It’s baaack, our endless quest for where to rent apartments. We left off last week with North London, and today we’ll mosey right on over to the Northwest:

NW1 – Camden Town, Marylebone, Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park, Somers Town
NW2 – Cricklewood, Dollis Hill, Neasden
NW3 – Belsize Park, Hampstead, Swiss Cottage
NW4 – Brent Cross, Hendon
NW5 – Gospel Oak, Kentish Town
NW6 – Brondesbury, Brondesbury Park, Kensal Rise, Kilburn, Queen’s Park, South Hampstead, West Hampstead
NW7 – Mill Hill
NW8 – Lisson Grove, St. John’s Wood
NW9 – Colindale, Kingsbury, The Hyde
NW10 – Alperton, Church End, Harlesden, Kensal Green, North Acton, Old Oak Common, Park Royal, Stonebridge, Willesden
NW11 – Golders Green, Hampstead Garden Suburb

NW1 is a very popular and fun postcode. Camden Town buzzes with its canal-side marketplace and alternative music scene. It maintains a gritty, eccentric edge to its vibrant nightlife that is a good time for trendy singles and couples, but this postcode’s other neighborhoods would be more family-friendly if you’re moving with children. Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park, as their names would imply, offer green space for stretching your limbs and, along with Marylebone (though it does bustle with busy shopping streets), offer a less urban and more residential community to dwell in. NW3 and NW8 are desirable for the same reasons, with Hampstead feeling more like a village beside its immense Heath  and St. John’s Wood feeling like a posh suburb (the latter is also where the American School in London is located, for those of you who might be enrolling your children there).

The aforementioned are the best known of Northwest London neighborhoods, but others that offer nice residential living in proximity to amenities and green space are NW7’s Mill Hill and NW11’s Hampstead Garden Suburb, which, like Hampstead, is also located off the Heath and highly sought-after. Queen’s Park is considered a good value (and apparently good for random celebrity-spotting in the park, so friends say :)). Other spots of NW London can get a bit commercial with retail parks, yet are great options for shopping (like the massive Brent Cross Shopping Centre).

Though a very general overview, I hope this is helping you become aware of the vast number of neighborhood options for seeking rental properties and hopefully giving you the gist of what characterizes each direction from London’s city center. Join me tomorrow for when we dip a bit South to explore London’s West side.