What area of London is best to live in with a family?


London is a wonderful place to live, but it can be overwhelming when deciding where to settle. So many areas have different amenities and qualities that make them perfect for certain types of families. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various options so you can find your ideal London neighbourhood!

In London there are plenty of great neighbourhoods for families with children from newborns to teenagers. If you’re looking for a suburban area with lots of green space and a big garden then consider moving to the North West of the city, or if you’re looking for a cute location near central London then Marylebone may be for you. Check out our 5 favourite locations to think about if you’re looking for a family-friendly home in London:


  1. St Johns Wood

St Johns Wood is located in the NW8 district of London and is only 10 minutes from Baker Street station by foot or 5 minutes by bus.  It is close enough to all the action you could want but far enough away that it is not too busy and stressful.

St Johns Wood is also where many celebrities choose to live in the capital. You never know who you might bump into when you’re walking your dog one morning.

St Johns Wood High Street also provides plenty of restaurant and bar options when you fancy a lovely evening away from the family home, with The Ivy and other famous establishments dotted along the road and beyond.


  1. Regents Park

Regents Park is located in the London Borough of Camden. It ranks as one of the most expensive districts in London, right up there with Kensington and Mayfair. Many people find Regents Park an attractive choice for its close proximity to all amenities and excellent transport links via bus, tube or car.

Regents Park holds the prestigious Royal Parks of London status with many people naming it among their most favourite parks in Europe. The park is home to exotic animals, playgrounds, walking trails and running tracks. It is also used by high profile athletes for training purposes, making it an all-round great place for your family to enjoy weekend adventures whether it be sport, sightseeing or wildlife loving.

Another reason why some people would consider living in Regents Park is that it has an enviable range of shops and restaurants nearby. The world-class department store Selfridges is located just outside this district while Harrods can be found on Brompton Road, which runs through Knightsbridge. Shoppers will also enjoy being near to Bond Street which benefits from one of the largest concentrations of stores including Prada, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior.


     3. Marylebone

Marylebone has been around since medieval times, giving it loads of history to explore from grand Gothic churches to stylish boutiques. With its location right between Regents Park and Baker Street tube station, there’s no way you won’t be happy with its access to a multitude of amenities to enjoy with your family.

With the hustle and bustle of a buzzing metropolis, Marylebone is a great part to find yourself within if you’re looking for a thriving city lifestyle. The high streets are packed with busy shops, restaurants and bars making it perfect for anyone that loves going out and about! London is also packed with events year-round including festivals such as Notting Hill Carnival, Christmas markets in Regent Street and film screenings at the iconic BFI Southbank – all within 15 minutes taxis from Marylebone.

The area of Marylebone is home to several schools within its boundaries.  It is a preferred location for individuals looking for educational institutions as the availability of numerous options is high here.

Public schools in the neighbourhood include:

– Queens College

– Wetherby

– Portland Place School


4. Hampstead

London is a big and crowded city, but Hampstead makes a break from the hustle and bustle of London. It’s a small place with local shops, restaurants and bars situated in beautiful surroundings 

Hampstead has an interesting history too, it was once marsh land which used to be below sea level before people started settling there from the 14 th century onwards. Today it’s been lined up as one of the best places to live in London 

Hampstead is all about the 800 wild acres of Hampstead Heath, a slither of the countryside in the middle of the city. The Heath is also famous for its three outdoor Bathing Ponds — one for women, one for men, and a mixed one — and its Parliament Hill Lido.


Whether you want to live near the city centre, in a leafy suburb or by parks and green spaces, there are many options for families looking to move into London. For more information about what area of the city would be best suited for your family needs contact our team at Laurence Leigh Residential today!


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