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London Rent Guide: best areas for family-size lets

By Sophia Wood-Burgess

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This month, we’re looking at some exceptional London neighbourhoods for families with children to rent in.

These are the areas in each region of London – North, South, East, West and Central – where we have a great selection of very nice homes on the market with three or more bedrooms. But it’s not just about the homes, we’re factoring in the amount of green space and outstanding schools in the borough to show you which areas with spacious homes available also have a fantastic neighbourhood to raise children in.

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Central London: family homes to rent in Kensington

The entire borough of Kensington and Chelsea scored very well this month. Not only are there excellent schools, but the number of 3+ bed homes to choose from is remarkably high – especially considering how popular this borough is.

While Kensington is very lively, there are surprising pockets of peaceful streets with the most beautiful homes. Close to the high street, families benefit from shopping to transportation. It is an upscale area of prime Central London, but with that price tag comes an exceptional lifestyle.

Browse homes to rent in Kensington

Education: Plenty of highly regarded schools, like the Outstanding-rated Bevington Primary School and Kensington Aldridge Academy.

Green spaces: Kensington Gardens and Holland Park

A day out with the kids in Kensington: Some of London’s best museums are in Kensington, and the Natural History Museum is a free day out for the curious soul.

East London: family homes to rent in Hackney

Hackney maintains a lively and vibrant atmosphere and a loyal, multicultural community. With plenty to see and do, and successful regeneration bringing an array of housing, shopping and cultural venues in, Hackney is an exciting place for young families. This borough has excellent education – according to our schools by borough insight, 74% of the primary and secondary schools throughout the borough are rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

Browse homes to rent in Hackney

Education: A number of the borough’s outstanding schools are in Hackney, such as the Muslim state primary school, Olive School, and Gayhurst Community School.

Green spaces: Hackney Downs, London Fields and Victoria Park.

A day out with the kids in Hackney: Hackney City Farm is a beloved local attraction. It’s free to visit, and there are a range of experiences from workshops to meeting farmyard animals to planting vegetables.

Photography: Willesden by Foxtons Specialist Photography team.

West London: family homes to rent in Willesden

While the borough of Kensington & Chelsea scored highly in West London too, Willesden’s convenient transport (13 minutes to Bond Street!) and lovely sense of community are popular with families, especially those moving outwards from central locations for more spacious family homes. True to character, there is a lot to choose from in homes with three or more bedrooms in Willesden right now

Browse homes to rent in Willesden

Education: There are plenty of good schools around, and easy transport to higher education as well.

Green space: Gladstone Park and Roundwood Park

A day out with the kids in Willesden: get moving at Willesden Sports Centre, with a full schedule of activities for all ages.

North London: family homes to rent in St John's Wood

St John’s Wood is an elegant upmarket setting for family life, and it currently has an exciting range of 3+ bedroom properties to rent on the market. The location is ideal, it’s a delightful walk from the West End yet it carries a carefully maintained peaceful village feel. With gorgeous canals and period architecture, you couldn’t pick a prettier place to live.

Browse homes to rent in St John's Wood

Education: St John’s Wood has a wide range of state, independent and international schools.

Green space: Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill

A day out with the kids in St John’s Wood: in 2024, the open-air theatre in Regents Park will be putting on Bear Snores On.

South London: family homes to rent in Raynes Park

Let's shine a light on Raynes Park; it doesn’t have the same attention on it as its famous neighbour, Wimbledon, but it has many of the same benefits families look for in a South London let. It is a hidden gem for the savvy Londoner. It ticks all the boxes for families, with lovely green spaces, wonderful education options and a dedicated local community. Raynes Park and Wimbledon have an excellent range of three-bed homes to rent on the market right now.

Browse homes to rent in Raynes Park

Education: Raynes Park is home to a selection of highly regarded schools, including Hollymount Primary School, West Wimbledon Primary School and Raynes Park High School.

Green space: Cottenham Park and Cannon Hill Common

A day out with the kids in Raynes Park: Looking for a creative outlet? Stagecoach helps children find their confidence through singing, dancing and acting.

Every London neighbourhood and district is unique. Whatever rental experience you’re looking for, there’s a perfect place to find it. So, keep an eye on our London Rent Guides series. We’ll diving into some of the factors that make different areas popular with London renters.

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