Sometimes you just want to enjoy relaxing surroundings, right? Especially if you’re living in a busy city like London: it’s always on the go, and there’s always something happening. We’ve already covered the peaceful parks dotted all over the capital that offer an escape from a hectic, on-the-go lifestyle. Now we’ve turned our attention to the best places to live along London’s waterfronts.
There are a surprisingly large number of riverside apartments located in London, and with the recent news that the Thames waterfront will see 100,000 new homes constructed by 2020, waterside living is about to become even more popular. So, get ready for a room with a (river) view as we take a look at London’s waterside hotspots.
Prime riverside living doesn’t come much better than Hammersmith in west London. In fact, several waterside developments have been built in the W6 postcode just to meet demand for riverside homes. If you’re lucky, you may even get an apartment with first-hand views of the annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge universities, which takes place every spring.
The regeneration in Woolwich is creating lots of excitement amongst the locals, with a host of new riverside developments springing up to offer residents apartments with fabulous views of the River Thames. With the inclusion of the Elizabeth Line in 2018 and an extension to the DLR, Woolwich will have easy access to key London areas while offering its own peaceful waterside surroundings to make you feel as if you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle.
The Elizabeth Line’s at it again, this time in Custom House where it will offer direct links to Liverpool Street in a matter of minutes. This alone is enough to have many City professionals casting an eye over the up-and-coming area that has been described as London’s version of New York’s Meat Packing District. Add in this E16 postcode’s relaxing riverside setting, and you have somewhere that could soon be one of London’s most in-demand areas.
Quaint cobbled streets, converted warehouse apartments and maritime history – there’s a lot to like about the east London area of Wapping. Recent regeneration has seen the construction of several new developments that add a modern feel to the area without taking away from its maritime charm. Make sure you visit one of Wapping’s riverside bars, especially in the spring and summer when they are particularly pleasant.
One of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe is taking place in Nine Elms, turning this once sleepy part of Vauxhall into a modern mecca of apartments and shops. And let’s not forget about the converted Battersea Power Station which will be redeveloped into flats and amenities. There will be over 480 acres worth of development, including a new home for the US Embassy and a Damien Hirst gallery, all set to the backdrop of the iconic River Thames.
The south west of London is already one of the most sought after areas in the capital, but swanky new riverside developments on the borders of Fulham have made the area even more appealing. After finishing a nice stroll along the river, why not head over to nearby King’s Road, one of London’s most fashionable streets, so that you can enjoy designer boutiques and lively bars.
Developers are really starting to take note of North Greenwich, which is mainly down to the popularity of the O2 Arena, otherwise known as ‘The Dome”. Several new developments with direct views over the Thames and Canary Wharf have popped up to offer some of London’s most stylish riverside living. A Jubilee Line Tube station also means direct trips to Canary Wharf and the West End can be made in just five and 20 minutes.
In the past, anyone wanting to live in a TW postcode looked to the popular area of Richmond. While the leafy London area is still a big draw, the TW9 postcode of Kew has recently seen its popularity rise significantly. Thanks to its riverside settings, along with a good combination of modern developments and more traditional housing, Kew is fast becoming a popular destination for young families and professionals.
If you want to combine waterfront living with spectacular views of the London skyline, you won’t do much better than Canary Wharf. Once seen as an area for working professionals, Canary Wharf is fast becoming a prime residential area in London, with many renters placing it higher on their list than more traditional London hotspots.September 19, 2016 rentonomy Moving to the Capital