There is no doubt that London ranks as one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world. With a multi-cultural population, it is a colourful city of many different faces and one that is targeted as the place to be by young professionals. As one of the most commercially important cities in the world, London is a central hub for commerce and industry, and the focal point of the transport infrastructure in the UK.
Whether you’re looking for a bright and lively inner-city spot in which to live or a calmer, suburban type of atmosphere, North London is the area to look at, and there are many established and up and coming places offering a wealth of attractions. We have looked at some of the best places to live in North London.
With its famous markets and canal-side walks, Camden has to feature on a list of places to live anywhere, not merely in London. Known also for a wide variety of places to eat, drink and basically hang out, Camden is a thriving yet relaxed area with a mixture of trendy apartments joining traditional larger townhouses. The area is well known for its alternative and artsy scene, which makes it a must for anyone looking to become inspired by the vastly diverse culture and activities available. Places like Camden Market are known for becoming swarmed with tourists on busy weekends and this is why it is perhaps best enjoyed going at your own pace on quiet weekdays – something its residents can enjoy on a daily basis!
If you want to walk into the city you can be at King’s Cross in 20 minutes, and the local tube stations on the Northern Line can have you to Euston in 5 minutes. Trendy, established and convenient, prices are on the rise in Camden so the time to buy is now.
Located on a hill overlooking the city, Highgate is a quiet and beautiful place to live. With its gloriously beautiful red brick houses and stunning new-build properties, there is a choice for all budgets here, and a high street lined with family-owned smaller businesses is a treat. A little further out than some of the locations on the list, you can still be in Leicester Square in 15 minutes by tube. This is an area largely unchanged in recent years, surrounded by green spaces and a joy to live in – and don’t overlook the choice of traditional pubs.
Nature-lovers can also get their fix, with a variety of the best natural attractions in North London right on their doorstep! There are 900 acres of gorgeous parkland to be explored on Hampstead Heath, beautiful meadows and lakes in Kenwood Park and two golf courses where you can spend the day working on your handicap.
If a North London region epitomises ‘up and coming’ it’s Archway. Perfectly located for professionals commuting to The City, Archway has undergone plenty of regeneration in recent years and features a new square in which events are held through the year, plus a wide choice of international cuisine at some highly regarded establishments. Archway is perfect for single professionals and young families, with the average age of its residents being around 33 years. If you’re looking to quickly make some friends then there is no better place to look and with a large portion of its residents being Irish – known for their welcoming treatment of newcomers – you will feel right at home in no time!
The Northern Line takes you to King’s Cross in just under 10 minutes and there’s a real community spirit here. Archway is prone to fast-rising property prices as it becomes less of a hidden gem, so check it out now.
Finchley has long been considered one of London’s most desirable locations for those looking to settle down in a beautiful, quaint residential area. With Cherry Tree and Victoria Park within walking distance, there is plenty to do for those looking to avoid the more socially vibrant places such as Camden. Couple that with the countless amazing places to eat and you have one of the best choices for those looking to move to North London. Shopaholics will absolutely love the opportunities offered here and will be spoilt for choice when deciding between the local shops situated along Bollards lane and the High Road or the Brent Cross shopping centre just a mile down the road. With a variety of great education options, including 17 primary schools and 6 secondary schools, families looking to settle down in a place where their children can excel should consider Finchley as one of their top choices.
Famous for a thriving social scene in the many eateries and bars, as well as a choice of trendy apartments, Finsbury Park is an address that is considered elite. The park itself is a joy for walkers, runners or those with dogs and hosts music and arts events throughout the year. The Piccadilly and Victoria lines take you into central London in around 10 minutes, yet Finsbury Park remains a quiet, relaxed yet also engaging place to live.
Quiet, leafy and established, Swiss Cottage is a place where people come to live temporarily then find it is nigh-on perfect for working in London. A choice of traditional townhouses and very swish apartments cater for all budgets while the peaceful nature and old-world charm of the region, plus the presence of Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill nearby, make it ideal for the outdoors type too. The tube takes you to Bond Street in 15 minutes. Properties are in demand in Swiss Cottage so don’t hesitate to arrange a viewing if one comes up.
For a village atmosphere and friendly vibe just 5 miles from central London, it’s hard to match Crouch End. This is an area that has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years and is now one of the leading art centres in North London. Crouch End is surrounded with green spaces so is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, and the choice of property makes it a popular place for first time London buyers. If there’s one downside to Crouch End it’s the lack of an underground station, but commuters can use the overground railway or convenient bus services to get into the city.
Perhaps the quietest of all North London locations is Muswell Hill, a place replete with historic architecture, grand old houses, and a wealth of property perfect for those who want a get-away from the high-pressure life in the city. Undeniably beautiful, Muswell Hill attracts a type who wants access to leafy, quiet streets, unique boutiques and the arts centre of Alexandra Palace. The adjacent park is a popular place for walking and has a popular farmers market and while a tube station is absent, there are plenty of regular bus routes for commuters.
The enduring allure of Hampstead Heath, one of the most spectacular green spaces in London, is a major attraction for those choosing to live in Hampstead. But it’s not the only one, for this is a place where you can find trendy and popular independent bookshops and cafes, plus a wide choice of well-supported truly traditional local pubs and bars. Hampstead is very much a place to hang out, which makes property here very popular and constantly in-demand. Commuting to central London is simple with Euston just 15 minutes away but be aware, once you visit Hampstead you’ll be hooked – it is that sort of place.
Which North London area would you like to live in?
That’s nine of the best places to live in North London for you, and we’re sure you’ll agree we’ve given you a good choice of lively, buzzing locations or quitter, village-like places, so there’s something for everyone here. These are all places that are in demand where property is concerned, so start looking right now and find that perfect North London home.
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