London’s top 10 best places to live in 2018!

Revealed: London’s top 10 best places to live in 2018… but can YOU guess the locations where the capital’s ‘young and affluent’ are making their homes?

  • This year’s top hotspot was praised for epitomising ‘the modern urban good life’ 
  • Peckham, which topped the list last year, did not even make the top 10 for 2018  
  • Locations are judged on jobs, schools, food, culture and community spirit 

The home of famously tough Millwall FC has been named the most desirable place to live in the capital after droves of ‘young and affluent’ have flooded the area.

desirable place to live in the capital after droves of ‘young and affluent’ have flooded the area.

desirable place to live in the capital after droves of ‘young and affluent’ have flooded the area.

Bermondsey has overtaken hipster hotspot and south-east London neighbour Peckham thanks to it epitomising ‘the modern urban good life’.

The birthplace of fly-weight champion boxer Sid Smith, the district in Southwark beat nine other contenders to the top spot in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide 2018.

Bermondsey - located near Tower Bridge in south-east London - topped the list of the best places to live in the capital

Bermondsey – located near Tower Bridge in south-east London – topped the list of the best places to live in the capital

The district's appeal to the young and affluent may seem at odds to those familiar with the tough reputation of Millwall FC

The district’s appeal to the young and affluent may seem at odds to those familiar with the tough reputation of Millwall FC

Home to the White Cube gallery, the area has family homes costing more than £6million and an average starter home price of £700,000. 

The guide says: ‘Bermondsey’s ranking as the best place to live in London reflects the rise of an area that epitomises the modern urban good life.

‘Its residents are typically young, affluent and often reside in photogenic lofts in converted warehouses, while railway arches are fast being converted into galleries, bars and restaurants.’ 

Notting Hill in Kensington was praised for bringing families back to west London as the guide called it 'resurgent' 

Notting Hill in Kensington was praised for bringing families back to west London as the guide called it ‘resurgent’ 

Notting Hill - famous for its annual carnival celebrating Caribbean culture - was included in the top 10

Notting Hill – famous for its annual carnival celebrating Caribbean culture – was included in the top 10

Peckham – where Only Fools and Horses was set – topped the list last year, but this time didn’t even make the capital’s top 10.

In 2017 it was praised for its ‘swift transformation’ from a ‘no-go patch of south London’ to a ‘middle-class hotspot’. 

It was edged out not just by Bermondsey’s food and culture scenes, but also by Richmond, Herne Hill and Clapton in Hackney, which was dubbed one of London’s hippest areas. 

Tufnell Park in the north-west of the capital came it at number nine in the list of the most desirable places to live 

Tufnell Park in the north-west of the capital came it at number nine in the list of the most desirable places to live 

Community spirit was among the factors that saw King's Cross make the cut (pictured: swimmers enjoy the pond in summer)

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    Community spirit was among the factors that saw King’s Cross make the cut (pictured: swimmers enjoy the pond in summer)

    Clapton in Hackney (pictured on the left, running along the Lee Navigation Canal) was branded one of the capital's hippest neighbourhoods 

    Clapton in Hackney (pictured on the left, running along the Lee Navigation Canal) was branded one of the capital’s hippest neighbourhoods 

    The north-eastern suburb of Wanstead scraped a place in The Sunday Times Guide's top places to live in London 

    The north-eastern suburb of Wanstead scraped a place in The Sunday Times Guide’s top places to live in London 

    A panel of judges picks the locations that make the guide, based on factors including jobs, schools and community spirit. 

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s home of Furzedown in the south-west borough of Wandsworth came in fourth, with the guide – to be released on Sunday – calling it ‘urban village that’s cheaper than Balham, but less gritty than Streatham, with leafy side streets and a vibrant community spirit’.

    ‘Resurgent’ Notting Hill in Kensington was praised for ‘luring families and foodies back west’ as Wanstead, Fulham, King’s Cross and Tufnell Park completed the list.

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