London attracts people from all over the world for its world-leading industry, rich culture and diverse, fast-paced lifestyle. But which areas of London are the best to live in? Read on to discover the top 10 best places to live in London, according to thousands of ratings from verified residents on HomeViews.
What are these rankings based on?
HomeViews collects reviews of new property developments in the UK, with residents rating every aspect of their home – including its location. We’ve also collected thousands of Streets reviews from Londoners living in older properties.
We compiled location ratings from over 17,000 Londoners on HomeViews to bring you this list of the top 10 best London boroughs to live in.
Bromley is our top-rated London location, with an average score of 4.69 out of 5 among reviewers in the borough. Bromley is the largest of the 32 London boroughs, stretching from Crystal Palace and Mottingham in the north right down to Biggin Hill in the south. It’s also a borough that transitions dramatically from suburban to rural, with farmland making up around 30% of its total area. The principal town of Bromley offers residents a 20-minute commute into central London and attracts families and young professionals seeking affordable housing and top quality schools.
Richmond Upon Thames takes second place, with an average location score of 4.57. This has been rising over the past year, as even more positive reviews come through. Consistently voted one of Britain’s happiest places to live, Richmond Upon Thames is an affluent residential district. And why wouldn’t its residents be smiling from ear to ear? This Zone 4 London borough connects to hotspots like Clapham Junction and Victoria. But, with its rural, riverside setting and fascinating royal history, it could easily be mistaken for somewhere like Windsor.
Jumping from fifth to third place in recent months, Islington scores 4.56 out of 5 for its location rating. A borough of many faces, its mish-mash of neighbourhoods each have their own distinct personality, from the urban bars and pubs of Angel to the chintzy antique stores of Camden Passage. Its properties have many guises, too – there are in-the-thick-of-it luxury apartments, and period townhouses sitting shoulder to shoulder on sleepy backstreets.
Another big riser is Lewisham, jumping from 10th all the way up to 4th since our last review, with a score of 4.56 out of 5. Lewisham lies just a few miles south-east of Central London. It’s a borough given a little more than just a fresh coat of paint in recent years. In fact, this area has seen plenty in the way of renovation, including, a transformation of the town centre and a brand-new riverside park. As such, it moved at lightning-speed into the ‘up-and-comer’ category a couple of years back. Then, in the blink of an eye, it became highly sought-after, courtesy of its affordable homes and fantastic transport links.
Sutton takes fifth place with an average score of 4.53. Sutton is a hugely popular commuter spot for young families seeking more space outside central London areas. Excellent schools add to its appeal, alongside plenty of open green spaces and good value homes. The town of Sutton offers a great selection of family homes, from 20s and 30s semis to large detached houses and Edwardian period properties, as well as some very popular new build developments.
Located in North East London, Waltham Forest is our sixth highest-rated London location, with an average rating of 4.52 out of 5. Waltham Forest is one of the largest boroughs in the city. It comprises several distinct areas, each with its own unique charms. The population of the borough is diverse and vibrant, making it a great place to live.
Hackney comes in at number seven in our London location rankings, scoring an average of 4.52 out of 5. Once upon a time, Hackney was topping lists of Britain’s worst places to live. Happily, the borough has had a colossal transformation in recent years and now, E8 is one of the capital’s most fashionable postcodes.
Croydon is close behind Hackney with a score of 4.51 out of 5, but finds itself just below in eighth place. There are two great reasons to live in Croydon, these go hand in hand to make it a compelling choice; its relatively cheap property prices and its excellent transport links into Central London. On top of that, numerous initiatives are transforming Croydon and helping make its once dowdy image a thing of the past.
Harrow takes an average location score of 4.48 out of 5. Chances are, if you’ve never been to Harrow before you’ll have only heard of its famous occupant, Harrow School. And you’d be forgiven. With ex-pupils including Winston Churchill, Richard Curtis and Benedict Cumberbatch, it’s easy to see why the establishment’s been given more column inches than the rest of the area over the years. But Harrow has lots more to offer. For starters, it’s located just 13 miles from Central London, close to sprawling countryside, and neighboured by Stanmore, Hendon, Wembley and Ruislip.
Rounding off our Top 10 list is Kingston Upon Thames’, with a location average score of 4.37 out of 5. Kingston Upon Thames is a vibrant and dynamic town that has something to offer for everyone. It boasts an incredible range of shops, restaurants and pubs in its historic town centre. Meanwhile, the many parks and green spaces provide the perfect backdrop to Kingston’s famous Tudor architecture. With such a diverse range of attractions, it’s no wonder that Kingston Upon Thames continues to attract new residents from all over the country.
London is a vast, global city with a diverse population of almost 9 million. Subsequently, the city offers something for everyone. Perhaps you’re looking for a slice of authentic urban culture. Maybe the slick, fast-paced rhythms of commercial centres appeal, or it could be a relaxed, family vibe you’re after.
Alternatively, there’s modern city living in Canary Wharf, while diverse Brixton, Hackney and Tottenham offer a global tour of food and culture. Meanwhile, leafy West London boroughs offer a more laid-back pace beside the meandering Thames. Alternatively, in North London, Islington, Camden and St. John’s Wood are playgrounds for the capital’s urbane professionals and fashionistas.
New build residents gave Bromley developments an average location score of 4.69 out of 5. If compared to the regions of the UK, this would place Bromley around fifth place overall, in line with Leicestershire and even ahead of Edinburgh. This ever-popular South London suburb offers the best of both worlds. It’s extremely well-connected to Central London by rail and road, while it maintains the feel and community spirit of a self-contained town.
Bromley’s highest-rated new property developments
Bromley’s new build property developments are adding a little something extra to this already popular location. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy in Bromley, there are various new buildings and developments to choose from. Take a look at some of the best-rated new homes in Bromley below:
A Crest Nicholson development, Regents Place is a selection of apartments located just off Bromley High Street. Bromley train station is only a two-minute walk away where residents benefit from its regular London Victoria service or further afield to Kent via Ashford and Sevenoaks services. Read reviews and details of Regents Place, BR1
Purelake New Homes’ Nexus Apartments are located on Elmfield Road in Bromley. This new-build development comprises of 50 luxury residential units available for private rent. From here, it’s just a short walk from Bromley South train station for National Rail links into the heart of London. Read reviews and details of Nexus Apartments, BR1
Venue by Fairview New Homes is a residential development, comprising of 252 units with a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Located in the London Borough of Bromley, it is only a 6-minute walk away from Anerley Rail station, which has links to the Overground and Southern Rail services. Crystal Palace park is less […] Read reviews and details of Venue, SE20
A U+I development, St Mark’s Square is a collection of one and two-bedroom apartments located in the heart of Bromley. The development is just a two-minute walk from Bromley South Station, which offers trains to Victoria Station in 16 minutes as well as connections to London Blackfriars and Kentish Town. Read reviews and details of St Mark’s Square, BR2
Trinity Village is located in Bromley, a short distance away from Bromley South station which takes you directly into London Victoria Station in 18 minutes. It is developed by Barratt Homes and boasts 546 apartments, ranging from one to five-bedrooms. Read reviews and details of Trinity Village, BR2
London’s lowest-rated location
Barking and Dagenham takes the dubious honour of being voted the worst London location by reviewers on HomeViews. Developments in this sprawling East London borough were rated, on, average, 3.82 out of 5 by residents. This could be testament to the specific location of the new build developments in the area. Otherwise, Barking and Dagenham is a well-connected community on the outskirts of London with prices way below the average for the capital (£358,000 for the 12 months to December 2023).
Bromley, London’s highest-rated location according to reviewers on HomeViews, averages a price of £520,500, though you can find flats in the area for an average of £320,000. Second-placed Richmond Upon Thames is well above the average for London, at close to a million pounds. At the other end of the scale, homes in eighth placed Croydon cost an average of around £425,000.
Find the best new homes in London
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