Best London Neighbourhoods for Families with Young Children

jelleke-vanooteghem-336956.jpgWhen you’re about to raise a family, the priorities of what you’re searching for in a neighbourhood changes drastically. Instead of looking for areas with the best pubs, you’re now looking for areas with the best parks. Safety suddenly becomes your number one concern; and you’re taking into consideration whether or not an area is close to supermarkets and convenience stores.

Here at Liveable, we’ve saved you the trouble of having to search up the best neighbourhoods that fit the aforementioned criteria. Taking into consideration the necessities, we’ve put together a list of neighbourhoods that you can consider starting a family at with a peace of mind.

Barnsbury

Barnsbury’s steep price comes with good reason. This fashionable neighbourhood is home to the best selections of restaurants and independent shops. Despite not having many parks in the area, the neighbourhood makes the most of its public squares, and areas like the Islington Green serve as a popular gathering spot for families to take a breezy stroll on the weekends.

As every parent to a newborn child knows, these little ones are particularly susceptible to waking up in the middle of the night to even the quietest of sounds. Hence, it’ll come to much relief of parents to know that Bransbury has earned the title of being the capital’s most tranquil road.

Rent:
2 Bedroom: £873/ week
3 bedroom: £950/ week
Rental Availability: Low

Clapham Common

Clapham Commons is a peaceful location amidst the hustle and bustle of London’s South West. With two playgrounds and a skatepark in the vicinity, there will be plenty of recreational facilities for your youngins to stretch their legs.

Further, Clapham Common is located near the very trendy Brixton, so you won’t be short of places to go for those special nights out, while the kids sit at home with the babysitter.

Rent:
2 Bedroom: £510/ week
3 bedroom: £560/ week
Rental Availability: Medium

South Camberwell

If you’d like your children to grow up surrounded by arts and culture, then look no further. This charming neighbourhood has a thriving arts and music scene, with lots of galleries and live music spots scattered around the area. It also has lots of quality shops for you to browse at your leisure.

The award-winning Ruskin Park is also a short walk from Denmark Hill station. The best part about this particular park is that it sits on a hill, meaning that you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the city’s skyline while your kids swing on the monkey bars.

Rent:
2 Bedroom: £369/ week
3 bedroom: £469/ week
Rental Availability: Medium

Brockley

If you’ve ever met someone who lives in Brockley, you’ll know. This neighbourhood is famous for being championed by its residents who won’t stop singing praises about the area; and with a good mix of attractive cafes, an exciting arts scene, all tied together by a quirky laid back vibe, its easy to see why.

The award-winning Brockley Markets are also held here every Saturday from 10am-2pm, and features lots of artisan and small producers. As such, prepare to have your grub made fresh from locally-sourced produce.

Rent:
2 Bedroom: £346/ week
3 bedroom: £449/ week
Rental Availability: High

Stroud Green

Stroud Green is a relatively hidden gem that possesses a real neighbourhood feel. Lined with gorgeous Victorian houses and a sprawling lush park, its the ideal location for children to grow up in. Further, this area takes pride in being incredibly diverse, with a mixture of people from all walks of life gathered here.

More importantly, there are many outstanding local primary schools in this area that regularly score well in the Ofsted reports. Hence, living here will give you the opportunity of getting your children a good education within walking distance of your home.

Rent:
2 Bedroom: £404/ week
3 bedroom: £540/ week
Rental Availability: Medium

Best London Neighbourhoods for Families with Young Children

London on a Student Budget – Survive and Thrive

London on a Student BudgetWith its vibrant, cosmopolitan way of life, coupled with its rich history and cultural diversity, London is, dare I say, one of the most lusted-after countries that students dream of studying abroad in. Furthermore, with more internationally-acclaimed universities than you can count on one hand, its no wonder that there are more international students flocking to London than any other city in the world.

However, whilst London is full of glitz and glamour, it may come to a nasty shock to some when they realise how quickly the cost of living can add up to if they are not careful. Hence, apart from checking out the Big Ben and other famous landmarks littered across the city, it is likely that students will also spend the first few weeks in London searching out ways to scrimp on cash.

Well, we’re here to make your life a little easier. Presenting, Liveable’s guide to surviving London on a student budget

Find the right accomodation IN LONDON

Looking for accomodation should be the first thing on your to-do list upon being accepted to a university in London. Seeing how leases generally require you to rent for six months to a year, it is vital that you have enough knowledge to make an informed decision.

This is where sites like Liveable come in handy. Liveable allows you to discover potential suburbs to live in based on what is important to you— whether it is by affordability, convenience or safety of the area.

A good tip for students on a budget would be to live outside central London. Not only will you be able to get accomodation at a cheaper price, but generally, your living space tends to be bigger too. With that said, for convenience sake, ensure that your accomodation is within walking distance to a tube station.

Get a Bicycle TO EXPLORE LONDON

If you’re keen on owning a set of wheels, consider getting a bicycle instead of a car. Not only will you avoid the pesky crowds during rush hour, but you will also avoid falling victim of the dreaded Freshman Fifteen by getting great exercise.

Cycling would also be a cheaper alternative to taking the tube, especially when travelling shorter distances. London’s bike sharing scheme— Santander Cycles is available 24/7 and can be hired from as little as £2. 

Plan for a night out

One of the most exciting aspects about living in London is undeniably its nightlife. As a student, the temptation to spend your week’s allowance on a night out, downing shots and sweating it out on the dance floor can be overwhelming.

However, you can save a substantial amount of money by starting your night having pre-drinks with some friends, before hitting the town. After all, what’s the difference with a pint of beer from a supermarket and a pub, aside from saving a good few pounds?

Eat Smart

Although you may be used to having Vegemite with your toast every morning, don’t get caught up with brands that you are familiar with. When it comes to grocery shopping, imported goods tends to be pricier than local products; and choosing Tesco’s digestive biscuits as a cheaper alternative can be just as satisfying as a packet of Poptarts.

When it comes to eating out, keep your eyes peeled for restaurants that have decent lunch specials and of course, happy hour. Also, investing in something like a Gourmet Society Membership will allow you to save heaps of money on participating restaurants that range from local family favourites to Michelin-starred restaurants.

Want to travel Out of London?

We all deserve to treat ourselves a little every now and then, and what better way than to explore the rest of Europe? Now, you may think that travelling seems counterintuitive, especially in a guide teaching you how to live affordably. However, there are multiple ways to get across the country for close to nothing.

Coaches are your best bet, with services such as Megabus offering bus tickets from one city to another for as little as £1. However, for those with a little less time and patience to spare, look out for sales and special offers for flights on sites like Ryanair and Easyjet.  A nifty trick is to always search for flights in incognito or private browsing mode in order to see the lowest prices.

London on a Student Budget – Survive and Thrive

Best Neighbourhoods to Live Outside Central London

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Looking for a place to reside in London? Don’t limit your options to central London; be adventurous. After all, not only are London’s outer suburbs more affordable in terms of accommodation, they are also alive and buzzing with lots of creative energy and up and coming hotspots.

With each suburb encompassing its own charm and unique personality, we used Liveable to churn out the 5 best neighbourhoods to live outside central London based on its liveability— its attractions nearby, convenience and safety.

Here are the results:

  1. Clerkenwell

    Also known as London’s ‘Little Italy’, this quaint suburb is home to more than 2000 Italian settlers. This means that without a doubt, you’d be able to get your pick of a few of the best Italian restaurants in London.

    Furthermore, there are multiple art galleries and museums in the area to keep you occupied on the weekends!

    – 1 bedroom rent: £450/week
    – Closest Transit Stop(s): Farringdon, Angel Station, Chancery Lane Station, Barbican Station

  2. Hoxton West

    Hoxton is a hip and happening suburb, jam-packed with lots of culture and art. From art galleries to live music venues, there is always something exciting happening in the area. This makes a popular suburb for many young professionals who enjoy being involved in the arts scene in London.

    Hoxton is also a quick 10 minute tube ride to the heart of London.

    – 1 bedroom rent: £475/week
    – Closest Transit Stop(s): Old Street

  3. Weavers

    Located just outside the ultra trendy Hoxton area, Weavers is the perfect neighbourhood for those who enjoy the hustle and bustle at an arm’s length; and much prefer coming home to a quieter neighbourhood at the end of a long day.

    With lots of influence from South East Asian community, Weavers is certain to be a vibrant melting pot of cultures.

    – 1 bedroom rent: £326/week
    – Closest Transit Stop(s): Bethnal Green, Shoreditch High Street

  4. Canonbury

    This residential district, located in the North of London, is well known for their regency architecture; but don’t let the early-Victorian vibe of this neighbourhood fool you. With heaps of bars in the area that create a cozy and fun atmosphere, this neighbourhood is anything but a snooze town.

    It also conveniently has a high number of supermarkets in the area.

    – 1 bedroom rent: £375/week
    – Closest Transit Stop(s): Essex Road, Highbury & Islington

  5. Cathedrals

    Unlike the aforementioned neighbourhoods that attract a younger crowd due to its trendy attractions, this area is quite the opposite. As a popular spot for people to settle down in, the suburb is predominantly made up of a middle-aged demographic.

    This is because with its ideal location and good transport links, the best thing about this neighbourhood is how convenient it is.

    It also boasts a large number of major supermarkets in the area, as well as multiple restaurants and cafes for you to nip out for a bite if you fancy.

    – 1 bedroom rent: £365/week
    – Closest Transit Stop(s): Southwark Station, Borough Station, London Waterloo East, Elephant & Castle Station, Waterloo Station, London Bridge Station

Best Neighbourhoods to Live Outside Central London

Affordable Areas in London

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London has long been notorious for being the one of the priciest cities in the world to live in. Ranked 11th in terms of rental affordability, the monthly rental needed for a single person to comfortably live in London amounts to approximately £963.69.

This sum may seem like a small fortune, especially for a young working professional. But does it always have to be this expensive? After all, London is a huge city filled with endless possibilities.

Using Liveable, we’re here to help you narrow down your search and send you on your way to find the perfect home. With the price being the primary determining factor, followed by safety and convenience as less important considerations, here are our results:

  1. Kentish Town

    – £190/week for a 1 Bedroom
    – 18 minutes to central London
    – Medium levels of crime in the area

    Rent Availability: Medium
    Closest Transit Stop(s): Kentish Town, Tufnell Park

  2. Stroud Green

    £208/week for a 1 Bedroom
    – Fair amount of supermarkets nearby
    – Low crime

    Rent Availability: Medium
    Closest Transit Stop(s): Harringay

  3. Haverstock

    £205/week for a 1 Bedroom
    – Fair amount of supermarkets in the area
    – Medium level of crime

    Rent Availability: Medium
    Closest Transit Stop(s): Chalkfarm Station, Belsize Park Station, Kentish Town

  4. Cathedrals

    £365/week for a 1 Bedroom
    – 16 minutes to central London
    – High number of supermarkets in the area

    Rent Availability: High
    Closest Transit Stop(s): Southwark Station, Borough Station, London Waterloo East, Elephant & Castle Station, Waterloo Station, London Bridge Station

  5. Holloway

    £265/week for a 1 Bedroom
    – 14 minutes to central London
    – Medium level of crime

    Rent Availability: High
    Closest Transit Stop(s): Caledonian Road Station, Holloway Road, Drayton Park

 

Affordable Areas in London

Top neighbourhoods in London on an average salary

Where are the top neighbourhoods to live for someone on an average salary in London?

We delved into what the average salary is (£34,565) and the average % of salary that goes into rent (72%) – yes, it is that high (and ridiculous, if you ask us) !

We then took those numbers, plugged them into Liveable taking into account a couple of assumptions:

  • Affordability is Very Important with a maximum rent of £500, looking at shared accommodation and 1 bedroom places.
  • Commute is Very Important and we are commuting to Bank with a time no more than 30 mins.
  • Going Out, Convenience and Safety are all Important to us.

The top 10 neighbourhoods were (with median 1 bedroom rent per week):

  1. St Dunstan’s (£190/wk)
  2. King’s Cross (£294/wk)
  3. Spitalfields & Banglatown (£325/wk)
  4. Bunhill (£515/wk)
  5. Haverstock (£180/wk)
  6. St Peter’s (£283/wk)
  7. Prince’s (£185/wk)
  8. Weavers (£340/wk)
  9. Holborn and Covent Garden (£505/wk)
  10. Barnsbury (£387/wk)

The good news is in the top 3 neighbourhoods, median weekly rents are well below 72% of the average salary earned in London, which means that they are still some “bargains” to be had.

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Top neighbourhoods in London on an average salary

Top neighbourhoods in London on an average salary

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New to a city and not sure where to live? Where are the cafes, bars and what’s affordable? Or maybe you’ve lived in the same area your whole life and you’re now itching to explore other neighbourhoods in your city?

These are questions Liveable aims to answer. However, we understand that different people have different priorities when finding that gem of a neighbourhood, so we’re giving that power back to you – we want to give you the best tool to help you find your ideal neighbourhood.

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