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March 5, 2010
American Expat's Most Popular Neighborhoods In London
According to Patricia Neal of www.londonalmode.com, these are the most popular neighborhoods for American Expats:
Belgravia (SW1) – Belgravia is located in central London near Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. It is also home to a number of consulates and embassies. It is one of the wealthiest areas in London and has some of the most desirable (and expensive) property in London. Home to lots of celebrities, CEOs and Nigella Lawson
Chelsea (SW3 and SW10) – Chelsea is in many ways similar to Chelsea in NYC. With its great access to the King’s Road and Sloan Square, it’s perfect for shopping.
Some of London’s trendiest restaurants are located in Chelsea, but that being said, there are also a number of more quaint pubs and restaurants, too. In my opinion, it’s not great for public transportation, but it does have some excellent schools. Chelsea boasts a number of mansion blocks and mews houses, but it isn’t known for its large Georgian terraced homes as much as nearby Belgravia.
Kensington (W8) – Kensington High Street has good shopping both practical and otherwise. Kensington is the former home of Princess Diana. Focus Information Services, which is a great resource for expats is also located here. Kensington offers easy access to public transport. For city workers, the Central line provides a straight shot into the city.
Knightsbridge (SW1, SW3 and SW7) – I would say that Knightsbridge is the equally exclusive cousin of Belgravia. Knightsbridge is home to Harrods and is very expensive.
Pimlico (SW1) – If you like the idea of living near Belgravia, but can’t afford the staggering prices, then Pimlico might be a good option. It’s close to Belgravia, has good access to transport via the Victoria line and is considerably cheaper than nearby Belgravia and Chelsea.
South Kensington (SW3, SW5 and SW7) – South Kensington is very popular with expatriates partly because it’s largely a residential area with a good selection of flats to let. Good transportation, restaurants and home to four of the city’s best museums.
Bayswater and Paddington (W2) – Bayswater and Paddington are pretty close to Oxford Street shopping and they are much cheaper than nearby Mayfair and Notting Hill.
Notting Hill (W11) – Notthing Hill has a number of both flats and large terraced homes. Notting Hill is home to Portobello Market and the Notthing Hill Carnival.
Holland Park (W14) – Holland Park is close to both Notting Hill and Kensington High Street. Holland Park features both large detached homes as well as a good selection of flats located in mansion blocks.
Hampstead (NW1) – Beautiful leafy area, just outside of Central London. Perfect for nature lover’s because of its proximity to Hampstead Heath.
Islington (N1) – Large number of Georgian terraced homes, a good selection of stores and shops and popular with a growing number of bankers and lawyers because its proximity to the city.
Regent’s Park (NW1) – Good access to Regent’s Park and close to the great shops of Marylebone High Street. Easy transportation access to just about anywhere in London
St. John’s Wood (NW8) – The American School in London is located in St. John’s Wood and is popular with quite a few families.
Shad Thames (SE1) – Shad Thames offers great views of Tower Bridge and has quite a few warehouse style buildings that have been converted into flats along the River Thames. Close to the popular Borough Market and great restaurants such as Butler’s Wharf Chop House