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Best Areas to Live in London for Families in 2021

As one of the most spellbindingly beautiful cities in the world, it's no surprise that property buyers have their eye on London when searching for the perfect family home. From the vibrant culture and scenery to the many convenient transport options, it is one of the most in-demand locations for families looking to embrace city living.

Google searches for 'houses for sale in London' have increased by almost 5% since last year as people investigate their options in the capital, so if you're about to move here with your family or are thinking about starting a family in the city, we've compiled a guide of some of the best places.

What makes a place great for families?


Several factors can help you decide on the ideal place to live, from schools and greenery to property prices and safety.

Considering how stressful and tiring it is to move home, especially with kids in tow, you want to ensure you make the right decision for your family the first time around.

We've created a list of some of the most in-demand spots in London for family living and ranked them according to average house prices. Each area also falls into an average or low crime level area, which means fewer than 200 petty crimes per 1000 residents in 12 months.

Family-friendly Areas in London


 

Area

Average price for a three-bedroom home

Green spaces and parks

Number of Primary schools within a 20-minute journey

Fulham

£961k

14

16

Battersea

£875k

14

19

Queens Park

£827k

8

10

Clapham

£805k

8

18

Balham

£786k

3

19

Kensal Rise

£786k

7

14

Earlsfield

£766k

2

9

Putney

£743k

20

3

Southfields

£734k

4

9

Streatham

£575k

17

8

Chelsea

£2.75m

23

13

Kensington

£2.29m

20

13

Notting Hill

£1.99m

11

29

Westminster

£1.98m

12

9

Pimlico

£1.37m

3

18

Hammersmith

£1.17m

14

24

 

 

   

Where to Live in London: Our Top Picks for 2021  

 

Chelsea


Average property price (three-bedroom):
£2.75m
Number of parks and green spaces:
23
Primary schools within a 20 min drive:
13

Situated in South-West London, sought-after Chelsea is home to one of the world's most famous shopping streets.  Offering high-end homes that attract buyers from around the globe, the area presents a mix of architectural properties, ranging from Georgian houses and Victorian cottages to luxury flats and modern apartments.

Chelsea is a highly desirable place to stay. It offers something for each family member, with cafes, restaurants and bars for the younger set, and some of the best museums, parks, and dining establishments in London. The area is also full of posh designer shops, green spaces and classic architecture that makes it a dream location for any family. It’s also one of the most pet-friendly areas!

The Southbank International School in the borough attracts a high volume of international students, while other schools in the area, whether private or public, all maintain high success rates. 

Fulham


Average property price (three-bedroom): £961k
Number of parks and green spaces:
14
Primary schools within a 20 min drive:
16

 

Situated a mile West of Chelsea in South-West London, Fulham is another excellent option for London families. The area offers a charming combination of cosmopolitan city living and green spaces, while affordable accommodation makes it popular with families living and working in London.

While still very close to Sloane Square and the Kings Road activity, Fulham is packed with lovely cafes, delis and parks, most notably Parsons Green. The area has plenty of buses and the District tube line for those commuting to and from work.

Battersea


Average property price (three-bedroom): £875k
Number of parks and green spaces:
14
Primary schools within a 20 min drive:
19



A popular area for young families, Battersea is a leafy and idyllic place for families to settle in and enjoy the best of London living. The area has stunning Victorian homes and modern, stylish apartments surrounded by plenty of green space. It is also home to some very sought after schools, such as Belville Primary School and Honeywell Infant and Junior Schools.  

Wandsworth and Clapham Common are just two of the best places to spend time outdoors, and if you're looking for a day of shopping, socialising, and food, several local options will have you feeling spoilt for choice. With stellar transport options and proximity to virtually any amenity you can think of, finding a house for your family in Battersea is a brilliant choice when deciding where to live in London.

 

Hammersmith

Average property price (three-bedroom):  £1.17m
Number of parks and green spaces:
14
Primary schools within a 20 min drive:
24


Hammersmith holds the honour of being West London's transport and employment hub. This is a bustling, multicultural area packed with shops, restaurants, good schools and even renowned music venues like the Hammersmith Apollo and Lyric Theatre.

Hammersmith's popularity is reflected in the rental costs, although the cost of housing is still affordable compared to other London areas. Its riverside location makes it a great place to raise a family and is perfect for lovely weekend strolls. Transport is also excellent, with District, Piccadilly, Circle and Hammersmith lines, and a well-serviced bus station for commuting to and from West London. 

Notting Hill


Average property price (three-bedroom):
£1.99m
Number of parks and green spaces:
11
Primary schools within a 20 min drive:
29


Trendy Notting Hill is another great location for you and your family in London. The area features plenty of stunning attractions for children, beautiful green space and bustling shopping spots. Spend relaxed weekends wandering Portobello Road Market or enjoying a meal at one of the many restaurants in the area. It is also one of the most pet-friendly areas to rent in near the city.

Kensington Park, Holland Park and Hyde Park are also within proximity. The area is home to various good schools, making Notting Hill one of the best places to live in London for families.

Putney


Average property price (three-bedroom):
£743k
Number of parks and green spaces:
20
Primary schools within a 20 min drive:
15

Young and vibrant Putney is one of the most highly sought-after postcodes for families looking to settle in London. This residential and shopping hub is home to all the amenities any young family could need, from wide-open spaces, gardens and riverside parks to restaurants, shopping and child-friendly activities.

Just 20 minutes away from Waterloo station, Putney offers an appealing combination of city life, with a sense of openness seldom found so close to London. From stylish homes with river views to high-end apartments, there are loads of attractive property options to choose from.   

 

Buy or Rent Property in London


Are you house hunting for a family home in London and surrounds? Whether you are entering the London property market for the first time or looking to buy a second or third home, Douglas&Gordon will assist in making the process as smooth, seamless and stress-free as possible.

Sources: 
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Green space
Primary schools