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10 leafy London suburbs that won’t break the bank

As you battle the tube, train or road to get to work on a grey day it’s easy to forget that London is one of the world’s greenest cities, with 47% of its surface area taken up by 30,000 allotments, 3,000 parks and three million gardens.

So living in a leafy lane not too far from your central London office doesn’t always mean escaping to the country, or busting the budget. Here’s ten suburbs with green reputations but where house prices are under the London average of £603,017.

1. New Eltham, SE9

Average price: £393,700

Four bed: £550,000-£650,000

In a nutshell: Undiscovered and surprisingly leafy area of south London with one foot in Greenwich, the other in Bexley and its own train station (30 minutes to Charing Cross). Famous sons and daughters include Boy George and Kate Bush.

Nearest Winkworth office: Chislehurst

2. Charlton, SE7

Average price: £443,862

Four bed: £650,000-£800,000

In a nutshell: Hilltop area between Woolwich and Greenwich increasingly referred to as a ‘village’ and with a Lido all close to the 02. Also, it’s only 20 minutes by train into Charing Cross from its station.

Nearest Winkworth office: Blackheath

3. Borehamwood & Elstree, WD6

Average price: £451,641

Four bed: £500,000-£700,000

In a nutshell: Borehamwood is a post-war suburb while Elstree is a more historic Victorian affair but both offer quick journeys into London by its shared train station (37 minutes into Blackfriars) and a rural feel.

Nearest Winkworth office: Borehamwood & Elstree

4. Sydenham, SE26

Average price: £453,228

Four bed: £575,000-£950,000

In a nutshell: Hilly and relatively undervalued suburban slice of Victorian south London to the NE of the Crystal Palace Park, all just 20 minutes from its train station to London Bridge.

Nearest Winkworth office: Crystal Palace

5. Forest Hill, SE23

Average price: £500,468

Four bed: £575,000-£950,000

In a nutshell: Leafy outpost of affordability to the east of Dulwich featuring a café laden central street and a decent Sainsbury’s plus a train station, from which London Victoria is 20-minute journey away.

Nearest Winkworth office: Dulwich

6. Beckenham, BR3

Average price: £500,802

Four bed: £500,000-£1.2m

In a nutshell: Smart and delightful suburb with three railway stations, great schools, bags of retail and a worldwide reputation as the home of David Bowie during his early years.

Nearest Winkworth office: Beckenham

7. Wood Green, N22

Average price: £517,122

Four bed: £550,000-£1.3m

In a nutshell: Train and tube station-served suburb offering value for money between Alexander Palace (and its park) and Tottenham/White Hart Lane. The area is known for its wide range of Victorian semis and shopping centre.

Nearest Winkworth office: Harringay

8. Brockley, SE4

Average price: £522,773

Four bed: £600,000-£1.3m

In a nutshell: Rapidly emerging inner suburb with a village vibe and bags of youth-driven music, food and arts (Goldsmiths College is next door). Trains from Brockley station whisk you into London Bridge in under 15 minutes.

Nearest Winkworth office: New Cross

9. Hackney, E1

Average price: £578,579

Four bed: £700,000-£2.3m

In a nutshell: Large swathe of both inner and suburban east London that’s made the transition from unwanted industrial area to cool residential hang-out. It’s also London’s greenest borough and has benefitted from the regeneration cash of the Olympics.

Nearest Winkworth office: Hackney

10. Winchmore Hill, N21

Average price: £584,872

Four bed: £650,000-£1.7m

In a nutshell: Solidly suburban but village-like conservation area just over the North Circular and above Palmers Green featuring large Edwardian homes, great parks, buckets of community cohesion and plenty of cafés, eateries and pubs.

Nearest Winkworth office: Enfield