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PrimeLocation - North London guide
Generally defined as the area north of the River Thames, North London is home to many of the city's highlights. From the famous King's Cross station, complete with Platform 9 ¾, to the iconic Houses of Parliament in Westminster and historical sights like the Tower of London, there's no end of tourist attractions to enjoy, especially with free entry available to many of London's biggest museums.
And with both tube and bus connections across the whole city, public transport is the easiest way to see all the sights. There's also a range of railway links to both national and international cities, as well as the nearby M25, which is the most popular choice for commuters who drive.
Much of North London – like the rest of the city – has seen rapid population growth and increased diversity. Unsurprisingly, Outer London is more popular with young families.
With its plentiful career opportunities, London typically attracts young professionals, with the ONS mid-year population estimates for 2014 showing the largest age group in Inner London to be 25 to 29-year-olds, and in Outer London, it's 30 to 34-year-olds.
There's a wide range of excellent schools available in North London. Camden School for Girls is famous for being founded by a suffragette and was featured in Tatler's first ever state school guide. It appeared alongside Ashmore and Fortismere – fellow North London secondary schools.
There are also several top universities in the area, covering a wide range of specialities. As well as UCL, which ranked at number 5 in The Guardian's 2014 University League Table, notable institutions include SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies) and King's College.
Public transport is the easiest way to travel around London, with an extensive tube network and regular buses. There are also frequent intercity trains that connect London with major cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. There's also the Eurostar, which runs directly from St Pancras station to Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium.
The most popular driving routes for commuters include the North Circular Road and the M25, or Orbital Motorway. While drivers will need to consider congestion charges when travelling into the very centre of London, the Northern suburbs are much easier to navigate by car.
Amenities and shopping
There's no end of shopping options available in London. A particular family favourite is the iconic toy shop Hamleys, based on Regent Street – a neighbour of the popular Oxford Street, which is home to many popular High Street stores.
On the other end of the spectrum are London's markets, where you can find everything unique and unusual. Many of the markets have a specialism – such as Portobello's vintage pieces, Borough Market's famous foods and Columbia Road's flowers. One of the city's most popular attractions is the eclectic Camden Market.
There's also a range of high-end options on offer, such as the legendary diamond district of Hatton Garden in the Camden Borough, and the nearby Camden Passage, which is perfect for antique lovers.
After a hard day's shopping, there's plenty of food and entertainment on offer, including famous sites such as Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, and the world-renowned West End. There's cuisine from all across the world to sample, whether you choose Chinese food from Chinatown, Indian food from Brick Lane or classic English dishes from one of the area's many pubs.
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