Revealed: Isle of Dogs tops prestigious list of best places to live in London for 2019

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Isle of Dogs has topped a prestigious list of the best places to live in London.The east end ‘island’, the name of which inspired a 2018 Wes Anderson film, was revealed as the capital’s most desirable location in a list published in the Sunday Times. 

Up and coming area Leyton also made this year’s top 10 list, according to the newspaper’s Best Places to Live Guide 2019.Of the Isle of Dogs, the paper writes: “This unheralded corner of Docklands took the prize because of its transport links – a short walk from Canary Wharf and 15 minutes to the City – riverside location and affordable prices for Zone 2.”

It notes that an average property in the area costs more than £100,000 less than the London average – £526,160, compared with £636,215 for the capital as a whole. Battersea was this year’s runner-up: Children play next to a fountain in Battersea Park (Reuters)

Battersea, this year’s runner up, is described as “an appealing location for affluent young families”. With “softening” house prices and a wealth of new attractions in the child-friendly park, the guide also notes a number of “outstanding” schools, including Prince George’s primary, Thomas’s.

Last year’s winner, Bermondsey, is the only location from The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide 2018 list to feature in this year’s top ten. The guide describes the area as having “a warehouse vibe that feels cool and historic”. 

“There’s no place for traditional hotspots such as Chelsea, Hampstead or Notting Hill, with cheaper alternatives such as Highbury, East Finchley and Crystal Palace making the cut instead,” the paper writes.Instead it praises the “villagey feel of quirky Francis Road” in “surprise new entry” Leyton.

The 10 best places to live in London 2019

  1. Isle of Dogs
  2. Battersea
  3. Belgravia
  4. Bermondsey
  5. Blackheath
  6. Crystal Palace
  7. East Finchley
  8. Highbury
  9. Leyton
  10. Teddington

Published annually, the guide combines data such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with local knowledge.

York had topped the list of the best places to live in Britain overall.

As well as the Isle of Dogs, the regional winners for this year’s guide were published as Ballyhackamore (Northern Ireland); Mumbles (Wales); Frome (South West); Altrincham (North West); Tynemouth (North and North East); Melrose (Scotland); Shipston-on-Stour (Midlands); Berkhamsted (South East) and Chelmsford (East).

Thanks to The Standard for the post:

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