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.

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A lovely place to live in Tottenham Hale

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Review Date Jun 2022

There are limited bars/restaurants/pubs/cafes in the area, but more and more will be popping up. Having the retail park nearby is fantastic, and the station is a five-minute walk from the development giving you access to the Victoria Line as well as trains to Liverpool Street and Stansted.

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The building is beautiful and new. I enjoyed using the co-working facilities and the terrace. It also has great cycle storage and I really liked having 24-hour concierge. The building management send quite a lot of emails which can be a bit overwhelming, but overall I think they do a decent job.

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I wish I knew that the landlord was going to put our rent up by £500 after living in there for just a year. It seems like a lot of the apartments in the building are owned by overseas investors that do this type of thing, so I didn’t feel like I was treated like a human but rather just a monthly paycheck for them.

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It is quite confusing who is responsible for dealing with issues in our apartment. The building, the developer, the estate agent? But things are dealt with fairly well.

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Review Date Jun 2022

Great location next to the park, very quiet but close to Angel Dalston and Shoreditch. walking distance to Old Street and Dalston.

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Well designed flats with amazing views and friendly helpful concierge. Not many facilities except communal bike stores and bins, and a concierge. Building management seem responsive but have been slow sorting out a few communal repairs. A useful owners group who organise collective improvements with the management

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Flats facing south west get very hot and also get the most wind. East and other directions are much cooler and calmer.

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They are responsive but slow in implementation. Particularly on a few repairs.

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Would not recommend

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Review Date Jun 2022

Overall, based on my experience with L&Q, I would not recommend living in colindale gardens due to the shortcomings.

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The reasons I’m not recommending Colindale Gardens with L&Q is mainly that it simply does not cater for people with vehicles. You have to find your own contacts to rent from other people’s spaces at ridiculous prices. Secondly, L&Q simply cannot be bothered to address any problems you may have.

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parking is charged at £1.50 an hour 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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I don’t know if they are understaffed or simply unqualified but they do not know what they are doing

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Hale works Tottenham Hale

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Review Date Jun 2022

The building and the area are exactly why we where looking for, we have stunning views and the building is always clean and well kept.

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The building and the area are exactly why we where looking for, we have stunning views and the building is always clean and well kept. The building management is good compared to other developers, always happy to help and are always happy to help out whenever they can.

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Nothing I can complain about with anything everything has been great

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All of my issues have been sorted when reported. 5/5

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