When 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’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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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

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