If you’re an American moving to London then you may not want to live right in the city centre. One of the best things about living in London is that you can find residential areas that are close to the city, and still manage to retain a market town feel to them. You don’t have to trek all the way into the city when you want to play either. The ‘burbs and neighborhoods of London are well known for their vibrant night life and plenty of activities and attractions during the day.

The northernmost neighborhood is Enfield which includes the suburb of Southgate which is fast becoming one of the premier choices for a Canadian or American moving here. The area of Enfield has a young, upwardly mobile demographic and the property prices make it one of the most reasonable places to find a London rental. Enfield has excellent amenities, and in fact is so forward thinking that it lays claim to the honor of being the site where the world’s first ATM was installed! There are literally hundreds of shops and stores in the town centre as well as excellent restaurants, pubs and clubs.

If you’re looking for places that have more open spaces and green parks to enjoy when you’re moving to London then you can’t go wrong with choosing suburbs that are on the perimeter of the city. A town like Enfield feels like it is hours away from the rush and smog of the city center and yet you’re only 30 minutes tube ride away from Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London.

Pymmes Park is a great place to visit if you have young children or fancy a picnic in the park as spring launches into a glorious English summer. Over 50 acres of pristine parkland with a basketball court, tennis courts, five football fields, and a children’s playground. You can amble round the lake, marvel at the English walled garden and enjoy the superb facilities of the park for free every day of the year.

Living in London, or a little way out in a neighborhood combines the best of city living and the highlights with the small village atmosphere of the countryside.