Young professional accommodation: London’s 10 highest-rated

Vantage Point roof terrace

Are you looking for young professional accommodation in London? Explore the city’s 10 highest-rated rental developments in 2023 – as reviewed by the residents themselves. These offer Londoners stylish and friendly homes in the capital. All are ‘build to rent’ developments. This means that they are purpose-built for renters like you who want more from their home.

Many of these properties are available as furnished apartments to rent, although unfurnished options are also available. In addition, build to rent developments generally offer a superior level of service from their dedicated management teams. The following HomeViews review is typical:

Lovely building finished to a very high standard. Plenty of communal areas which is useful when working from home. Management are very helpful and always looking to go the extra mile, this highlights why living in a fully serviced apartment building is a very convenient and attractive option.

– James Y, Private Tenant, January 2022 (Read more)

Below you’ll find the top-rated BTR developments in London, as of November 2023. The list comes from our review data of every new development on HomeViews.

You can also take a look at our HomeViews Build to Rent Resident Choice Awards 2022. This can give you a better idea of how the BTR model is shaping up across the country, and which developers are currently leading the pack.

Top 10: young professional accommodation in London

1. The Palm House, HA3

urbanbubble, Folk Co-living
4.85 (55 reviews) 4.85 (55 reviews)
Area guide to North West London
Image of The Palm House, HA3

A new entry takes top spot in the latest update of the best young professional accommodation in London. The Palm House in Harrow is filled with fully-furnished studio apartments and shared spaces, as well as on-site co-working space, a gym, a cinema, a café and two panoramic roof terraces, all included in the monthly rent. They also offer daily events, from boxing classes to wine tasting masterclasses.

The Palm House is an easy 4-minute walk from Harrow and Wealdstone station. You’re also a 25 minute walk from the quaint Harrow on the Hill, with its cafés, restaurants and independent shops.

Read reviews and details of The Palm House, HA3

2. Bloom Nine Elms, SW11

4.71 (34 reviews) 4.71 (34 reviews)
Area guide to Nine Elms
Image of Bloom Nine Elms, SW11

Taking second place is Bloom Nine Elms, by Greystar, a collection of rental apartments located in Zone 1. Each apartment is pet-friendly and offers all the amenities you need for better living. Situated in south west London, Bloom Nine Elms has a collection of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. On-site amenities include a 24/7 gym, swimming pools, rooftop terraces, pet spa. Additionally, you can WFH in a dedicated co-working space or your choice of the resident lounges.

Read reviews and details of Bloom Nine Elms, SW11

3. The Sessile, N17

Way of Life
4.81 (19 reviews) 4.81 (19 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Haringey
Image of The Sessile, N17

Way of Life continues to make waves, with the Sessile adding to an already impressive rental-only portfolio. It takes third place in our rankings. The development is a collection of studio, one, two and three bed apartments located in the heart of Tottenham Hale. Amenities include a sizeable gym, yoga studio and spaces to work throughout The Sessile to support your working week, evenings and weekends alike. Furthermore, a private dining room and a 24/7 concierge are also available.

Read reviews and details of The Sessile, N17

4. The Quarters Croydon, CR0

The Quarters by Bravo
4.75 (134 reviews) 4.75 (134 reviews)
Area guide to Croydon
Image of The Quarters Croydon, CR0

Taking fourth place in our most recent update, we have the long-term letting scheme The Quarters Croydon, which offers residents a stylish and convenient base in this thriving South London suburb. There are 151 high-specification studios at the development, with Croydon station only a 4-minute walk away. Trains reach London Bridge in just 14 minutes, while Gatwick Airport is also easily accessible.

Read reviews and details of The Quarters Croydon, CR0

5. The Gessner, N17

Way of Life
4.73 (81 reviews) 4.73 (81 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Haringey
Image of The Gessner, N17

The Gessner in Tottenham Hale garners near perfect reviews and currently ranks in fifth place for young professionals in London. This rental development offers 164 apartments, with a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom layouts. In addition, the development 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.

Read reviews and details of The Gessner, N17

6. The Quarters Swiss Cottage, NW3

The Quarters by Bravo
4.79 (89 reviews) 4.79 (89 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Camden
Image of The Quarters Swiss Cottage, NW3

In sixth is another popular development from The Quarters by Bravo. The Quarters Swiss Cottage accommodates 102 self-contained spacious units for short-term stays. Guests can enjoy a range of services and amenities, including in house maintenance and housekeeping. Finchley Road station is less than a minute’s walk away, meaning easy access to transport links. Likewise, there is a great selection of shops, restaurants, bars and outdoor space close by.

Read reviews and details of The Quarters Swiss Cottage, NW3

7. Dressage Court, E2

Essential Living
4.74 (156 reviews) 4.74 (156 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Tower Hamlets
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In seventh place is Dressage Court by Essential Living. There are 104 rental-only one, two and three-bedroom apartments at Dressage Court, a development by Essential Living. The development is located in East London. 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 team along with shared spaces that are free for all residents to enjoy.

Read reviews and details of Dressage Court, E2

8. Blackhorse Mills, E17

Legal & General, urbanbubble
4.64 (240 reviews) 4.64 (240 reviews)
Area guide to Walthamstow
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Blackhorse Mills takes eighth place on our list. This popular development overlooking the wilds of Walthamstow wetlands offers a high level of freedom for its residents, including the right to decorate their apartments. The development also allows pets and includes a lido, a roof terrace, a gym, dining rooms and a yoga studio. Central London is just 20 minutes away on the Victoria Line from Blackhorse Road station.

Read reviews and details of Blackhorse Mills, E17

9. be:here Hayes, UB3

be:here, Apo
4.66 (179 reviews) 4.66 (179 reviews)
Area guide to Hayes
Image of be:here Hayes, UB3

For ninth place we move all the way over to be:here Hayes in West London. This is a sought-after residential development comprising 119 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Alongside the homes here, commercial units are on site for residents to enjoy, including restaurants, leisure amenities and a music venue. In addition, the development is close to Hayes & Harlington station, the M4, M25 and Heathrow Airport, making commuting and international travel a breeze.

Read reviews and details of be:here Hayes, UB3

10. Vantage Point, N19

Essential Living
4.59 (176 reviews) 4.59 (176 reviews)
Area guide to Holloway
Image of Vantage Point, N19

And taking 10th place is Vantage Point, a Build to Rent development in Archway, in the North London Borough of Islington. It offers 118 homes – a range of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. All Vantage Point residents get access to a great range of on-site features and amenities. These include a 24-hour onsite team, a roof terrace, games room and exercise room. In addition, the development is above Archway London Underground station. Residents are also close to Upper Street, Emirates Stadium and Highgate Village.

Read reviews and details of Vantage Point, N19

Outstanding amenities

vantage point communal dining room
The view from the communal dining room at Vantage Point N19

All the accommodation in this list offers outstanding facilities. You’ll struggle to find a private rental with so much on offer.

Want a private cinema you can hire out with your friends? Done. Communal dining room with views across the city? Done. Add in residents’ gyms, private gardens, terraces, games rooms and concierge services and you have the perfect young professional accommodation.

Communal spaces and events

Futhermore, there’s another big draw for young professionals to these types of developments. The social life!

social event at Vantage Point - young professional accommodation in London
One of the many social events at Vantage Point N19

Building management teams go well beyond just fixing problems and receiving your mail. Many offer lots of social events, so you can meet your neighbours and feel part of a community. Do you have a pet? No problem! Build to rent developments are often pet-friendly so Fido and Kitty can move in too.

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Hopefully our list has given you some serious inspiration to get out there and find your perfect rented home in London. Good luck on your journey, and we hope that the booming build to rent market in the capital can give you precisely what you’re looking for.

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