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Anyone looking to move to London, or even relocate within the capital, is going to be faced with an important decision. This disparate city, stretching to over 1,500 km², is especially varied—and the North, East, South and West all hold respective charms. The number of options can make deciding where to live in London trickier than you’d expect.

Any difficulty is compounded by the fact that this dynamic city is constantly changing. Certain areas are not what they once were, as social and economic factors combine to make sure that London’s sundry boroughs are always reinventing themselves. The monopoly board would look very different, had it been designed in 2018.

So here’s a guide to give you an indication of which areas are worth moving to this year, and why. For those looking for advice on moving in London, check out our London removals guide.

 

Contents

Living in North London
Living in East London
Living in South London
Living in West London
Best places to live in London
Graduates
Young professionals
Young families

Moving To London 2018

Living in North London

North London is known for its village culture. This quaint, intimate, almost countryside feel is particularly associated with areas like Hampstead and Highgate, both of which border Hampstead Heath, a large, ancient park spanning an impressive 320 hectares. Primrose Hill, which includes a section of Regent’s Park, also shares in this vibe. Despite being considerably closer to the hustle and bustle of Dalston than the aforementioned heath, Stoke Newington is similarly dotted with cosy pubs, little cafes and chic, independent clothes shops.

But North London isn’t just good for afternoon tea. Camden, a hub of music, comedy, experimental style and late-night drinking, continually proves to be enduringly cool. The Camden of ‘Withnail and I’ certainly lingers, as tattoo parlours, the infamous market, and the fashionably-grubby Lock retain the flavour of the area’s well-documented past.

Area highlights from Nook

Nook is an independent lifestyle store in the heart of Stoke Newington, selling a wide range of products sourced from the UK, Europe and beyond. Nook is owned and run by Kate, Jack & Gemma.

Where do you eat?

Our favourite local places to go are the Turkish restaurants – 19 Numara Bos Cirrik, Testi and Devran. You can also get good pizza, decent curries and everything in between. Stoke Newington is not lacking in restaurants! There’s a little gem on Newington Green which serves creative Spanish food and is well worth a visit, Trangallan. And a little further from us, but always a treat is Primeur on Petherton Road.

What do you do?

We go to Clissold Park a lot, especially in summer, but also it’s great throughout the year to see the seasons changing. It has budgies, a herd of deer, lots of waterbirds and a nice cafe in the middle.

What do you buy?

Mainly food! Again, there’s a great selection of Turkish shops which sell a brilliant selection of Turkish food, and fresh vegetables, there’s also a good local butcher, MeatN16 and a great fish shop, Jaines. And for clothes – HUB has a men’s and women’s wear shop which has a lovely selection.

Where do you drink?

Our go-to pub is The Shakespeare, which is tucked away and full of locals – we’ve been going here for years. We also like The Prince which has an ever-changing selection of beers and ciders, and The Rose & Crown is a lovely pre-war pub with an open fire. And a more recent addition to the area, The Mildmay on Newington Green does a good Sunday roast.

You can find Nook at 153 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UH. You can contact them on 020 7249 9436 and tweet them here @nookshop_uk.

We have hundreds of customers moving to North London from the rest of the UK each day!

This booking was far from grizzly! This handsome item was owned by a gentleman who had previously lived in Wyoming, USA and needed something to remind him of home back when he moved to Southgate, North London.

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Living in East London

The rise of East London has become one of the capital’s most controversial developments. Areas like Shoreditch and Dalston, once known for being rough (so much so that certain cab drivers would refuse to go there) are now known as ‘hipster’ havens. These trendy, young and often wealthy residents have transformed the reputation of East London, which has now become famous for its edgy bars, it’s pop-up eateries and its general embracement of the counterculture.

The East became known as the ‘Tech City’, as many innovative startups set their sights on what was once an up-and-coming end of London. Now that the East’s ascent is no longer in its early stages, property buyers and businesses are being priced out of some of the area’s most desirable locations.

But, luckily, certain parts of the East are still within reach and well worth considering if you’re thinking about where to live in London. Walthamstow, conveniently situated on the end of the Victoria line is great for independent restaurants and gastropubs. Bow, thought of as the heart of the East End, is home to the lovely, leafy Victoria Park, and lacks the heavily price-tag of its more well-known neighbours: the historically famed White Chapel and the increasingly up-market Bethnal Green.

Area highlights from The Stow Brothers

These Walthamstow highlights are brought to you by the Stow Brothers, a proudly independent, community-focused estate and lettings agent in East London run by local brothers Andrew and Kenny.

Where do you eat?

You’re truly spoilt for choice but we have a particular brotherly love for vegetarian bistro Buhler and co, especially if you’re looking for a light and tasty lunch.

If you fancy something unpretentious yet high-end, head to Eat 17 on Orford Road in the Village. It’s been serving delicious ethically sourced British food since 2007, and don’t forget to pop next door to its affiliated ‘poshest Spar in the world’ afterwards!

You’re also in pizza heaven here with Sodo, Yard Sale, Marilucia, and the Italian bakery at le Delice is Italian bread heaven.

What do you do?

Head to Lloyd Park; you have the wonderful William Morris Gallery right at the entrance which is great for a mooch around its exhibitions for art and textile inspiration.

If you’re lucky, you’ll catch one of the Lloyd Park fetes and festivals that are put on throughout the year. A particular favourite is the Walthamstow Garden Party weekender every July; there’s food, music, theatre, circus and dance and it’s something we’ve been involved in from the start, a real highlight of the E17 calendar.

Where do you shop?

If you’re looking for something truly unique, Wood St Market is a total hidden gem; weave your way through its corridors and discover retro toys, curiosities, vintage clothing, records, and, best of all, the brilliant Homies on Donkeys – the market’s own resident taqueria and the best tacos you’ve ever tasted!

Where do you drink?

Fancy hanging out in an industrial estate? Ravenswood will change your mind! Home to the Wildcard and Pillars Brewery and Mothers Ruin, you’ve got all your beer and gin needs covered at their taprooms and bars.

It’s a really cool and fun place to hang out, especially in the warmer months. This is all next door to the famous God’s Own Junkyard, an unmissable neon wonderland with signs, movie props (see tardis!) and circus memorabilia – a feast for the eyes.

You can meet the Stow Brothers at either of their two offices, 236 Hoe Street, E17 3AY in Walthamstow and 117A High St, Wanstead, E11 2RL in Wanstead. If you’re interested in the Walthamstow branch, you can give them a call on 0203 397 9797, see their Twitter at @stowbrothers or Instagram at @stowbrothers. For Wanstead, you can call 0203 397 2222 and view their Twitter here @stowbrothersE11.

We have seen many weird and wonderful items moving within East London, including a Tardis, a dragon and more! But we treat every item we carry with care.

It is important to know whether your furniture will fit through your doors and hallways. Our transport partners had to remove the legs on this sofa they removed from a property in Stratford, East London.

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Living in South London

But, North London’s Camden is starting to get a run for its money, as the South puts up a number of solid contenders for ‘London’s Coolest Locations’. Brixton captured Britain’s attention with its great music venues, innovative food-scene and eclectic mix of residents. But, now that the area has been attracting more and more wealthy residents, it’s become subject to the ‘Shoreditch effect’. Brixton has actually exceeded the growth of its East London counterpart, with 2016 data from Zoopla revealing that property here had risen by 76% since 2006. Shoreditch saw only a 62% increase.

Places like Croydon have become the South’s more affordable options. Amongst areas like Richmond, Twickenham and Clapham—enduringly upmarket and enjoyably smart—Croydon might look rather modest. But, as the trend-setters look-out for their next London haunt, some of the South’s more humble locations are ripe for reinvention.

Area highlights from Rachel Benedict, gin blogger and editor at Balham Daily Prss

Rachel is a South London born and bred blogger @ginandbrew and editor of online community platform Balham Daily Prss feeding back new openings, community news and reviews to Balham.

Where do you eat?

There’s lots of food to be had in South London and definitely something for everyone. If you want a curry, you need to be in Tooting. Try the Mirch Masala (BYOB) or Dawat (be warned – no alcohol in here). While you’re in the area you should visit Broadway Market which is one of South London’s oldest markets, established in 1932 – they’ve got lots to offer from tacos and tequila to seafood, tapas, sushi and more.

Head to Brixton POP for some al fresco dining options or Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant and Castle for a market-feel. Need a brunch? Join the queue for MILK in Balham. The queue speaks for itself – just make sure you get there before 10am. There’s also a great Portuguese restaurant on South Lambeth Road, the imaginatively named Portugal Restaurant.

What do you do?

Take in the open spaces! South London is blessed with green space – there’s Clapham Common (keep your eyes peeled for local festivals and concerts), Streatham Common (be sure to visit the Rookery at the top of the common – it’s a hidden gem), Battersea Park (we love to hire row boats and pretend we’re posh), Richmond Park for watching deer and Crystal Palace Park for dinosaur spotting! Also check out the graffiti walls in the arches by House of Vans, Waterloo.

Where do you shop?

I love the unique crafts from Crafty Fox Markets, delicious food from Borough Market or Southbank Centre Food Market at the weekend before a walk along the river.

I also love leafing through the vintage wares in Radio Days on Lower Marsh Street, Waterloo (and if you’re there you should pop into Vaulty Towers to drink in a treehouse).

Where do you drink?

Gin! Visit Peckham’s Little Bird gin at Maltby Street Market (SE1) or Graveney Gin at Tooting market (SW17) – and if you book in advance then head to Hayman’s Gin distillery in Balham (SW12) for a full tasting and tour.

South London has some great local beers too and you can visit the tap rooms for a no-frills beer experience – fave local picks are By The Horns (Summerstown) and Belleville Brewery (Wandsworth Common).

You can usually find me in the Balham Bowls Club (yes it used to be a working bowls club) or if there’s a beer festival on at Le Gothique (The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building hidden in a Wandsworth housing estate opposite Wandsworth prison!) I’ll be there, glass in hand…

You can reach Rachel on Instagram @tattybenedict or on 07807 722 516 and you can visit her website www.balhamdailyprss.co.uk for all things Balham-related.

Many of our Magic Van charity moves are completed in and around South London!

We have been working with mental health charity SANE for almost a year, regularly taking their signature black dog statues to new locations to help raise awareness and stop the stigma around mental health issues.

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Living in West London

West London is often associated with the well-to-do. British television and cinematography pay tribute to some of its most luxurious locations, as programmes like ‘Made in Chelsea’ and films like ‘Notting Hill’ establish some of the West’s most prestigious locations as archetypally ‘London’.

West London’s eminence is reflected in its high property prices. Kensington, home to an actual palace, is known for its affluence, and locations which were once more affordable, such as Fulham, are now favoured by well-off 20-somethings who enjoy the area’s vibrant nightlife, good amenities and large, green spaces. But, fortunately, cheaper areas like Ealing also enjoy touches of nature and have a strong, emerging art scene. Shepherd’s Bush is also a popular, more affordable, West London hot-spot, offering good transport links and great shopping opportunities.

Area highlights from Landmark

Landmark is the leading provider of premium workspaces in prime city centre locations across London and the UK. With nine buildings in West London, including prestigious addresses in Mayfair, Marylebone and Victoria, the company has excellent insight into the region. Calling on their own experiences and the local favourites of their clientele, Landmark discusses their favourite haunts and guide you around West London.

Where do you eat?

The Ledbury in Notting Hill is a firm favourite at Landmark. Serving up a breadth of European cuisine, some of the menu’s highlights include the Herdwick Lamb, the Grilled Cuttlefish, and the Dorset Sika Deer. The restaurant is one of the finest in the region with two Michelin stars and was recently included in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017.

For somewhere a bit kinder to your bank account, try Ochi in Shepherd’s Bush which specialises in Caribbean delicacies like jerk chicken, goat curry and dumplings. Orrery in Marylebone is popular, while our vegan and vegetarian team members regularly head to 222 Veggie Vegan in Fulham, run by internationally renowned chef Ben Asamani.

What do you do?

Some of the capital’s best-loved attractions are on our doorstep in West London, like the Natural History Museum in South Kensington and the nearby Science Museum. The glitz and glamour of the West End and its world-famous theatres are only a stone’s throw away too.

The Electric Cinema in Notting Hill is a must-visit. A movie theatre with a twist, filmgoers can tuck up in a luxurious bed with a glass of wine whilst they watch the latest flicks. The Kyoto Gardens in Kensington should be on that list too. Some of our sportier staff have been known to hold foot golf tournaments in Chiswick, where your feet replace golf clubs as you attempt to kick footballs into gigantic holes.

Where do you shop?

We’re spoilt for choice in West London. We’ve got the mammoth Westfield shopping centre in White City and Whiteleys in Bayswater catering for our high street needs, while Harrods and Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge offer something a little more upmarket.

Holland Park is home to a fantastic selection of quirky independent shops such as Jeroboams, London’s largest wine merchant, and Daunt Books, an original Edwardian bookshop. The designer boutiques of Chelsea and Sloane Square are always worth a browse too, even if your budget restricts you to window shopping at best.

Where do you drink?

In the summer months, our West London teams flock to The Churchill Arms on Kensington Church Street. A shrine to Winston Churchill, the pub’s exterior is notable for being submerged in flowers and its unique interior that pays homage to iconic eras of British history.

Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair is a good spot for after work cocktails, as is The Defectors Weld in Shepherd’s Bush and Purl in Marylebone. For those looking for something a bit more high-end, go to The Hollywood Arms in Chelsea. With its elegant interior and a deluxe drinks menu, the bar is popular with our West London clientele.

Some of our favourite bookings have been from our hometown of West London!

With this job in Hammersmith, West London, our customer had underestimated how many mugs and wine glasses she had picked up over the years! Thankfully, she had a patient and dedicated transport partner happy to help her with the wrapping and packing!

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Best places to live in London

Often, people choose a London location based on their circumstance. Here are some of the most desirable areas for:

Best for graduates

Young London dwellers are looking for a scene, but, at an affordable price. Likely tempted by East London’s Shoreditch and North London’s Camden, these renowned areas are usually beyond the budget of someone just out of university. Luckily, in 2018, the South offers some less expensive alternatives.

Deptford is a culturally vibrant, youthful and well-connected area. Its large student population keeps Deptford from becoming too expensive, and this young demographic also brings a lively atmosphere to the area. Graduates also should consider Brixton’s alternative, artistic sister, Camberwell. Full of basement bars and creative residents, this area is a great place to meet interesting contemporaries. Not having its own underground station, Camberwell was once a neglected pocket of London, but now the overground station at Denmark Hill has put this arty area firmly on the map.

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Best for young professionals

Partially due to its great transport links, Maida Vale is one of London’s most desirable locations. Its pleasant mansion blocks, pretty little streets and flowing canal make this area a particularly charming place to live. It continues to appeal to city professionals, who might be looking to buy at a higher price range.

Clapham Junction is also popular with professionals, and for good reason. Known for being well-connected transport-wise, this area may not be particularly edgy, but it is wonderfully social—bursting with bars and restaurants. Whilst the prices have risen steadily here over the past couple of years, they’ve not yet soared, and anyone launching their career should seriously consider investing in this friendly area.

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Best for young families

Those considering moving to London with a family will be highly concerned with an area’s safety. Richmond-upon-Thames is a popular yet pricey choice amongst parents, who are drawn to its low crime rates and good schools. Harrow, in North West London, also known for its educational establishments, is another area to consider. Harrow’s detached Edwardian houses and tall Victorian terraces make for perfect family homes, and its large plots and private roads a great for letting children play happily and safely.

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