City of London

If you’re after a home with bags of character in a peaceful neighbourhood, look away now. The City of London or, ‘Square Mile’, made for those who want to work and play hard. The streets given over to glossy high-rise buildings and very little green space; in order to pack in as many offices and luxury apartments as geographically possible. Read on to discover developments that are the best places to live in the City of London. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in the City of London.

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Best places to live in City of London

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Cyclist in the city

Property & construction in the City of London

Unsurprisingly, the City’s potential attracts developers far and wide. Barts Square is a popular new-build development from Helical. A purpose-built quarter. It brags a central setting on Bartholomew Close, 200-plus apartments and a combination of retail and dining outlets.

Despite its central location, Barts Square offers somewhat of an escape from city life. The swish residents’ lounge opens out onto a peaceful courtyard garden, and there’s a second landscaped offering between two of the other buildings. A 24-hour concierge service makes for easy living, plus there’s a beautifully done out cinema room that residents can book for private events.” – HomeViews Property Pro

Currently in construction are Galliard’s The Stage and The Denizen by Taylor Wimpey Central London. These luxury apartment blocks set to complete in 2021 and 2020. They will offer locations right in the thick of it with first-class amenities.

Another development to watch is One Crown Place. An Alloy (MED) Jersey property, estimated for completion some time between Q4 2020 and Q1 2021. Set to be one of the best places to live in the City of London.

The units themselves are set to be luxurious through and through, with neutral colour palettes and solid wood and natural stone finishes. Bathrooms will be beautifully tiled spaces, while kitchens will come with state-of-the-art integrated appliances.” – HomeViews Property Pro on One Crown Place

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City of London’s financial heart

This is the epicentre of Europe’s finance and trade industry, rivalling New York’s Wall Street. As such, it’s a hive of activity, with stylish coffee shops and grandiose brasseries providing a backdrop to chattering commuters and brokers closing deals over lunch. Come 5pm, there’s plenty of places for professionals to loosen their ties and let their hair down, with most heading to the wine bars and pubs of Monument and Liverpool Street.

Designer shopping

As you’d expect, the retail scene is designed for a bank balance that’s greater than average. Architectural gem, The Royal Exchange, is packed with designer names including Hermes, Jo Malone, Boodles and also Tiffany & Co. For sharp suits, gents should explore New Street Square to the west of The City. And One New Change, right by St Paul’s, pairs luxe labels like L.K. Bennett with laid-back restaurants and a Manhattan-inspired rooftop bar.

Skyline of the city

Culture in the City

Despite all that high life-living, this is an area that offers plenty in the way of history as well as culture. On the edge of ancient Roman capital, Londinium, the area showcases the years gone by, such as wall remnants near the Tower of London. For a great day out, the Temple of Mithras. A reconstruction of a Roman sanctuary discovered back in the Fifties, which transports visitors back to AD240. Arts lover? The Barbican Centre is fantastic for exhibitions, and all things film, theatre and dance.

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

Reviews in City of London

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Bland concrete housing estate – no vision, no design and certainly no thought for the community they are dumping this monstrosity in. Depressing.

Review Date May 2021

I live near this awful development and to cut costs this ‘developer’ is pile driving on a previously green field. 9 weeks of incessant pile driving – and that’s only phase 1. No thought for residents who are being driven to tears by 9 weeks of constant intrusive thumping- all
To save money. No consideration or care for either people or environment. Avoid this outfit. They will be in court soon I hear for the pile driving.

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Another bland and bleak concrete estate. No design or vision. Rack and stack sink estate. And they want you to part with £££ luxury home level money. Out to make to make a quick buck and will be long gone ploughing up another villages green fields and wrecking the environment. This company couldn’t care less about those people living nearby who, stuck at home in lockdown are forced to keep
Their windows shut due to the incessant pile driving that has been from 8am to 5pm for 9 weeks! I honestly don’t know how they are getting away with it!!! I hear that the council have sent a noise specialist to the site and these cost and corner-cutters will be up in court soon paying some hefty fines.

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I am sharing this for others to read before they do move in.

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

No – I am an owner of existing property and am one of many formally pursuing a complaint regarding this company.

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It is absolutely amazing!

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Review Date Oct 2020

I love living where I live. It is great living by a canal and it is great being right in central London. The only bad thing is city road is so busy and has so much traffic on it. And the restaurants and shops are great.

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I love living in my house!! It is amazing! Having a pool and a gym at the bottom of our building is great! I go down there loads with my brother!! It is great living high up because the view is absolutely fabulous, you can see everything! The design of the reception is brilliant and the receptionists are always so kind.

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Nothing it is just brilliant there are absolutely no flaws.

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They have been great and their surface is brilliant.

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Great staff, great place!

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Review Date Oct 2020

-vibrant
-great transportation
-shopping
-very walkable
-so many grocery stores close by

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The building is incredibly quiet for such a vibrant part of the city. I can’t hear my neighbors or the busy city bustling below. The staff from the concierges to the cleaners are incredibly kind, respectful and so very helpful. The gym facilities aren’t exactly what I need, but I’m very grateful to have it here in the building. The pool is really nice to have as well.
I cannot day enough great things about the staff!

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I love almost everything but I absolutely hate the faucet in the kitchen. Nothing to be done about it, but it’s something I think about every day Bc I use it every day.
ALSO the water is particularly here. I have to descale my kettle monthly.

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We’ve needed access to our meters a few times and have never had a problem getting help. Also, our packages often find their way right to our door which is so wonderful!

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Excellent location with lovely views

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Review Date Oct 2020

Perfect location for people who work in Shoreditch. It’s far enough away from the grime of Shoreditch, but still close enough that you can walk there in 10 mins. There are two 24/7 shops within a minute walk, and at least 2-3 other supermarkets too.

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The tower looks pretty from the outside, for sure. There are great south-facing views of London. The concierge are friendly — they are also convenient for getting deliveries when you are out. The windows don’t open and the A/C isn’t great, meaning rooms can get incredibly hot. I haven’t used the facilities (pool, spa, gym) yet but they look nice.

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If you are into home automation, the apartments here have KNX systems built in. The management don’t provide the .knxprod file that holds the system architecture, so changing things is a time-consuming task of debugging KNX.

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

I haven’t raised any problems since I moved in a few months ago.

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