Everyone has a favourite street in London. It could be the one you live on, or the one you grew up on, or just one that has it all; your favourite bars, independent shops, and bakeries.
Defining what streets are the very best is, therefore, a difficult one – one person’s bustling street heaven is another person’s idea of hell; with a vision of a more suburban, picturesque thoroughfare topping their lists. In other words, it’s an extremely subjective task.
The Daily Telegraph have given it a go, though, diving deep into determining the 50 best streets to live on in the UK. And as you might expect, London features heavily on the list, with six streets in the capital named in the piece.
Their study was carried out alongside estate agents Knight Frank as well as interviews with local estate agents, and compares house prices to other streets in that specific area, as well as incorporating aspects like green spaces and schools in the area.
So which streets in London have been deemed ‘the best’?
Six streets made it, but remember: you might think that these are a bit naff, and might even be a little bit dull to live on. But one day, you might want to opt for the quiet life, and find yourselves shelling out for a gaff on one of these streets (if you’ve got a few million quid lying around).
Elm Grove is mentioned first in the piece, and is singled out for its family-friendly vibe and street party fun. If you wish to live on a street where the parties are held, however, it will likely set you back close to two million big ones. Ouch.
Copse Hill in Wimbledon also features, with the distance to King’s College School cited as a big draw, as well as the large detached houses that definitely do not cost three arms and five legs. Beech Hill is also mentioned as one of London’s finest streets, and it must be said that it’s a beautiful Barnet knockout from where we’re looking.
Camden’s Gloucester Crescent is also a stunner, boasting many a Victorian townhouse and also coming with perks such as an easy route to Camden Town station and bragging rights that you live on the same street that Alan Bennet once did before he skedaddled over to Primrose Hill, which is, you know, fair. Houses here are unsurprisingly pretty penny too, though it’s no Elm Grove.
Goldsmith Avenue takes us into leafy Zone 3 west London. It’s praised for being near the Elizabeth line and also being a little like a village that boasts big and pretty houses. Wood Street in Walthamstow also made it, and it’s definitely a popular one for those who wish to be within walking distance of Epping Forest and also potter around the coffee shops and bars in the area.
If you’re outraged by the choices here, your Why I Oughta… shouldn’t be directed at us, since we didn’t choose them! The beauty of London is that you could ask 100 people what their favourite street is, and you’d get 98 different answers – but the streets listed here are no doubt pretty as hell, so check them out if you ever happen to pass by.
Check out the full list by The Telegraph here.