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Balham—pronounced, Ba-lahm, darling—has soared in popularity in recent years. A haven for young pros, families and people with frothy coffee coming out of their taps, this once unfancied corner of South London has gone from not-spot to hot-spot in the blink of an iPad.....
Battersea is hands-down one of London’s hottest places to live right now. Once the scruffy little sibling of Chelsea and Fulham, Battersea has scrubbed up in recent years — in fact, it’s practically wearing a tuxedo.....
Dripping with A-List glam, shi-shi shops and quaint riverside vibes, Fulham is desirable with a capital D. But even if you don’t bathe in banknotes, this postcard-perfect neighbourhood could be your home too.....
With buzzing bars and more Fresher’s Week nostalgia than you can shake a glowstick at, Clapham is the best postgrad party you’ve ever been to. But there’s loads to like about this dynamic district. Even for longtime Londoners, Clapham’s a guilty pleasure.....
To those not in the know, Islington is a world of avocado and brioche buns — all picnic hampers and prosecco. But scratch beneath the sourdough and you’ll find there’s loads more happening in Islington than meets the eye — notwithstanding the amazing avocado.....
With its famously low council tax, good schools and wide open spaces, Wandsworth is one of London’s most liveable boroughs. Only a stone’s throw from Battersea and Clapham, Wandsworth is close to all the action but manages to maintain its own chilled pace.....
Take a punt on Putney — a happy valley next to the Thames with boutiques, boathouses and beautiful river views. Steeped in history, Putney is one of south-west London’s most elegant enclaves.....
It’s hard to keep up with the pace of change in Brixton. You turn your back for one minute and suddenly there’s a new pop-up shipping container serving pulled pork. But while other neighbourhoods have struggled to keep their spirit alive, Brixton still has plenty of soul.....
Streatham has much going for it, including a busy high street, convenient transport links, green spaces, highly rated local schools and modern apartments. This is where first-time buyers are looking, working professionals are chilling and young families are settling. Get in there before it becomes the next hot spot (which subsequently comes with an accompanying price tag).
A slice of London life, Bayswater is a cosmopolitan melting pot of cultures, experiences, colours, architecture and the right zip code – the much-coveted Zone 1. Bayswater is well known for its close proximity to the city’s greatest green space, Hyde Park, as well as its grand white stucco terraces and garden squares. This really is the place where cultures and clutter collide, but in the most desirable of ways.
A London old-school classic, Shepherd’s Bush is right next to the posh districts of Hollard Park and Notting Hill. Shepherd’s Bush is easy like a Sunday morning, featuring markets, independent shops and famous music venues as well as Westfield Shopping Centre in all its 150,000 square metre glory.
The closest you’ll get to “an escape from the city smog” but still 30 minutes away from said smog, Chiswick is a charmer. With its leafy green areas and coffee shops aplenty, this former fishing village is more village than fishy. Young families flock here to raise their brood and media types escape here to take a break from their hectic city jobs.
An ecosystem all on its own, Ealing is a state of mind. And the state of mind is one of calm and curiosity. The borough of Ealing comprises Ealing Common, Ealing Broadway, South Ealing and West Ealing, all with fabulous quiet residential streets, lots of green spaces (think dog-walking, cycling, open-air yoga, picnics, oodles of fresh air) and a vibrant town centre. Why leave Ealing, ever?