Thinking about where to live
Knowing good and bad areas can also be a challenge. They’re a lot less defined in London.
South (Clapham, Brixton, Battersea and Wandsworth): Clapham and Battersea have become very popular over the past couple of years, with many of the industrial buildings being replaced by new flats. This is a lively area with plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and pubs. Clapham is best known for its green space ‘Clapham Common’, its high street and the village. Battersea is an inner-city district of South London, situated on the south side of the River Thames. Brixton has a prominent street market and a multi-ethnic community. South West (Earl’s Court, Fulham, Putney, Wimbledon and Southfields): Excellent transport links to Central London. For more of a ‘neighbourhood’ feel, head to Putney or Fulham, where
lively pubs and clubs meet parks and public libraries. Wimbledon and Southfields also have lots of flat-shares and good transport links. These areas are within easy walking distance of High Street Kensington, Holland Park, Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College, the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums. North (Highgate, Hampstead, Archway): These suburbs have a village atmosphere, with leafy parks, pubs and fancy restaurants. Accommodation can be expensive here, however, especially in Hampstead and Highgate. Hampstead is also known for its large hilly parkland heath.
The main difference is the choice. You can live in some of the grandest and grottiest houses on the planet. Just depends on how prepared you are to look for something good.
London is a vast city and making a decision about where to live will ultimately depend on a variety of factors. Price, transport links and travel, and local amenities should all be taken into account when thinking about where to live. Exploring the area and speaking with locals and friends who live there may help. You may also enquire with the metropolitan police (or check their data on the rate of crime in every area at www.met.police.uk/crimefigures ). Above all, if possible, it is best to go out and explore London yourself.
North West (Notting Hill, Willesden Green, Kilburn, Wembley, Camden): Camden and Notting Hill are the trendier suburbs in this area with bustling markets (Camden and Portobello Road), and buzzing restaurants and bars. For more affordable but still buzzing suburbs, try Willesden Green, Kilburn and Wembley. The London Irish Centre is located in Camden. West (Shepherd’s Bush, Acton, Hammersmith): Shepherd’s Bush
Published on May 23, 2012
Published on May 23, 2012
A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.