It’s no secret that living in London is expensive, but the promise of plentiful employment and exciting opportunities draws in thousands of young professionals every year. So, where does this ambitious, well-paid and highly-qualified demographic choose to live in order to make the most of the city? We look at four of the city’s hottest spots for hard-working young Londoners to call home.

East London: Dalston, Hackney

Dalston has moved up in the ranks of trendy London hotspots, and the gentrification that started in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics has well and truly taken hold. It’s not quite as ubiquitously cool as nearby Hoxton or Old Street, but for those with a little (not a lot) of extra cash, Dalston is perfect. A growing selection of restaurants offering every kind of cuisine, and Newington Road offers shoppers the flagship branch of Beyond Retro – need we say more?

Found to the northeast of the centre of London, Dalston is best accessed via Overground, with connections taking passengers south via Dalston Junction, and east or west via Dalston Kingsland. Commuters can take a direct bus service to the City of London in less than half an hour, or hop on a city bike for a 20-minute journey.

2-bed flats will currently set you back around £490,000, although if you don’t mind compromising on a second bedroom then you can find a decent 1-bed for less than £350k.

South London: Brixton, Lambeth

South of the river, Brixton offers a vibrant, multi-cultural scene to anyone young enough not to care about its rough history. Gentrification means that it’s becoming an exceptionally pleasant place to live, although rising prices will push out most young professionals soon. The flower gardens at Brockwell Park are perfect for sunny afternoons and the local O2 Academy provides a constant stream of entertainment.

Brixton tube station is at the southern end of the Victoria line, which can take passengers through the west of the city centre. The route stops at Victoria, Green Park and Oxford Circus for those needing to connect with lines to the City.

Average property prices in Brixton are currently around £550,000, although with a bit of hunting you can find cosy 2-bed flats for £300k-£325k. There are also a lot of opportunities for buying shared-ownership homes, if you need to get your foot on the ladder. If you don’t mind living slightly further out, Streatham and Tooting (both to the south-west) offer a similar vibe at a lower price.

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North London: Angel, Islington

Located just north of Clerkenwell and south of Islington, Angel is the perfect place for anyone commuting around the city. Not only is it just six minutes on the Northern line away from the City of London (Bank) it’s a 10-minute cycle or a 35-minute walk. Angel’s proximity to the city centre and the buzzing nightlife of Shoreditch, as well as its own respectable high street make it a top location for those looking to enjoy everything London has to offer.

There are currently two-bed flats on the market in Angel for around £500,000, although the average sale price over the last 12 months is £667,913. While it might be slightly pricier than other areas on this list, the excellent amenities, community feel and transport links into the city make up for it.

West London: Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith and Fulham

The elite neighbourhoods of West London are typically reserved for those with exceptionally deep pockets. However, choosing an area that’s a little further out and slightly rough around the edges (like Shepherd’s Bush) allows buyers a ‘W’ postcode for a fraction of the average property price.

That’s not to say living in Shepherd’s Bush is a compromise – far from it. Residents enjoy a smorgasbord of independent and chain dining options, exceptional bars and unique attractions like the old BBC Television Centre and the Museum of brands, packaging and advertising. There’s also the hugely popular Westfield shopping centre, several live music venues and the gorgeous Kensington Palace Gardens a short walk east.

Commuting into the City of London is best done via the Central line, as it takes just half an hour from Shepherd’s Bush station to Bank. It’s also not far to Notting Hill Gate for switching to the Circle and District lines, or Oxford Circus to take the Victoria or Bakerloo line north.

The average price for a flat in Shepherd’s Bush is currently just under £520,000, which is considerably cheaper than homes closer to the centre.

If you’re planning to buy a home in any part of London, get in touch with our conveyancers and surveyors to make your move as smooth as possible. Our team provide property surveys, valuations and more, and would be happy to help you make an informed decision about a potential new home. Simply contact us to see what we can do.