1 bed flats to rent in London: Top 10 developments

London is one of the world’s best-loved cities. Visitors from all over the world are drawn to its long and storied history and its vibrant cultural scene. Residents, on the other hand, love London for its exciting career opportunities, fast-paced lifestyle, and the unique sense of community in every London borough. Verified residents of some of London’s newest property developments have provided HomeViews with their perspective on living in the capital. Accordingly, we have compiled their reviews to create this list of the best 1-bedroom flats to rent in London.

1-bed flats to rent in London: 10 best developments as rated by residents

Let’s take a look at the list of the top 10 1-bed flats to rent in London, according to the reviews of verified residents. Residents rate their buildings on everything from design and facilities, to the management team, services, location and value for money, to provide a comprehensive overview of each new build development. Take a look at the list to see the very best rental-only developments London has to offer.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

1. The Gessner, N17

Way of Life
4.74 (80 reviews) 4.74 (80 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Haringey
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Taking top spot for 1-bed flats in London is The Gessner. By Way of Life, this stylish Tottenham Hale development offers 164 apartments to rent. These include a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. The Gessner offers a range of amenities, including a gym, smart parcel lockers, free super-fast Wi-Fi and an 24-hour on-site team. Furthermore, residents can enjoy rooftop garden views, cosy lounges and an on-site café.

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2. Dressage Court, E2

Essential Living
4.74 (155 reviews) 4.74 (155 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Tower Hamlets
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Second-placed Dressage Court has 104 rental-only one, two and three-bedroom apartments. This stylish development by Essential Living is located in the heart of vibrant Bethnal Green. It offers easy access to Bethnal Green’s tube and rail stations, with views towards the City and Canary Wharf. In addition, residents can access a 24-hour on-site management team along with shared spaces that are free for all residents to enjoy.

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3. 30 Harbord Square, E14

Canary Wharf Group
4.67 (39 reviews) 4.67 (39 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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In third place is 30 Harbord Square, a selection of affordable studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments in Canary Wharf. Every apartment has been designed to a high-specification and all residents benefit from waterside views of the Thames or westwards towards Canary Wharf. Nearby you’ll find Canary Wharf’s latest neighbourhood, Wood Wharf, and the buzzing residential community set within acres of parks, overlooking the O2 and Greenwich.

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4. be:here Hayes, UB3

be:here, Apo
4.66 (179 reviews) 4.66 (179 reviews)
Area guide to Hayes
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Fourth position in this top rental developments list goes to be:here Hayes. This stylish, residential development has 119 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The building also includes restaurants, leisure facilities and a music venue. Hayes & Harlington station is just a quarter of a mile away, while the M4, M25 and Heathrow Airport are all easily accessible.

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5. Blackhorse Mills, E17

Legal & General, urbanbubble
4.64 (238 reviews) 4.64 (238 reviews)
Area guide to Walthamstow
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Taking fifth place is Blackhorse Mills by Legal and General and Urban Bubble. The developments offers residents the freedom to decorate their apartment as they see fit, and units are pet-friendly. There’s a lido, a gym, a roof terrace, private dining rooms and a yoga studio. Overlooking the wilds of Walthamstow Wetlands, yet just 20 minutes to Central London on the Victoria Line from Blackhorse Road station, Blackhorse Mills is ideal for access to both city life and green space.

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6. Vantage Point, N19

Essential Living
4.59 (176 reviews) 4.59 (176 reviews)
Area guide to Holloway
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Vantage Point sits in sixth place in London’s 1-bed rentals ranking. It has 118 apartments ranging from studios to one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. All Vantage Point residents get access to a range of services and amenities. These include a 24-hour on-site management team, a communal roof terrace, games room and exercise room. The development is located in a highly desirable position above Archway underground station. Popular Highgate Village and the green open spaces of Hampstead Heath are within easy reach.

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7. Sailmakers, E14

4.66 (166 reviews) 4.66 (166 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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Sailmakers is a Build-to-Rent scheme from Greystar, with 327 apartments. Located in the Harbour Central development on the Isle of Dogs, the building is within easy reach of the heart of Canary Wharf. Public transport is available via the nearby South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf’s DLR and Underground services. Residents enjoy fast and frequent connections to the likes of Bank and Monument. Reviewers highlight the excellent management team and the first-class service they provide.

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8. Bradstowe House, HA1

4.59 (75 reviews) 4.59 (75 reviews)
Area guide to Harrow
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Eighth-placed Bradstowe House is located in the heart of Harrow, just a short walk from Harrow on the Hill train station. Built by Comer Houses and managed by Greystar, the development houses one and two-bedroom apartments. Along with this, it also features a number of penthouses, all of which are available as rental-only. Residents’ at Bradstowe House have access to an onsite gym, lounge as well as, 24hr concierge.

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9. Vive Living Childers Street, SE8

Vive Living
4.55 (11 reviews) 4.55 (11 reviews)
Area guide to Deptford
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In ninth place, Vive Living is a rental-only development managed by The Acorn Group. It offers 83 apartments to rent in a superb position, moments from the local shops and amenities of up-and-coming Deptford.

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10. 10 George Street, E14

4.42 (65 reviews) 4.42 (65 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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Rising 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new Wood Wharf district, 10 George Street takes 10th place in London’s top rental buildings for 1 bed flats. The development has 327 apartments overlooking waterside gardens and boardwalks below. Residents have exclusive access to ‘Club Vertus’. This includes access to a 24/7 gym studio, self-service bar, private dining room and lounge. Residents praise the stylish design and the excellent facilities and services, which include a 24-hour concierge.

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Living in London

Every region and borough of London provides a different experience for residents. The city has something for every taste, culture and budget. Whether you’re young or old, looking for an exciting, fast-paced lifestyle or seeking a more relaxed way of life, there are areas to suit your needs.

Greater London covers some 615 square miles, so it’s easier to think about the city as distinct areas rather than a homogeneous whole. There are fashionable high streets in Chelsea and St. John’s Wood, as well as thriving, regenerated former industrial centres around East London. The leafy suburbs of Richmond, Barnes and Hampstead contrast with the modern high-rise developments of Nine Elms and the Docklands. The village atmospheres of Dulwich, Chiswick and Notting Hill’s Portobello Road provide a different experience to the constant buzz of Soho and the West End.

The city is connected by one of the world’s finest public transport systems. Central London is easily accessible from its suburbs, while you can navigate around the city using a choice of the underground, bus services and overground rail.

One of the newest property trends in London is the London is for purpose-built rental buildings, or ‘Build to Rent’. These new buildings are providing fresh options for people looking to settle in the city.

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Build to Rent vs. traditional rental sector

Build to rent developments are purpose-built to rent, rather than sell. Usually, new-build apartment blocks, build to rent developments offering an alternative to the traditional private rental sector, with numerous perks for residents that aren’t usually available to private renters. This style of rental is becoming increasingly popular, and now represents many of the best 1-bed flats to rent in London.

Rental-only apartment developments can offer excellent perks too. These include fully-furnished apartments with modern styling, on-site management teams and communal areas for working and socialising. Some packages include perks like health club and spa facilities or 24-hour concierge services.

Build to rent properties can offer the security of longer-term tenancies, while flexible, shorter tenancies can also available. Some developments offer tenancy terms of up to five years. One of the main attractions of build to rent developments, according to the reviews of verified residents on HomeViews, is their sense of community.

Choosing a build to rent apartment does typically work out slightly more expensive than traditional private rental properties. However, packages available to build to rent tenants tend to include a number of extras unavailable to other private renters.

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London rentals

Rental prices in London differ according to the area of the development and the type of property. HomeViews produced a definitive guide to rental prices in London, using London.Gov’s London Rental Map. The list ranks the average rental price in each London borough.

Kensington and Chelsea takes top spot as the most expensive London borough. A two-bedroom apartment costs on average £2,817 per month in this fashionable and upmarket part of the city. According to the rankings, the most affordable borough is Sutton. A two-bedroom apartment in Sutton costs an average of £1,200 per month. Take a look at our guide to find out more about the rental prices of each London borough.

If you’re looking to move to London and are wondering which areas to consider, head to our dedicated area guides. Each guide has information about living in the area, along with details of the best new developments for renters.

Find the area guides by visiting our homepage, scrolling down to the ‘Explore by area’ section and selecting ‘Greater London’. From there, you can find out more about life in each of London’s distinctive areas.

HomeViews provides verified resident reviews of the UK’s housing developments. We’re working with developers, house builders, operators, housing associations and the Government to recognise high performers and help improve standards in the built environment.

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