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.
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Modern and hi spec development in an ideal location, within a £3bn regeneration project.

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Review Date Jun 2020

The King’s Cross redevelopment has been incredible, you can see why this development has been the most expensive in Europe. From the new modern shopping centre, the weekly canopy markets, everyman cinema to dishoom, the area has everything. Not only that but to the amazing transport links you can be in Edinburgh, Cornwall or even Paris and Amsterdam in hours. The best part is that there’s still so much development left to happen, including a new food court, leisure centre and arrival of the new Google HQ.

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Great design in the flats and the communal areas. Done to a very high spec, with highest quality materials. Most flats offer incredible views of London, with clear views stretching from the shard and St Paul’s to Canary wharf. Polite and helpful concierge always there to help and there 24 7.

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Nothing, everything was per expectations. Make sure you find out about the area and the amount of investment in the area long term. This was the big seller of King’s Cross.

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

Responded well to issues and helped with snagging and defects

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A dream flat, amazing value and in the most incredible location

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Review Date Jun 2020

Absolutely amazing flats, the value is incredible compared to other Kings Cross flats two minutes down the street.
Concierge are friendly and accommodating and there is a real sense of community in the block of flats, due to the WhatsApp group we have and socials we attend.
Kings Cross St Pancras station is on the doorstep, connecting to the rest of London, the UK and Europe.
Kings Cross has developed so much even in the 2 years we have lived here. There are so many bars, restaurants and offices creating a real buzz. Kings Cross management do regular events and I feel honoured to live in this location.

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I cannot fault the flat, the design is to the highest specification and we have had absolutely no issues since moving in.
I love how soundproof the flats are, I have never once heard our neighbours.
Concierge are 24/7 and are so friendly and helpful

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I wish I had known just how quickly Kings Cross would be developed. We were initially worried that all the plans would never happen, how wrong we were! The area is beautiful and we are so lucky to be part of this community!

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I genuinely cannot think of anything I could improve, this flat has completed exceeded our expectations and we intend to stay here for a very long time to come.

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Well designed buildings with a nice resident community.

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Review Date May 2020

shoreditch park!

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Stunning but pared back building design which is followed through into communal areas and the thoughtful apartment designs. Nice residents who lend each other things and share recommendations in our social media groups. The balconies are large and usable, particularly in the summer months. Well maintained and friendly management.

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Carefully consider the direction of the flat – south/east get glorious dawns but are cooler in the evenings; south facing flats will be hot all day, etc.

What is the best feature of your home:

Balcony and views; followed closely by underfloor heating (new for me, and lifechanging)

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Good development with great transport links

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Review Date May 2020

Great transport links. Up and coming area. Great from an investment point of view.

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Built to high specification. Facilities include a communal rooftop and gym. As it was only built 4-5 years ago it feels modern and fresh. There is a sense of community in the building which is very nice.

The Management co, Pinnacle Square, could be better.

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The area can feel a bit rough though personally I have never had any issues.

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Gets very warm in summer but requires minimum to no heating in winter.

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