London neighbourhood guide: Which borough is for you?
Moving to London is a huge and exciting step for anyone, so choosing the right borough for you is crucial. Here’s a few pointers as to which London borough is the right fit for you…
City of London
The City of London is a historic financial district, home to both the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England. You’re in the midst of the world renowned St. Paul’s Cathedral, Museum of London and Barbican arts centre, guaranteeing you culture and entertainment. Much of the city’s financial work takes place here so the City of London is ideal for workaholics, especially the ones who work long hours and don’t fancy that long commute home.
Camden is the jewel in the capital’s tourist crown, it’s a beautiful location filled with diversity, energy and mouth-watering street food. If you’re into street art, street markets, canal views and retro fashion, this is the place in London for you. If you’re a musician, artist, actor, fashion student, model or into quirky things, Camden is perfect for you. Despite being in the middle of the city, Camden is listed as one of the top 10 overachieving school areas in England and offers several fantastic options in both primary and secondary. Even though the area has a very urban vibe, there’s areas like Regent’s Park which includes London Zoo.
Kensington & Chelsea
Kensington and Chelsea also boasts some of the highest quality schools in England. It’s also home to some of the most beautiful green open spaces perfect for you and your family. This includes Holland Park and the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which is used for the Chelsea Flower Show. Working parents will find some excellent crèches too.
Tower Hamlets is one of the smaller boroughs of London but it does include the iconic areas like Brick Lane, Canary Wharf, Spitalfields and West India Docks. A vibrant working class area and home to London's dock workers, the borough is modernising and blooming into a great family area. Victoria Park is the second largest Royal Park in London and hosts a variety of activities and events throughout the year, including Park Day, Lovebox, open-air music festivals and much more.
Westminster is the very centre of Britain’s political and traditional life. Your local shopping areas are Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly, and for nightlife you have Soho right on your doorstep. You’re in the midst of iconic landmarks like Westminster Abbey, St Margaret’s Church and the Jewel Tower, along with the high Victorian gothic design of Barry and Pugin’s Houses of Parliament, not forgetting Big Ben too! Westminster is now up and coming with creative companies moving in and fashionable bars and restaurants opening.