Yes, 2017’s London hotspot – home to the best rooftop bars and, of course, Star Wars hunk John Boyega – has been pipped to the post by its south-eastern neighbour Bermondsey. The Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live Guide 2018 takes into consideration a large number of factors including jobs, crime rates, house prices and schools, and this year the SE1 location came out on top.
The guide said that the ranking “reflects the rise of an area that epitomises the modern urban good life. Its residents are typically young, affluent and often reside in photogenic lofts in converted warehouses, while railway arches are fast being converted into galleries, bars and restaurants”.
It’s not hard to see why Bermondsey took the crown this year, with its busy and bright culture attracting scores of people to the London pocket. Home to the Fashion and Textile Museum, independent cinema Kin Bermondsey, and of course the Maltby Street food market, which brings in foodies from all around the world, it’s not hard to see why it’s been described as a cultural hotspot.
Unfortunately, though, this prestigious accolade also comes with a rather hefty price tag, and the average starter home will set you back around £700,000 – not great news for the typical millennial putting together pennies to buy their first place.
Further down on the list, Notting Hill sits at number seven, praised for “luring families and foodies back west.” Furzedown, located in the borough of Wandsworth, also made the cut, and was described as an “urban village that’s cheaper than Balham, but less gritty than Streatham.”
So, want to start planning which part of London to relocate to in 2018? Here’s the official top ten listing:
1. BERMONDSEY, SOUTHWARK
Average house price: £560,256
2. CLAPTON, HACKNEY
Average house price: £606,510
3. FULHAM, HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM
Average house price: £1,176,793
4. FURZEDOWN, WANDSWORTH
Average house price: £553,333
5. HERNE HILL, LAMBETH/SOUTHWARK
Average house price: £783,844
6. KINGS CROSS, CAMDEN/ISLINGTON
Average house price: £797,157
7. NOTTING HILL, KENSINGTON & CHELSEA
Average house price: £1,837,896
8. RICHMOND, RICHMOND
Average house price: £850,552
9. TUFNELL PARK, CAMDEN/ISLINGTON
Average house price: £734,463
10. WANSTEAD, REDBRIDGE
Average house price: £515,595
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