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The Best Areas to Live in North West London – NW Postcodes

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The north west part of the city is often considered to be one of the best places to live in London thanks to the amount of space that’s often attached to properties here. Whilst in other areas, there’s no escaping the fact that you live in the UK’s biggest city, in North West London, it can feel like you live a rural life in the countryside – without giving up any of the benefits of city living!
 

Belsize Park

Belsize Park is in the borough of Camden, and can be found between affluent Primrose Hill and bustling Camden Town, so you get the best of both worlds. The name comes from the French bel assis, which means ‘well situated’ – very apt, given that Belsize Park is just 3.4 miles from central London. NW3 is one of the city’s most picturesque residential areas, with a high number of beautiful Victorian buildings.

It’s a favourite haunt of celebrities, who you’ll spot in the area’s many cafes and restaurants, as well as hanging out in its many green spaces. It’s just a 5-minute walk to Primrose Hill, and roughly a 10 minute walk to Hampstead Heath. Served by the Northern Line, it’s easy to get into the city centre, making Belsize Park the perfect choice for city workers who want a slice of village living.
 

Kentish Town

Kentish Town is another sought-after area in North West London. It once had a reputation for being a little on the shabby side, but thanks to some serious regeneration over the last few years, it’s now one of London’s coolest areas. Situated directly north of Camden Town, NW5 has gained a reputation for its bustling high street full of quirky independent shops, award-winning places to eat and drink, and a vibrant community feel. It’s a real melting pot, with everyone from students to young families making Kentish Town their home, and the diversity just adds to the vibrant atmosphere and community spirit of the area.

It’s a well-connected area, with the Northern Line taking you from Kentish Town Station to Leicester Square in just 11 minutes, with rail services to St Pancras, Faringdon, Luton and more also available. There’s a mixture of different property types available to buy in Kentish Town, ranging from terraced Victorian houses to ex-local authority blocks of flats.
 

St John’s Wood

St John’s Wood is regularly ranked among the most expensive places to live in London – but don’t let that put you off! It’s a beautiful area with a rich cultural history, and it has a lot to offer professionals and families looking for a vibrant, multicultural community to call their home. St John’s Wood is just 2 miles from Oxford Street, making for an easy stroll along leafy streets into the city centre, although the city centre is also easy to reach by public transport, with a tube station on the Jubilee Line and a variety of bus links across the city.

It’s an area that’s popular with families, thanks to large detached houses, highly regarded schools, and its close proximity to Regent’s Park. It’s often regarded as one of the safest areas in London. With a quiet community feel, it’s not an area which has much in the way of nightlife, and its affluence means many of the larger houses in the region are gated, providing extra security.
 
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