Borough of Westminster

You’ll spot scenes of Westminster on most London postcards, and it’s little wonder. After all, this place hosts riverside icons like the House of Lords, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Not to mention the black taxis and scarlet phone boxes synonymous with England’s capital. Some of the country’s best-preserved Georgian mansions can be found in its neighbourhoods, too, sitting pretty in the quiet, leafy streets of Maida Vale and Belgravia. Also, let’s not forget the glittering lights of the West End, the best place to catch dinner and a show. Read on to read reviews from residents living in some of the best places to live in Westminster.

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Best places to live in Borough of Westminster

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

Westminster birds eye view

Westminster’s famous landmarks

Despite its modest eight or so square miles, this slice of Central London positively packs in the tourist attractions. Walking tours run all year round, charting thousands of years of history to the delight of millions of visitors. Favourite stop-offs include the Churchill War Rooms, Westminster Cathedral and the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Art fans from all over flock to the Tate Britain on Westminster’s Millbank. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of British art, and residents of Berkeley’s Abell & Cleland development can count it as a neighbour. These stunning apartments were designed by award-winning architecture and interiors studio, Project Orange, and are tucked among landscaped grounds close-by.

There is also, Buckingham Palace, Britain’s most famous landmark of all needs little introduction. Those in-the-know avoid the awestruck crowds in its immediate vicinity, and admire it in the peace and quiet of neighbouring St James’ Park – a glorious 23 hectares of meadows and walkways.

Westminster residents

Naturally, living near the Queen is a privilege that doesn’t come cheap. With home prices here falling largely into the multimillion pound bracket, residents tend to be politicians, celebrities and those born into fortunes.

Just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace is Westminster Quarter, a collection of luxury apartments by Taylor Wimpey Central London spread over three different sites on Monck Street. There are 90 design-led units here, housed across three properties – 73 Great Peter Street, 1 Chadwick Street and Ashley House.

 

While some new developments strive to stand out both in height and appearance, the eight-storey Westminster Quarter quietly slots into its prestigious SW1 neighbourhood – a chic and classy addition to the streetscape. And on closer inspection its intricate brickwork façade, which looked to local architecture as its inspiration, adds further depth and interest to the building.” – HomeViews Property Pro

St James Park

Development in Victoria

The central Victoria neighbourhood is undergoing extensive regeneration. Once a cluster of tired office blocks, developers have breathed new life into the area with a shedload of contemporary apartments. A plethora of new bars, restaurants and stores have followed suit.

Right opposite Victoria Station, The Nova Building is turning heads. This Land Securities scheme features an ultra-modern exterior, complete with a pink angular front. Rated as one of the best places to live in Westminster, scroll down to read reviews from residents who rent in Westminster.

 

It offers up a wealth of luxury shopping and fine dining, including the likes of Aster by DandD London to Rail House Cafe by Adam White. Residents will also enjoy first-class amenities like a 24-hour concierge service, a private residents’ lounge, gym facilities, a cinema and a business centre. There’s also secure underground parking available for a fee of £85,000. Topping everything off, figuratively and literally, is the ninth floor roof garden and terrace, which affords residents views over the palace’s gardens and the capital’s cityscape. ” – HomeViews Property Pro on The Nova Building

 

Kings Gate is an alternative another Westminster base by Land Securities. This one’s got a prime spot on Victoria Street, and overlooks the Royal Parks and Westminster Cathedral. Its 100 private apartments have been designed by Patrick Lynch, Millier and Spinocchia Freund.

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High-end living

Westminster’s local amenities tend to cater to the wealthy occupants. Expect top schools, members-only clubs, fine dining – including a reputable clutch of Michelin-starred restaurants – and designer boutiques. Bond Street, in particular, offers some of the biggest names in fashion. Chanel, Cartier and Dolce all have flagship stores here. Westminster is also the place to dip in and out of London’s finest establishments, like Harrods, Sotheby’s and The Ritz.

Soho & Covent Garden

It’s not all grandeur and glamour, though. Edgy Soho offers a great mix of laid-back bars, restaurants and live music venues, while Covent Garden is alive with quirky street performers and bohemian market stalls. For high street names like Zara and Topshop, there’s no beating Oxford Street. As well as this, traditional selections such olde-world shops and pubs are to be found in St James’s.

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Good place overall

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Review Date Sep 2022

The development itself has many facilities within it, its shopping arcade, relaxing spots in its garden, and even just the constant maintenance. It does have a well equipped gym. However, this gym is extremely expensive. There, are a few supermarkets locate near by as well. The apparentments are really nice to stay in.

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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 have a well equipped gym. However, this gym is extremely expensive. There, are a few supermarkets locate near by as well. The apparentments are really nice to stay in. However, there are constant buildings works going on in the property which can be really loud and annoying.

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A lot of construction work going on at the moment. Entry to the square is limited current and does cause inconvenience

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They do take sometime to respond. Usually need to make a few calls before anything is done.

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If you find another place, take this. Use this as your last resort.

Review Date May 2022

As residential tenant the property as such is OK – a place to sleep but not much more, you can tell it was built in the 40s and that not much has happened since then. What I found most frustrating is that the monthly costs are hard to predict, getting heating recharges every month on around 120-200 pounds (live in a one bedroom apartment of 500 sqf). Especially since I am barely at home and my heating as not worked since I moved in.

Also, there are still phonelines in the apartments for which you are charged, i.e. you are not charged for the use of it you are charged for that there is a phoneline available. It is only on 7 pounds, but with 1,200 flats you understand why the charge for something as retarded as that.

This frustration is increased since other things was promised and stated in the contract – and especially since it is a 1 year contract.

That said, if you like ryanair this place wont be much different.

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The landlord needs to find a way to make sure that the apartments are brought into, atleast, the 2000 century and to make it possible for tenants to be in control of the heating or whatever the excuse is for the 10% of the rent recharges.

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the actuall cost per month, did ask for this several times so I could make a budget but the numbers I got it is clear those where not true.

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Still waiting for answers… been 4 months now but maybe one day.

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Very comfortable and social

Review Date Apr 2022

The local area is really welcoming and there is lots to do. There are easy access to restaurants, cafes, libraries, sports facilities and even the GP/ hospital is close by and well connected.

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The i on Gerald development is great and very comfortable, if there is a problem it is easy to get access by calling reception etc. likewise when you move in the appropriate staff are always on hand. Bins are always collected on time- but sometimes ensuring you get a prompt reply can be difficult.

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It would have been good to know about how heating/ gas is based on the entire building. Also have more context regarding the demographic and expectations of being a Tennant

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They have been able to come and assess the situations relatively quickly

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Hostile staff, ridiculous heating bills, great location

Review Date Mar 2022

Location is great, not much noise, next to the river but also to central
london

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Hostile property management, increased our gas bills 4times overnight ( happy to provide proof) as didnt ensure new gas supplier on time, so rent price is nothing compared to heating bills from now on ( central system so no option to turn it off) Ignoring us on constant basis, all they want is to
Sign and pay, any questions raised they suggest to go
Find another place!

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The hearing bill will quadruple overnight

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No, we are desperate for help to reduce central heating and cost

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Manager Response

Dear Resident

Thank you for your feedback.

The soaring price of gas is unfortunately something that’s affecting every home in the UK and Dolphin Square is no exception. If any of our residents are facing financial hardship as a result, we invite them to come and speak to us and we will do what we can to help.