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’, 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.

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

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.

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
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Top Rated Developments in City of London

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Best development in Old Street / City Road area

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Review Date May 2020

Very central area but flats are quiet. You can walk everywhere (including Barbican Centre – best Cinema in London!) and because of all the redevelopment in the area lots of new bars, restaurants and shops being added to the already very decent choices.

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This is by far the best development out of the various ones that have sprung up around Old Street Roundabout and City Road. Not only is it the best location it has the best design both externally and internally – the floor plates of the apartments are very well thought out and take in the curve of the building in a really cool way – they are not just rectangles with the kitchen in a corridor like the other local developments I’ve viewed. Sound proofing is good. The reception area is nice, large and set back from the main road with entrance via it’s own podium. Mount Anvil pushed the boat out on the spec for this as it was their first tower so lots of touches you won’t find at other developments like heated anti mist mirrors and feature tiling in the bathrooms, custom front doors with carvings, feature radiators etc. Very nice communal facilities and very good building management with 24/7 front desk. Comfort cooling is very welcome too!

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The logistics of initially moving in were something I hadn’t thought about (eg would my furniture fit into the lift) , where do you park the removal truck etc) but front desk staff super helpful and now know all the tricks – top tip: do it super early when it’s quiet and easy to park 🙂

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Huge amount of natural light and like being high up! A lovely sanctuary to come home to in an otherwise very hectic and buzzing part of London. I get up early and the sun rises are amazing each day and a constant source of pleasure. . The 24/7 front desk is very useful for parcel delivery and also you can arrange dry cleaning through them. Gym is great for Cardio. Neighbours are lovely.

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Modern design, excellent location, better value than nearby developments

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Review Date May 2020

Minutes from bars & restaurants of Old Street, Angel, Shoreditch, Hoxton, etc.

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Stylish & modern art deco design. Well kept communal gym/spa/sauna/cinema room/landscaped garden. Incredibly friendly concierge staff, and efficient property management. Friendly neighbours. Sainsbury’s, Pret & Itsu within the building.

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Comfort cooling system is a god-send in the summer

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Efficient service and prompt response to any issues

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Top location and modern living in Zone 1.

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Review Date May 2020

Zone 1 on the tube. What could be more convenient. Great shops and places to eat and improving all the time.

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Great place to live. The building design is modern. Spa/gym and screening room available. Concierge is great, always available to help. They have a great system to hold and notify you of deliveries. The shops and restaurants are great and increasing all the time. Great food delivery services at all times. A residents WhatsApp group keeps us up to date and entertained.

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

Very good and efficient. Always happy to help and give advice.

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Top location & high-end new developments

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Review Date Apr 2020

Top location as it is within 5 min walk from St Paul’s station, Barbican station and there is Elizabeth line coming up with the opening within 2 min walk. Quite area surrounded by many bars, cafes and restaurants. Nicely quite on the weekends.

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Beautifully designed modern buildings, 24h concierge services, cinema room and a bar which can be booked and used by the tenants. There is a lot of staff working for the development ensuring all the spaces are super clean. Bicycle storage in the building available for free.

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One problem is the lack of storage – the apartments are generally not very big and the few building storage spaces are always rented out.
The apartments only bring positive surprises – such as heated floor, automated lights in the bathroom, high-end appliances etc.

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Never had a problem with the landlord, all communication with who was handled by the agency.

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