The biggest factor of where you live in London is going to be your commute to work. London’s transport links are excellent, however they are not perfect so put a strong weight on time travel to work when choosing a location to live in.
Resource Tools to help you choose possible locations to live.....
Rental Cost guide: Net Lettings gives you a rent price indication of different areas. It is a touch dated but useful
Council Tax Cost Guide: London Council Tax Comparison
Suburb Location Guide: Movebubble
Work to home Travel time guide: TFL Journey Planner
Areas with good nightlife and Bars
The following areas are excellent for nightlife in London: Clapham Common/Junction, Brixton, Shoreditch, Fulham/Chelsea, Notting Hill/Bayswater, Camden, Central London/West End, Angel/Kings Cross
Picturesque and Green Areas
The following areas are picturesque with an abundance of parks around them. Richmond, Barnes, Putney, Hampstead Heath, Dulwich, Herne Hill, Chiswick.
The best transport links to commute to work in London
The most important factor to where you choose to live in London is to ensure you have a reasonable commute to work each day, so it is best to settle in a job before making a decision on longer term accommodation. If you do contract/temporary work where you could be required anywhere across London you will need to choose a suburb with excellent transport links.
Here are some suburbs with excellent transport links
Clapham Junction: No tube but regular fast trains into Waterloo and Victoria meaning you can get into central London quite quickly. The station is an excellent hub for transport into Sussex, (Gatwick Airport), Surrey and has trains that go to Shoreditch in the east and Shepherds Bush in the west.
Victoria/Pimlico: Victoria station is home to the Victoria/District & Circle lines as well as being a gateway hub to South London and Kent. The area is home a London's largest coach station so commuting to towns all across the UK and all of London's airports is very easy.
Wimbledon: District line tube with fast overground trains into Waterloo. Not great if commuting into West/East or North London but excellent as a gateway into central London, lots of South London as well as into Surrey.
Paddington: Served by the Bakerloo, Central, District and Hammersmith & City Lines on the Underground as well as fast trains to the Ealing and Reading. Part of the Cross Rail project which will make commuting to the East and Canary Wharf extremely easy.
Stratford: Stratford is a transport hub for East London and Essex. The station is served by both the Jubilee and Central tube lines and has train services that go to parts of North London.
Hammersmith: Hammersmith is an excellent transport hub for those needing to commute either into central London or West London. It is home to three tube lines these being Piccadilly, District & Hammersmith & City. Buses serve surrounding suburbs extremely well.
Richmond: Fast overground services into central London and out towards the Thames Valley, Middlesex and Berkshire. It is also served well by local bus services and the District line.