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Guide to Family Friendly Areas in London

When making the decision to move to London, it is important to find an area which is both aesthetically pleasing and suitable for family life. Many of the London boroughs are suitable for various styles of living and the UK maintains a high expat population throughout.

South London, Battersea

Battersea is home to L’Ecole de Battersea, an international school which is set in a Victorian building and has an emphasis on bilingual community which aims for students to be fluent in both French and English upon leaving. There is a proposal for the London tube to be introduced to Battersea in 2022 which will add to the great transport links already in place.

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Battersea is a stone’s throw away from Chelsea, and numerous private and high achieving public schools.

For a three bedroom property in the Battersea area, the rental average is circa $4.35k, while the average three bedroom freehold property price stands at circa $1.24m.

South London, Sutton

Sutton is the perfect choice if you want to move to London but also have the experience of living in a rural area. It is situated on the outskirts of London and quite close to Surrey but still has fabulous links into central London as well for those who need to commute to the inner city for work.

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Some of the best grammar schools in the UK are also located in Sutton such as Sutton Grammar and Wilson’s School. Many of the public schools in the area are also achieving Outstanding with OFSTED.

For a three bedroom property in the Sutton area, the rental average is circa $1.86k, while the average three bedroom freehold property price stands at circa $435k.

South London, Richmond

Richmond has the lowest rate of serious crime in London and this has been a consistent statistic since the 2000 millennium. Richmond boasts beautiful Thames River views and has an atmospheric town life which would be appealing to any family.

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A large majority of schools in the area are achieving Outstanding with OFSTED in both primary and secondary education and the popular Royal Ballet School is also found in this charming part of London.

For a three bedroom property in the Richmond area, the rental average is circa $3.73k, while the average three bedroom freehold property price stands at circa $1.12m.

West & Central London, Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington and Chelsea are well known for their museums such as the Victoria and Albert museum and the Natural History Museum as well as Kensington Palace. All of which make for great days out for the family.

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This borough also houses Southbank International School which prides itself in its 98% pass rate and maintains a high volume of overseas students. Various other schools in this much sought after area also maintain high success rates, both independent and public.

For a three bedroom property in the Kensington and Chelsea areas, the rental average is circa $8.08k, while the average three bedroom freehold property price is upwards of $2.49m.

West & Central London, Westminster

Westminster is said to be the area of elitists due to the high property prices, however if you have the means, this could very well be one of the best places to raise a family. It is the inner city and has everything that the city of London can offer as well as transport links to major attractions throughout the UK.

Westminster School is one of the best independent boys’ schools in the UK and The Grey Coat Hospital is almost its girls equivalent.

For a three bedroom property in the Westminster area, the rental average is circa $9.33k, while the average three bedroom freehold property price is upwards of $2.49m.

West & Central London, Hillingdon

Hillingdon gives a country feel without being in the country. It is a picturesque part of London and is less than half an hour drive from Bentley Priory Nature Reserve and the Hillingdon Trail is perfect for a family walk during summer.

Hillingdon has a vast array of schools to choose from and is in close proximity to Heathrow Aviation Engineering Universal Technical College which specialises in preparing students for the world of engineering.

For a three bedroom property in the Hillingdon area, the rental average is circa $1.87k, while the average three bedroom freehold property price stands at circa $373k.

East London, Dalston

Dalston is known as a fairly artistic part of London. It is perfect for the family who has creativity at their core and perhaps talents in music or art. The culture in Dalston is incredibly diverse with a range of ethnicities calling this place home. It’s recent redevelopment of Dalston Junction tube station has given this part of London a real boost.

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The schools in Dalston score above average and independent schools such as Gatehouse School and the City of London School for Girls see incredible results year on year.

For a three bedroom property in the Dalston area, the rental average is circa $3.73k, while the average three bedroom freehold property price stands at circa $1.06m.

East London, Hackney

Hackney has definitely risen up the charts in regards to occupancy. It has been through plenty of renovations and is the fastest improved part of London. The Olympics were the turning point in making this area one of the best places to live in. It’s abundance of parks and beautiful houses make it an ideal place for a family and it has a lively market place that is an adventure to explore.

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Queensbridge Primary and Parkwood Primary remain two of the most high achieving public schools in the area and Hackney is also close to The City Dance Academy which was established in 1992.

For a three bedroom property in the Hackney area, the rental average is circa $2.49k, while the average three bedroom freehold property price stands at circa $996k.

North London, Harrow

Harrow is another charming part of London which sits on the outskirts of the city. There are major employers such as Ladbrokes and Kodak who are situated in this area and of course it is well known for its educational competency.

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Harrow school is a world renowned boarding school which is also positioned in this region. However, the majority of schools within Harrow and its surrounding areas such as Harrow High School and Whitmore High School are of a high quality.

For a three bedroom property in the Harrow area, the rental average is circa $5k, while the average three bedroom freehold property price stands at circa $1.49m.

North London, Camden

Camden is another area in London which has a popular market and it is very well known for it. It is also known as a place steeped in literary history as it was the home of Charles Dickens. It is a lovely place for the alternative family to settle and is very accepting of different cultures.

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Eleanor Palmer Primary is just one of many schools in the area that are rated Outstanding with OFSTED so a high quality education is guaranteed for any who decide to make Camden their home.

For a three bedroom property in the Camden area, the rental average is circa $3.73k, while the average three bedroom freehold property price is upwards of $1.12m.