Sunday Times Survey: Muswell Hill is one of the 5 best places to live in London

A recent article in the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper listed the 101 best places to live in Britain.  The writers of the report chose these places according to a wide variety of criteria, including life expectancy, levels of crime, location of parks and open spaces and community spirit.  Only 5 of the country’s 101 best places were located in London, so we were delighted (but not really surprised) to see Muswell Hill make the list, along with Richmond, Chiswick, Dulwich and Balham.

So what is so special about Muswell Hill?  Having a brilliant English language school in the area is the reason why our students choose to live here, but for local residents, there are a number of reasons why they never want to live anywhere except Muswell Hill.

Here are some of the reasons why the Sunday Times and Excel English agree that Muswell Hill is a great place to live:

  • Beautiful houses – many of the houses in Muswell Hill are large Victorian homes, with their classic red brick exterior that looks simply stunning.
  • Great views – you can go to Alexandra Park and take in the views of the City of London and the Olympic Park, or just stand at the top of Hillside Gardens (on the Broadway) and you’ll have the whole city in front of you.
  • The shops – Muswell Hill Broadway has some great chain stores that you will find on many shopping streets in Britain, but it also has some amazing independent shops, including Martyn’s, a traditional shop that has been owned by the same family for over 100 years, and sells traditional tea and coffee.
  • The cafés, restaurants and bars – if you are meeting a friend for a meal or a drink, Muswell Hill has some great places to choose from, including Toff’s (voted the UK’s best Fish & Chip restaurant), and the famous “church pub” (O’Neill’s).
  • Great transport links – when people discover that Muswell Hill does not have an underground station, they assume it must be hard to get here.  Not at all!  With regular buses taking you the short distance to Highgate station (Northern Line) and Finsbury Park (Piccadilly and Victoria Line), we have London in the palm of our hand!
  • Friendly people – Londoners come in many different shapes, sizes and colours, and while we may not all look like you would expect (men don’t usually wear bowler hats anymore), when you come here and meet us for yourselves you will discover that ‘Muswell Hillbillies’ are a friendly bunch, ready and waiting to welcome you to our little corner of London!

For more information about Muswell Hill, visit our Muswell Hill information pages

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We would love to welcome you to Muswell Hill and Excel English soon.  If you would like to choose an English course, click here to see our English programmes for adults.  Click here for more information about our accommodation options, including homestay accommodation (where you live in a local house and eat your meals with the owners).

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