London Zone 4: Where to live

For greener surroundings, more space and in some cases a slower pace of life, whilst still being well connected to central London many look at areas within London’s travel zone 4.

Many of the most popular areas offer residents a village lifestyle, these locations can be especially leafy and are much closer to the surrounding countryside whilst benefiting from direct and easy access into the city – London Zone 4 offers a great balance.

Richmond, TW9

Richmond is located in London Zone 4 and offers residents an excellent quality of life, by the river, access to open green spaces such as Richmond Park, extensive shopping options and excellent transport communications both into London and out to the west.

The area’s most iconic imagery can be enjoyed from Richmond Hill, the view of the River Thames surrounded by fields is arguably one of the most beautiful views London has to offer. Unsurprisingly, properties located on Richmond Hill are extremely sought after. The redevelopment of The Star and Garter boasts properties which enjoy the exceptional views whilst being located on the edge of Richmond Park.

Near the Richmond centre, the houses surrounding Richmond Green are particularly sought after. The green once acted as a jousting ground for Henry VII’s Tudor Palace, now it is a more tranquil place, tucked away from the busy shopping streets, it is the location of regular cricket matches through the warmer months.

Richmond is very popular with families as a place to live in London; the schooling available in Richmond and the surrounding area is exemplary.

Richmond is located at the very end of the District Line as well as being on the mainline, offering a fast service into Waterloo which takes a little under 20 minutes.

Kew, TW9

Kew is within the TW9 Richmond postcode and is within London Zone 4, and technically addresses here, as with those in Richmond, state they are in Surrey. They are both located within the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Kew Gardens train station is located on the District Line and London Overground allowing easy access to many other areas of London.

The area surrounding the station has a very village feel to it with many boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. Towards Kew Bridge is Kew Green which is used for Cricket through the summer. Kew is well known for the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Kew has seen a sharp increase in popularity over the years, especially from families seeking space in the suburbs. Large, double fronted homes with their own driveways and large gardens can be found in Kew.

Woodford, E18

Woodford is a north east London suburb in London Zone 4, known for notable individuals such as Winston Churchill, who was MP for Woodford for many years and the suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst who lived there.

The Woodford area is made up of several postcodes, E18 which covers the area surrounding South Woodford station, IG8 includes Woodford station and is the postcode for the Woodford Green and Woodford Bridge areas and parts of the west Woodford area are within the E4 postal code.

The two stations, Woodford and South Woodford are located on the Central Line offering residents a quick service into central London, it takes around 20 minutes to reach Bank and around half an hour to reach Oxford Circus.

Many families are drawn to Woodford, the area has a very villagey feel and there are many good schools locally including Woodford County High, a highly rated grammar school for girls and for open green space Epping Forest is very nearby.

There are many prestigious properties in the Woodford area, those located around the green, such as the large Victorian properties on Broomhill road are particularly sought after as are homes located with the Monkhams Estate.

Chigwell, IG7

Although Chigwell technically falls within Essex it is part of the metropolitan area of London and its station is located on the London Underground. Together with Loughton and Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell is said to be one corner of the Essex ‘Golden Triangle’ of places to live.

Chigwell has a wide range local amenities including many boutique and independent shops and several popular pubs and restaurants. Residents also benefit from easy access to central London via Chigwell station, Grange Hill station is also nearby – both are located on the Central Line, it takes around half an hour to reach Oxford Circus.

Property in Chigwell is a mix of large detached homes, often set within their grounds, hidden behind electric gates. There are some older properties located around St Mary’s Church; a mixture of period cottages and Georgian built homes. In recent years a number of new developments have been built near to Chigwell station.

Chigwell is predominantly a family area and there are excellent schools in the area including independently run schools such as Bancroft’s School, Chigwell School and Forest School.

Woolwich, SE18

The most ‘up and coming’ area on our list of London Zone 4 locations, Woolwich has seen its popularity increase with the announcement that the Elizabeth Line will be stopping here when it opens. The Elizabeth line will allow residents to reach Canary Wharf in 8 minutes, Liverpool street in 14 minutes and Bond Street in 22 minutes.

Woolwich has many historic heritage buildings, with so many new developments being built in recent years it can be easy to forget that there are also many period homes in the area such as those towards the Shooters Hill area.

The largest new development in Woolwich is the Royal Arsenal Riverside, some 5,000 homes are on the site. Other developments of note in the area include The Academy and Callis Yard.

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