Central London

A Guide to Living in 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.

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 dining in Central London. The fashionable W1 postcode teams period architecture with the buzz of Oxford Street and the calm of Marylebone High Street.

The City of London

In the City, or, the ‘Square Mile’, as it’s often known, 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 if you’ve got the budget it’s all about glossy high-rises with floor-to-ceiling windows and luxury onsite fitness centres.

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. Nearby, and 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 immaculately tended lawns, or stop by the café for a proper pot of tea.

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Peaceful

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Quite peaceful, isolated rom the fast and loud wild life in London. Feels quite safe in the evenings as well.

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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 not require occupants to even leave Dolphin Square. I would have maybe make mild changes in the cleaning services because as a student I feel like it is quite expensive for just an hour of cleaning.

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Honestly everything has been great as expected so there really has not been anything I have been disappointed with.

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The kictken space is too small could be bigger but not to bad

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The area is convenient but the noise insolation of the flat is not top quality

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We have a hospital nearby which is good. St Paul’s, the train station and Barbican are only 4 minutes away from here. The London Museum is moving here as well. It is convenient because you can get the train from Farrington to Heathrow and you can also get to Gatwick from here. The tourism is low here which is good too.

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The development is a bit noisy but I have chosen it because it is close to work. It is modern and functional as well. We have a 24/7 concierge and a home cinema, there is an underground parking as well. The finish of my flat is average. It is not top quality but not bad either. The concierge is very good.

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The noise insolation of the flat is not the best. There is a noise from the construction works at the moment too. You can hear the builders hammering on the walls. Whenever our neighbours are walking upstairs or using their washing machines we can hear that as well.

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There is a home theatre and a lounge inside the development but you have to book it beforehand.

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Fantastic location and a lovely apartment

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I really like how there are lots of pubs, restaurants and cafés nearby but the best thing is how close the development is to Farringdon station. The proximity to Farringdon means we are extremely well-connected to a huge number of places in England and this is especially useful for travelling as we can easily get to both London City airport and Heathrow. Sometimes it can get a bit busy in this part of London but luckily the noise does not reach our apartment.

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The apartment is really nice – it is spacious, modern and there is a great balcony. We also have pretty nice views from the apartment. It is cheap to run utilities-wise which is a real bonus. The concierge service is generally very good (although you have to ring them to get hold of them). In terms of facilities, the courtyard within the residence is very attractive and pleasant but sadly there is not a gym. Contact between residents is usually pretty limited but most people are respectful (there are a lot of private tenants – as opposed to owners – living here). There is a good community-feel at the weekend though as most of the residents are around and it does not feel deserted. We would definitely recommend choosing 9A (block) – it is the furthest from the street and so noise is not an issue. The residence is very close to Smithfield Market which is also great and we like how there are lots of green spaces nearby. Another upside is that the buildings in this area are generally very low-rise.

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Great central location and really nice apartment but sadly no gym

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I really like how central the location is – it’s a great part of London and there are two tube stations (Barbican and Farringdon) really nearby. However, I don’t like the noise from the road and from the frequent construction works.

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The apartment is really nice – it’s good quality, pretty spacious and modern. Generally there is not much interaction between residents – people like to keep themselves to themselves. The concierge service is fairly good although they are often busy and hard to locate when you need them. The building management company generally do a good job and respond to problems and requests reasonably quickly. I feel very safe here – the area is not dangerous and the security on the development is good (you have to pass through two secure and surveilled entrances to even get into the building itself). The building also has lifts which operate very well and have never broken down to my knowledge. Unfortunately there is no gym within the development which is a shame considering how much we pay.

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That there was not a gym included within the development (especially as it is a fairly expensive place to live)

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