Where to live in London for the best schools

If you’re a family looking to move to London, one of the biggest considerations is proximity to good schools. As London’s population continues to grow, the competition to live within the catchment area of the best schools is very strong with buyers willing to pay a premium to be within walking distance of the capital’s most highly regarded schools. In fact, there are 10 times more applications for good London schools than places available.

That’s why parents should look at areas with a high concentration of excellent schools; of course it’s also important to consider available housing stock, proximity to amenities and transport links. With that in mind, here’s our shortlist of the places to live in London with the best selection of schools.

Mill Hill

A sought-after North West London suburb perfect for families. View our Mill Hill area guide


  • A village lifestyle in Mill Hill, one of North West London’s most popular, family-friendly locations
  • Residents benefit from access to acres of parks and open spaces, a new piazza with shops and restaurants and even a new primary school – all this just half an hour from central London
  • All homes with a private balcony/terrace
  • Car parking included with all homes
  • 22mins to King’s Cross St Pancras (Eurostar)

State Primary

Courtlands (National rank 12)

Independent Primary

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Prep (Rank 7)
Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls (Rank 8)

Independent Secondary

North London Collegiate(girls) (Rank 16)
Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls (Rank 12)
The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School (Rank 23)


A vibrant North West London neighborhood positioned 30 minutes from central London. View our Harrow area guide


  • A vibrant residential quarter in the heart of Harrow
  • 2000 new homes, restaurants, cafes & shops
  • Residents’ gym, landscaped gardens
  • 12mins to Euston, 21mins to Oxford Circus
  • House prices in Harrow have risen by 55% in 10yrs
  • Four Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ schools nearby
  • Harrow School (1.52 miles away) is one of the oldest and most famous all-boys schools in the world

Independent Primary

Reddiford School (Rank 4)
Alpha Prep (Rank 12)

State Secondary

Sacred Heart College(girls) (Rank 15)
Salvatorian College (boys) (Rank 28)

Home to the world-famous Harrow School

Selection schools:
*Watford Grammar School (Girls) (Rank 73)
*Watford Grammar School (Boys) (Rank 119)

*Admissions allowed from certain Harrow postcodes


Also known as the Queen of the Suburbs, Ealing is one of the greenest boroughs in London and has a rich history. View our Ealing area guide


200 new homes, an 8-screen cinema and central piazza with shops, restaurants and bars

  • Perfectly situated in the heart of Ealing
  • 11mins to Bond Street with the arrival of Crossrail
  • 100% of Ealing’s secondary schools are considered either Good or Outstanding by Ofsted
  • Nearby private prep schools: Harvington Prep School(0.27miles), Durston House School (0.29miles), La Chouette School (0.39miles)

State Primary

Vicar’s Green Primary School (Rank 77)

Independent Primary

Notting Hill & Ealing Junior School (Rank 11)
Durston House (Rank 20)

State Secondary

William Perkin C of E High School (Rank 3)

Independent Secondary

Notting Hill & Ealing High School (Rank 53)


A bustling market town, situated on the banks of the River Thames within 12 miles of central London. View our Kingston area guide


  • A brand-new development by St George, in the heart of historic Kingston upon Thames
  • 24-hour concierge, gym and cinema room
  • Residents’ landscaped courtyard gardens
  • 12 schools rated Outstanding or Good within a 3-mile radius of Royal Exchange
  • Kingston University ranked in the world’s top 200 young universities

State Secondary

The Tiffin Girl’s School (Rank 5)
Tiffin School (Rank 21)

Independent Secondary

Marymount International School London (Rank 18)
Kingston Grammar School (Rank 57)


A popular suburb located six miles South-West of central London known for its green spaces, riverside walks and good schools. View our Wandsworth area guide


  • A landmark new development in Wandsworth, SW18
  • Located adjacent to the popular King George’s Park
  • Private residents’ roof terrace, children’s play area
  • Excellent transport links to London and Surrey via the tube, bus and train
  • Voted one of the best places to live in London, Wandsworth benefits from great transport links, parks, boutique shops, restaurants and cafes

State Primary

Our Lady Queen of Heaven School (Rank 25)

Independent Primary

Oliver House School (Rank 47)
Evaline Day School (Rank 52)

Independent Secondary

King’s College School, Wimbledon (Rank 4)
The Laurels School, Clapham(Rank 7)

School ranking based on Sunday Times Parent Power 2020


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