North London

A Guide to Living in 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.

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.

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.

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.
4.43
Average Location Score

Excellent

56%

Very Good

34%

Average

8%

Disappointing

1%

Very Poor

1%

Top Rated Developments in North London

Reviews in North London

Write a Review

Great place

Verified Resident

Excellent transport links. Good access to a wide range of supermarkets. Lots of pubs and restaurants near by.

Please review your development:

Well designed, appealing block. Good insulation as can barely / never hear neighbours. 24 concierge is good for security and for receiving parcels etc. Property management company can be slow to get back to you if you have an issue. Good community sprit in the block, great place to live.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Seven sisters road can be a bit dodgy later on in the evenings

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Any problems that we have raised they have dealt with them.

5
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
3
Management
Read all Read less
This review is the subjective opinion of a HomeViews member and not of HomeViews

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

Great Location and friendly community

Verified Resident

Like: It’s a great area in terms of accessibility.
Dislike: Seven Sister road can be a bit dodgy at times

Please review your development:

We have a concierge that can collect deliveries 24/7 and its a very secure building. The design is quite modern and building management are on top of any changes that are needed. There is alos secure car parking and a good community group that makes sure everyone in the building is looked after.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Seven sisters road can be a bit dodgy in terms of the local people that are on it.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes our queries have always been answered and attended to.

4
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
4
Value
3
Management
Read all Read less
This review is the subjective opinion of a HomeViews member and not of HomeViews

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

All fine

Verified Resident

Nice area near shops and tube, however quite dirty due to Mcdonalds round the corner

Please review your development:

Nice property however not well taken care off, quite a lot of problems with hot water, dog shit in comunal areas, bicycles chain in non allowed spaces, bis store really dirty with hundred of flies, and security is never around.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

That there was no concierge service to my building and the building next to mine inside the same development was allocated to council housing

3
Facilities
4
Design
3
Location
4
Value
3
Management
Read all Read less

Manager Response

Thank you for your review. I’m pleased to learn that you are happy with the property, but disappointed that you are unhappy with the services / upkeep provided. We believe that the scheme is well maintained, but I am happy to discuss any concerns that you may have in order that we can provide you with the best possible service. Please feel free to contact me on 0208 825 1909 or by emailing solvita.hadaj@a2dominion.co.uk ”

This review is the subjective opinion of a HomeViews member and not of HomeViews

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

Amazing view in well-connected location

Verified Resident

Lovely area with great amenities close by. Everything you need within walking distance. Sometimes the street is quite smelly which is not not very inviting and the tube stations could be a bit closer.

Please review your development:

Great location in Islington, I live in a modern and nicely furnished flat with an amazing terrace with view of the Shard. The canal leading up to Angel is a lovely area and provides all the amenities you need.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Flat is very warm and well-insulated, never had to use the heating up until now.

4
Facilities
3
Design
5
Location
4
Value
3
Management
User submitted image of  City Wharf by A2Dominion Rental Only, N1
Read all Read less

Manager Response

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to leave such a lovely review. Much appreciated !

This review is the subjective opinion of a HomeViews member and not of HomeViews

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report