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Balham

Lidos, leafy parks and lashings of lovely food

Between four south London commons - Clapham to the north, Wandsworth to the west, Tooting Common to the south, and Tooting Bec to the east - Balham is a quiet residential neighbourhood of Victorian terraces and leafy oaks. It has an urban charm, great access to parks and speedy transport links into the heart of the city.

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Chiswick

Country houses, river paths and playgrounds

This borough of west London is known for its parks, Thames path and chi chi mommy set. It’s leafy and lovely with country houses and boating clubs, gastro pubs and parks, and is within easy access of Kew Gardens, The Science Museum; central London is just 40 minutes away by tube or bus.

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Dulwich

Lakes, parks and stories

To the south of central London, beyond Battersea and Brixton, the green oasis of Dulwich includes parks with boating lakes and duck ponds and enough play areas to entertain the kids in a different spot every day of the week. It’s about half an hour from London Bridge by train and Tube and was once the home of Enid Blyton.

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East Finchley

cinema and the city

Once the site of wealthy Londoners’ grand ‘country’ estates, Finchley is now a leafy area on the fringes of the city. Home to one of the UK’s oldest cinemas, The Phoenix, it was once home to Charles Darwin and Spike Milligan. Well-connected to the center, East Finchley is only around 20 minutes by Tube from Leicester Square.

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Finsbury Park

Diversity, plenty of parks and football

This multi-ethnic neighborhood in North London is 10 minutes by Tube from Oxford Circus and is defined by its parks. People’s parks in the true sense of the word, they invite joggers, dog walkers, nannies with strollers, children and the elderly to enjoy them together. Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium is here too.

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Forest Hill

leafy streets and an urban walrus

One of London’s most up and coming boroughs, Forest Hill is popular with families. Just 15 minutes from London Bridge, it’s an area with green spaces and friendly cafes. Spy great views of the capital from One Tree Hill, or make friends with a stuffed walrus at The Horniman Museum.

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Fulham

Parks, football and the Sloaney Pony

This upmarket West London neighborhood is leafy and affluent with a gastro pub on every corner and several parks. It’s easy to get into central London from here - just six stops on the District line - and it has a sprinkle of wizarding magic as the place where Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe grew up.

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Kensington & Chelsea

Hyde Park, Harrods and Her Majesty

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has a certain cachet. It’s where you’ll find Buckingham Palace, Sloane Square, the King’s Road, Harrods and many of the most upmarket stores and areas of the city. For kids, Hyde Park is a must-do, whether you go boating on the Serpentine on summer or enjoy the kid-friendly cafés around it. It’s a central area very well connected with the rest of the city by bus and Tube.

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Notting Hill

Movie stars, museums and the market

This pretty, arty and desirable area of West London has characterful streets of Georgian and Victorian houses, Portobello Market on a Saturday and easy access around the city. It’s close to Kensington Garden and Palace along with Gloucester Road’s blockbuster museums: the Victoria and Albert, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.

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Primrose Hill

Cupcakes, celebrities and skyline views

This fashionable area has cupcake bakeries, patisseries and plenty for yummy mummies to do; it’s very convenient for Oxford Street too. Known for its bohemian past, it attracts actors, writers and creative types and their broods. Primrose Hill itself is a great spot for a picnic, walk or city views.

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Richmond

Room to breathe

Richmond is a town in its own right around 15 minutes by fast train southwest of London. Expect great shopping, friendly restaurants and a plethora of things to do with the kids, from feeding the ducks at the London Wetlands Centre nearby, exploring Kew Gardens, boating on the Thames and spotting red and fallow deer in Richmond Park.

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Shepherd's Bush

Sightseeing, shopping and playing

Conveniently located 30 minutes from London's most famous attractions (Buckingham Palace, British Museum, Covent Garden, the Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and Trafalgar Square), Shepherd's Bush is a residential area in central London. Westfield, Europe's largest shopping centre is in its borough and there are several local parks great for kids, along with family-friendly eateries and good Tube connections.

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