If you were to ask the majority of people where they would like to live in the capital, we’re quite sure most of them would choose somewhere in prime central London. Unfortunately, the ones who can afford prime London’s average prices of £3,000 per month are very much in the minority. Still, the rest of us can dream, can’t we? But let’s say the opportunity did arise to live in a prime area where you have the best of London on your doorstep, which part do you choose?
Mayfair is one of the most exclusive areas to live in the whole of London and has one bedroom apartments averaging £3,550 per month. If you have the budget to call this place your home, then you can expect to find Michelin-star restaurants, V.I.P nightclubs and boutique shops so high-end that you’ll think the designer is about to pop out from the stock room to personally greet you. Bond Street also happens to be near by and is quite possibly London’s quintessential shopping street.
Regeneration in the 1990s, which also happened to be one of the largest redevelopments in London, has seen King’s Cross flourish, turning the area into one of London’s most expensive places to live. With the West End on your doorstep, an international train station and a selection of bars, clubs and restaurants to match any other area of London, King’s Cross offers style, practicality and shiny new residential buildings all in the same location.
Since the 17th century, the quaint area of Marylebone has managed to evoke a village vibe right in the heart of central London. The W1 postcode is sought after by the rich and famous who value the local boutiques, patisseries, cafes and restaurants on offer. The average rental price in Marylebone is £4,135 per month.
Marble Arch connects to the Selfridges-end of Oxford Street, offering residents a truly five-star shopping experience on their doorstep, not to mention an abundance of restaurants on Edgware Road. The white marble-faced arch the area is named after still a dominating feature and sits adjacent to Hyde Park.
Whether you’re visiting Harrods or Harvey Nichols, two of the world’s most famous departmental stores, taking a tour of a near by museum, or indulging in a high-end restaurant, nothing provides a better example of the elite like Knightsbridge. Quite possibly the most expensive area in London, the average rent is an incredible £9,515 per month.
Kensington allows you to indulge in fine dining, embrace your culture vulture, enjoy private member clubs, or simply browse one of the designer stores along Kensington High Street. Add in the beautiful period buildings, and you have an area that is desired by people from all over the world.
Often top of the to-do-list for most tourists, anyone that gets to call themselves a resident of Covent Garden is very lucky indeed. The cobbled streets of the central piazza offer entertaining street acts, as well as a host of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. There also happens to be a selection of local theatres showing some of London’s most highly-rated plays.
Let’s be honest, when it comes to property, the surrounding areas of Hyde Park are probably the most sought after in the whole of the UK. Who wouldn’t want to live moments away from the glitz and glam of the West End, yet still have the beautiful open spaces of London’s most famous park? Daily activities can include five-star shopping and high-end restaurants, followed by boating along the Serpentine and a spot of horse riding. How very posh.November 7, 2016 rentonomy London Living