places to live, retains a charming village feel in the midst of the city, distinguished by stately period homes and stylish apartments. The proximity of Hyde Park and Regent’s Park maintains serenity, as the bustle of the city tends to fade into the distance when you’re boating on the Serpentine or horse riding through the 600 acres of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Vibrant culture: Bayswater • Brook Green • Hammersmith • Kensington • Holland Park • Maida Vale • Notting Hill
Life here is a perfect medley of bustling urban and old world vibes. Away from the busy shopping streets and tube stations, it’s not long before you stumble across quiet leafy streets, riverside walks and charming local parks, including Brook Green and Hammersmith Grove. Cultural opportunities abound and there’s something for everyone - open-air opera at Holland Park, Portobello market, the vintage shops of Westbourne Grove, Kensington’s Design Museum. Once families secure a property here, whether it be a mansion flat in Maida Vale or an Italianate terrace, they rarely let it go, and some say the stucco terraces of Bayswater and Little Venice with access to beautiful communal gardens are London’s best kept property secret.
Suburban paradise: Acton • Chiswick • Ealing
This corner of West London was home to the world’s first garden suburb, and its neighbourhoods haven’t strayed far from these charming roots. Here, you’ll find wide streets lined with picturesque detached homes winding around gorgeous green spaces and quaint village high streets. The area has retained excellent transport connections with central London - Ealing alone has four Tube stations and the arrival of Crossrail in 2018 will further speed up journey times. Acton, long considered the lesser neighbour of the grander Chiswick, is undergoing significant regeneration making it an ever more popular location.
Property searches in West London
- Barons Court
- Bedford Park
- Bond Street
- Brook Green
- Ladbroke Grove
- Little Venice
- Maida Vale
- Notting Hill
- Regent's Park
- Shepherd's Bush
- South Kensington
- West Ealing
- White City
NORTH LONDON - vibrant communities and appealing villages
Taking in the bustle of Islington, leafy Alexandra Palace and wonderful views of the city from Highgate Hill, North London includes some of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods and attracts a creative crowd.
Angel • Barnsbury • Canonbury • De Beauvoir Town • Highbury • Holloway • Islington • Stoke Newington
From the modern apartment buildings and busy shopping hub of Angel to the leafy Georgian squares that lie just a few blocks away, Islington’s diverse qualities attract residents from all walks of life. Recent years have seen its popularity boom with both buyers and tenants. London’s first farmers’ market was set up in Islington and good food abounds, from the trendy chains and independents along Upper Street to the unassuming yet excellent local restaurants spread across Stoke Newington, Finsbury Park and Holloway Road. Islington has maintained its neighbourhood character, and the established theatres and arts venues continue to showcase the best of British drama, dance and art. A thriving property market, with plenty of new builds as well as traditional period houses, lures a steady stream of house hunters to Islington.
Crouch End • Highgate • Muswell Hill
Clustered around Alexandra Palace, the charming enclaves of Crouch End, Highgate and Muswell Hill have undeniable family appeal and offer top notch amenities, good state and private schools and vibrant high streets. Commanding views over London, red brick Edwardian houses and a distinct local atmosphere characterise the feel of the area as a whole.
Property searches in North London
- Alexandra Palace
- Crouch End
- De Beauvoir Town
- Muswell Hill
- Stoke Newington
NORTH WEST LONDON – the epitome of cosmopolitan village living
Cultural landmarks, historic properties and impressive parks make life in North West London the epitome of cosmopolitan village living. Intellectuals and creatives have been flocking here for centuries.
Leafy village neighbourhoods:
Belsize Park • Hampstead • St John’s Wood • Primrose Hill • West Hampstead
With the landscaped gardens of Regent’s Park, views of central London from Primrose Hill, and the wilds, ponds and pools of Hampstead Heath, North West London boasts some of the Capital’s most loved parkland. Attractive local high streets and excellent schools appeal to families, professional couples and celebrities. St John’s Wood in particular has international appeal. This part of London with its leafy village neighbourhoods is a haven for anyone seeking to escape the city without actually leaving it.
Markets and music:
Camden Town • Kentish Town
Families, techies and hipsters rub along together in this arty North West London property hotspot famed for vibrant canal-side markets and a cool music scene. Independent shops, trendy restaurants, good community spirit and a 10-minute commute hold high appeal for many people.
Brondesbury • Golders Green • Kensal Green • Kilburn • Queens Park • Willesden
A strong local community has formed around this area, giving Kensal Rise and Kensal Green a youthful energy. This feeling extends to Brondesbury, Kilburn and Queens Park, where there's a strong community spirit, quirky one-off shops and a picturesque park drawing families in to this North West London hub.
Property searches in North West London
- Belsize Park
- Camden Town
- Kensal Green
- Kensal Rise
- Queens Park
- Swiss Cottage
SOUTH WEST LONDON AND SURREY – the charm of the Thames meets urban convenience
From the collection of lively neighbourhoods that centre around Clapham Junction station to peaceful waterside settlements up river, South West London is a patchwork of friendly communities and expansive green space.
Balham • Battersea • Brixton • Clapham • Earlsfield • Nine Elms • Streatham • Tooting • Wandsworth
This part of London ticks along at an upbeat pace, characterised by rows of attractive period homes interspersed with parks, commons and wide open spaces. A buzzing pub scene, independent coffee shops and pavement cafes overflowing with City professionals and young families completes the picture. Nine Elms, once a rundown industrial district, now represents London’s most important urban renewal programme and will transform the area into an ultra-modern destination offering the very latest in comfort, luxury and amenities.
Chelsea • Earls Court • Fulham • Knightsbridge • Parsons Green • South Kensington
Life on the north side of the river Thames oozes cosmopolitan city appeal. Thoughtfully and spaciously laid out, the property market includes everything from red brick houses built around private residential gardens, to white stucco-fronted homes, mansion blocks and contemporary riverside apartments. London’s famed museums are clustered around South Kensington, a short walk from the shopping experiences of Knightsbridge and Chelsea’s legendary King's Road. The bend of the river that includes West Brompton, Parsons Green and Fulham offers parkland, riverside pubs and exclusive health clubs.
River and parks:
Barnes • Kingston upon Thames • Putney • Richmond • Wimbledon
This part of South West London is a haven for families seeking an idyllic combination of town and country living. Spend a day in the area’s parks, horse riding, deer spotting or splashing on the river, and it's hard to believe that you’re in one of the busiest cities in the world. Top schools, theatres, lively high streets and fast transport links add to the area’s desirability. Kingston, a university town and major retail hub is about to get even bigger.
Property searches in South West London & Surrey
- Earls Court
- Esher, Surrey
- Kingston upon Thames
- Nine Elms
- Parsons Green
SOUTH EAST LONDON - cheerful, dependable and family friendly
South East London’s cityscape is steeped in history and dotted with green space. There’s perhaps no other region in London as diverse as this.
South of the river:
Bankside • Bermondsey • Borough • Canada Water • Greenwich • Kennington • Southwark
A maze of cobbled streets, wharves and warehouses runs along this popular stretch of the river from London Bridge to Rotherhithe, with some of the city's most recognisable landmarks in the mix - the Shard, Tower Bridge and Tate Modern. New flats at Tower Bridge, Bankside and Shad Thames offer walk-to-work convenience, while further east Canada Water and Surrey Quays have evolved from their industrial docking past to become sought after residential locations, following large-scale redevelopment and upgraded transport links. Greenwich, steeped in history and charm, is well served by buses, trains, tubes and riverboats making it a popular choice for professionals as well as visitors to the area. Kennington, packed with pretty Georgian squares, is just 15 minutes walk to the cultural heart of the South Bank.
Parks and terraces:
Blackheath • Crystal Palace • Dulwich • Forest Hill • Lee • Peckham
With one of the largest open spaces in the capital, great schools and a strong sense of community the village-y town of Blackheath is a hit with professionals and families searching for a more relaxed pace. Neighbouring towns, despite some similarities, each have their own unique quirks and identities. Peckham, with a thriving mix of art, music and food, has a reputation for being cool and edgy; Dulwich Village, exclusive and upmarket, has charm and old world atmosphere; leafy Forest Hill offers a quick commute to the City, affordable Victorian homes and good schools; Crystal Palace a buzzing town centre with independent cafes, shops and restaurants. South East London offers swathes of green open spaces, good value Victorian homes, top schools and lively high streets.
Property searches in South East London
- Canada Water
- Crystal Palace
- Forest Hill
- Shad Thames
COMMUTER HOT SPOTS IN THE HOME COUNTIES
With excellent schools, good-value homes and direct transport links to London, these top commuter towns combine the best of both worlds
Top schools, a direct commute and a picture-book pretty Old Town.
Take a bet on Ascot: a polished little Berkshire town, only 30 miles from London, with good schools and family homes.
The pretty county town of Buckinghamshire with Roald Dahl connections, has bags of history, grammar schools, good transport links - and soon, plenty of new homes.
The commuter town on the edge of the Chiltern Hills where medieval charm meets modern living.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Hertfordshire, Berkhamsted has a pretty high street, a picturesque canal and a good mix of family houses and town centre flats.
Brighton, East Sussex
Londoners are flocking to the vibrant south coast city they call London-on-Sea thanks to the buzzy metropolitan lifestyle and cheaper house prices.
Yummy mummies will love this glamorous village, with its wealth of brasseries, boutiques, Pilates studios, and Aveda spas.
Chichester, West Sussex
Chichester may be just beyond the reach of daily commuters from London but its good-value Victorian terraces and large family houses are attracting plenty of homebuyers.
The chalky slopes of Box Hill, a lively high street and breathtaking countryside make this serene corner of Surrey a hit with London commuters.
Open spaces and quick commutes - just 15 miles south west of the city. You get a lot more house for your money and it's less than an hour’s commute to London in this charming Surrey market town.
The pretty commuter town less than 25 minutes from London. Well, if it was good enough for Clive of India... no wonder commuters fall for this Surrey town's great homes and schools.
The pretty town of Farnham has plenty of period and Georgian homes attracting London and north Surrey commuters.
Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
This affluent town on the edge of the Chilterns has a low crime rate, great schools and a well-provisioned high street, making it a great choice for families.
A busy market town with top schools, the countryside on the doorstep and a quick commute into the bright lights of the city.
The area attracting couples and families with homes for all budgets. Clustered around 1,000 glorious green acres, the three communities of Hampton, Hampton Wick and Hampton Hill offer top schools and homes to suit every budget.
The Henley Royal Regatta may be the biggest event in this pretty Oxfordshire town's calendar but Henley-on-Thames' wide main shopping street, countless pubs, cafés and restaurants keep residents and visitors happy all year round.
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
As well as fast links to Marylebone station buyers move to High Wycombe for its good schools.
With Crossrail on the horizon, Maidenhead is about to experience a great transport revolution. The Thameside town in Berkshire has somewhat lost its identity over the years, but exciting new developments promise to spark a revival.
Top schools, a good mix of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as pretty surrounding countryside.
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
A great place for first time buyers to get on the ladder. Affordable housing and a thriving arts scene are giving much-maligned Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire the last laugh.
City centre lifestyle without the central London price tag. The small city of Oxford has a huge range of property - from affordable new homes to luxurious Victorian houses - and a one-hour commute to London.
Crossrail is on track to bring even more change to the Berkshire town of Reading, that sits 40 miles west of central London. Faster journey times will be a big benefit for residents from December 2019 and property prices look set to soar.
St Albans, Hertfordshire
A busy market town surrounded by attractive countryside. St Albans sits in the middle of Hertfordshire countryside and has houses and flats perfect for commuter families
The Chalfonts, Buckinghamshire
Chalfont & Latimer station is in Zone 8 but you can catch a mainline service to Marylebone in 35 minutes. All the Chalfonts are in easy reach of the Chilterns - each one has something different to offer. Little Chalfont has good shops while Chalfont St Peter offers great pubs and is close to Gerrards Cross. Chalfont St Giles has a chocolate-box village feel and Chalfont Heights has a private gated estate.
Thanks to its large Victorian and Edwardian houses, small cottages and new affordable homes, locals tend to stay in Tonbridge.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Less than an hour's commute from central London, with green spaces and good schools, it's easy to see why this Kentish spa town is a hit with families and day-trippers from the city.
Virginia Water, Surrey
Close to the International Schools and 45 minutes into Waterloo station. Quiet, sedate and leafy, with Windsor Great Park just around the corner for long walks.
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
This home county town has a good choice of affordable new-build flats and neo-Georgian houses less than 30-minutes commute to Kings Cross.
Several secret billionaires call a gated estate in Weybridge home, but the area also appeals to young professionals and families looking to up-size, and it's only 20 miles from central London.
The Thameside town with royal links and good-value homes. Royal connections, handsome homes and great schools are encouraging London's families to swap the capital for Windsor.
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