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Nice, safe and very friendly neighbourhoods in london zone 2 (maybe 3)

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Mhschoolq Sat 21-Nov-20 09:45:16

Following on for my other “where on earth to live?!” posts, I thought I’d ask where you think the friendliest, safest, nicest area in London zone 2 (preferably, but 3 also good!) is?

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Ladsladslads Sat 21-Nov-20 10:05:12

Herne Hill for me. Very family friendly, and a great sense of community. We've been very happy there!

Elbels Sat 21-Nov-20 10:49:13

Crystal palace
Forest hill

But then I'm a bit biased living around those parts!

MojoMoon Sat 21-Nov-20 12:34:19

Turnham Green/Ravenscourt Park/Stamford Brook/Brook Green

Highbury Fields

Crouch End/Stroud Green

Stoke Newington

Limehouse (the York square, flamborough square conservation areas)

DownToTheSeaAgain Sat 21-Nov-20 12:35:51

Herne Hill. Villagey centre and lots of community events and organisations bringing people together.

Smallgoon Sat 21-Nov-20 12:40:03

LOVE Herne Hill. Good transport links too. And close to Brixton/Dulwich. What's not to love? smile

JoJoSM2 Sat 21-Nov-20 14:52:32

I used to live Between the Commons (Wandsworth and Clapham in SW11). It feels nice as it’s between the said commons with upmarket shops along the Northcote Rd in the middle. In zone 3, I like Wimbledon Village (upmarket and lots of greenery). Barnes is really lovely with greenery and the river but only works if you can live with a lot of plane noise.

haggis81 Sat 21-Nov-20 22:05:12

Ladywell-Brockley-Crofton Park

bigcatlittlecatcardboardbox Sat 21-Nov-20 22:26:27

I'm in Hackney Village and it's gorgeous, I love it. Very independent high street/'village square', good schools. Victoria Park right on our door step.

SilkieRabbits Sun 22-Nov-20 06:55:55

Blackheath is lovely but pricey, zone 3.

Misbeehived Sun 22-Nov-20 07:00:35

Crouch End/ Stroud Green

skippy67 Sun 22-Nov-20 16:00:04

Lol at "Hackney Village". It was called Clapton when I was growing up there...

Smallgoon Sun 22-Nov-20 17:17:15


Lol at "Hackney Village". It was called Clapton when I was growing up there...

Did you grow up in the 90s like I did? Areas do change y'know...

windmill26 Sun 22-Nov-20 17:49:04

Wandsworth Town,Clapham junction,Earlsfield,Southfield,Wimbledon Village.

Embracelife Sun 22-Nov-20 21:39:33

West hampstead

CatAndHisKit Mon 23-Nov-20 01:39:12

I'm with JoJo on this - around Clapham Common, either off NOrthcote Rd or a bit further out in Abbeyville viullage (a bit less pricey).

N.London - Highgate, Muswell Hill.

Stoke Newington is nice / bit boho, but I wouldn't call it 'the safest'.

ColdNovemberNights Mon 23-Nov-20 01:44:05

Southfields / Wimbledon Park

Clapham / Hackney = I would NOT class as safe at all

SheepandCow Mon 23-Nov-20 01:45:11

Parsons Green
Kentish Town
Belsize Park
Dulwich Village
Herne Hill
Crouch End
Muswell Hill
Stoke Newington

lastqueenofscotland Mon 23-Nov-20 13:10:00

Ditto Jojo, between the commons is lovely

CatAndHisKit Mon 23-Nov-20 21:31:01


Clapham is a very large area so not right to generalise, it's very safe and upmarket around Northcote / between the Commons and sligltly more down-toearth but also more community spiried in the Abbeyville village.
The less safe area (but not bad as such) is the bit towards Wandsworth Rd / possibly towards Stockwell. But there is quite a difference between them in 'feel' so we 've all recommended specific parts.

ColdNovemberNights Tue 24-Nov-20 01:52:37

Not bad as such.... Stockwell smile

Your kidding right 😂


CatAndHisKit Tue 24-Nov-20 02:26:37

I did say Clapham towards Stockwell (so Old Town which is nice but then slowly deteriorates), not S itself grin, but you'd be surprised at Stockewll now having some expensive streets.

CatAndHisKit Tue 24-Nov-20 02:29:43

(I wouldn't live in Stockwell having stayed there for a week a while ago, nor have I recommended it to OP - I was talking about the nice Northcote Rd). But some people obvs spend a lot of money on a house in the better Stockwell streets - well there is a quick tube connection to centre..

Monty27 Tue 24-Nov-20 02:40:08


Crystal palace
Forest hill

But then I'm a bit biased living around those parts!

I would add Catford and Crofton Park. There's loads of lovely places SE London. You're spoilt for choice really in that part of the world.

NWnature Tue 24-Nov-20 05:21:33

Highgate, Hampstead, Dartmouth park , Belsize park

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