North London

Welcome to North London, home to some of the most popular postcodes in the capital. This place fuses charming village centres with architectural gems and fashionable high streets, so it’s easy to see why half of London’s eight million-strong population have laid down roots here. Read on to hear about some of the best places to live in North London.

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Best places to live in North London

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Cafes and culture  

Places like Islington and Stoke Newington brag a pleasing mix of hustle and bustle and green space. On Islington’s cosmopolitan Upper Street, stylish bistros line up against old-world pubs and contemporary cocktail spots. Also, the district’s Farmers’ Market was actually the first to be set up in London, launched in 1999 by food writer, Nina Planck. Today it pulls in big crowds each Sunday, with 30-plus stalls piled high with fresh produce.

Stoke Newington gives East London’s edgy postcodes a run for their money, with its vintage stores and Art Deco cinema. And close-by Highbury is sleepier than its neighbours, with a great line in gastropubs and a much-loved namesake park.

This North London area offers lots for culture buffs, too. Settle in for a dazzling performance at the Sadler’s Wells dance studio or the Almeida theatre. And in the summer, don’t miss Stoke Newington’s literary festival, dubbed ‘one of the best book bashes in the UK’ by pop culture website, The Quietus. 18th century Abney Park cemetery, one of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries, is another must-visit. The burial ground of famous figures such as Salvation Army Founder, William Booth, it doubles as a nature reserve and offers workshops in things like stone carving.

Nearby Finsbury Park is best-known for its 46-acre expanse of the same name. This is another creative big-hitter, thanks to the Park Theatre and a reputable performing arts centre for young people.

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North London’s sports stars

Arsenal supporters can count Emirates Stadium as a neighbour in Holloway, just north of Islington’s Upper Street. This suburb has a plethora of quality pubs, which, naturally, overflow with red shirts on game days. Opt for a flat at the Drayton Park Apartments and you will be next door to the stadium, which has been rated as one of the best places to live in North London.

Move north to Tottenham, meanwhile, and brilliant days out can be had at Spurs’ home stadium on White Hart Lane. N17 is celebrated for its diversity – head to Seven Sisters Road for a conga-line of flavours – from Italian antipasti to Greek grilled meats. Or hit Seven Sisters Market for a taste of Latin America.

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Family-friendly neighbourhoods

Places like Alexandra Palace, Wood Green and Highgate have real family appeal, with good schools, leafy parks and Victorian and Edwardian housing. Highgate, in particular, offers spectacular views over the surrounding countryside, with a hilltop setting on the fringes of Hampstead Heath.

Find out more – read reviews from the residents who live in North London by looking down below. Or, if you live in a residential development in North London, click here to leave your review.

Reviews in North London

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location and service great, flat is below average

Review Date May 2024

Great location, right beside coal drops yard with tons of variety of food and shopping. kings cross station is near by as well

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Beautiful place, but the flat has major construction issues. Been half a year since moving in and already the walls are cracking, glue for the toilet seat is coming off, and the shower shield is loosening too. Door lock has broken at least twice, and the chute doesnt work 60% of the time.

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If you prioritize living in a great and accessible place, this is it for you, but dont expect amenities to last very long. (Toilet paper construction)

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The building management always try their best. The receptionist are the best people ever. Issues, while VERY COMMON, gets fixed in a few days, and all due to the receptionist’s diligence in handling these matters as well as the engineers.

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Enjoying life at Author

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Review Date May 2024

Quiet yet so convenient for Kings Cross and lots of great restaurants and shops locally and calm gardens

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Facilities are super; great gym and communal areas. Screen room and pool table are bonuses for us, and coffee, refreshment area very relaxing. Everything is well managed, and efficient. The concierge and management staff are all incredibly helpful and friendly.. Thankyou!

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It was even better than we were expecting – can’t think of anything we wished we’d known

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Needed to check water meter reading and this was quickly sorted.

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Dear Jane

Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy you are enjoying living at the Author Kings Cross. So glad you are enjoying all the amenities we offer.

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Definitely a great place to live

Review Date May 2024

I feel like living in camden for some people is a taboo but Author have definitely made it something to be proud of.

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I feel like each design and the architect of the buildings have carefully been designed with attention to every detail, I feel like I can show off to all my family and friends. Most wish they could move here. The concierge staff are absolutely amazing especially Maria, she tends to every need in a friendly but professional manner and has great chat. Every concierge needs a Maria.

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I wish I had known that this quality of life existed for someone like me

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Any issues are dealt with immediately and the concierge are about 24/7 which is amazing.

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Brilliant Concierge!

Review Date May 2024

Love the area. Feels safe and has lot’s of great restaurants and shops around. Nice walk to the tube.

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Very nice building. The highlight is the wonderful concierge, they are all lovely and super helpful, making the overall experience really great. Maria, Nelson, Delcio, Samson, Anthony and all the others are amazing!

Had a few issues with the water (stopping working, going cold), washing machine and dishwasher but having everyone to help on site is great.

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That we wouldn’t be able to bring guests into the downstairs rooms past 11pm. It’s a bit of a shame 🙁

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All handled well, management are always quick to respond and helpful,

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