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May 7, 2024

Japa: 5 most desirable places to live in London

Japa: 5 most desirable places to live in London

There are towns in London, England’s capital, which have become most desirable places for Brits and immigrants.

According to a ranking by Foxtons Group, the British estate agency company dealing with both lettings and sales, there are about 60 hotspots for property business in London.

In this article, five of these desirable places were discussed below:

1. Dulwich 

Dulwich is the most desirable area in London for its affluence, scenery and rich atmosphere. It has a row of indie boutiques and smart restaurants at its heart. Broad paths wind through the area’s elegant namesake park, which has a winter garden, sports pitches, and a boating lake with pedalos. 

Dulwich Village contains the original shopping street and still contains nearly all of its original 18th and 19th century buildings. It remains very uncommercialised and is a conservation zone.

The town is also home to Dulwich Hamlet F.C., founded in 1893 and competing in the Isthmian League today. 

2. Hampstead

Hampstead is the second most desirable area in the United Kingdom’s capital, known as an affluent residential community known for its academics, artists, and media figures. It has meadows, woodland, and swimming ponds, plus city views from Parliament Hill. 

Open to the public, Kenwood House is a neoclassical villa with a collection of Old Master art. Boutiques, gastropubs, and upmarket restaurants occupy the Georgian buildings and alleyways of quaint Hampstead Village. 

Hampstead has long been known as a abode of the intelligentsia, including writers, composers, ballerinas and intellectuals, actors, artists and architects – many of whom created a bohemian community in the late 19th century. After 1917, and again in the 1930s, it became base to a community of avant garde artists and writers and was host to a number of émigrés and exiles from the Russian Revolution and Nazi Europe.

3. Ilford 

Ilford is a robust metropolitan centre in the London Plan coming as the third most desirable area in London. Ilford’s commercial and retail centre is surrounded by extensive residential development.

The town is on the transport corridor between London and coastal Essex, with both the A12 and the central railway station linking the regions. In recent years, as a result of increased levels of immigration, Ilford has become one of the most multicultural towns in England.

In 2005, Ilford was ranked sixth in the Retail Footprint ranking for Greater London, behind London’s West End, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Bromley and Brent Cross Shopping Centre. It ranked just above Romford and central London’s Kensington. As of 2020, Ilford has 145,860 square metres (1,570,000 sq ft) of total town centre floorspace, the tenth highest in Greater London and noticeably lower compared to Stratford and Romford.

4. Kingston upon Thames

Kingston upon Thames colloquially known as Kingston, is a town in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, south-west London, England. It is ranked as the fourth most desirable town in London.

It is situated on the River Thames, 10 miles (16 km) south-west of Charing Cross. It is an ancient market town, notable as the place where some Saxon kings were crowned.

Historically in the county of Surrey, the ancient parish of Kingston covered both the town itself and a large surrounding area. The town was an ancient borough, having been formally incorporated in 1441, with a long history prior to that as a royal manor. 

Kingston was built at the first crossing point of the Thames upstream from London Bridge and a bridge still exists at the same site. It was this ‘great bridge’ that gave it its early importance in the 13th century.

Kingston evolved as a market town from the Saxon period, with goods transported on the Thames and over land via the crossing point.[30] Rights to hold markets were amongst the liberties granted by the royal charter of 1208 and the market formally established in 1242.

Goods traded included oats, wheat, rye, malt, apples and other fruit, flowers, wool, leather and cheese. Cattle, meat and fish were also traded. In addition to markets, regular fairs were held. Local industries included pottery, brick making, tanning, leather-working, fishing, milling, brewing and boat-building.

5. Stoke Newington 

Stoke Newington is an area occupying the northwest part of the London Borough of Hackney, England. The area is five miles (eight kilometres) northeast of Charing Cross. It has become the fifth most desirable place in London. The Manor of Stoke Newington gave its name to Stoke Newington, the ancient parish.

The historic core on Stoke Newington Church Street retains the distinct London village character which led Nikolaus Pevsner to write in 1953 that he found it hard to see the district as being in London at all.

Stoke Newington is well known for its pubs and bars, lively music scene, including contemporary jazz, and open mic comedy sessions. The Vortex Jazz Club used to be on Church Street but has now moved to Dalston.

Since 2010, Stoke Newington has also had its own literary festival, created to celebrate the area’s literary and radical history.