Moving to London

Where to Live in London

Where to Live in London

North? South? East or West?

NORTH

The fact you can see Liam Gallagher in the local Sainsbury, Helena Bonham Carter taking a walk up Primrose Hill, or Paul McCartney and Kate Moss in St John's Wood gives the north a bit of a celeb edge. And if you can't see the real thing you can pop into Madame Tussaud's for the waxy version.

Regent's Park

Leading up through Regent's Park from Baker Street's Sherlock Holmes territory there's the bustling London Zoo with its newly improved enclosures and emphasis on conservation and education.

Primrose Hill

Walking to the top of Primrose Hill provides a view of London's sprawl before you with grand houses lining The Avenue and Belsize Park to the west and the grungier parts of Camden and Islington to the east.

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is a buzz with young and happening families having a picnic by the lakes and rivers, joggers and cyclists enjoying the expanse of parkland. Swim in the Heath's ponds on a hot British summer.

Camden

Camden seems to lack the glory of its former punk and rock 'n' roll days, but young punks still hang on the Camden Lock bridge in their studded and spiked attire, and the busy markets still attract droves of visitors - but it's hard to avoid 'skunk' drug pushers on Camden High Street.

SOUTH

Greenwich

Greenwich is home to the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory - where you can stand on the meridian line at the centre of our two hemispheres.

Southwark/Southbank

Southwark is like stepping back into the days of Dickens with the hustle and bustle of the Borough Market and its fresh farmer's produce that will set you back a pound or 20! Also, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern contemporary art museum are just a stones-throw away.

Clapham/Putney/Wimbledon

Clapham, East Putney and Wimbledon are popular areas. Clapham is home to many young professionals and has a vibrant dining and pub scene. Putney is near the river and its pubs and cafes offer a variety of tastes. Wimbledon has the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Wimbledon Park - its lush landscape and Edwardian houses makes you feel like you've escaped the noise of London.

Kew/Richmond

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew attracts visitors from all over the world, with the amazing Kew Palace built from 1631.

Brixton

Brixton is increasingly becoming the place to go for a pumping night out whether clubbing or seeing the latest band at the Brixton Academy. The influx of West Indian immigrants in the post-war period adds a Caribbean flavour to the area with some great markets that provide a refreshing change to the generic pubs and shops in other areas of London.

EAST

The East End

East End areas of Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Spitalfields, Bethnal Green have undergone big changes in the last 30 years. Traditionally known as the working class end of town, it now has a hip art scene and offers a cheaper alternative to the city's west.

Spitalfields

Spitalifields has kept its historic charm - wander down laneways lined with now-restored Georgian housing and be transported back to the time of the 1700-1800s silk trade merchants. Jack the Ripper committed his gruesome crimes in the area around Whitechapel and Spitalfields.

Brick Lane

Starting off at the Columbia Road flower market, its quaint village-like feel attracting an onslaught of visitors after the best plants and flowers, you can work your way up to Brick Lane. Brick Lane is famous for its curry restaurants.

London Fields

London Fields, tucked within the many council estates of Hackney, with Broadway Street Market on Saturdays offering many gourmet organic food delights, not unlike the Borough market. It also has a few galleries and pubs where you can often find young stylers lounging around.

Docklands

Much of the docklands area was destroyed during the Blitz or closed later in the 1960s. However, regeneration work has brought about a lot of housing developments, and the shift of business to Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs and plenty more plans are in the pipeline leading up to the 2012 London Olympics.

WEST

Knightsbridge/Chelsea/Kensington

The west is where it is at for Her Majesty the Queen, Buckingham Palace stands as a metaphoric gate from central London into the upper class areas of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea and the grand parks of St James, Green Park and Hyde Park.

Spend your money in Harrods or Harvey Nichols or visit the Museum of Natural History, Museum of Science and Victoria and Albert Museums.

Earl's Court/Barons Court

Earl's Court and Barons Court don't share the same prosper as its more glamorous neighbours. There are many hotels and hostels in this area.

Notting Hill

Notting Hill attracts plenty of thirty-somethings to drink their café lattes as they rustle through vintage clothes at the Portobello Road market.

Shepherd's Bush/Chiswick

Shepherd's Bush continues with a vibrant scene and a market that sells many exotic foods from all over the world. It is also the home to the BBC News and Weather Centre. By the river at Chiswick is also a hot spot with its trendy collection of cafes where you can dine al fresco.