Continuing our quest for where to rent London apartments, much like the East side I wrote of yesterday, North London is one of the less obvious choices for expats moving to the UK, with the exception of its more central postcodes.  Let’s have a look at those:

N1 – Angel, Barnsbury, Canonbury, Clerkenwell, Hoxton, Islington, Shoreditch
N2 – East Finchley
N3 – Church End, Finchley Central
N4 – Finsbury Park, Manor House, Stroud Green
N5 – Highbury
N6 – Highgate
N7 – Holloway
N8 – Crouch End, Hornsey, Turnpike
N9 – Lower Edmonton
N10 – Bounds Green, Muswell Hill
N11 – Friern Barnet, Brunswick Park, New Southgate
N12 – North Finchley, Woodside Park
N13 – Palmers Green
N14 – Southgate
N15 – Seven Sisters, South Tottenham
N16 – Shacklewell, Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington
N17 – Tottenham, Tottenham Hale
N18 – Edmonton, Upper Edmonton
N19 – Archway, Dartmouth Park, Tufnell Park, Upper Holloway
N20 – Totteridge, Whetstone
N21 – Winchmore Hill
N22 – Alexandra Palace, Bowes Park, Noel Park, Wood Green

At London Relocation, N1 is probably the most often requested/placed London postcode of the North.  The Islington and Angel neighborhood is very attractive to many who work in the City as its proximity makes for a quick commute. Upper Street just outside of Angel Station boasts a bustling strip  of shops, pubs, cafes, and restaurants that makes it a desirable area for the social scene. Its growing popularity is resulting in increasing gentrification, though the neighborhood maintains an artistic edge; though not quite polished and buffed, demand has kept rent prices fairly consistent with the popular West side, so some seeking better value and less mainstream crowds may seek elsewhere like Shoreditch. Highbury in nearby N5 is highly recommended, though Hoxton is not.

Many expats relocating here that we work with aren’t necessarily looking to live in London for the long-term, which is why it’s infrequent that they request very far outside the city center—the logic being, 1) often the companies/schools bringing them over here are centrally located, so they want shorter commutes, and/or 2) if they’re only going to be here for a couple years or so, they want to be where central sites and action are at. Someone not concerned about this or who is indeed in for the long-term—or is perhaps moving with a family and wants more space—might be more keen to look further out from the central postcodes.  The further North/Northwest one gets, the more residential and suburban (if not village-like) neighborhoods can become, a notably charming one being Highgate in N6, near Hampstead, nestled right in the middle of the Northern postcodes, so still not all too far out.  Nice neighborhoods like this can still cost, however, so, as usual, it’s a constant negotiation between price, space, safety, conveniences, and aesthetics; your search outside of central London would thus be best served working through a relocation agent or estate agent that can help you sidestep areas that are too out of the way, expensive, or indeed cheap for good reasons.

Tomorrow I’m going to make a diversion from this series (I could use the break, couldn’t you? ;)) as tomorrow is a special holiday in the UK. Don’t know? I’ll give you a hint: “Remember, remember the 5th of November...”  Then after that we enter into our Weekend Warriors!