Westminster

A Guide to Living in 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.

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

 

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.

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.

Read more about living in Westminster. Click on the developments below for reviews from residents living in some of the best places to live in Westminster. Alternatively, do you own or rent in Westminster? Click here to leave your review. 

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Peaceful

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Quite peaceful, isolated rom the fast and loud wild life in London. Feels quite safe in the evenings as well.

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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 not require occupants to even leave Dolphin Square. I would have maybe make mild changes in the cleaning services because as a student I feel like it is quite expensive for just an hour of cleaning.

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Honestly everything has been great as expected so there really has not been anything I have been disappointed with.

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The kictken space is too small could be bigger but not to bad

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Wonderful development

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Community is mainly professionals and families
Greenery and parks close by

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Amiable community living in the area. Plethora of restaurants from over the world.
Friendly neighbours and lots of amenities including gyms nearby.
safe and very quiet at night.
Maybe a bit expensive and construction during the day.

 

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Nothing at all
very satisfied with area and developer.

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We have only had positive experiences with them so far

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Amazing view of central London

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It is so central it is great. It is easy to get anywhere. It’s London but it feels quite safe. It is very convenient because of the shops too. Everything you need is nearby.

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The flat is lovely. I got a great view of the London Eye from my balcony which is amazing.
The flat is modern, and the space is alright for London. Not too spacious but just as any flat in central.
The underground parking is brilliant, and it is included with the flat.
Traffic is the only bad thing I could think of.
Building management has been great and we got a lovely concierge.

 

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We just moved in and noticed there is no broadband, so we will have to sort that out to connect everything,

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Until now building management has been very helpful and replied very promtly to any issues.

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Amazing water view

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We like it is very central, and only 10 minutes away from marble arch. To be fair one of the reasons why we chose to live here was the location.
Transport is fine. The area has become very busy now. There is a lot of traffic.
We got a lot of shops, restaurants, cafes, etc, nearby which is good. There is a lot of life.
It is not 100% safe, but it is not bad for such a busy area. An issue is there are some gangs from an estate down the road. And also some Romanian beggers hang around Tesco. The bar next to us is quite noisy.
It is just that the area has changed a lot in the last 10 years.

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We got a very nice balcony and view. The best is we are near water, which is very nice. Not all flats got balconies which is good to know.
The flat is modern and the size is not bad for been London. The boilers are not too good to be fair; everything is electric.
I think the design could be better. The 3rd bedroom is quite small so we just use it as a studio.
There is a 24 hour concierge which is very good. The building has an underground garage with a space for each flat which is great and very safe.
It can be a bit noisy at times but you would expect that in central London.
We did not really move in here because of the building, but because of the location and the balcony with its view.
A good thing is the building manager is very good as it is not agents.

 

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I wish I had known about how over time the area would change, as there is a different atmosfere and there used to be more wildlife.

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It is all very high spec in the building. I think it is just that the area has changed quite a lot since 2003 when we moved in.

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