City of London Private Schools & Special Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In London

For anyone planning a move to or within the London, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating or moving within this fantastic City.

London has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, lots of activities and excellent housing

London, the capital of the United Kingdom, is a city steeped in history and brimming with vibrancy. Let’s delve into its fascinating details:

  1. Location and Geography:
    • London is situated in southeastern England, straddling the River Thames.
    • It lies approximately 50 miles (80 km) upstream from the Thames estuary on the North Sea.
    • When viewed from above, the metropolis appears compact within a Green Belt of open land, with the M25 motorway encircling it at a radius of about 20 miles (30 km) from the city center.
    • The city’s physical boundaries align with the administrative and statistical divisions separating Greater London from the surrounding “home counties” (Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Essex).
  2. Historical Significance:
    • London’s history spans nearly two millennia, making it one of the oldest and most enduring cities globally.
    • As Britain’s largest metropolis, it serves as the nation’s hub for economicstransportation, and culture.
    • The iconic Big Ben stands tall, its chimes echoing through the city.
  3. Cosmopolitan Melting Pot:
    • London is a melting pot where tradition and innovation coexist harmoniously.
    • Traditional pubs share streets with trendy cocktail bars, creating a dynamic blend of old and new.
  4. Population and Area:
    • The city boasts a population of approximately 8.8 million people.
    • Its metropolitan area extends even further, encompassing around 14.8 million inhabitants—making it the largest city in Western Europe by this measure.
    • The City of London, a central region within Greater London, covers a mere 1.1 square miles (2.9 square km).




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Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in London, some of the best of which being:



Dallington School

8 Dallington Street, Clerkenwell, London, England EC1V 0BW
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7251 2284

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 11 Years Day

Dallington School is dedicated to helping children develop their interests and passions without unnecessary pressure. We pride ourselves on enabling children to achieve academic success whilst still being able to enjoy their childhood.

[Read More About Dallington School...]



Dolphin School

Battersea, London, England, SW11 6QW

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-11 Years, Day

Dolphin School is a small, independent co-educational Christian school which thrives on on our motto: Love, Wisdom and Truth. Their approach is to encourage children to explore their different intelligences and to grow them with confidence, compassion, ambition and integrity.

[Read More About Dolphin School…]



Dulwich Prep London

Dulwich, London, England, SE21 7AA

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3-14 Years, Day

Dulwich Prep London provides an outstanding and unique education. Dulwich are passionate about boys learning holistically, building good character and developing meaningful skills for their future.

[Read More About Dulwich Prep London…]



The Lloyd Williamson School

North Kensington, London, England, W10 5SH

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 0-14 Years, Day

The Lloyd Williamson School provides teaching of a high standard and all the children’s interests and talents are actively encouraged. They celebrate childhood and nurture each child to be the best they can be in a challenging and inspiring environment that ignites a passion for life and learning.

[Read More About The Lloyd Williamson School…]



Bute House Preparatory School for Girls

Hammersmith, London, England, W6 7EA

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 4-11 Years, Day

Bute House has an outstanding reputation for the academic success of the girls, but a great education encompasses so much more and, in fact, contributes to academic success. Bute House is forward thinking and offers a broad curriculum that develops skills alongside knowledge, provides opportunities for girls to excel in subjects like science and technology and develops their passions for creative and performing arts, sport and music. 

[Read More About Bute House Preparatory School for Girls…]



Homefield Preparatory School

Sutton, Surrey, England, SM1 2TE

Private School (Fee Paying), Boys, 4-13 Years, Day

As one of the oldest prep schools in England for boys aged 4-13, Homefield have been renowned for their academic success and family atmosphere for over 150 years. A safe and happy environment, with a real depth of specialist teaching ensures the fulfilment of the boys’ individual potential. They offer a truly cosmopolitan school, a rich diversity being a real strength.

[Read More About Homefield Preparatory School…]



Eaton Square School

Belgravia, London, England, SW1V 1PP

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-13 Years, Day

Eaton Square School offer's a well-balanced education, placing an emphasis on developing the whole child pupils will be fully prepared to take their own place in an ever-changing world.



The Mulberry House School

West Hampstead, London, England, NW2 3SD

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-8 Years, Day

Our aim at Mulberry House School is to provide the highest quality of education for all, in a caring, inspiring, supportive and inclusive learning environment. As a non-selective school we strive to promote and nurture each child’s individual talents through a broad and balanced curriculum.

[Read More About Mulberry House School…]



St Paul’s Cathedral School

City of London, London, England, EC4M 9AD

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-13 Years, Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)

St Paul’s aims to instil a love of learning through a broad curriculum. It aims to give each pupil the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially, personally, physically, culturally and spiritually.

[Read More About St Paul’s Cathedral School…]


Eltham College Junior School

Mottingham, London, England, SE9 4QF

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 7-18 Years, Day

Eltham College is a thriving and diverse day school situated in 70 acres of grounds in south-east London. They place a strong emphasis on self-respect, humility and the service of others.

[Read More About Eltham College Junior School…]



The Lyceum School

Shoreditch, London, England, EC2A 2DU

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-11 Years, Day

The Lyceum is a unique, co-educational independent school in the heart of the City of London (EC2) for children between the ages of 4-11. It is a happy place where learning is rich, fulfilling and exciting.

[Read More About Lyceum School...]



Palmers Green School 

Winchmore Hill, London, England, N21 3LJ 

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 3-16 years, Day

Ranked number one in The Sunday Times national league table for small independent schools with no sixth form, parents can be reassured that Palmers Green High School pupils not only attain excellent results in relation to their abilities and aptitudes, but also grow in confidence and poise as members of this very special school community. 

[Read More About Palmers Green School...]



Quainton Hall School

Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 1RX

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-13 Years, Day

Quainton Hall School is a thriving IAPS co-educational Preparatory School, dedicated to the education of boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 11 years.

[Read More About Quainton Hall School...]



Reddiford School

Pinner, Middlesex, London, England, HA5 5HH

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3-11 Years, Day

At Reddiford, high academic standards are achieved within a friendly, family environment, ensuring children develop their full potential both socially and academically.

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St Helen’s School

Northwood, Middlesex, London, England, HA6 3AS

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3-11 Years, Day

St Helen’s is a leading independent day school for girls aged 3-18 and is a member of the Girls’ Schools Association. Their spacious and beautiful 21-acre site is conveniently located in the heart of Northwood in North London, approximately 30 minutes by underground from Central London on the Metropolitan Line and within easy reach of the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire borders.

[Read More About St Helens School…]



The King Alfred School

Golders Green, London, England, NW11 7HY

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-18 Years, Day

At the heart of the King Alfred philosophy is their child centred approach. They appreciate that every child is unique and has their own set of strengths, attributes and areas to develop. King Alfred School appreciates that every child is unique, and they get to know them as individuals.

[Read More About The King Alfred School…]



Newland House School

Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 4TQ

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3-13 Years, Day

Newland House School ensures all their children have equal access to learning, educational opportunities and experiences. They provide a balanced platform for pupils to explore their potential and achieve highest possible standards.

[Read More About Newland House School...]



St Catherine’s School

Twickenham, Middlesex, London, England, TW1 4QJ

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 3-18 Years, Day

At St Catherine’s they understand the importance of the individual and the community. They foster curiosity, creativity and resilience and their excellent pastoral care helps each girl to find her own gifts and talents. In turn, the girls are inspired to contribute whole-heartedly to the school community and this creates a very special place, where girls and staff feel they belong.

[Read More About St Catherine’s School…]



Twickenham Preparatory School

Twickenham, Middlesex, London, England, TW1 4QJ

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-13 Years, Day

Twickenham Prep School (TPS) creates such a foundation for life both for today and for the future, in a wonderful, co-educational setting.

[Read More About Twickenham Preparatory School…]



Hampton School

Hampton, Middlesex, London, England, TW12 3HD

Private School (Fee Paying), Boys, 11-18 Years, Day

Located in a highly desirable area of South West London, Hampton School is situated on a beautiful 27-acre green field site. They are a happy and vibrant independent day school for boys aged 11 - 18.

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Claremont Fan Court School

Esher, Surrey, London, England, KT10 9LY

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-18 Years, Day

Set in 100 acres of historic grounds, Claremont is known for focussing on the academic potential of our pupils, but not at the expense of their pastoral wellbeing; for a culture that nurtures pupils’ limitless potential, not just in exams but also in equipping them with the skills to shape the world around them at university, in their careers and in the wider society beyond.

[Read More About Claremont Fan Court School…]



Brighton College Prep Kensington 

Princes Gardens, London, England, SW7 1ND 

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-11 years, Day

Brighton College Prep Kensington is a happy and vibrant school for boys and girls aged 2 to 13. As a part of the award-winning Brighton College family of schools, Brighton College Prep Kensington nurtures a culture of kindness, where the personal happiness of children is our priority.

[Read More About Brighton College Prep Kensington...]



Snaresbrook Preparatory School

South Woodford, London, England, E18 2EA

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-11 Years, Day

Snaresbrook is a small independent school for children aged three-and-a-half to eleven where every child is seen, known and heard.

[Read More About Snaresbrook Preparatory School …]



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