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

Reviews in Central London

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Happy with the new build

Review Date Oct 2021

Very convenient if you work in the city and very well connected but can get slightly quiet on the weekends

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Brand new building with modern appliances and amenities. Well maintained and kept quite clean. Concierge service is usually on top of things – only problem is they do not accept any food deliveries even if only for a little while. Management has been fairly responsive so far.

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The concierge sits in a different building which can confuse some of the delivery people

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Not raised too many issues but the ones raised at the beginning were sorted out quite quickly

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Don’t be fooled by the appearance! Avoid!

Review Date Oct 2021

The apartment is at a very good location. However there are limited useful shops around the area.

It can be noisy sometime if your flat is facing the entrance especially if you are close to the refuse & delivery area as well as the pub nearby. Parking is very limited.

It is a safe area to live in. Good transport link.

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The facilities of the apartment are limited. Private bar, dining room and cinema are not really useful. There is no swimming pool and with very limited parking.

The quality of the apartment is bad. We had to move out temporary because the developer forgot to lay the water proofing for bathroom floor. And we were relocated to somewhere really awful. Tried to argue and at the end didn’t really provide like for like. Heating and cooling system constantly breakdown and leak. Apparently the developer didn’t lay the cooling pipe properly and cause the leak. The quality of the finishing in the apartment isn’t great as well. First impression looks expensive but eventually you will realise the quality is like China made. Some of the design of the apartment is quite stupid where it’s clear that the architect or designer didn’t think from the user aspect. Limited power sockets in the apartment.

Worst thing, our toilet was overflow due the back flow of discharge from the other unit/outside. And we were blame it was our fault but engineer and plumber have agreed that the fault must be in the communal pipe. No apology or follow up from the building management, and we have to clean it up ourself.

If you are a tenant here in the development, you will be guarantee to be treated like a second class citizen.

Don’t be fooled by their appearance. Avoid!

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The hidden charges of utility bills. Beware that you will need to pay standing charge for cooling and heating even when you are not using.

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If you are a landlord with lots of money, then yes, they treat you very nicely. If you are a tenant, be prepared to like a second class citizen. Bad.

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Modern, quiet development for professionals

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Review Date Oct 2021

The street is great, very quiet and clean. Small supermarkets are not too far and the transport links are good, close to barbican and st Paul’s as well as city thameslink. Restaurants nearby could be a bit better/more of them.

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The design of the building is very modern, though it would be useful to have two lifts in the building. The cinema room is a nice feature, although a gym instead might have been more useful for most – though I recognise that there are plenty quite near. The concierge is helpful and friendly, but the property management (for my flat its Savill’s) has been a bit slow. So long as they fix the issues they say they are going to, then I would have given more stars.

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The property manager at Savill’s seems to be progressing the issues, so even though they should have been fixed in advance, they will be sorted soon. The building is very warm, no need to use any heating system, and the windows are insulated against any noise. There are lots of switches in the cupboard involved with the heating system – it would have been good to have an explanation of these, so I know what they all do, as such I am still confused.

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There were existing problems when I moved in recently, which I would have expected to be fixed in advance, so this was very disappointing. This is the property manager’s fault rather than than landlord, as the landlord isn’t involved.

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Overall good experience staying at barts square

Review Date Oct 2021

It’s a very quiet area, located in a nice location. Nice range of food options. The transportation is very convenient, walking distance to stations.

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The design is simple and classy. Minimalist style which is what I prefer. There is a cinema and lounge for the facilities at barts square; however I would prefer a gym or swimming pool. The building management is quite decent, however it doesn’t feel like they can help with personal requests which is the down side of it.

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Nice and quiet apartment with very convenient transportation nearby and good range of food options.

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They are quite responsive; however when there’s an issue about the apartment, it took them weeks to send construction worker to fix it.

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