Central London

Only a privileged few are lucky enough to call Central London home. This is one of the most famous cities in the world, so naturally, living in its heart doesn’t come cheap. With house prices falling largely into the multi-million pound bracket, residents here tend to be politicians, celebrities and those born into ready-made fortunes. Read on to discover the developments that are rated as the best places to live in Central London. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Central London.

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Best places to live in Central London

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Central London from above

London’s most famous tourist attractions

Think of the classic Big Smoke postcard, and you’ve got Central London in a nutshell. The scenery here is recognised right across the globe, thanks to iconic landmarks like the House of Lords, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, plus the black taxis and scarlet-red phone boxes synonymous with England’s capital. The area is also home to some of the best-preserved Georgian mansions in the country.

Marylebone

Unsurprisingly, Central London’s amenities cater to its wealthy occupants. Expect fine dining (including a reputable clutch of Michelin-starred restaurants) designer boutiques and five-star hotels that have stood the test of time. Some of London’s most famous establishments pepper this area, such The Langham and The Landmark. As to what else is on offer? Only some of the best shopping and also dining in Central London. The fashionable W1 postcode teams period architecture with the buzz of Oxford Street and the calm of Marylebone High Street.

Millennium bridge

The City of London

In the City, or, the ‘Square Mile’, brokers close deals over brunch in high-end brasseries, and affluent shoppers hit the luxury stores of spots like One New Change. There’s an impressive rollcall of rooftop wine bars, too, offering views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Unsurprisingly, homes here come with a sizeable price tag, but are also the best places to live in Central London as deemed by our reviewers,. But if you’ve got the budget it’s all about glossy high-rises with floor-to-ceiling windows and luxury onsite fitness centres.

Thames River at sunset

Westminster’s charms

If you’re after a more traditional scene, there are olde-world pubs and shops to be discovered in Westminster, not to mention history-charting tourist attractions like Tate Britain and Churchills War Rooms. As well as this nearby, with views of Buckingham Palace, there’s peace and quiet to be had in St James’ Park; a glorious 23 hectares of meadows and walkways. Spend an afternoon here, and you can picnic on its immaculate lawns, or stop by the café for a tea.

You can find out more about living in Central London by reading reviews from residents. Click below to find out more about residents’ experiences and discover great places to rent in Central London. Also, if there’s a Central London property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here

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Facilities are wonderful

Review Date Nov 2023

We moved into Dolphin Square in September and are delighted; it’s a short walk to battersea park, and even shorter to the Pimlico station on the Victoria line. The residents are respectful and considerate.

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The facilities are wonderful, the finishings are modern and lovely, the property management has been straightforward, professional and all communication has been responded to quickly. The restoration work has been well managed and the services run like clockwork.

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we really haven’t been surprised by anything as all communication from the landlords before moving in was comprehensive and we felt fully prepared when we moved in.

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Response has been immediate, helpful and completed well.

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Good compared to competitors but not very good overall

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Review Date Nov 2023

Limited shops because it’s riverside. Nice cafes and neighbourhood. Calm and peaceful during day and night

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Building design is very beautiful, however it could’ve been renovated more carefully to make the interiors less claustrophobic and more spacious. I’m happy with my luxe studio. Its well renovated and comes with essential furniture. I would expect to have more security as a female student living by myself. Anyone can come into the building even though there’s cctv. 247 security but there’s 1-2 people for the whole 10 houses. I would rather have all houses have their own security, or at least a security system only allowing residents in, or the people they allow in. So many construction works going on in the building all the time. Excessive noise most of the time and for the over 1 year period I’ve been living here, only one of the two very small lifts were working and its really annoying and delaying. Either one of them is always out of order most of the time.

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The security is not enough. Yes the area is safe but i think more security people should be around or there should be a security system at least because it’s claimed to have 24/7 security

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They are attentive but not always helpful. But the reception team is always kind and trying to help and fix issues.

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Review Date Oct 2023

the local area for me is quite good to live in
it is so close to the market and school for me to being in

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the design is quite modern and good to look at
for the facilities is normal
the building management wasnt that good due to there are no one are sitting down stair
the property management is better i do think it is good to go and worth to live with family

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the heater wasnt work that smoothly make a small intrusion will be better

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the problem killed so fast the responded is quite fast enough

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Great location and facilities

Review Date Oct 2023

There’s a bit of everything close by: the building itself has a convenience store, a hairdressers, a gym… the closest supermarket, however, is a bit far (15 min walk), but if you forgot something you can always get it fast from the 24h shop in Grosvenor road or at the convenience store. The neighborhood is extremely calm and very well connected to the city center.

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The building and gardens are very beautiful and they are slowly renovating everything. Everything looks very clean and taken care of, especially in the gardens. Many apartments have been renovated and have a beautiful, minimalist design that allows you to bring your own decorations and make it your own.

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This building is undergoing renovation works. It’s not very disturbing, but it means different parts of the facilities will become unavailable from tome to time.

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Yes, we had a couple of technical issues and they always responded — albeit sometimes it took a bit of time.

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