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DESIGN SCENE LIVING: Finding the Right Area to Live in London

With so many areas to choose from, figuring out where’s right for you in London can be a bit of a minefield!

Whether you’re looking for the coolest, most family-friendly or most beautiful area the capital has to offer there’s a place for you to call home, so here’s a guide to help you find the right area in London for you.

Cool in Dalston

The problem with describing any area as ‘cool’ is that the very essence of cool is in the unknown, the underground and the up-and-coming. For the purists of London Cool, this therefore means that as soon as you acknowledge an area as cool, it stops being so almost immediately. That being said, if you’re looking for a more measurable essence of cool Dalston is the place to be. It’s one of the most energetic and interesting areas London has to offer, as it’s particularly popular with young professionals. There are great bars and clubs, as well as plenty of independent shops and coffee houses, as well as the local Ridley Road market – so there really is something for everyone. There’s also a really diverse range of property types, more so than many other ‘cool’ areas of the city. You’ll find Victorian terrace houses, ex-council estates, and new modern high-rises – so you’re sure to find the right property to call your home. Transport links into the very heart of London are exceptional considering there’s no underground station, as there are multiple overground stations servicing the area. Rents start at around £1200 per month, up to around £4000 per month.

Family-Friendly in Twickenham

When most people think of Twickenham, they think of the rugby stadium – but it’s so much more! Twickenham occupies a large bend in the River Thames opposite the Old Deer Park, Richmond and Ham, with riverside walks from Richmond Bridge to Strawberry Hill – which has recently undergone a £9 million restoration. The area is really popular with families who need space, but can’t afford to go across the river to Richmond, giving the area a real community, family-friendly feel. As well as all the shops you’ll need, there are plenty of family friendly restaurants and pubs – as well as an annual family fun day in June. There’s a wide variety of property available to rent or to buy, ranging from large detached Victorian housesto Twenties and Thirties semis – and everything in between. Twickenham is also well placed for many top-notch state and private schools on both sides of the river, so perfect for families of all ages.

Beauty in Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill is at the northern edge of Regent’s Park in the borough of Camden, and as the name suggests – it’s a hill with the most fantastic, panoramic views across central London, Belsize Park, and Hampstead. It’s a successful, affluent urban suburb with history linking it directly to Henry VIII and the distant past. Nowadays there’s a wealth of chic bars, boutiques, and high-end independent fashion shops – as well as fantastic travel connections into central London on the Northern Line – perfect for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle, but still be within commuting distance!

Jennifer Lawrence

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