If you’re looking for green space, you might think that London is out of the question. But surprisingly, London has countless neigbhourhoods with beautiful parks and green spaces of all sizes.
But if you really want to be on the doorstep of some of the most fabulous green spaces, then here are my top pics for great areas of London.
Camden, in Northwest London, is well known for its incredible market, quirky scene, and diverse culture, but what you may not know is it is just 10 minutes from the famous Primrose Hill. There you’ll have some of the best views of London. Primrose Hill is on the northern edge of the majestic Regent’s Park, home of the London Zoo along with an open air theatre, boating lake, and beautiful landscaped gardens.
Camden is a great area for Londoners who want some of the best nightlife, restaurants and bars in London.
Another great part of Camden is the access to Regents Canal that goes through the main street, so not only are you getting the green space, you’re getting canalside living too!
From quaint mews properties to large 5-storey villas and houses, properties in Camden are as diverse as the community. There are also two storey railway cottages on Clarence Way and Harmood Street, Georgian properties on Arlington Road and Parkway, as well as stylish, contemporary new build apartments.
If you are looking to buy, flats have an average sale price of £846,316. While terraced properties sold for an average of £2,002,046, with semi-detached properties fetching £3,167,882, according to Rightmove.
Moving onto southwest London is Clapham, which provides one of the largest open spaces in all of London – Clapham Common. At 220 acres, you really can spend all day walking through the park, playing fields, playground for children or paddling pool. There’s also an 18th century church, skate park and even a Grade II listed bandstand. There are plenty of events to enjoy, so while you get your nature fix you will also have plenty of activities to keep you occupied.
Clapham The area is popular with families as it provides a large number of schools (13 primary schools and several local secondary schools), while young professionals also flock to the area thanks to its nightlife, shops & retailers, while remaining close to the centre of London. It provides residents with independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and is one of London’s most popular areas to live.
Properties in Clapham are diverse – with grand Georgian terraces in Grafton Square, Victorian properties in Abbeville VIllage, as well as Victorian & Edwardian terraced homes, flats, period mansion blocks, & period conversions in Clapham North & South. Properties in Clapham had an overall average price of £862,518 over the last year, with flats selling for an average of £590,753. Terraced properties sold for an average of £1,247,413, with semi-detached properties fetching £1,637,321, according to Rightmove.
Greenwich park is one of the royal parks of London and is located in southeast London. It is one of the largest & oldest single green spaces in the arena, providing 182 Acres of beautiful greenery since its creation in the 15th century.
The area was home to the equestrian events for the London Olympics, which meant the council invested £20m in the area, resulting in improved leisure facilities and a new Greenwich Pier.
The park itself is enclosed, has a small herd of deer, bandstand, Old Royal Observatory, children’s playground, three cafes, large gardens, cricket & tennis courts.
Properties in the area are mainly Georgian and Victorian, as well as cottages, riverside apartments and newer developments. Properties in Greenwich had an overall average price of £635,238.
The majority of sales in Greenwich during the last year were flats, selling for an average price of £514,059. Terraced properties sold for an average of £846,713, with semi-detached properties fetching £982,812. According to Rightmove.
One of the most beautiful and high end areas in London is Mayfair. This prestigious area of prime central London truly delivers when it comes to beautiful properties and green space. Located next to three incredible parks: Green Park (which is home to Buckingham Palace), Hyde Park and St. James’s Park, you will need a higher budget to live in this stunning area – but you won’t be disappointed.
Mayfair itself is incredibly diverse, with a large population of overseas buyers who have second homes here. It is also a base for getting to work in the city while remaining in a green-filled area surrounded by culture, fine dining and phenomenal shopping.
Properties in Mayfair tend to be converted into apartments from the grand Georgian houses and mansions, which actually were developed into temporary offices after their residents abandoned them during the second world war. These offices gradually were converted back into residential properties, which now offer stunning homes to live for professionals and families. Speaking of families, there are a whopping 11 private schools in the area (compared to the 6 state schools that offer primary, comprehensive and higher education to students).
Properties in Mayfair had an overall average price of £3,426,130 over 2020-2022, with a majority of them being flats with an average price of £3,356,848. Terraced properties, while few and far between, sold for an average of £4,500,000.
Overall, sold prices in Mayfair in 2021 were down 47% from the previous year and 63% down on the 2019 peak of £9,158,652, according to Rightmove. So it may be a perfect time to find a bargain.
Finally, I wanted to feature Hampstead as an area perfect for people looking for accessible green space. Located in north London, this villagey area of London may make you feel you’re in the suburbs but, in fact, you’re just 20 minutes away from the centre of London thanks to its Northern Line tube station and even more routes via its overground station – Hampstead Heath.
The real Hampstead Heath is perfect for those looking for extensive green space. It is so beautiful, in fact, that it is the inspiration for C.S.Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Providing 800 acres of woodland and meadows, as well as swimming ponds, playgrounds and training track, the heath also offers one of the best views of London from Parliament Hill – the perfect spot for a picnic.
If you are looking to buy a home in this gorgeous, family-friendly neighbourhood, you’re spoiled for choice. Hampstead has a range of Georgian,Victoria, and Edwardian properties, as well as period cottages to tempt you. And recently there are also some newer developments as well. Many of the mansions have been converted into flats, much like other areas of London, so if you are looking for a larger home you’ll need to have a very high budget.
Properties in Hampstead had an overall average price of £1,508,178, with most of the sales being flats, which sold for an average of £990,466. Terraced properties sold for an average of £2,230,316, while semi-detached homes sold for an average of £3,902,171.
Overall, sold prices in Hampstead over the last year were 6% down on the previous year and similar to the 2019 peak of £1,517,289 according to Rightmove.
As you can see, we are truly lucky to have neighbourhoods surrounded by incredible nature. Hopefully, we’ve introduced some that you may not have heard of.
For 6 more neighbourhoods in London that are near some of London’s biggest parks, check out my other video – https://youtu.be/BV8nJiPG2W4
If you are looking to relocate to London or interested in moving to a green neighbourhood near the city, and need guidance to help you, I’d love to help.