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The best places to live in London

On the move in London? From Tottenham to Tooting, locals tell all about what it’s like to live in their neighbourhood

Colourful houses on a Notting Hill street.
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Whether you’re renting, buying or researching where to put down roots, these handy guides on the best places to live in London should help inform those big life decisions. From established neighbourhoods to up-and-coming areas and even first-time buyer hot spots on the fringes, have a skim through our guides put together by locals from each ’hood and discover a part of London that may soon come to be known as home.

Living in London: area guides

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Wood Green

It’s more gradual regeneration than burst of gentrification in Wood Green. Cheap rents and house prices mean there’s a brilliant mix of generations and cultures rubbing shoulders. They have a lot to enjoy in their downtime – from a craft beer brewery in an industrial yard to a café on a parked-up double-decker bus. Cheap cinema and takeaway options abound, and you’re never too far from a lovely stroll with Ally Pally on the doorstep.



There’s more to N17 than its football team, and it’s well worth considering putting down roots here, whatever your loyalties. Roller Nation (a skating rink with a roll-in diner), top taprooms (Beavertown, Pressure Drop, Brewheadz) and Grow community garden all call the area home, while the nearby fresh-air filled spaces of Tottenham Marshes, River Lea country park and Walthamstow Wetlands give Tottenham it’s green credentials too.

Tooting Bec Common (DO NOT REUSE)
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The south London hub has gone through a wave of regeneration over recent years, but that doesn’t mean it’s all soulless chain restaurants and coffee shops. The area’s long-standing Sri Lankan community contributes a vibrant edge, and living in the area means you have both Tooting Market and Broadway Market on the doorstep. 

A street of colourful houses in Lower Sydenham
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Lower Sydenham

Whisper it, but Lower Sydenham might just be the next place to blow up a la Hackney Wick. SE26 (yep, postcodes do go up that high) is on a number of creatives' radars thanks to cheap industrial units and a thriving artist community courtesy of Sydenham Arts. Throw in some great pubs and green spaces and the deepest depths of south London certainly start to look very attractive for first-time buyers and beyond.

Ladywell Bakery Old Sign (DO NOT REUSE)
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This south east London spot is on the up. Long known as a nice place you’d pass through, Ladywell Village is becoming a destination in its own right. There’s a swanky cinema on the horizon and in the meantime, there’s plenty to see and do, from enjoying the grassy expanse that is Ladywell Fields to chowing down on expertly scorched sourdough pizzas from Mamma Dough.

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