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Moving to North London

Written by Reviewed by Marc Benger

17th Aug 2017 (Last updated on 19th Jun 2020) 6 minute read

North London is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural parts of the capital. It’s a popular choice for people moving to London, and it’s easy to see why.

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This article will cover the following:
  1. Eating, Drinking and Shopping
  2. Employment in North London
  3. Transport and Getting Around North London
  4. Where To Live In North London

Eating, Drinking and Shopping

North London may not be full of designer shops, but there are a number of regions that offer shoppers more than enough incentive to spend their money!

Camden Passage market is famous for its variety, with over 350 retailers, several markets, shops and stalls selling anything you can imagine, you will have more than enough to choose from, including antiques and vintage clothing.

North London is known for its vibrant nightlife and some of the best restaurants, cafes and bars. For anyone looking to save money, you will find a bargain in Finsbury Park, while Blackstock Road, which runs between Islington and Hackney, hosts several independent shops.

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Employment in North London

With a population of over 1 million and a workforce of 300,000, North London is an important component of the capital’s economy.

The public sector, made up of the fields of public administration, health and education, is the biggest contributor to the North London economy. The sector employs 40% (over 120,000) of the total workforce of 300,000, and Hackney and Camden Council are two of the biggest employers, with 17,000 employees between them.

Another major part of North London’s economy is the retail sector. The area has several town centres which are major shopping areas including Edgeware, Enfield Town, Walthamstow and Wood Green. Along with growing restaurant, bar and hotels in the district, it accounts for 23% of all jobs.

The main commercial centres are located in and around Edgeware, Enfield Town, Walthamstow and Wood Green.

North London’s creative sector is quickly developing, with 3000 businesses in the arts and creative industries and employing 12,000 people. Creative industries are usually located in Muswell Hill, Waltham Forest and Barnet areas.

Transport and Getting Around North London

North London has a huge population, which means congested road networks. The growing population means this will only get worse, so public transport is the recommended choice for getting around North London as it’s much easier and quicker.

Some parts of North London have dedicated bus lanes that use specific routes to avoid congestion.

Generally, the London Underground is one of the quickest ways to travel. The region contains 27 stations on the Piccadilly, Northern, Victoria and Central lines.

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Where To Live In North London

North London is made up of the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Westminster. Home to more than 1.4 million people, the area has a larger population than many UK and European cities.

Finsbury Park

Located within the three boroughs of Haringey, Islington and Hackney, recent redevelopment programmes have led to the emergence of revamped and modernised eateries, cafes, restaurants and bars for its residents to enjoy.

This area is appealing to young professionals and families alike. Recent gentrification has attracted wealthier couples and finance professionals, but the area has remained popular with graduates and established Turkish, Cypriot and Ethiopian communities.

The park is one of the best features, boasting 110 acres of space with tennis courts, football pitches, and a boating lake, making it the perfect place for families and children. It’s also a popular venue for global music artists and holds the Wireless Festival there every July.

Finsbury Park is mostly a residential area, so if you are looking for a property in the area:

  • Smaller studio spaces start at £550 per month
  • One-bed spacious flats are £900 per month
  • Multi-room properties start at £1000 per month


This is an inner city district within the borough of Islington. The borough has fantastic transport links, connected by the Underground, with ten tube stops near to the Islington area.

Upper Street is a popular place in the area, with several restaurants, bars and home ware shops giving its residents many options for activities and night life.

No matter what your financial situation is, Islington has something for everyone.

Some of the more popular properties are Georgian and Victorian terraces, but there are also some less attractive tower block council estates. The average monthly rent for a two-bed flat is £2,700.


Another area located in the borough of Islington, Angel has beautiful canal side cafes with amazing views, a strong creative and cultural identity, yet manages to fly under the radar and doesn’t have a touristy presence.

The area is in a fantastic central location, with beautiful architecture and a selection of restaurants. With such a richness of atmosphere, it’s not difficult to image that it is not a cheap place to live. You will need a decently sized budget to afford a property here, however you can be guaranteed that it is worth the value. In general, the cheapest average rent for a two-bed flat is £1,600 per month.

The residents consist of a combination of artistic and media professionals.

Camden Town

Camden and some of the areas surrounding it offer affordable properties and a more alternative lifestyle for its residents. One of Camden’s best features is its sheer amount of variety. Regarding property, you can find anything from wealthy townhouses to ex-social housing.

The area has a multitude of food options, antiques, music scenes, fashion and art found in the market along Regent’s Canal. It’s also got attractions like the Jewish Museum and the London Zoo for you to visit.

Camden Town has some of the best transport links. Two branches of the Northern Line operate at Camden Town station, the Overground serves Camden Road, and there are several buses available. It’s only a 20-minute walk to Kings Cross St Pancras too, where you can get to anywhere in Britain as well as France and Belgium!

The neighbouring tube stop is Kentish Town, which alongside Camden has studio flats starting at £1,551 per month.


Located in the borough of Camden, houses in the area are larger than average, so would be perfect for families. Hampstead is one of the wealthiest parts of London, so if you are saving up and on a budget, you might want to avoid looking for properties here. The average property price was £1,300,000 in August 2014. The lowest rental prices for a decent two bedroom flat costs £425 per week, and the highest rental costs £900 per week.

The wealth in the area has allowed independent retailers, bookshops, grocers and butchers that have existed for generations, to survive the recession and flourish. This has created a pleasant community feeling in the area which doesn’t look to be subsiding.

Hampstead has a major bus terminal in South End Green and multiple underground tube stations including Hampstead, Belsize Park, Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road.

North London has a lot to offer, from newly rejuvenated parks and restaurants, to nightclubs and markets, and if you’re thinking of moving to the area you now know where to live. If North London sounds like the place for you then book your North London removals today.

Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

Marc Benger

Reviewed by Marc Benger

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Co-founder and director of Compare My Move, Marc Benger has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.