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We've shortlisted London's most popular neighbourhoods for renting* and show you where to rent in London and the reasons why.

North London

Islington

islington town hall
Islington Town Hall, Upper Street

Average price: One bed £401 pw | two bed £547 pw | three bed £639 pw

Types of property: From elegant Georgian town houses off Liverpool Road, to apartments in industrial conversions, to flats in converted terraces, Islington's housing market is made up of mainly period properties.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Highbury & Islington to King’s Cross in 2 mins

What is there to do?: The choice of restaurants along Upper Street is second to none – Mem & Laz has a huge menu of Turkish, Italian and British dishes all at very reasonable prices, while Ottolenghi deli and restaurant is an elegant setting for Mediterranean fare.

Angel

upper street angel
Upper Street, Angel

Average price: One bed £416 pw | two bed £603 pw | three bed £ pw

Types of property: Angel is well known for its Georgian town houses, of which many are now divided into flats.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Angel to King’s Cross in 2 mins, Euston in 3 mins, London Bridge in 7 mins

What is there to do?: Camden Passage for cute coffee shops and its twice-weekly antiques market, Frederick’s for a special occasion and Sadler’s Wells Theatre for lively evening entertainment.

Camden Town

camden lock market
Camden Lock Market, Camden High Street

Average price: One bed £372 pw | two bed £514 pw | three bed £ pw

Types of property: Period town houses between Camden Town and Mornington Crescent contrast with a large number of modern developments and converted industrial buildings alongside Regent’s Canal.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Camden Town to Euston in 2 mins

What is there to do?: Camden is an area of London that never sleeps. From bustling markets in the day, to music venues and lively restaurants by night, you can never run out of things to do in Camden.

South West London

Clapham

clapham old town clapham common
Clapham Old Town, Clapham Common

Average price: One bed £362 pw | two bed £439 pw | three bed £730 pw

Types of property: Everything from converted flats around Clapham High Street to large family homes in Between the Commons.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Clapham Common to Waterloo in 11 mins

What is there to do?: Clapham Common for lazy days in the sun or fitness bootcamps, No. 32 The Old Town for brunch and North St. Deli for a tasty takeaway lunch.

Brixton

brixton village indoor market
Brixton Village

Average price: One bed £321 pw | two bed £407 pw | three bed £514 pw

Types of property: Lots of one and two bedroom flats in period conversions off Brixton Hill and large Georgian houses.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Brixton to Victoria in 7 mins

What is there to do?: Brixton Village is at the centre of Brixton’s community, with loads of independent food traders all under one roof, while nearby Brockwell Park is becoming a music festival hotspot. At night, Brixton's pubs and bars – especially The Prince of Wales – are some of South London’s busiest.

Wimbledon

St Mary
St Mary's Church, Wimbledon Village

Average price: One bed £311 pw | two bed £446 pw | three bed £493 pw

Types of property: Grand family homes around Wimbledon Common and a mixture of converted flats and beautiful terraced houses closer to Wimbledon Station.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Wimbledon to Waterloo in 17 mins

What is there to do?: You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in Wimbledon, from traditional pizza and pasta at Al Forno, to elegant dining in Wimbledon Village. A stroll around Wimbledon Common is a great way to spend a sunny day, while in winter there are plenty of pubs to hide in, such as The Dog & Fox.

Battersea

Albert Bridge Battersea
View of Albert Bridge from Battersea riverside

Average price: One bed £399 pw | two bed £560 pw | three bed £820 pw

Types of property: Red brick mansion blocks surrounding Battersea Park, contemporary developments overlooking the River Thames and period terrace houses make up the majority of Battersea’s residential architecture. There are also a number of Victorian school building conversions and soon to be built apartments at Battersea Power Station.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Battersea Park to Victoria in 4 mins, Queenstown Road to Waterloo in 8 mins

What is there to do?: The cafes and restaurants on Battersea Square offer a delightful setting for a bite to eat, with lots of outside seating. Pick up a fresh loaf of bread from Flour to the People, or check out Battersea Arts Centre close to Clapham Junction for live music events, theatre and talks.

Putney

Putney High Street
Putney High Street

Average price: One bed £340 pw | two bed £427 pw | three bed £544 pw

Types of property: Putney has a mixture of properties types, ranging from flats in period conversions, to 1960s apartment blocks along West Hill, to luxury riverside developments next to Putney Bridge.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Putney to Waterloo in 19 mins

What is there to do?: Head to Putney Pies on Putney High Street if you fancy some traditional British fare, followed by experimental cocktails in The Toy Shop. Or take a walk along the River Thames to Wandsworth Park, where you can spend an afternoon at Putt in the Park.

Earlsfield

Earlsfield Station Garratt Lane
Earlsfield Station, Garratt Lane

Average price: One bed £273 pw | two bed £364 pw | three bed £498 pw

Types of property: Like a lot of South West London, Earlsfield is monopolised by rows of period terrace properties that are either divided into smaller flats or retained as generously proportioned family homes.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Earlsfield to Waterloo in 13 mins

What is there to do?: Right next to Earlsfield Station, The Earlsfield is the perfect place for an after-work pint, while there are plenty of affordable restaurants long Garratt Lane, such as Nazmin’s for Indian curries and Roxie for tasty steaks.

South East London

Greenwich

Greenwich Park
View of Canary Wharf from Greenwich Park

Average price: One bed £334 pw | two bed £396 pw | three bed £507 pw

Types of property: There are lots of modern riverside apartments on the banks of the Thames at Greenwich, while closer to Greenwich Station there are rows of charming cottages and a mixture of period architecture surrounding Greenwich Park.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Greenwich to London Bridge in 11 mins

What is there to do?: Perhaps one of London’s most green and picturesque neighbourhoods, Greenwich is famed for Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory, while around the Cutty Sark there are a number of traditional pubs like The Gipsy Moth.

Peckham Rye

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Rye Lane Market, Rye Lane

Average price: One bed £265 pw | two bed £382 pw | three bed £525 pw

Types of property: Peckham Rye has a wonderful mixture of stucco-fronted and brick-fronted period houses.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Peckham Rye to London Bridge in 14 mins

What is there to do?: Peckham is fast becoming one of London’s coolest neighbourhoods with rooftop institution Frank’s Café. There are lots of independent cafes and restaurants like South Indian Ganapati and The Begging Bowl, which add to Peckham’s local community feel.

Streatham

Streatham High Road
Streatham High Road

Average price: One bed £278 pw | two bed £334 pw | three bed £456 pw

Types of property: There’s a real mixture of property types in Streatham – large Victorian family homes by Streatham Common, converted flats and 1930s houses east of Streatham High Road.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Streatham to Blackfriars in 19 mins, Streatham Common to Victoria in 21 mins, Streatham Hill to Victoria in 19 mins

What is there to do?: Along Streatham High Road there are plenty of places for coffee and cake – Brooks and Gao, Hood and Perfect Blend, to name a few – and there are lots of green spaces too, including Streatham Common and The Rookery.

East London

Shoreditch

Great Eastern Street Shoreditch
Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch

Average price: One bed £422 pw | two bed £550 pw | three bed £761 pw

Types of property: Like many East London neighbourhoods, Shoreditch has a complete mix of architecture, from converted warehouses close to Shoreditch High Street, period town houses and modern developments closer to Old Street.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Shoreditch to Liverpool Street is in walking distance, or 11 mins by bus

What is there to do?: You’ll never run out of things to do in this busy part of town, but we recommend wandering down Brick Lane and trying Beigel Bake’s traditional salt beef bagel. You can even enjoy a cup of tea in the company of feline friends at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, or sample the brunch menu at The Culpeper, with ingredients grown in its rooftop garden.

Isle of Dogs

view of Canary Wharf from Isle of Dogs
View of Canary Wharf from Isle of Dogs

Average price: One bed £384 pw | two bed £631 pw | three bed £728 pw

Types of property: A mixture of modern apartment blocks and houses close to Canary Wharf’s towering skyline.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Canary Wharf to London Bridge in 6 mins

What is there to do?: In amongst residential roads, Mudchute Park and Farm is a surprising spot with farm animals and stables. Further towards Canary Wharf there are plenty of places to eat and drink, such as Boisdale jazz club and Italian restaurant Il Bianco.

West London

Fulham

Jerdan Place Fulham Broadway
Jerdan Place, Fulham Broadway

Average price: One bed £392 pw | two bed £511 pw | three bed £710 pw

Types of property: Everything from cute Victorian houses and converted flats around Fulham Broadway, to Thames-side contemporary apartments like those in Imperial Wharf.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Fulham Broadway to Victoria in 16 mins, Paddington in 14 mins

What is there to do?: Stroll along the River Thames to Fulham Palace and check out its walled garden, experience Michelin-star food in a relaxed pub setting at The Harwood Arms, or treat yourself to something special from one of the independent boutiques on Fulham Road.

Notting Hill

Portobello Road Market Notting Hill
Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill

Average price: One bed £432 pw | two bed £583 pw | three bed £1,024 pw

Types of property: Charming multi-coloured houses in the Portobello Road area, large Victorian family villas off Pembridge Road and elegant flats in stucco-fronted period conversions.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Notting Hill Gate to Paddington in 4 mins, Victoria in 10 mins

What is there to do? Start the day by checking out the stalls at Portobello Road Market before indulging in a delicious cocktail lunch at Beach Blanket Babylon. On Westbourne Grove there are many designer boutiques, while up near Ladbroke Grove there are lots of local independent shops.

Ealing

Ealing Common Underground Station
Ealing Common Underground Station

Average price: One bed £289 pw | two bed £352 pw | three bed £524 pw

Types of property: There are a number of modern apartments and developments close to Ealing Broadway’s busy centre, whilst in the surrounding neighbourhoods and around Ealing Common the properties are mainly of a period build style.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Ealing Broadway to Paddington in 13 mins

What is there to do?: Along The Broadway there are many high street favourites. But further down towards Ealing Green, there are lots of delightful independent traders, such as Farm W5 selling organic food products and Munson’s coffee shop.

Central London

Marylebone

Sunset view over Marylebone
Sunset view over Marylebone

Average price: One bed £498 pw | two bed £721 pw | three bed £1,081 pw

Types of property: Red brick mansion blocks in the Chiltern Street area, beautiful listed Georgian homes set on garden squares and central weekday boltholes.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Marylebone to Paddington in 3 mins, Charing Cross in 9 mins

What is there to do?: Dine in style at celeb hangout Chiltern Firehouse, check out Marylebone Farmers’ Market every Sunday for delicious fresh produce and wander the rooms of The Wallace Collection, a town house filled with what was once a private collection of 18th and 19th-century art.

South Kensington

Exhibition Road South Kensington
Exhibition Road, South Kensington

Average price: One bed £485 pw | two bed £721 pw | three bed £1,275 pw

Types of property: One of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods, South Kensington’s sought-after roads are lined with mostly beautiful stucco-fronted houses and converted apartments like those on Onslow Gardens and red brick mansion blocks around Brompton Road.

Commute time to terminal station/s: South Kensington to Victoria in 4 mins

What is there to do?: The pedestrianised part of Exhibition Road is home to loads of delightful cafes and restaurants for weekend brunches and just down the road from here, the V&A and the Natural History Museum have constantly changing exhibitions. While there are many high-end restaurants on Old Brompton Road, there are also more affordable options like Rocca.

Pimlico

Lindsay Square Pimlico
Lindsay Square, Pimlico

Average price: One bed £449 pw | two bed £706 pw | three bed £1,091 pw

Types of property: Pimlico is famed for its elegant stucco-fronted period town houses, of which many have been converted into smaller apartments perfect for those working in central London.

Commute time to terminal station/s: Pimlico to Victoria 1 min by tube, or 12 mins by bus

What is there to do?: You’ll find everything you need in the independent and high street stores, cafes and restaurants on Warwick Way. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, head to Hardcore Lobster & More on Wilton Road for a whole lobster or a ‘Hardcore’ 6oz burger, or The Orange on Pimlico Road for a proper Sunday roast.

Kensington

Kensington Palace and Gardens
Kensington Palace and Gardens

Average price: One bed £464 pw | two bed £669 pw | three bed £1,169 pw

Types of property: An elegant mixture of red brick mansion blocks and stucco-fronted town houses that are typical of properties in this part of London.

Commute time to terminal station/s: High Street Kensington to Paddington in 6 mins

What is there to do?: Above Kensington High Street, The Roof Gardens have their own resident flamingos and manicured gardens in which to enjoy a night of drinking and dancing, while The Scarsdale Tavern is a more traditional backdrop for a pint. And you don’t need your own garden with Kensington Palace and gardens on your doorstep!

*Areas ordered in popularity by the number of rental property searches on Foxtons.co.uk. Average rental prices accurate on Foxtons.co.uk as of 17/08/2016.

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