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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Love life at Plimsoll

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Review Date Mar 2021

This is a unique part of London which has been enhanced by thoughtful development. I love living here, just do t like it that the secret is out!!

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The building is managed impeccably. There is an efficient concierge service. The car park is easy to access as is the garbage system. I tend to enter mainly through the car park entrance as that is more convenient so I don’t get the full benefits of the beautifully designed front entrance. The common parts are always kept clean.

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Once you live here it’s even better than you imagined

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The building management have always been very helpful

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Thank you for your taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We’re pleased that you enjoy all the facilities and love life at Plimsoll.

Feeling privileged to live in Kings Cross

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Review Date Mar 2021

Kings Cross is an incredible place to live , and N1C is a real oasis . It’s surprisingly quiet as we are quite a way from any main roads in Plimsoll, and we have the great landscaping , shops, restaurants, facilities that are here in the Redevelopment zone , as well as views over the Canal.

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Plimsoll is well designed and a joy to live in. We also benefit from Argent being a very responsible and far-sighted developer, who is crucially thinking of the wider picture for the developments role in the community.
Facilities are good , and life is made to be very easy for residents here with 24hr concierge , good security in the building and the surrounding development and plenty of parking availability for guests and residents.

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Surprised how amazingly easy it is to get everywhere – can walk to the city or west end in 20-30mins , tube there in 5mins – pretty much everywhere in London is accessible in 30 mins or less- and of course when we can, go to Paris ( or even Nottingham to watch my football team ) in a couple of hours .

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There is still considerable building work going on in the redevelopment zone ( including the new theatre that we are excited about) , but this was always known about when we purchased so we have no complaints.

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Thank you for your taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We’re pleased to hear that Plimsoll is a joy to live in and that you enjoy living at King’s Cross and benefit from many of the amenities in the neighbourhood.

Needs to be Better!

Review Date Mar 2021

Muswell Hill and Crouch End are very close
Alexandra Palace and its grounds are behind
Transport links are very good
New River runs at the edge of the development so lovely with ducks, swans, geese etc.

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The maintenance (if any) is shocking; total lack of investment and useless management company. Needs a re-paint, paving slabs renewed, bollards replaced, lighting replaced, grass re-levelled and re-sown. Constant battle with the management company over issues. Shocking ground rent charges as well. Could go on… but we DID get our EWS1 Cert!

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People sometimes walk along the river edge and don’t care that we’re trying to sleep!

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The Managing Agent!

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Great Building if you’re renting

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Review Date Mar 2021

Great location overall. Area can be a bit dodgy in terms of people on Seven Sisters Road.

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I can’t fault the building as a tenant. I do know people that own property in the building have cladding issues with the management, but if you’re looking to rent a nice property in a area with access to the rest of London, it’s great.

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building works going on which we weren’t told about

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