Unless you’re moving from an equally large city, relocating to the Big Smoke is bound to be daunting.
But if you’ve accepted that brand new job in London, you’re one step closer to a smooth move to the UK’s capital. All you need to do now is your research. Plenty of it. But let us help you make one decision – where to set up home. Should your budget allow, there’s four sought-after residential spots in London you’ll definitely want to explore. Read on…
Located to the west of central London, Kensington is one of London’s most sought-after areas to live in. Home to the famous Kensington High Street, Kensington also offers nearby Portobello Market, the Roof Gardens, and some of the city’s best free museums. Elsewhere, there’s two royal parks – Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, perfect for enjoying a spot of sunshine and a catch up with friends. With a good choice of state and private schools, as well as great amenities and convenient transport links, Kensington is an ideal area to set up home and take up that new role. Property-wise, the majority were built in the Victorian era and are a mix of detached villas and town houses. And if you’re looking to kit out your home, you can’t go far wrong with the transitional style – a décor movement making waves in the US and now making its way here – which blends modern pieces with the traditional, like say, a modern wire table alongside the classic chesterfield sofa.
Bounded by the River Thames and Knightsbridge, Chelsea is part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Now an exclusive, upmarket area of the city, it’s personified by two landmarks at its east and west borders – Sloane Square and Chelsea’s famous football ground. Once at the centre of 1960s’ ‘swinging London’, the King’s Road is known worldwide for shopping, and Vivien Westwood’s punk boutique is also a big draw. As far as events go, the Chelsea Flower Show is one of the biggest, taking place annually in May. There’s a wealth of restaurants, pubs and cafes, too, and you’ll be spoiled for choice when looking for a suitable property, too. Whether you’re looking for a stylish flat, or a detached house, you’ll find it here.
Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, southwest of London and Charing Cross, Westminster has a large concentration of the city’s prestigious landmarks. Move here if you’d like to be in close proximity to the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Also home to the attractive streets of Pimlico and Belgravia, Westminster comprises plenty of great schools, restaurants and pubs.
It’s the most expensive spot on the Monopoly board – and with good reason! Mayfair’s home to some huge clubs, restaurants and hotels. Encompassing the area between Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly and Park Lane, Mayfair is adjacent to St James’ and its beautiful parks. Everyone from foreign royalty to British prime ministers have lived here, which will give you an indication of how costly – yet prestigious – it is to live here. The area is known for its elegant period conversions and freehold town houses.
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