I have had the pleasure to live in a few areas since Feb. 2016 and will tell you all i know so far.
Sorry if it sounds contradictory but, even though I never lived in peckham, it´s my option number one and i have been looking for property there with no success.
- Rent is Cheap. You can even have your own flat for 900-1000 GBP a month.
- It is very rich culturally
- It´s super well connected to the City
1. There arent that many new buildings, so you would pay cheap for average property. If you are picky, you might not like to live on top of a chicken shop. (smiles)It is expensive to rent and to buy NEW/REFURBISHED property due to gentrification policies.
2. Is the little Lagos of Europe. The fast food options cater this major population and so the business and markets (there is no starbucks coffee in peckham, for example. which i claimed to the company last year through instagram)
3. nothing touristic.
Then, I have lived in Dalston and these are the pros:
1. It is very very buzzy, there is always people in the street all the days of the week.
2. Is not far from the city, if you work.
3. It has great eating out options and bars of all types.
1. If you are not a student, the vibes can be too "teen" like young.
2. If you depend on the Overground, you are going to be late to work every morning
3. There are streets like Ridley Road, that can be too noisy for some people, as there is music until late specially in summer time and a street market open every day.
4. it is super expensive to rent and to buy property in Dalston. flatshare would be normally with students who are noisy usually.
I have also lived in Whitechapel:
1. Student mood all over the place with all eating options.
2. Super well connected to everywhere.
3. Busy yet quiet later at night so it´s not very noisy.
1. Boring, there is nothing going on.
2. Expensive, and full of buildings being built, so there is noise early in the morning from cranes and stuff.
3. Not many going out options right there.
And, I lived in Old Street:
1. Very very busy at all times day and night
2. Good connections to Kings Cross, London Bridge, etc.
3. Not turistic at all, as you wished.
1. I found it too stressing when grabbing the bus on weekdays, you need plenty of time or you can depend on the underground which is way too warm (in summertime, northern line is like hell).
2. it is close to shoreditch but still not shoreditch, so you have to get your UBER account or public transport to have fun.
3. Expensive af. full stop.
4. As it is Not turistic at all, is full of stressed londoners that dont even care of saying good morning.
i have lived in Wood Green too:
1. you have everything you need to live nearby.
2. you have victoria line and you are connected 24hours by bus to city london
4. is busy til late but not too much.
1. is maybe more for families, with children.
2. is not a going out spot
3. is not cheap to rent.
Also, I loved the mood of hoods like Notting Hill in the west, the little streets around Edware Road, Angel, Hoxton and Brixton (the market area is all crazy lovely vibes). they are all very expensive areas.
I hope it helps. All the best.