Moving to London is a big step and takes a lot of consideration but if you are moving to London with your family there is even more that you will need to factor in to the equation. For example, schools, playgrounds and crime rate will also be something that you will want to look at to make sure you are moving somewhere safe. With this in mind we take a look at the five best areas in London to live in with your family.
When thinking about parks and open green spaces in London, many people will immediately think of Richmond Park and it is not surprising. Richmond Park is 9.55 km² of beautifully maintained public gardens that is popular with families, runners, picnickers, cyclists and deer.
The area of Richmond itself is in South West London and sits conveniently on the District underground line, as well as having an over ground railway station and well serviced by bus routes. This means that not only you will be able to commute easily but at the weekends and holidays you will easily be able to get out and about with the kids.
According to the Metropolitan Police crime stats Richmond has one of the lowest crime rates in London, between July 2017 and June 2019 the crime rate was 129 (per 1000 residents), making it one of the more family friendly boroughs.
The quality of schools in the area is also very high, with 28 schools in the borough that have an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating and 26 that are rated ‘good’. This abundance of good schools, one of the nicest parks in the city, good transport links and a safe neighbourhood, makes Richmond a good choice of London neighbourhoods to live in with a family.
Another obvious choice of London neighbourhoods for lovers of parks and open spaces is Crystal Palace. Most of the Crystal Palace area is occupied by the beautiful park which is often filled with families enjoying the surroundings that include a parade of dinosaur statues, a skate park, one of the largest outdoor mazes in the country and a boating park.
Near to the park is the railway station and the National Sports Stadium - a 15,500 seater athletics stadium that is a popular attraction for sports fans.
Part of the Bromley borough of London, Crystal Palace has a low crime rate, similar to that of Richmond, just 139 (per 1000 residents). Another interesting point that is enjoyed by its residents is that Crystal Palace has one of the highest points in the city, meaning there are some fantastic views of the capital.
According to estate agents Foxtons, the average house price in Crystal Palace is £412,929, making it not just one of the safest places in London but also one of the best value neighbourhoods.
A very popular choice amongst city workers that want an easy-going pace of life outside of work is Chiswick. It has good transport links, offering commuters a choice of 3 tube stops (Chiswick Park, Turnham Green and Gunnersbury stations) each of which boast a short 30-minute ride to central London. In the other direction, it is close to the M4 which makes it ideally located for those that need good access to the road networks or enjoy escaping to the country. There’s a good selection of amenities for families to take advantage of in Chiswick including swimming pools, bakeries, the popular food market and plenty of book shops.
Chiswick is often regarded as having a genuine village feel that the residents enjoy and make the most of, thanks in no small part to the tranquil Turnham Green. There is also a wealth of coffee shops, restaurants and boutique shops that rub shoulders and make perfect neighbours to the ornate and leafy rows of Georgian and Edwardian houses.
With the average family home at just over £1 million, you get more for you money in Chiswick than some of the other premium areas of London. Its location, amenities, community feel and picturesque scenery make it an idyllic location within London to move to with a family.
Considered to be one of the safest areas of London, with a crime rate of just 128, Bexley is often unduly overlooked as an area in London to move to with a young family. Located on the East side of the capital and bordering Greenwich, Bexley is also one of the best value areas of London to live in, Foxtons have revealed that the average house price in the area is just £342,993.
Reportedly having 100 parks, some of which have trees that are nearing 200 years old, Bexley has more than its fair share of green spaces making it a fantastic location to move to as a family, especially during the summer. Other than the ample selection of parks, there is a very popular leisure centre, Crook Log, which has a 25m swimming pool, sauna, a gym and a handful of outdoor sports pitches.
If you are tempted to move to Bexley, London you will join a star-studded list of residents with Roger Moore, Bernie Ecclestone and Kate Bush all calling Bexley home at some point in their lives.
Just to the West of Bexley is Greenwich, a beautiful and leafy area that is famously popular with young families and commuters thanks to its affordable housing (average house price is £372,803) and wide open spaces, in particular the Royal Park is a beautiful spot for a picnic or a kick around while taking in the elevated views of the city.
Greenwich has a wide selection of respected schools to choose from. There are 3 secondary schools that have been classified as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and 9 ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ upper schools in the area to send your children to.
Despite not having a tube station, Greenwich is still within easy reach of the city centre for commuters. A short 20-minute ride on the Docklands Light Railway can get you to the heart of London’s financial district. There is also a large number of museums in the area, not to mention the O2 arena, which is almost a town in itself with shops, bowl plex, cinemas, restaurants and of course the concert venue.
If you are considering moving to Richmond, Crystal Palace, Chiswick, Bexley, Greenwich or anywhere else in London talk to our specialist removals team and we will help you on your way. Click here for more information on our London removals service.