Moving when you have a family can be daunting, especially when you’re moving to a city as diverse and gigantic as London is. There are hundreds of reasons why living in London with children is a great step for a family, not least because they’ll be in the centre of everything happening in the country – which is very exciting, and sets them up for life.
However, it’s not an easy decision, and there are many factors that play a part: schools, supermarkets, play areas, parks, crime rate, the list goes on. Considering how hard and tiring it is to move home, with kids in tow, it’s important to get it right the first time, and choose the right neighbourhood for you and your family – and then you can put that stress to bed for at least a few years.
At Premium Tours, London is a top destination for us, with an astounding number of tours and experiences available right here in the cosy capital city of the UK, and as it’s our home it’s understandable that we adore it. That’s why we decided to put together the London Family Index in order to determine the best London boroughs for families to live in – so other people love it just as much as we do.
In order to put the ranking together, we analysed a variety of data sources for each of the different London boroughs – 32 in total – which included average house prices and size, the amount of green space and, most importantly, how good the schools in the area are. We then ranked the boroughs based on who offered the best for each of these categories, and hopefully created an index that takes all the stress out of moving to London. Well, almost all the stress.
Ranking in the top spot as the best London borough for families to live in was Sutton, with Richmond upon Thames proving to be a strong second place.
Sutton soared to the top with an average house price of £508,679 for a semi-detached property – not bad considering the average house price in London is £485,830. For this price, families will be getting approximately 100 square metres of property, in an area with the lowest crime rate in all of London. Not only this, but 32% of the borough of Sutton is green space, providing plenty of area for children to run around in, and there are 5 outstanding schools to be in catchment of. It’s also the second quietest borough after Tower Hamlets, making bedtime just that much easier to manage.
Following Sutton, the full top 10 boroughs are:
- Richmond upon Thames
- Kingston upon Thames
- Waltham Forest
- Kensington and Chelsea
Richmond and Kingston upon Thames both ranked highly thanks to their low crime rate, for which they placed third and seventh respectively. Richmond upon Thames also scored very well for green space, with an incredible 50.8% of the borough being considered a green area, and the two boroughs came first and second in a ranking determining the happiness and satisfaction of people living in every area of London.
Kensington and Chelsea snuck into the top 10 despite coming second to last for the average price of a house in the area; buying a semi-detached house in Kensington will set you back, on average, a cool £6.3 million. The only borough more expensive was Westminster, where the average is £7.9 million. Having said this, the average salary in Kensington is £171,000, which is over £100,000 more than the average salary in London at £48,023 so it figures that house prices will also be more expensive.
Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, and Waltham Forest all topped the table in terms of least pollution, which is an impressive feat in an area as polluted as London, while Camden, surprisingly, came in the top 10 in terms of quietness, with an average of 62.5 decibels of noise on a day to day basis.
To create our London Family Index, we looked at the following factors:
- House Prices
- House Size
- Crime Rate
- Green Space
- Number of Outstanding Schools
- Life Satisfaction
- Average Salary
- Pollution Levels
Using these categories, we established an overall London Family score by scoring each borough out of 5 across the elements, and totaling this together, allowing for a highest available score of 50. The house prices category was first assigned a ranking which was then scored out of 5, as the highest two areas – Kensington and Westminster – were far above the London average. Full dataset available on request.