16 Places You Should (Or Shouldn’t) Live In London

You need a new flat, but where should you live?

1. Camden

Why you should live there: Back in the 90’s and 00’s, it was home to everyone - from Amy Winehouse to pretty much everyone involved in Britpop

Why you shouldn’t live there: In the early 10’s, it’s mainly full of tourists

2. Chelsea

Why you should live there: You want to be Spencer Matthews

Why you shouldn’t live there: You don’t have Spencer Matthews’ money, and fancy eating as well as renting

3. The City

Why you should live there: You’ve decided to be a Master of the Universe

Why you should live there: You want to live near other people. And in a place that exists at the weekend.

4. Bethnal Green

Why you should live there: It’s almost definitely going to be the next cool bit of London

Why you shouldn’t live there: It’s not there yet

5. Shoreditch

Why you should live there: Central enough to be handy, different enough to be fun - and it’s where anything new appears

Why you shouldn’t live there: SO busy at the weekend - and no-one seems to actually live there

6. Dalston

Why you should live there: You’re cool, in a band or a fashion student

Why you shouldn’t live there: You’re worried you’re not that cool

7. Greenwich

Why you should live there: Green space, epic buildings and pretending to drive the DLR to work every morning.

Why you shouldn’t live there: You don’t fancy being an extra in a Hollywood movie at the weekend. Seriously, it’s all of them

8. Soho

Why you should live there: It’s the centre of London! Everything is on your doorstep, and it’ll be fun at any time of night or day.

Why you shouldn’t live there: Your plans to become an escort are still a few months away

9. Clapham

Why you should live there: Infernos?

Why you shouldn’t live there: Infernos

10. Stratford

Why you should live there: Shopping at Westfield is your priority

Why you shouldn’t live there: You have friends, and would like them to come to your house occasionally

11. Notting Hill

Why you should live there: You fancy recreating a Hugh Grant movie, and sharing a flat with some people named Isabella and Maxwell

Why you shouldn’t live there: David Cameron used to live there

12. Stoke Newington

Why you should live there: You want to live in a village, but would really rather that village was within Zone 2.

Why you shouldn’t live there: You don’t like Quinoa. Or the Guardian.

13. Brixton

Why you should live there: It’s always lively, it has a great history, and you’ll meet brilliantly interesting people

Why you shouldn’t live there: The reason all the people will be interesting is that they are probably very much out of it

14. Wimbledon

Why you should live there: You’ve decided it’s time to manufacture some children

Why you shouldn’t live there: You don’t feel alive without at least a slight chance of being stabbed

15. Islington

Why you should live there: Great restaurants, better cappuccinos

Why you shouldn’t live there: If you want to be an urban elite, it’s going to cost you

16. Peckham

Why you should live there: It might be the most exciting area in London, and is pretty much a still undiscovered Dalston

Why you shouldn’t live there: It’s South. Very South

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