Area guides: London

London A-Z

zone 1

Is this the city hotspot that has it all?

On the city fringes, every year Clerkenwell hosts some of the world's top design talent as part of the Clerkenwell Design Week. This historic district is set to become busier with Crossrail's arrival while the controversial Royal Mail redevelopment will bring 700 new homes to the already-bustling area...

A famous London spot with a great sense of community

On the north-west edge of central London, this neighbourhood is best known for being where a small fictional bear from Peru was found. Now home to one of London's largest regeneration projects, Paddington is attracting families and international investors looking to make the most of good transport connections to Heathrow and the city.

zone 2

The Zone 2 commuter spot with green spaces and a range of homes

Five miles south-west of central London, smart new flats are attracting young professionals while great schools are keeping this popular commuter suburb firmly on the family map. With pretty riverside walks, green space and a wide choice of Victorian and Edwardian homes, it's no wonder that buyers tend to stay within the area...

zone 3

The south-west London district that's a favourite with commuters

There's a rural feel about the riverside village of Barnes, with its narrow lanes lined with pastel cottages and fine Georgian houses with river views. Only a 15-minute train journey from central London - it's easy to see why this south-west London district is a favourite with the capital's commuters...

The east London spot awash with history and culture

With fast trains to Oxford Circus, and trains to Liverpool Street taking just 17 minutes, it's no wonder that the well-connected east London town of Walthamstow is such a hit with the local community. Young professionals and families are now heading to the area in search of better value.

zone 4

"MetroLand" is set to get 5,000 new homes

Only ten miles north-west of central London, sporting history is made in Wembley - and 5,000 new homes are promised over the next ten years. With excellent transport links and a dramatic regeneration programme, the area is attracting a mix of families and buy-to-let investors.

zone 5

The Zone 5 hotspot with something for everyone

South-east London's pretty Chislehurst is just 12 miles from the centre and its charm and rural feel come from surrounding commons, which are protected land. Families love the village atmosphere, commuters like the convenient escape from the city, and there are high-end independent shops, too...

zone 6

The leafy town only 13 miles from central London

Served by four train stations, with 30-minute services to Victoria and London Bridge, the south-London town of Purley offers a range of properties - with family homes the star attraction - and the regeneration of nearby Croydon that's set to be a game changer.