North West London offers some of the best places to live.

If you mention London most people immediately think of Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral or Piccadilly Circus. These are all landmarks which are in the centre of the city, but the capital has some exciting places to explore both north and south of this area.

Buying a place to live in the city centre is very popular, and the market remains strong, but there are some great locations in North West London too. This part of London is close to the Metropolis but offers a local community atmosphere that’s nice to come home to.

Cricklewood in North West London is made up of mostly residential buildings built in the Victorian era. It does have a busy high street running through it, though, so your everyday needs are taken care of. This district used to be home to Cricklewood Studios, a movie making studio that produced horror pictures and short films in the 1930s. Nowadays a large retail area can be found in its place.

Hampstead has a pretty high street with boutique shops and trendy wine bars. Behind this, the heath spreads out with acres of greenery. In the middle are the well-known swimming ponds where you will find one for the ladies, one for men and the third is mixed. Kenwood House is on the northern edge of the heath. This English Heritage property holds spectacular outside concerts during the summer. Sitting on a blanket under the stars, while listening to classical music is an experience you must not miss.

Just north of Paddington is a pretty area called Little Venice. It’s so named because two canals meet here and the main focus is the water. There are great canal-side walks, and for a little refreshment along the way, plenty of waterside cafes. The London Waterbus Company operates cruises from Little Venice, and there’s a puppet theatre on one of the barge boats.

The buildings of Maida Vale are impressive. Victorian and Edwardian properties rub shoulders with red-brick mansions blocks on streets lined with trees. It’s no wonder this is a sought after area. BBC Maida Vale Studios is right here where many of the John Peel Sessions were recorded. Now it is used to record classical music.

St John’s Wood is a very exclusive area. Bankers and stock brokers are fond of the houses here and are able to afford the high property houses. Here you will find Lord’s cricket ground, the home of cricket and the venue for national and international matches. Almost as famous is Abbey Road Studios which the Beatles made famous. They recorded a lot of their music here along with many great music stars. The crossing which features on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album is so popular that it has its own live webcam running 24 hours a day.

Some A-list stars call Primrose Hill home. The local cafes and bars attract the rich and famous, and photographers who want to snap a picture of them. It’s easy to see why people want to live here, despite the incredibly high property prices. Walk to the top of the hill and you are rewarded with a stunning view. Keep walking and you will find yourself at London Zoo or by Camden Lock.

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