Anyone who has walked down the Northcote Road in Battersea on a Saturday morning will tell you that there are a lot of children in the neighbourhood. It is pretty self evident from the numbers of buggies that you need to navigate as you take in the area’s cafe culture.
The area which lies between Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common has been dubbed Nappy Valley and the epithet is certainly supported by the data. Analysis by Urbs of child benefit data shows that Wandsworth, where Nappy Valley is situated, has the highest proportion of children under 4 in London. 37% of the children in the borough are babies and pre-school kids. That’s a third higher than the national average of 20%. The rate for London is 31%.
While Wandsworth has the highest proportion of tiny Londoners, for sheer numbers of children Croydon takes the prize. The borough has 95,000 under 18s, beating Barnet with 90,000 and Newham with 85,000.
If you want to avoid children then head to the City of London. The high proportion of under 4s on our map, while accurate, may be misleading as the square mile is home to just 885 kids.