Looking for a quieter, calmer version of London living? You’ll find it in the north western part of the capital. We look a look at the 10 best places to live in North West London and discover that there are more than a few surprises in store. Affluent, inviting and packed with opportunities for quasi-village living, North West London’s areas are still surprisingly diverse.
We take a quick look at the main areas of North West London before diving into our top-rated developments. These are the best places to live in this part of the capital, as voted by our HomeViews resident reviewers.
Living in North West London
The North West of London has undergone a lot of change in recent years, with more on the way as London’s outer zones become increasingly desirable. Although prices dipped slightly in 2020, it’s still an expensive part of London.
Average property values here sit between £500,000-£600,000, depending on who you consult. With prices going up, young professional renters are arriving in increasing numbers.
A big part of the attraction of North West London is its blend of rural and city living. Many areas feature beautiful green spaces and village lifestyles, combined with the benefits of excellent access to central London.
North West London areas
Hampstead, Belsize Park and St John’s Wood make up the most prominent ‘village living’ areas of North West London. Between them, they offer up some of the best parkland and leafy suburbs in the city, particularly Hampstead Heath. St John’s Wood is also where Lord’s Cricket Ground – the sport’s spiritual home – is located.
While country walks and cricket matches have plenty of appeal, there’s excitement here too. The bustling shopping centres and quirky vintage markets of Camden are just the beginning. Camden is as colourful as anywhere in London, and enjoys its well-deserved status as an icon of multicultural coolness.
There are also more affordable property prospects in Colindale, which is undergoing a major makeover through urban regeneration programmes. Like Camden, Colindale enjoys an extremely diverse and exciting food and shopping scene, as well as outstanding transport links.
10 best new homes developments in North West London
With Little Venice, Abbey Road, Regent’s Park and Lord’s Cricket Ground all nearby, The Quarters has it all. It’s also just 5 minutes from Kilburn Park station, giving residents access to central London with Euston only a 7-minute journey away. The Quarters offers a secure, comfortable managed environment and residents love its winning combination of excellent build quality, management team and location.
Read reviews and details of The Quarters Kilburn, NW6
Number 2 on our list is Bradstowe House, located right in the heart of Harrow. It offers a range of high-quality houses along with one and two-bedroom apartments. Rental-only penthouses are available, offering outstanding city views. Residents at Bradstowe House also have access to an onsite gym, lounge and 24hr concierge services.
Read reviews and details of Bradstowe House, HA1
Our third spot is Brook Valley Gardens. Sitting in the centre of Chipping Barnet gives this development easy access to a wide range of appealing green spaces, as well as the local community centre and nursery. The development is also just a short walk from High Barnet station, which puts central London within 20 minutes’ striking distance.
Read reviews and details of Brook Valley Gardens, EN5
Uncle Wembley comprises of 239 one, two and three-bedroom apartments in central Wembley. Residents benefit from a private gym, wellness room and roof terrace. The development is also just a 4-minute walk from Wembley Central Station, with practically everything the area offers within easy walking distance.
Read reviews and details of Uncle Wembley, HA9
Halfway through our list, we come to Montana & Dakota. This modern development is also located in the heart of Wembley, with the tube station and plenty of local amenities nearby. There are 140 apartments on site, with a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments available. Residents have access to a range of facilities including a gym, resident lounges and a hireable cinema room.
Read reviews and details of Montana & Dakota, Wembley Park, HA9
Wembley is a popular area that dominates the middle of our list. Wembley Parade is located on North End Road in Wembley, comprising five buildings including a twelve-floor tower. The development offers one, two and three bedrooms with 195 homes in total. There is a large communal garden on the ground floor for residents to enjoy. With solid links into Central London and a vast array of nearby shops, restaurants and entertainment, Wembley Parade gives its residents easy access to best that North West London has to offer.
Read reviews and details of Wembley Parade, HA9
Another Harrow listing at number 7, The Hub is a collection of studios and one and two-bedroom apartments. Situated on the picturesque Harrow’s College Road, The Hub is also handily situated right next door to Harrow-on-the-Hill station for the Metropolitan line and National Rail services, and directly opposite St Ann’s Shopping Centre.
Read reviews and details of The Hub, HA1
We’re back into Wembley for number 8! Alameda is a residential development featuring a variety of studios, and one, two and three-bedroom apartments with furniture co-designed with John Lewis & Partners and kitchens co-designed by Samsung. Residents can enjoy a rooftop garden featuring a 5m cinema screen as well as spacious BBQ areas. There’s also a large work-from-home area and well-appointed resident lounges with free Wifi.
Read reviews and details of Alameda, Wembley Park, HA9
Residents call Regency Heights a hidden gem that has views and apartments to fall in love with. Studios as well as one, two and three-bedroom apartments are on offer, and residents benefit from car parking and bicycle stores, landscaped gardens and ground floor retail space. Regency Heights is also in a prime location just five minutes’ walk from Park Royal station in Zone 3, which is served by the Piccadilly Line.
Read reviews and details of Regency Heights, NW10
Wembley sneaks in one more ranking with our number 10 spot for North West London. Landsby is located in Wembley Park and features a relaxed, Scandinavian-led interior design, with 295 studios alongside one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Residents here say they love the range of onsite facilities, including the roof terraces and podium gardens, one of which has a children’s play area. Wembley Park station is also close by for Jubilee and Metropolitan line connections into Central London.
Read reviews and details of Landsby, Wembley Park, HA9
For more information on what makes North West London attractive for buyers and renters, explore our full area guide. It features a full list of the best places to live in North West London according to verified resident reviews.
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