Is London Family Friendly? – Our Top 15 StreetsNo Comments
Here at Property detective we’re all about property research, so we spend a lot of time asking ourselves “what makes a place great?”. As September many people will start thinking of going “back to school” – (or is it just me that gets the urge to buy new stationary at this time of year?!), in that vein this month’s focus for our thinking is all about great places for children and in particular families – so we’ve asked “what makes a place great for families?”.
We’ve taken data on everything a family needs – from amenities such as GPs and chemists, to schools and support networks (other mums and NCT), activities (parks, kids playgroups etc) and have weighed up the facilities and the community to measure up every location across the country in our assessment of which places are truly great to start or raise a family.
So, what about London?
When we look at our top scoring places nationally most inner city locations are left behind in favour of the more rural out-of-town areas which are still within a stones throw of a major hub. And we can see why, cities are great for facilities but you often face a battle for availability; they have great support networks but often suffer from higher crime and almost certainly have less green spaces and play areas. However, our data has unearthed the London locations which provide the exceptions to the rule, and actually provide an enclave of family friendliness within the capital. As you’ll see, areas in London can and do score highly – with 89% as the highest score, only just out of the top scoring 10%, which dominate the top places in our national ranking.
We’ll take a look at the top places in London, brought to you for the first time, based purely on objective data assessment, exclusively by Property Detective.
London’s Top 15 Family spots
|Acacia Place, St Johns Wood||Great for nurseries and childminders||89%|
|Mitre Street, Aldgate||Good for activities and amenities||89%|
|Brushfield Street, Spitalfields||Good for schools||89%|
|Palace Road, Crouch End||Great for nurseries and childminders||87%|
|Baskerville Road, Wandsworth Common||Great for nurseries and childminders||86%|
|Old York Road, Wandsworth Town||Good for schools||86%|
|Beverley Road, Chiswick||Great for nurseries and childminders||86%|
|Lonsdale Road, Barnes||Good for activities and amenities||85%|
|Grandison Road, Battersea||Great for Primary schools||85%|
|Connaught Gardens, Highgate||Great for Primary schools||85%|
|Regents Park Road, Camden||Great for Primary schools||84%|
|Balfern Road, Chiswick||Good for activities and amenities|
|Cloak Lane, Mansion House||Good for childcare and Primary schools||84%|
|Empress Avenue, Wanstead||Great for nurseries and childminders||84%|
|Champion Hill, Dulwich||Good for activities and amenities||83%|
Acacia Place in St Johns Wood takes the number one slot with good primary schools nearby and very good secondary schools on the doorstep. There are 4 good nurseries and several child-minders within 10 minutes walk. This area has surprisingly low crime rate for London, making it a safe and desirable area for families. Primrose Hill, Regents Park and for a longer buggy push Hampstead Heath are all easily accessible and ideal for stretching little legs or having a picnic (if the British summer behaves!).
Our 4th top pick is Palace Road in Crouch End, a lovely leafy street with 3 good schools within walking distance and another 8 good or outstanding schools a short drive/bus ride away. There’s several options for child-minders and nurseries in the neighbouring streets and a great support network for families with a thriving NCT community. Priory Park and Alexandra Park which are only a short stroll away offer that all important green space, in addition to all the amenities and activities you would expect in a family area. In comparison to London and he South East this area has lower than average crime. In short – we can’t fault it as a family spot in the smoke.
Baskerville Road, near Wandsworth Common takes our number 5 place. This pretty road right which borders the common offers a mix of village-y feel and city amenities. The schools and childcare nearest this road are great and the nearby facilities – everything from GPs to supermarkets is within easy reach. On top of that the area feels safe, with a lower than average crime rate for both the London region and when compared nationally. This area of Wandsworth is well known for being a family area – we’re not the first to say it – so as you’d expect there are plenty of other families nearby, creating a great family community.
So there you have it, there are in fact plenty of family friendly spots in the city – and surprisingly even some within the square mile itself!