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

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