10 best places to live in Central London

Central London, with a red bus in front of the Palace of Westminster

Do you have a small (or large) fortune to hand? Or an already valuable piece of London property? Sadly, without either of these things, the entry price for living in the centre of one of the world’s most famous and desirable cities will likely be too high. However, for those with the means to access central London’s property market, there are truly outstanding options available. Postcard views, world-class accommodation, unparalleled access to the heart of London’s best-known areas and amenities – it’s all on offer.

Central London areas

City of London: ‘Square Mile’ or simply ‘The City’, offers much of the plushest, smartest and most desirable property available in London. Sought-after luxury apartments and townhouses sit in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral, and around the area’s renowned fine dining and shopping hotspots.

Westminster: Serving as London’s political, cultural and historical heart, Westminster is truly iconic. It boasts many of the capital’s best-known tourist attractions – from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to the Tate Britain and Westminster Abbey. However, alongside the touristy bustle, it also has a quieter, old-world charm of its own.

Holborn: London’s historic law district, Holborn is popular with lawyers, journalists and shoppers scouring its trendy boutique stores. The recent influx of luxury property developments and hotels here makes Holborn a highly fashionable and desirable place to live.

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Average prices for Central London property

There is no getting around it, central London property is expensive. Over the last year, the average price of properties sold here was over £1.4 million, according to Rightmove. The average flat in central London will set you back £1.2 million, while terraced and semi-detached houses go for around £3.2 and £3.5 million, respectively.

Rental rates are similarly steep. Foxton’s tracks the current central London rental rate at £927 per week. Compare this to the London-wide rental average of £742 per week.

Prices to buy and rent in central London remain extremely high despite the massive shock impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In January 2021, prime central London areas were reporting price declines of between 18% to as much as 40%. London continues to be the region with the lowest annual growth at 4.8%, but prices are steadily returning to normal now workers and students have returned to the City.

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10 best places to live in Central London

If you’re not put off by the price and are looking for a little piece of central London to call your own, we can point you in the right direction. The following list of the 10 best new developments in central London is based purely on reviewer rankings.

Our verified HomeViews reviewers share their thoughts on how much they enjoy living wherever they are. Their rankings are then aggregated to give each property development an average star rating. This makes it a rating that’s formed entirely on the feedback of the people who live there.

So read on, and if there’s anything you like, just click it. This will take you to the dedicated site page for that development, where you can see more details and comments.

1. The Eagle, EC1

Mount Anvil
4.64 (11 reviews) 4.64 (11 reviews)
Area guide to City
Image of The Eagle, EC1

At the very top of our central London list is The Eagle, a Mount Anvil development in the City of London. Residents claim that this is one of the best designed and serviced apartment developments in the areas. There are 276 apartments here, 70 of which are Family Mosaic affordable housing units. It also has a wide range of facilities, including gym, spa, sauna, cinema room and landscaped gardens. Location-wise, The Eagle is close to Old Street station and an easy walk from the vibrant London neighbourhoods of Shoreditch and Hoxton.

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2. Fenman House, N1C

King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership
4.53 (10 reviews) 4.53 (10 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Camden
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In second place is Fenman House – a collection of 51 one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. These homes feature floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer views over the green spaces and the London skyline. Residents can enjoy the sanctuary of a roof garden and a dedicated concierge service. Likewise, there are a range of bars, restaurants and the cultural scene of King’s Cross.

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3. Lexicon, EC1

Mount Anvil
4.41 (14 reviews) 4.41 (14 reviews)
Area guide to City
Image of Lexicon, EC1

Next up is Lexicon – also known The Chronicle Tower – in the borough of Islington. This 36-storey, 115-metre-high tower is the tallest in the area and as such it offers dominating views of the capital. There are 146 units available – a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, all set on City Road by Regent’s Canal, and bordered by Angel, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Farringdon.

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4. Fitzroy Place, W1

Exemplar Properties, Aviva Investors
4.39 (11 reviews) 4.39 (11 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Westminster
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In fourth place we have Fitzroy Place – a mixed-use development built on the site of the old Middlesex Hospital in the heart of London’s West End. It features 200 residential units – one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses – right alongside a number of commercial outlets. Residents particularly enjoy the excellent transport links to the rest of London, thanks to nearby Goodge Street and Oxford Circus stations, which provide access to the Northern, Victoria, Central and Bakerloo lines.

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5. Barts Square, EC1

4.18 (19 reviews) 4.18 (19 reviews)
Area guide to City
Image of Barts Square, EC1

Barts Square is a large mixed-use redevelopment by Sheppard Robson for Helical. Described by residents as modern, cool and convenient, it comprises 236 high-quality apartments, three office buildings and retail and restaurant space. It’s within close proximity to Farringdon East Station, which provides links to Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport.

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6. Canaletto London, EC1V

4.24 (9 reviews) 4.24 (9 reviews)
Area guide to City
Image of Canaletto London, EC1V

Canaletto London is a development by Groveworld, which features 190 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and studios in a 31-storey tower. Situated in City Road in Hoxton, the development is less than a ten-minute walk away from Old Street Underground and rail station, with connections to the Northern line and Great Northern rail services. Victoria Miro gallery is also within walking distance.

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7. Kings Square Estate, EC1V

London Borough of Islington
4.11 (9 reviews) 4.11 (9 reviews)
Area guide to City
Image of Kings Square Estate, EC1V

The regeneration of Kings Square Estate in Islington offers a selection of one and two-bedroom apartments. Kings Square is located in an ideal location, close to Clerkenwell, the Barbican and Liverpool Street Station. Our residents reviewed it into seventh place, partly due to the location, which almost scores full marks.

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8. Central Square, EC1V

Mount Anvil
4.21 (18 reviews) 4.21 (18 reviews)
Area guide to City
Image of Central Square, EC1V

Another Mount Anvil development makes it into the top 10… Central Square offers 274 studio and one to four-bedroom apartments in Clerkenwell, just an 11-minute walk from Old Street station, which is serviced by the Northern line and Great Northern line trains. Residents have plenty of praise for the helpful management team here, as well as the thoughtful layout of the apartments and the excellent safety features present throughout the whole development.

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9. Charterhouse the Square, EC1M

3.90 (5 reviews) 3.90 (5 reviews)
Area guide to City
Image of Charterhouse the Square, EC1M

Charterhouse The Square is a mixed-use development by Thornsett, which comprises 174 residential units across two blocks. Residents say that their apartments are well designed, comfortable, cheap to run utilities-wise, and offer great views. The development is also just up the road from Barbican station, literally a 3-minute walk away. Easy access to the wider Farringdon area is also a plus, due to its vast array of exciting shops and restaurants.

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10. Dolphin Square, SW1

Dolphin Square Operator Limited
3.57 (35 reviews) 3.57 (35 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Westminster
Image of Dolphin Square, SW1

From The Heron to Dolphin Square, a Pimlico development which puts residents within easy walking distance of Westminster Abbey, the Tate Britain and the Victoria Apollo Theatre. There’s also no shortage of boutique shops, bakeries, galleries and street markets nearby, which residents of Dolphin Square love to peruse at their convenience.

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If you want to take a closer look at central London, explore our dedicated area guide (see below). Here you’ll see the latest reviews of all our developments in the area, as well as an overview of central London’s most desirable places to live.

Central London

Central London
Only a privileged few are lucky enough to call Central London home. This is one of the most famous cities in the world, so naturally, living in its heart doesn’t come cheap. With house prices falling largely into the multi-million pound bracket, residents here Read more about Central London

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