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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Interesting

This area has great transport links and in general is very safe. One thing i dislike about this area is the bad supermarkets and the lack of selection of cafes and restaurants.

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What i really like about the building is that it has lots of sunlight and in general is very clean and modern. The outside area and the water foundation is very soothing and refreshing. Although, the bedroom and living room is very big the kitchen is very small.

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I dont wish i needed to know anything before i moved in.

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The building management responded effectively and promptly to my issues raised.

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Quite, clean, friendly and close to everything

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Review Date Sep 2019

Like moved from manhattan, the neighbourhood is quite which is good, dislike the distance from city.

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Personally, I am from New York so London is very different, I really enjoy the quite neighbourhood, the transportation service is very easy I mean Victoria station is literally a 10 minute walk from here, also it is important to mention that there is a gym, dry cleaners almost everything one would wish for in a property site.

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To be honest everything has been perfectly dealt with as expected.

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I really like the gardens downstairs and the flats very spacious.

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A lovely place to live

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Review Date Sep 2019

A lovely and well connected area and there’s nothing I dislike

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As a student currently on placement this is the ideal place to live. The amenities of the complex are unrivalled. The location is so central but lacks the overwhelming feel or congested central London and has beautiful gardens, a fabulous gym and a lovely eateries!

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How quiet and family orientated the area is, it makes it a wonderful place to live

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The views
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Informative

This area is excellent with a wide range of shops, restaurants and transport links within close proximity.

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Overall the security is wonderful and the other residents of the building are equally kind and very thoughtful. Also the garden provides a great vibe to the whole building complex. One thing i would fault about the complex is the use of virgin media as opposed to sky which does not work as well.

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I dont believe i needed to know anything before i moved in.

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The service is world class with everything you could possibly need in the building.

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