Are you a newly arrived teacher considering London’s best areas to live and teach in?
Each borough in London offers a unique culture, vibe and style; making it one of the most exciting cities in the world!
At The Supply Room, we have a dedicated consultant assigned to each borough, meaning they gain an excellent insight into all their borough has to offer their teachers and support staff.
We asked our team what makes their borough the best and came up with this (totally biased) guide; London’s Best Areas to Live and Teach in.
1. Hackney – Jordan Bate, Education Recruitment Consultant for Hackney Borough
Why work as a Teacher in East London? Because of Hackney’s heritage!
Hackney was first named after a marshland owned by a Danish man named Haca (1198 AD), and still exists today known as Hackney Marsh! This vibrant borough has since been host to famous writers, actors, singers and footballers, all leaving behind a rich history for you to discover and explore!
This means when working in the culturally rich borough of Hackney as a teacher, you have a wealth of surroundings to explore with your students through interactive school trips!
For instance, did you know?
There are 1 300 listed buildings in Hackney, from the iconic Hackney Empire to the Old Tower of the Church of Saint Augustine (built in 1608)!
Hackney has 29 conservation areas including the historic core of Hackney, Clapton Square, in addition to large areas of Georgian and Victorian housing, and urban open-spaces like Clissold Park and Clapton Common.
2. Wandsworth – Ryan Bamsey, Education Recruitment Consultant for London Borough of Wandsworth
Wandsworth is a Borough of Excellence!
92% of schools in the borough are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and are aspiring, and closing in on, 100%!
The 30 000 children and young adults across the borough are well served by nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and three pupil referral units.
Wandsworth teachers benefit from inner-London salaries and the range of benefits that you would expect from a progressive borough. Qualified teachers can expect to earn between £27 819 and £46 365 per annum, depending on skills and experience, with the potential to earn substantially more as your career progresses.
Teachers can also join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
If you are looking to train as a teacher, the borough has a strong teaching school presence with Southfields, Belleville, Chestnut Grove and Chesterton schools all offering Schools Direct teacher training.
So, if you’re looking for a school role in London, why not try Wandsworth?
If it’s good enough for the Royal family, then it’ll be great for you too!
3. Royal Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham / Kensington & Chelsea – Jack Nathan
Want to be close to Central London, have easy transport links and work in quality schools?
Then Hammersmith & Fulham / Kensington & Chelsea is for you!
It makes work exciting when you are working in a borough that has some of the most well-renowned and highly regarded schools in London.
Kensington and Chelsea are well known for the Chelsea Flower Show and the Notting Hill Carnival, held every August Bank Holiday on the streets of North Kensington.
The outgoing and confident teachers we supply will no doubt thrive in this environment and create a supportive atmosphere for the children, as they easily assimilate to a new schools surroundings and settings.
4. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets – Azize Bozkurt
Living in Tower Hamlets, the heart of the East End, means being a valuable part of an inner-London community where you can make a real difference to a child or young adult’s life.
Home to the famous Tower Bridge and Tower of London, your Sunday strolls will never be boring!
My personal favourite? A walk through St Katharine Docks Marina – you can thank me later!
Schools within this borough don’t just think about today or tomorrow, they think far ahead into a student’s life to when they will become independent school leavers and ensure that every step taken for them is beneficial for them to becoming successful adults.
Working alongside like-minded academics within a school that accommodates students from underprivileged backgrounds, means providing the care and devotion to their progress, resulting in you becoming a part of a team that knows the real meaning of dedication in education.
5. North West London Boroughs – Gerald Akosa
This area of London has a wealth of excellent schools!
North-West London has fought hard to retain its original charm and identity, a vibrant – if eclectic – culture whose appeal spans all socio-economic groups.
The area has strong transport links and served by the overground, buses, underground, Thameslink and national rail.
Underground may be your best bet for commuting to work, with the district served by the Piccadilly, Central, Metropolitan and Bakerloo lines.
6. Sutton – Education Recruitment Consultant for London Borough of Sutton, Will Cowen
The London Borough of Sutton is famed as being one of London’s greenest boroughs – with over 607 hectares of green space and 16 parks.
With a recent rise in awareness on a greener future (thanks to known public figures such as Joaquim Pheonix, David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg), this make’s Sutton a fantastic, forward thinking borough to teach and live in.
In addition to this, Sutton is one of the top three safest boroughs in London, with total crime having reduced by 31% over the last eight years.
7. Lambeth – Education Recruitment Consultant for London Borough of Lambeth – Kieran Marsh-Reid
If you want to work in a borough that has a wealth of attractions to take your mind off the class room when the end-of-day school bell rings, Lambeth is the Borough for you!
Lambeth is the second largest of the thirteen inner London boroughs and nestled in the centre of London, just south of the River Thames. That means all of the attractions (The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, River Thames and many more) are on your doorstep.
Lambeth is graded fourth out of 33 London Boroughs in terms of overall Ofsted performance.
Within the inner London regions, experienced teachers often earn a starting salary of around £29 000, which is significantly higher than the outer London boroughs. Over 55% of the children in Lambeth speak English as an additional language. 150 different languages are spoken by children in the borough with Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Yoruba and French being the most common after English.
8. Brent – Education Recruitment Consultant for London Borough of Brent, Lara Tipper
Choose Brent… The borough of culture!
Brent is a busy, diverse area of London where families from all over the world choose to live, creating inclusive communities, rich in culture.
“Brent is the most ethnically diverse borough in London, with over 148 different languages spoken as a mother tongue by school children in the borough.” – brent.gov.uk
Schools in Brent pride themselves on promoting understanding, empathy and respect for others. They celebrate different cultures and encourage all pupils to be open to learning about all beliefs and values.
How many schools are in Brent?
• 59 Primary schools
• 20 Secondary schools
• 4 SEN schools
How accessible is Brent?
• There are 25 tube stations
• There are 14 overground/railway stations
Places to see in London Borough of Brent
• Shree Swaminarayan Hindu temple
• Wembley Stadium
• Brent reservoir
• Queen’s Park farmers market
9. Croydon – Education Recruitment Consultant for London Borough of Croydon, Camilla Greene
If Croydon were a city, it would be the 8th largest in the UK and currently has the only tram network which transports over 29 million people in the UK.
Bounce on hundreds of trampolines at oxygen free jump, explore Croydon Airport visitors centre (it used to be London’s leading international airport in the forties) or grab a meal at Boxpark, Croydon’s main attraction for street food and live events.
Croydon has good connections into Central London with trains every 15 minutes into London Bridge.
10. Merton – Education Recruitment Consultant for London Borough of Merton, Tatjana Richter
London Borough of Merton falls in the south west and is home to the oldest tennis tournament, The Championships; Wimbledon.
It’s also home to one of The Supply Room’s offices at Merton Abbey Mills.
It’s also well connected with Wimbledon being the only London station with an interchange between rail, Tramlink and the London Underground.
11. Southwark – Education Recruitment Consultant for London Borough of Southwark, Saifur Siddique
Southwark is an iconic Borough of London known for having a rich history and a very diverse variety of neighbourhoods to suit just about anyone.
New to London and want to see some of the nicest tourist attractions? Head to Bankside and check out The Shakespeare’s Globe, Flat Iron Square, Borough Market or visit Tate Modern.
Prefer the night life? Want a great night out or fancy some quirky bars? Peckham is the place to be for that! If you’re more of a clubbing type, then the Ministry of Sound can be found in Elephant & Castle.
If you like more artsy areas, then Camberwell is the place for you with exhibitions hosted there every month. There’s also a range of independent cafés to visit afterwards.
12. Westminster – Education Recruitment Consultant for London Borough of Westminster – Rhia Patel
Well, why wouldn’t you want to work in Westminster?
This inner city borough has an exciting aura with lots of opportunities!
It’s full of history and is also a place that key decisions are made for our future. Westminster has an eccentric, energetic feel, that makes everyone feel welcome and valued – it’s definitely a borough that would make you feel proud to work in!
Above all else there is excellent transport links system that can be accessed by people across London!
The schools in Westminster have very high standards and aim to deliver the best education for the children of our future.
To be part of delivering this is definitely something that teachers thrive from and what is attractive about this area.
Did you also know that during World War Two, measures were made to protect the Westminster Abbey treasures and they were hidden around the tube stations in Westminster? Who knows, maybe there’s still some left lying around and one of our lucky candidates will come across some treasures on their daily commute!
13. Camden – Education Recruitment Consultant for London Borough of Camden – Rhia Patel
Did you also know that 120 languages are spoken in Camden schools?
Aside from English, the most common languages are Bengali, Somali, Albanian and Arabic. There’s definitely something for everyone in this fantastic borough!
Camden is one of the most vibrant and diverse boroughs in London and allows individuals to express their personalities and beliefs.
In turn, this has made the borough of Camden, a place of identity and charisma and is somewhere that individuals can easily fit in and showcase their own personality.
The schools in Camden aim to deliver excellent educational services and flourish from high academic achievements.
Camden is a fun and exclusive borough which has never lost its unique charm.
Take a walk down the famous Camden lock and indulge yourself in worldwide foods, electrifying music and a nice, cold beer!
Camden is the home of Craft Brewing in England, they’ve got the Camden Town Brewery, and Scotland’s Brewdog Brewery also chose Camden for its first location outside Scotland!
14. The London Borough of Lambeth – Early Years Recruitment Consultant – Kelly Littlewood
Whether you’re looking for an array of choice for pubs, bars and restaurants in Clapham or, you prefer a bohemian neighbourhood bursting with art, music and culture in Brixton, Lambeth is the perfect place for the young.
Not to forget, Lambeth is home to the famous London Aquarium and London Eye landmarks where you can see how this densely populated borough stretches from the vibrant Southbank area to the vast greenery in Clapham Common.
Across Lambeth, there is also a plethora of shops, gyms, theatres and museums to explore and enjoy.
What’s more, this is a well connect area of London so if you’re taking that quick trip into central or going away for the weekend, Lambeth provides excellent tube (Northern, Bakerloo, & Victoria lines) and national rail links from Waterloo and Clapham Junction.
15. Southwark – London Borough of Southwark Education Recruitment Consultant – Brandon Alborough
Shakespeare’s Globe – A world-renowned performing arts venue and cultural attraction and education centre is located on the bank of the River Thames in Bermondsey, in the London Borough of Southwark.
As a teacher or a scholar in search for student workshops, teaching resources, higher educational research, or various extra-curricular activities, the Globe can provide a wealth of knowledge and culture which can be utilized for any classroom setting.
Shakespeare’s Globe is a theatrical reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse where William Shakespeare wrote his plays.
They provide a variety of options for both primary and secondary schools, higher education and courses for those willing to cultivate their intellectual curiosity.
Discover some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays while immersing yourself within the Elizabethan Era created as an imaginative space for learning.
Sessions that are held can be both practical, interactive and grounded with the language of Shakespeare, and can be used to support the national curriculum and classroom work on literacy, reading and writing.