Young professionals who come to live in London often have to face up the the reality of simply not being able to afford to live in the city centre. Although many would love to soak up the bright lights and the fast pace of the central London lifestyle, the fact that many of the properties therein come with a price tag of more than a million pounds excludes all but the wealthiest of graduates.
But that doesn't mean London is completely out of the question for anyone looking to work and live in the capital. There are other areas of the city that will allow you to soak up the London lifestyle while also not paying the very high prices of the city centre. Here, we take a look at just a few of those places.
Elephant & Castle
Not one of the traditional places to look for somewhere to live in London, Elephant & Castle has undergone something of a rebranding in recent years, both through improvements and regeneration, and through reputational changes which have allowed it to become one of the fastest rising areas in London. It's ideal for those who love to wax lyrical about food, is home to a lovely theatre in The Young Vic, and has a range of museums for anyone who wants to soak up a bit of culture.
A young professional's dream, Camden is well known as one of the most unique and quirky places in London, and it's perfect for those who want to live somewhere lively and exciting. With easy transport into the city centre, it's perfect for work, and it offers you the chance to really immerse yourself in the cultural side of London. From the fantastic bars and access to many music venues, to the chance to have a regular walk around the famous Camden Market, the area has so much to offer.
Much like Elephant & Castle, Angel was never seen as one of the best places to live in London for young people. However, in recent years, the professionals have started to take over, thanks to the great value offered by the lower house prices in the area. Couple this with the fantastic transport options to get anywhere in London, and you'll find Angel one of the most convenient, and cheapest places to live in the capital. On top of this, it has some wonderful shopping and restaurant options, making it an ideal place to be.
If you're a fan of the outdoors, but also still want to live the hustle and bustle lifestyle that comes with being a Londoner, there's truly nowhere like Clapham. Bringing together the accessibility of being able to easily get to work in London with the wide, green spaces of Clapham Common, this is the place for anyone who wants that balance between a fast-paced career and a more relaxed home life.
Nearby to Clapham, Battersea is yet another area that has undergone a lot of transformation over the past few years. As well as the regeneration of the power station of the same name into accommodation, it offers young people some of the best opportunities to live in London and work in the capital. Cheaper than neighbouring Clapham, it's ideal for those who are fresh out of uni who perhaps don't have as much to spend, but still want to live that London life on the banks of the Thames.