Itâ€™s not easy to tick everything off your list straight away when it comes to finding a family home in London...
Accessibility, cleanliness and eating and drinking options might be obvious things to consider; but for young families, things like catchment areas, leisure facilities and family friendly services are all important when choosing your new location. We’ve picked out the best London boroughs for young families to set up their family home.
St John’s Wood:
This Zone 2, North West London hotspot is perfect for families on the go. Offering an easy commute into the centre of town, there are plenty of activities for families to get stuck into. Nearby outdoor spaces include Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath – both great for ‘fun for free’ weekends. The schools are well regarded and there’s a good mix of young professionals and young families in the area.
Dulwich is a longstanding family favourite with direct trains to central London in just 15 minutes. The great thing about this area is that it’s close enough to the city amenities, but has that feeling of a rural retreat, boasting green spaces such as Dulwich Park. There’s also a great choice of both public and private schools.
“Dulwich and the surrounding areas of Forest Hill, Honor Oak and Sydenham are ideal locations for young families. There are plenty of local primary schools, large parks and high streets full of local independent shops.” - Oliver Burgess, Director at Winkworth, Dulwich
Perfect for artistic families, this area of East London celebrates a love of music, art and creative culture. When it comes to your child’s education, above average schools include Gatehouse School and the City of London School for Girls – both achieving high results year in year out.
“Hackney is home to a thriving community and the schools here are mostly new. There’s something for everyone and the atmosphere is reinvigorated and vibrant.” – Ian Fraser, Director at Winkworth, Hackney
When it comes to quality of life, Richmond ranks highly. It boasts beautiful parks, excellent family facilities and is located in a tranquil location on the River Thames. A fine selection of both private and public schools means you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to educating your child. If a quieter life away from the hustle and bustle is for you, then Richmond is a great area to put down your roots.