City of London

A Guide to Living in 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’ as it’s often known, is made for those who want to work and play hard. Its streets are 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.

Property & construction in the City

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. A BYO bar and members club rounds off the amenities – this can be reserved for parties and meetings, too.” – HomeViews Property Pro

Currently in construction are Galliard’s The Stage and The Denizen by Taylor Wimpey Central London. These luxury apartment blocks are set to complete in 2021 and 2020, and 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, it’s estimated for completion some time between Q4 2020 and Q1 2021.

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

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 City of London’s 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 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.

Culture in the City

Despite all that high life-living, this is an area that offers plenty in the way of history and culture. The City is said to be built on the edges of Britain’s ancient Roman capital, Londinium, and there are several sites that showcase years gone by, such as wall remnants near the Tower of London. For a great day out, the Temple of Mithras is a reconstruction of a Roman sanctuary discovered back in the Fifties, which promises to transport visitors straight back to AD 240. Arts lover? The Barbican Centre is fantastic for exhibitions, and all things film, theatre and dance.

Find out more – read reviews from the HomeViews community by clicking on the City of London developments below. Do you live in a residential development in the City of London? Click here to leave your review. 

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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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Great location but mediocre building management company

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The location is really great – there are great transport links (it is close to both Farringdon and Barbican) and lots of cafes, restaurants nearby. I don’t like the atmosphere in this area though – it’s a bit sterile.

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I really like my apartment – there are lots of great aspects. I especially like the balcony and the views. The apartment is high-quality, well-designed and spacious. The courtyard in the middle of the residence is very nice and aesthetically pleasing. On the downside, the dishwasher in my apartment does not work (and has not done so for as long as I can remember!) – the building management have failed to respond to this issue and fix it. The blinds are also poor quality and very ineffective. The concierge service for the residence is pretty terrible – they are never around and there are frequently delivery men waiting outside the residence for long periods of time because there has been no answer on the buzzer/intercom.

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That the building would be managed poorly and that the concierge service would be very mediocre

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