London; the largest city in Europe, according to its size, has a mountain of boroughs, villages and towns, and deciding where to move to can be tough when there are so many things to consider. Fastsalehomes looked at the upcoming areas of London, which are seeing a regeneration of recent developments, schools, leisure, nightlife and outdoor areas, as well as notable places to check out in each locality.
Here’s our top 10 list of up and coming areas of London you should consider moving to.
1. North Colindale
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Colindale in North London is an area undergoing a huge regeneration, and is fast becoming a property hotspot. Nestled in Zone 4, it is just a 20-minute commute to the centre of London via the Northern Line, and it is well connected by roads too.
Colindale has everything to soon become a desirable area; green open spaces, lots of new flats, a good connection to central London as well as local transport links. In recent years, there have been 10,000 new homes and four new primary schools built in the area. The regeneration has created a further 2,000 jobs in the area.
Notable attractions: Royal Air Force Museum, Montrose playing field, Café Anglais, The Beaufort Pub
2. Stoke Newington
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Stoke Newington, a small area in the North East of London is fast becoming a hip, trendy part of London to live in whilst still having a small-town feel to it. It has some great pubs, bars and cafes, as well as independent shops. The area is very family friendly, with the large Clissold park, and Castle climbing centre providing fun days out for the family.
It has excellent links into the city, using the Piccadilly line and London Overground.
There are a few affordable housing developments as well as existing Victorian properties to choose from. Properties in the area average around £504,673. But if you are craving luxury new apartments, Stoke Newington’s neighbour, Woodberry Down is undergoing a regeneration and has been named London’s “best regeneration” with the apartments overlooking an attractive nature reserve.
Notable areas: The Stoke Newington Tea House, The Jolly Butchers Pub, Finsbury Park, Clissold Park, the Castle climbing centre.
3. East Canning town
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Canning town, an old docklands area largely destroyed in the WW2 Blitz is undergoing a clean-up and many new homes are being built for families, and first time buyers who may be in a relationship. The area will have 10,000 new homes, a brand new high street of 15 shops and eateries, as well as a leisure centre and cinema. This, along with new offices will provide jobs as well as a thriving community space.
It is very well connected to central London through the DLR and the Jubilee line as well as the emirates airline which has maintained its popularity for transport access after London 2012.
The area has seen some schools built, as well as old ones improved; with all primary schools rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.
The area is also thriving for public open spaces – including a recreation ground with tennis courts, a cycle speedway and a climbing and abseiling wall.
Notable areas: Emirates Air Line, O2, MBNA Thames Clippers
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The military epicentre of the capital, Woolwich is still home to grand, attractive military barracks, alongside its less aesthetically pleasing areas, dominated by large areas of social housing.
Don’t let this put you off. Woolwich does earn itself the title of ‘upcoming’. It has good links to central London and the completion of Crossrail will have a tremendous impact on its commutability, and the regeneration of many estates and properties in the immediate area.
Royal Riverside regeneration will bring in 5000 new homes, as well as offices and retail space which will create jobs.
The area also has a large farmer’s market, cafes, restaurants and bars, good shopping facilities and well rated schools.
Notable areas: Greenwich heritage centre, the Royal Artillery Museum, Royal Docks, Cornerstone Cafe.
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Barking has been very unfairly named as one of the most miserable places to live. However, Barking has received funds to improve its housing, with new apartments, library and offices in the pipeline.
Furthermore, 10,000 homes were recently approved for it’s riverside marina development, which will transform Barking into a modern, attractive riverside area with some even saying it will resemble Barcelona’s marina! The area will also encompass a nature reserve and a new railway station.
Notable areas: For those into the arts; The Broadway Theatre & Studio3Arts, Greatfields park.
6. South Croydon
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Croydon does have its reputation as a rough around the edges, less-attractive part of London. But, the South London, Surrey-bordering borough is rapidly changing. The new Westfield-styled 1.5 million square-feet shopping centre will attract people to the area. Additionally, a Shoreditch styled Boxpark has come to the area, which attracts a young, trendy crowd.
It’s digital sector is growing and is attracting tech start-ups to the area, bringing in more prosperity.
It is very well connected to central London. A 10-minute train journey gets you to Victoria. Furthermore, you’re only a 30 minutes’ train ride to South coastal, Brighton.
Notable areas: Boxpark Croydon, Wandle Park, Porter & Sorter Pub,
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Balham, near the end of the Northern Line was once the ‘nowhere’ part of London. Now, it has a lot going for it, and house prices are soaring as a result. It’s very well connected to London, just 20 minutes on the tube.
It’s home to four markets, a large leisure centre and is surrounded by two parks - Wandsworth Common and Clapham Common for those who enjoy large green spaces. For foodies, Balham has many wonderful restaurants on offer, ranging from French fine dining to a good Friday night curry.
Notable areas: The Bedford Pub, Balham Food Festival, Wandsworth Common.
8. New Cross
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Home to Goldsmiths University; New Cross’s young crowd is transforming the once rough area into a hip, fashionable and more attractive place to live.
It has excellent connectivity to London, with regular trains to London bridge and Charing Cross. There are proposals for New Cross to have a new underground connecting it to the Bakerloo line.
The roads between New Cross and Deptford have been largely improved for pedestrians and cyclists, making them safer. The area is great for music lovers, with the Albany arts centre and various other venues and pubs putting on shows.
Plans have been confirmed for a regeneration project, for 1400 new homes, as well as a brand-new Sainsbury's supermarket.
Notable areas: the Albany, Amersham arms pub, Brockley market, Deptford film club.
9. West Ealing
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Ealing might feel miles away from the buzz of London; however, its transport links are excellent; it has a stop on the Piccadilly, Central and Metropolitan tube lines. The area is becoming highly sought after for house buyers and prices are rising.
Crossrail will soon provide an even faster connectivity into the city boosting its attraction to outsiders. The area is also very aesthetically beautiful and holds a charisma, with its leafy streets and Edwardian and Victorian properties.
The area has many good schools and a few rated outstanding - many of them being academies and free schools.
Notable areas: Pitshanger lane for its indie shops, The Haven Arms Pub, Walpole Park, London transport museum depot.
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Uxbridge, home of Brunel university, is right at the end of the Piccadilly line and Metropolitan line, and is just five minutes from the M40 and 15 minutes from Heathrow. Uxbridge is also to see the vast benefits of Crossrail.
Currently, a humdrum suburban town, investors have already sniffed out this West London gem. The area recently won a £20million bid to improve the area; particularly the high street and town centre. 1200 new properties will be built, as well as new hotels and a primary school, bringing a much-needed boost to the area.
Notable areas: The Vinyl canteen, The Good Yarn pub, Hillingdon court.