Originally Published: September 23, 2014

When you ask anyone in London travel advice on a London neighborhood they don’t live in, chances are you will get a blank stare in return. Yes, the city is so big that it is likely that you’ll never make it to visit every single area during your visit. Not even when you’re here for a longer period of time.

That’s why this reference guide might be a bit of help for you. With a few quick keywords, you’ll be able to select the London neighbourhood that you’ll find most appealing and can plan your visit around them.

Westminster
Painting a pretty good picture of what Westminster is all about
  • Balham – Friendly, Trendy, Hildreth Street Market, Live Music, Stand Up Comedy, Independent Shops, Victorian Architecture
  • BatterseaParks, Arts & Culture, Pubs & Restaurants, Antique Shops, Small Boutique Shops & Galleries
  • Belgravia – Expensive Hotels, Rich & Famous, Georgian Houses, Embassies, Quiet, Exclusive Shops, Buckingham Palace
  • Bermondsey – Arts & Culture, Markets, Creative, Re-designed Warehouses, Shopping, Bermondsey Street, Interior Design
  • Bethnal Green – Street Art, Artistic, Multicultural, Lively, Boutique Shops & Hotels, Trendy Lounge Bars & Club
  • Bloomsbury – Academic, Literary, British Museum, British Library, Charles Dickens Museum, Cultural, Classic, Touristy, Garden Squares, Green
  • Brixton – Up & Coming, Lively, Markets, Alternative, Arts Galleries, Pop-up Restaurants, Victorian Architecture
Camden
Camden Market, one of the many points of interest in this vibrant area
  • Camden Town – Camden Lock, Markets, Alternative Shops, Colourful, Street Food, Cafes & Clubs, Tattoo Shops, Night Live, Noisy, Touristy, London Zoo
  • Canonbury – Quiet, Charming, Walking Paths, Eccentric, Residential, Traditional Pubs
  • Chelsea – Small Town Atmosphere, Wealthy, Flower Show, National Army Museum, Saatchi Gallery, Exclusive, Football
  • City of London – Sightseeing, Historical, Museum of London, Barbican Centre, Finance District, Old Spitalfields Market, Leadenhall Market, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Victorian & Modern Architecture, Roof Top Bars & Restaurants
  • Clapham – Parks, Victorian Residential Houses, LGBT Friendly, Night Life, Independent Shops, Expats, Students, Markets, Cultural
  • Clerkenwell – Modern, Hip & Happening, Good Food, Design, Architects, Furniture Shops, Historical Pubs, Theatre
  • Covent Garden – Street Artists, Shopping, Market, Royal Opera House, Neal’s Yard, Lively, Cultural Events, Touristy
  • Earls Court – LGBT Friendly, Concerts, Expensive Georgian Houses, Garden Squares, Earls Court Exhibition Centre
  • Fitzrovia – Community, Creative, Arts Centre, Galleries, Classic British Pubs, Cocktail Bars, Trendy, Shopping
  • Fulham – Trendy, Bars & Restaurants, Safe, Expensive, Exclusive, Quiet, Green
  • Greenwich – Day Trip, Martime History, Royal Observatory, Child Friendly, Parks, Independent Shops, Market
  • Haggerston – Street Art, Design, Artists & Students, Victoria, Architecture, Young, Multicultural
  • Hammersmith – Cafes, Creative, Small Community, Multinational, Commercial Centre
  • Isle of Dogs – Financial District, Canary Wharf, Martime, Casual Pubs & Cafes, Quiet, Modern
  • Islington – Trendy, Creative, Family Friendly, Theatres, Street Markets, Boutique Stores, Restaurants & Bars
  • Kennington – Residential, Cinema Museum, Gin Distillery, Parks, Farmer’s Market, Family Friendly, Pubs
  • Kensington – Residential, National History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, Touristy, Parks, Kensington Palace, Gardens, Architecture
  • King’s Cross – Platform 9 3/4 (Harry Potter), Eurostar, Industrial, St. Pancras Station, Night Life
  • Knightsbridge – Expensive, Exclusive Shops & Restaurants, Harrods, Design, Touristy
  • Lambeth – Imperial War Museum, Historical, Garden Museum, Bridges, Classic Pub Culture
  • Maida Vale – Residential, Edwardian Houses, Little Venice, House Boats, Local Bars & Cafes, Celebrities, BBC Studio’s, Music, Quiet
  • Marylebone – Sherlock Holmes Museum, Madame Tussauds, Farmer’s Markets, Bars & Pubs, Classic, Book Shops, Small Town Feeling, Green
  • Mayfair – Expensive, Elegant Hotels, Exclusive Shopping
Notting Hill
Notting Hill is much more than just an annual carnival
  • Notting Hill – Portobello Market, Vintage Shops & Cafes, Antique Shops, Artistic, Creative, Live Music, Notting Hill Carnival
  • Paddington – Paddington Train Station, Shops, Touristy, Victorian Architecture, Multicultural, Hyde Park, Independent Markets
  • Pimlico – Residential, Regency Architecture, Art Galleries, Restaurants, Traditional Pubs, Relaxed, Tate Britain
  • Shepherd’s Bush – Big Shopping Mall, Markets, Bars & Cafes, Victorian Architecture, Stand-Up Comedy, BBC Studio’s, Night Life, Theatres
  • Shoreditch – Street Art, Alternative, Second Hand, Antique Shops, Cafes, Arts & Culture, Markets, Pop-Up Stores
  • SohoChinatown, Hip & Trendy, Fashion, LGBT Friendly, Foodie, Multicultural, Lively
  • Somers Town – Residential, Quiet, British Library, Arts Festivals, Pubs, Street Market, Multicultural
The London Eye, South Bank
The London Eye, one of many attractions of The South Bank
  • South Bank – Events & Art Exhibitions, London Eye, Touristy, Skaters & BMX riders
  • Southwark – Shakespeare Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, Borough Market, Butler’s Wharf, The Shard, Trendy
  • Stepney – Residential, Classic Pubs, Churches, Relaxed, Historical, Green
  • St. James’s – Royal, Galleries, Buckingham Palace, Green, Parks, Expensive, High Tea, Exclusive Shops, Antique Markets
  • St. Luke’s – Residential, Small Community, Daily Market, Business District, Furniture Shops, Galleries, Cafes, Green
  • Stockwell – Victorian Architecture, Pub Culture, Skaters, Multicultural, Parks, Arts, Portugese Community, Cafes & Bakeries
  • Tower HametsHipsters, Vintage Markets, Bangladeshi Food, Queer Bars, Cutting-edge Art
  • West End – Theatre, Modern, Touristy, Expensive, Busy, Noisy, Historical
  • Walworth – Multicultural, Markets, Parks, Cafes
  • Westminster – Government, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Touristy, Parks, Buckingham Palace
  • Whitechapel/Brick Lane – Lively, Jack the Ripper, Art, Culture, Street Art, Spitalfields Market, Cafe Culture, Trendy, Alternative, Curry
  • Wimbledon – Wimbledon Tennis, Quiet, Theatre, Dog Friendly, Restaurants, Expensive Living, Privat Schools

Which London Neighbourhoods are Your Favourite?

Let us know in the comments below. But whatever you choose, you’re sure to always explore something new and exciting while staying in London. We hope to see you soon!

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