Best Areas in SW London for Young Professionals


According to a report from Lloyds Bank, south-west London has become one of the most attractive locations for ambitious young professionals in the UK. With this in mind, we have outlined some of the best areas for young professionals to live and work, from trendy restaurants to fantastic living spaces and transport links, these areas have it all.


Fashionable Fulham has become an extremely popular area among young Londoners. The borough has turned into a residential hotspot in recent years as hundreds of new properties have been built, including a host of modern flats and luxury townhouses. Close to Chelsea Harbour’s Design Centre, there is no shortage of inspiring boutiques and galleries, little streets filled to the brim with antique shops selling vintage furniture and homeware. The range of farmers markets, trendy restaurants and pubs make for the perfect downtime for many of Fulham’s locals, while the area’s open green spaces provide young professionals with plenty of space to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors when they finally get off from work.


Balham is a perfect location for young professionals looking for a more relaxed area to come home to. The buzzing community spirit comes courtesy of the many indie traders and hip restaurants and bars that are gaining Balham the reputation as the coolest area south of the river. Despite its village feel, Balham gives residents an easy way into the City with great transport links. This makes the area perfect for people who don’t want to live in the middle of London but still want easy access to it. The borough also gives you a lot more for your budget compared to the more central areas of London.

Battersea Park

Battersea is fast becoming one of the most attractive places for young people to live. One of the latest draws for property hunters is the popular Battersea Power Station, which has undergone extensive renovation in the last few years to become a sought after residential space. Offering a range of luxury, modern apartments close to the river, it is the perfect place for professionals. Despite the rising costs in Battersea in recent years, it still offers great investment value for those looking to enter the property market. Its idyllic location close to the River Thames, along with its wide open spaces, including Battersea Park, make the borough the ideal space for young families to relax, while still staying close to the City.


Home to one of London’s most peaceful parks, Clapham Common, as well as an array of cafés, restaurants and shops, Clapham is a fantastic area for busy residents to relax and unwind. This said, the borough is by no means out of the way, with excellent transport links leading you into the centre of town in just a few minutes. This has made it an extremely popular area for young families and professionals. For those who can afford to stay in Clapham, the sought-after area offers a great balance between city and suburban living. 


Hammersmith’s popularity continues to grow among Londoners. With a range of new modern developments in the area, it is attracting an increasing number of people who are being priced out of prime central areas. From its office developments and busy shopping centers to the relaxing parks and riverside strolls, Hammersmith offers residents a mix of convenience and community living. Its multicultural population ensures that the area remains very cosmopolitan, while easy to access transport links mean that commuters can get in and out of the area quickly.

Are you looking for the ideal London property to suit your lifestyle? Douglas & Gordon are specialists in the area. Contact one of our local offices and we’d be happy to help!