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10 Most Popular Moving Areas in London 2016

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
27th January 2017

Comparemymove.com had a busy year in 2016, helping more than 50,000 homeowners and renters move house across the UK.

Our services help people relocate by matching their requirements with up to six removal companies in the local area.

Whether you are moving to Australia or Anglesey, Luxembourg or London, Comparemymove.com is there to save you up to 70% off your moving day costs.

Throughout 2016, we helped 9,611 people move to London across all 240 postcode areas spanning 32 boroughs. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the most popular London moving destinations among our users at Comparemymove.com.

10. Battersea

Number of moves: 110

Average property price: £1,034,630.00

Average rent: £3,491 PCM

Average Number of bedrooms: 2.12

Based on the South Bank of the Thames, Battersea is popular among young professionals for its trendy laid-back vibe and proximity to central London.

Compare My Move users moving to Battersea generally moved into two-bed properties and were already previously living in London.

Home to the iconic Battersea Power Station, which is being redeveloped into luxury apartments, this area is graced by plenty of greenspace from Battersea Park, Wandsworth Common and Clapham Common on its border.

The area has good transport links on the Overground via Clapham Junction – one of the busiest stations in London – and is within easy cycling distance to Central London. Battersea also falls within the Santander Cycles zone, meaning you can easily hire a bike from one of several bike stations.

9. Enfield

Number of moves: 117

Average property price: £463,818

Average rent: £1,381 PCM

Average Number of bedrooms: 2.57

Situated on the edge of London along the M25, Enfield is becoming increasing popular among young families for its village-style way of life.

The majority of people moving to Enfield were already living in London and may have been attracted by lower property prices as an invitation to upsize. Although £463,818 is above the UK average for property, this price is somewhat seen as affordable for those who want to live in London.

You can get more for your money here too, with many homeowners moving from a flat or apartment to a house. The average number of bedrooms is also higher than areas more towards Central London.

Enfield has plenty of transport into the city, via the Overground and mainline rail services.

8. Fulham

Number of moves: 122

Average property price: £993,595

Average rent: £2,918 PCM

Average Number of bedrooms: 2.23

Nestled along the River Thames between Chelsea and Hammersmith, Compare My Move helped at least 122 people move to Fulham in 2016.

Prices for this area are generally higher than most other areas on this list, due to the trendy postcode and proximity to Central London.

Still, that hasn't put people off moving into this area, where the average flat accommodates around two-beds. Most people moving to this area are moving from London and have previously lived in a flat or apartment.

Although you might expect homeowners to downsize when moving to this area, there are plenty of people who upsized to a three/four bed house.

7. Sutton

Number of moves: 133

Average property price: £402,917

Average rent: £1,318 PCM

Average Number of bedrooms: 2.67

Around ten miles away from Central London, Sutton is popular among families looking for a town-like atmosphere within London.

More than any other location in this article, houses were the most popular type of property to move into, despite the average number of bedrooms remaining similar to the London average.

Just down the road from Kingston Upon Thames, Sutton has a great selection of local and well-known shops, as well as transport into Central London via mainline rail services.

6. Orpington

Number of moves: 141

Average property price: £492,447

Average rent: £1,233 PCM

Average Number of bedrooms: 2.79

Located in South-east London in the Borough of Bromley, Orpington lies on the edge of London's urban sprawl. Out of the top ten most popular London moving areas in 2016, Orpington offers the largest average number of bedrooms.

Unlike any other area in London, people seem to be moving into a two to three bed house as standard. House and rental prices are lower than most other areas in London, which may account for many people choosing Orpington as their destination to upsize.

5. Hackney, Islington & Camden

Number of moves: 142

Average property price: £852,350

Average rent: £2,336 PCM

Average Number of bedrooms: 1.77

Hackney, Islington and Camden, which fall under the N1 postcode, are the most Central areas in this list. With only one to two bed moves on average for this area, it is clear that people move to Hackney, Islington and Camden for its location, rather than property.

The area boasts a whole range of artistic and cultural sights and events for its residents and visitors. But with the average price for a property creeping towards a million pounds, many people may soon be priced out of this area.

Still, the N1 postcode remains popular among Compare My Move users, of whom we moved 142 in 2016.

4. Romford

Number of moves: 154

Average property price: £350,532

Average rent: £1,226 PCM

Average Number of bedrooms: 2.48

With the average property costing around £350,000, price is definitely a pull factor for many people moving to Romford.

Lying on the outskirts of East London, Orpington is popular among young families and those that have been priced out of other areas in London.

The area has good transport links via the Overground and mainline rail services, as well as local shops and other amenities close by.

3. Poplar

Number of moves: 171

Average property price: £498,178

Average rent: £2,050 PCM

Average Number of bedrooms: 1.65

Similar to Romford, Poplar is popular among movers, primarily for its price. Just under six miles from Charing Cross, this area has a considerably affordable average property price considering its proximity to Central London.

Property in this area mainly comprises of Victorian terraced homes and twentieth century council homes.  The area itself is connected by the DLR, with the nearest tube station in Canary Wharf.

From our data, we found that people moving to Poplar are generally from other parts of East London, moving into a flat or apartment.

2. Wimbledon

Number of moves: 178

Average property price: £839,984

Average rent: £2,134 PCM

Average Number of bedrooms: 2.31

Throughout 2016, Compare My Move helped 178 people move house to Wimbledon, located in the south-west of Greater London.

Despite its distance from the City of London, property prices in Wimbledon are some of the most expensive across the whole of Greater London.

With houses costing upwards of £1million, many soon-to-be residents of Wimbledon settle for apartments or flats in this area, often downsizing from their previous property.

1. Croydon

Number of moves: 195

Average property price: £372,493

Average rent: £1,186 PCM

Average Number of bedrooms: 2.26

With almost 200 moves in 2016, Croydon was Compare My Move's number one location for moving in London.

With lower property prices than other parts of London, Croydon offers great opportunities for people looking to buy a house in London. In fact, Croydon was the number one hotspot across the capital where homeowners moved from a flat into a house.

With excellent transport links on the Overground and Tramlink, Croydon is undergoing major regeneration, and property prices are expected to soar by the end of 2017.


Overall, Compare My Move had a busy year helping almost 10,000 people move across London throughout 260 different postcode areas.

While a good couple of locations close to central London made this list, it seems the majority of movers in the capital prefer to compromise a central location over price. Half of the areas on this list have property prices that are below the London average.

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Last updated on Monday 21st August 2017

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