Best Places to Live in London for Families
Whether you are relocating to London or simply moving to a more family-friendly area of the city, you will benefit from some expert advice on which neighbourhood to choose. We have taken into account value for money, schools, safety, and the number of recreational activities – for both children and adults! – in order to create a list of our recommendations for the best family-friendly neighbourhoods in London.
The area of Richmond was voted the safest and happiest place to live in London. It offers convenient transport links into central London via the underground, an over-ground railway station and plenty of bus routes. Richmond also has a low crime rate, and 28 schools in the borough achieved an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating. One of the main attractions for moving your family to Richmond is, of course, Richmond Park – a natural escape spanning 2500 acres, perfect for deer spotting, walks, cycling and picnicking. For families less interested in the great outdoors, there are three cinemas, two theatres and Twickenham Stadium in the area as well.
Crystal Palace is part of the borough of Bromley and is well-known for its family-friendly park that features dinosaur models, an urban farm, a maze and a sports centre. In 2019 the average housing price for Crystal Palace was just over £400,000, which means houses in this area are great value. The area has a low crime rate, an abundance of independent coffee shops and lunch spots, and even includes one of the highest points in London, with picturesque views over the rest of the city.
This area has long been known of as a family-friendly part of London. It offers efficient transport to the city and central London from the Clapham South Tube station, while maintaining the sought-after feeling of small-town living. Clapham Common is the area’s main public park, boasting cafés, jogging paths, a skate park and various playgrounds – ideal for entertaining children on the weekends. Clapham also has large houses, good schools such as Wix Academy and Eton House, and homely features like the weekly Venn Street Market.
Chiswick is a peaceful, affluent neighbourhood with Georgian and Edwardian houses lining quiet, leafy streets – making it one of the premium spots for family living. There is plenty for adults to enjoy in this area including riverside bars, gastro pubs and restaurants, independent boutique shops, and coffee shops. You will also be spoilt for choice with family activities, such as visiting swimming pools, exploring the gardens of Syon House or Chiswick House, and picnicking on Turnham Green. Chiswick has useful transport links as well, with central London only a 30 min train ride away, and easy access to the M4.
This neighbourhood is often overlooked, but Bexley is one of the safest areas in London and is also one of the most affordable places for families to move. There are over 100 parks in Bexley, giving it plenty of green space, and Danson Park is one of the most popular for families because of its boating lake, sports facilities and playgrounds. It also offers a leisure centre, two theatres, highly-rated schools, and direct bus services to central London.
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