Where to live in London if you have a family


    London is an amazing, ever-changing patchwork of different neighbourhoods, each with its own distinctive character and vibe.

    Yet with so many different areas all promising their own unique blend of city living, searching for houses or apartments in London can feel a bit daunting. This is why it’s important to know what you want to prioritise before you start your search.

    To help families choose the best area for them, Barratt London’s new research revealed the best London boroughs for families based on top GCSE grades and percentage of family households.

    The best London boroughs for education

    If you have children, finding the best schools for them to attend can be the number one priority when it comes to deciding where you want to move.

    According to the 2023 GCSE results, the leafy borough of Redbridge is the top area you should be looking to move to for your children’s education. This year, 7 in 10 children achieved grades 9-4 (A*-C) in Redbridge.

    Many of the state schools in the area are rated ‘good’ or even ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. One of the best schools in the area is Ark Isaac Newton Academy. 73% of GCSE students here earned a grade 5 or higher (B/C) in both Mathematics and English.

    The most family-friendly London boroughs

    If you have a young family, or you’re looking for the best area to start a family, you may want to consider which areas have the most families living in them. According to 2021 Census data, the most popular London district for families is the suburban hotspot of Barking and Dagenham.

    Barking and Dagenham local council provides a number of services to help keep kids entertained. From holiday clubs to half-term sports clubs, your children will always have something to enjoy.

    If that wasn’t enough, in 2019 it was also the cheapest London borough to buy a home at an average of £300,518 per property.