At a glance...
Famed as London’s most intellectual and leafy area, it’s no surprise why residents are drawn to North London. The sizes and styles of the properties are generally different to those in Central London, with a higher number of lateral detached and semi-detached homes. Houses in North and North West London are more likely to have driveways and large gardens, especially in the inner-city suburbs. North London offers more of a country style of living whilst being just 20-30 minutes from the city centre.
North London enjoys all the buzz of the city while offering a bolthole-like feeling of escape. There’s plenty to see and do, from watching the fireworks at Alexandra Palace and taking in a game of Cricket at Lords, to visiting the impressive ZSL London Zoo, the British Library (complete with one of the largest book collections in the world), as well as heading to Wembley Stadium to watch a game of football or enjoy a concert.
One of North London’s biggest selling points is Hampstead Heath, covering 320 hectares and three postcodes, it is not only a community hub but offers one of London’s most exquisite viewpoints from the top of Parliament Hill. The Heath also boasts three natural bathing ponds, two single-sex and mixed, originally dug in the 16th century when Hampstead was a spa town.
Hampstead Village also tops the list as one of London’s best destinations, authentically village-like, with many lovely pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants. Situated just to the north of Paddington is Little Venice, a picturesque neighbourhood bustling with waterside cafes and cosy pubs. Head for a walk downstream and you can pass the beautiful streets of Maida Vale, or why not take a canal trip on a narrowboat to Camden Lock Market and on to King’s Cross.
North London is very well connected, thanks to the Overground line, Northern and Jubilee lines. If you’re heading out of the city, then there is good access to the M1, M25 and M40. Cycling is a popular way of getting around London, with several cycle lanes marked on major roads as well as initiatives such as Santander Cycles and e-scooters. In terms of international travel, you have London’s network of five international airports within easy reach, plus the Eurostar service operating from St Pancras, while the city’s multitude of major trains stations provides rail access to the rest of the UK.
North London and the city centre are home to some world-renowned educational institutions from prep schools through to leading universities – options are one thing you won’t be short of.