Living in the big city can create quite a bit of concerns about sustainability and environmental responsibility. The good news is that London, being one of the greenest cities of its scale in the world, can immensely help you in that respect. Even if you prefer to live as close to the city’s centre as possible, you can still pick up a place that is not endangering the environment to a great extent.
The path to a sustainable neighbourhood
Naturally, there are quite a few factors that can contribute to making life in a certain area more eco-friendly. Here are just a few of those:
- Well adjusted traffic
- Keeping overpopulation at bay by implementing restrictions on new housing development
- >Modern waste management strategies
- Stimulating residents to recycle
- Keeping open green spaces in a good condition
- Building cycling roads
The areas in Central London, and more precisely in the London borough of Southwark that we are going to mention in this text, score high on all of those points.
The best areas to live in Central London
You can check out the following places and you can be sure that you will find one that is up to all your likings and personal needs:
Elephant and Castle is among the districts of London that bears the most peculiar of names. Statistics show however that there are also very good air quality here. Elephant and Castle benefits from its very close proximity to Central London which makes the area preferable for all sorts of people.
- Denmark Hill SE5 takes its name from the height that acts as a focal point of this small and very beautiful district. It is located on the very edge of the Thames Valley and magnificent views of Central London are opened from vantage points near the top of the hill that gives its name to the neighbourhood. One of the most notable buildings to be found in the area is the impressive Salvation Army’s William Booth Memorial Training College on Champion Park.
- Camberwell SE5 lies right next to Denmark Hill. In addition to being one of the cleanest residential areas close to the heart of metropolitan London, Camberwell is known as a pretty affluent development. A rare butterfly was named after the settlement – Camberwell Beauty – because it is found in relative abundance in local parks.
- Bankside’s track record in waste clearance is certainly impressive but it is not by far the most attractive thing about this district. It lies just 1.5 miles away from Charing Cross and in addition to housing exclusive properties and being frequently visited by wandering tourists, it is also a thriving business district that benefited greatly from the major Better Bankside redevelopment initiative which took place in the past decade or so.
Surely, Central London has a number of other great green residential areas, but these should be more than enough to get you started on your search for the perfect place.