Here is your list of the best places to live in London north of the river:
Angel – This inner city North London spot has the great Upper Street which is full of restaurants, bars and shops, and you could easily walk into the city from here each day. Rents can be expensive – expect to rent a 2 bedroom flat for no less than £2000 per month, and for a double room you’ll probably pay around £650 upwards per month. But, if you love the urban lifestyle and walking London’s canals then Angel is for you.
Camden – Fancy yourself as a bit of a punk? Camden is well known for its punk scene, pubs and for being the hometown of Amy Winehouse. While Camden itself can be quite full-on, there are loads of places to rent in the nearby Chalk Farm which is a short walk to the posh Primrose Hill – these places are all so close so if you fancy the area go for a walk to check it out. A 2 bedroom flat starts at around £1700 per month, while a double room is approximately £600 per month.
Shoreditch – Uber cool Shoreditch is just a hop, skip and a jump from the square mile city of London, but couldn’t be more different. From Brick Lanes vintage stores and curry houses to Spitalfields market and the numerous bars and clubs in the area. A lot of creative types live here which means it’s now the place to be seen, and has in turn driven the prices up in recent times, so you probably won’t get a double room for under £650 a month or a 2 bedroom flat for under £1700.
Fulham – A south-west London gem – this is still known for being quite a posh area, although is still very popular with Antipodeans, most probably due to the recently closed ‘Slug and Lettuce’ pub on Fulham Broadway which was a very popular drinking hole at the weekends. Lots of shops and cafes, the one downside could be its transport links – while still on the tube line, it’s on the District line which can be unreliable at times. Bit, if this is not an issue, you can rent a 2 bedroom flat for £1500 or double room for £550 a month in a nice flat.
Hammersmith – A haven because of it’s great location and transport links to the city and Heathrow, Hammersmith has it all – you’re close to the river, shops and pubs. I’ve spent most of my time in London in Hammersmith and really loved the convenience as well as being so close to the Thames. And the best thing – rent is very reasonable. You could easily rent a double room for £500 per month or a 2 bedroom flat for £1250.
Belsize Park – Home to celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law this is kind of like a village within London – gorgeous boutiques and lots of cafes and quaint pubs to spend the day people watching in. Not far to Primrose Hill expect to pay more here, but that doesn’t mean bargains aren’t to be had! You could rent a 2 bedroom flat for £2000 or double room for £700.
Notting Hill – If you’re a fan of the movie you’ll probably be in search of the red door – but rumour has it it’s been painted blue now so it might take a while! Close to Portobello Rd and some magnificent buildings you can find varying rent prices here depending on the end you choose. A double room will set you back approximately £700 a month and a 2 bedroom flat around £2200.
Shepherds Bush – Once an ‘unsavoury’ suburb of London, this area has really come alive in the last couple of years due to regeneration projects the opening of the huge Westfield shopping centre – rents are still cheap and transport links are great on the central line, so it’s no wonder it’s popular with foreigners! If you love the expensive areas of Notting Hill or Holland Park but can’t afford the price tag then move here as you’ll be only short walk away. For a 2 bedroom flat budget £1500 per month and for a double room £550.
Marylebone – Located in zone 1 and bordering Regents Park and Baker Street, this certainly is inner city living. You can pretty much walk anywhere in central London from here, or jump on any of the nearby tube lines. There’s actually nothing not going for this area apart from the price, but if there’s a large group of you renting a house it can be more than reasonable at around £700 a month for a double room but for a 2 bedroom flat expect to pay at least £2650.
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