The Best Places to Rent in London

If you’re considering renting in London, it can be challenging to decide where the best place is to suit your lifestyle.

Do you want to be close to public transport? Do you want a share-house accommodation to meet new friends? Do you have a family? Or do you need something that suits your pets?

To help you decide, here are the best places to rent in London, based on your lifestyle, family situation, hobbies, and budget.

  1. If you are on a budget:

The average rent in London is currently £2,892 per month. Affordable rent is anything below £1,200 to £1,500 per month.

The following boroughs have quality places to rent in the affordable range:

  • Sutton – with average rental prices of £1,405
  • Croydon – with average rental prices of £1,375
  • Barking – with average rental prices of £1,305
  • If you are a young professional:

Young professionals have a variety of choices. Here are our top areas:

  • Clapham (South-West London) has excellent transport links as well as safe bicycle access. Clapham has a lively social scene with shops, restaurants, and cafes along its high street. 
  • Brixton (South London) is a lively, multicultural area. It offers a mix of restaurants, coffee shops, beer gardens and the Brixton Village. Transport is well connected, and there are even large green spaces to enjoy, such as Brockwell Park, Myatt’s Fields, and Ruskin Park. 
  • Shoreditch (Inner City) is a popular area for creative types because of its hipster status and buzzing lifestyle. There are various independent shops, restaurants, and bars, and it is only a 20-minute walk to the city.
  • Hoxton (North London) is close to Shoreditch but is a more affordable option. It has lots of green spaces, and Regent Canal runs through it. Like Shoreditch, it is also home to creative types and offers many restaurants and cafes.
  • Angel (North London) has very good transport links and good value rental properties. This area had a large variety of restaurants, cafes and shops, plus great open spaces.
  • Islington (North London) is close to central London and has great transport links. It’s a residential area with lots of entertainment, including museums, galleries, bars, pubs and restaurants.
  • If you have a young family

If you have a young family, you would want great schools, parks, supermarkets, good transport, and low crime rates.

Here is our pick:

  • West Hampstead has many family-friendly advantages, including the large outdoor spaces (Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath), trendy shops, restaurants, good schools, and low crime rates.
  • Richmond has lots of child-friendly restaurants, parks, private schools and great transport links. What’s more, Richmond Park is a beautiful 2,360-acre outdoor park that the kids will love to explore.
  • Sutton is an affordable family area with plenty of green spaces, low crime rates, great schools and only 30 minutes commute to the city.
  • Notting Hill is the trendy, more expensive alternative. It has a variety of great schools, low crime rates, beautiful parklands and is close to the city. Notting Hill also has fun places for the children to explore, including Museums, Markets, and child-friendly restaurants. 
  • If you own dogs

Many areas cater to dogs with large open spaces. Here is our pick:

  • Hampstead has many outdoor green areas, pet-friendly shops and restaurants, as well as great places to walk. 
  • Greenwich has many green areas for your dog to walk, play and meet new doggy friends.
  • Battersea is a pet-friendly area with great outdoor spaces, including the 200-acre activity park
  • Stoke Newington (North-East London) offers many parks within easy walking distance and is a short commute to the city.
  • If you are a student

If you can afford to live close to uni, then that is the best option. However, here are some areas that have good transport, are affordable, have great nightlight and quality supermarkets:

  • Woolwich
  • Deptford
  • Leytonstone
  • Stratford 
  • Streatham
  • Wembley Park
  • Greenwich
  • If you want more space, a leafy area and better value:

An area to consider if you want more space, a leafy outlook and better value for your rent is Acton. It is only 20 minutes from central London by tube.

It has the advantage of a good combination of transport links, open parkland and great schools.

  • If you love the nightlife

London is one of the best cities for colourful and entertaining nightlife. Soho and Covent Garden are the top picks. However, if you like a more bohemian nightlife, then Shoreditch, Dalston and Camden are great places to stay.

The Next Steps

Before you narrow down your search, write a list of the essential criteria. Be clear on what is important to you and your family.

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