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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Review Date Sep 2022

The development itself has many facilities within it, its shopping arcade, relaxing spots in its garden, and even just the constant maintenance. It does have a well equipped gym. However, this gym is extremely expensive. There, are a few supermarkets locate near by as well. The apparentments are really nice to stay in.

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The development itself has many facilities within it, its shopping arcade, relaxing spots in its garden, and even just the constant maintenance. It does have a well equipped gym. However, this gym is extremely expensive. There, are a few supermarkets locate near by as well. The apparentments are really nice to stay in. However, there are constant buildings works going on in the property which can be really loud and annoying.

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A lot of construction work going on at the moment. Entry to the square is limited current and does cause inconvenience

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They do take sometime to respond. Usually need to make a few calls before anything is done.

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If you find another place, take this. Use this as your last resort.

Review Date May 2022

As residential tenant the property as such is OK – a place to sleep but not much more, you can tell it was built in the 40s and that not much has happened since then. What I found most frustrating is that the monthly costs are hard to predict, getting heating recharges every month on around 120-200 pounds (live in a one bedroom apartment of 500 sqf). Especially since I am barely at home and my heating as not worked since I moved in.

Also, there are still phonelines in the apartments for which you are charged, i.e. you are not charged for the use of it you are charged for that there is a phoneline available. It is only on 7 pounds, but with 1,200 flats you understand why the charge for something as retarded as that.

This frustration is increased since other things was promised and stated in the contract – and especially since it is a 1 year contract.

That said, if you like ryanair this place wont be much different.

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The landlord needs to find a way to make sure that the apartments are brought into, atleast, the 2000 century and to make it possible for tenants to be in control of the heating or whatever the excuse is for the 10% of the rent recharges.

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the actuall cost per month, did ask for this several times so I could make a budget but the numbers I got it is clear those where not true.

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Still waiting for answers… been 4 months now but maybe one day.

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Very comfortable and social

Review Date Apr 2022

The local area is really welcoming and there is lots to do. There are easy access to restaurants, cafes, libraries, sports facilities and even the GP/ hospital is close by and well connected.

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The i on Gerald development is great and very comfortable, if there is a problem it is easy to get access by calling reception etc. likewise when you move in the appropriate staff are always on hand. Bins are always collected on time- but sometimes ensuring you get a prompt reply can be difficult.

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It would have been good to know about how heating/ gas is based on the entire building. Also have more context regarding the demographic and expectations of being a Tennant

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They have been able to come and assess the situations relatively quickly

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Hostile staff, ridiculous heating bills, great location

Review Date Mar 2022

Location is great, not much noise, next to the river but also to central
london

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Hostile property management, increased our gas bills 4times overnight ( happy to provide proof) as didnt ensure new gas supplier on time, so rent price is nothing compared to heating bills from now on ( central system so no option to turn it off) Ignoring us on constant basis, all they want is to
Sign and pay, any questions raised they suggest to go
Find another place!

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The hearing bill will quadruple overnight

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No, we are desperate for help to reduce central heating and cost

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Manager Response

Dear Resident

Thank you for your feedback.

The soaring price of gas is unfortunately something that’s affecting every home in the UK and Dolphin Square is no exception. If any of our residents are facing financial hardship as a result, we invite them to come and speak to us and we will do what we can to help.

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