You’re renting in the capital, and you want to make a great decision about which borough to live in. If you’re researching the best areas to rent in London, this is for you. We’ll take you on a lightning tour of ten areas in London – including a couple outside the capital – that tick all the boxes, in regards to excitement and unique flavour. Welcome to one of the world’s most fascinating, ancient and vibrant cities. These are all areas where London flats to rent are hot property, your guide to great accommodation for young professionals in London and beyond.
Which Areas in London are Best for Renting
Like all capital cities, London is big and varied. There’s everything from bustling, 24/7 areas in London,
stuffed with great shops and bars, to greener places with great access to parks. So, for those new to the city, the first challenge is where to start.
Everyone has their own ideas about what the best areas to rent in London means. It depends on your lifestyle and your aspirations. Here are our ten most inspiring places to think about. Whatever lifestyle excites you most, we’ll give you a taste of what’s in store rental-wise.
Angel Islington in the London borough of the same name is sandwiched neatly between trendy Hackney and funky Camden, postcode N1. On the doorstep of Bloomsbury, Shoreditch, Canonbury, Clerkenwell, De Beauvoir Town, Kings Cross and St Pancras, it’s full of very well-connected London flats to rent.
Live here for a pain-free commute into the City itself, central London, the suburbs and beyond. Choose Islington for a right-on atmosphere, great nightlife and a vibrant feel. There’s enough fun on tap to keep you entertained and a load more within walking distance.
Islington rentals range from £9,000 a month for a huge and imposing Georgian family terraced home with four bedrooms and a garden to a more affordable £1950 pcm for a smart one-bed in Kings Cross. If you can find one free, it’s possible to rent a parking space for around £100 a month. Whatever you choose you can expect plenty for your money. Beautiful, spotless neutral interiors ready for you to make your own. Quality furniture and fittings if it’s furnished, a stylish space for your own belongings if not.
Living in Wandsworth is a unique experience amongst London flats to rent. One of the oldest areas in London, postcode SW, this borough is packed with history. It’s also great for attractions. There’s the gorgeous Chelsea Bridge, perfect for a romantic stroll after dusk when it’s all lit up with the Thames glittering below. It’s one of the capital’s most attractive bridges as well as your closest crossing point to South London.
Battersea Power Station is on your radar too, a landmark with a mix of shops, bars, restaurants, leisure and entertainment, parks and historical spaces. And Clapham Common is your green space, a beautiful big place to get fresh air and enjoy the green stuff. Really good transport links complete the picture.
You can spend around £2,300 pcm to rent a glorious unfurnished two-bed apartment in Wandsworth complete with stunning decor and chic interiors, occupying the entire first floor of a smart Victorian villa. An unusually spacious three bedroom second floor apartment with awesome views in Imperial Wharf could set you back around £3500 pcm, close to Southside shopping centre, Wandsworth station and East Putney station, great for work.
Move to Southall to experience a popular West London borough loved for a richly diverse local culture and community. Thanks to this it’s a wonderfully colourful place to live, a location stuffed with exotic foods and exciting shops. Affectionately nicknamed Little India with a starring role in the 2002 movie Bend It Like Beckham under its belt, Southall’s great rail connections whisk you away to work and play in no time, with fast access to the wider city. Your postcode is UB2.
This is where you’ll find the extraordinary Strawberry Star Greenview Court Development, one of the new, super-smart apartment complexes London offers and a star in the Southall property sky. With fast access to the new Crossrail Station, only five 5 minutes from Southall Station, the whole of London is within easy reach.
The Greenview Court development by Galliard Homes features four stunning multi-level private roof gardens or residents with a choice of Studios, 1, 2, and 3-bed apartments. It’s just one of many cool places to live in Southall.
Life in Nine Elms, postcode SW, lands you directly across the river from Victoria Station, in Zone 2 with the drama of iconic Battersea Power Station as your backdrop. The river is easy to get to from here, with its endless potential for riverside walks and urban hikes. The Thames looks different every day and it’s a delight living so close to it.
Some great schools and attractions like Battersea Park and Zoo, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and the VauxWall Climbing Centre make it one of the nicest areas in London for young families. Nine Elms comes with excellent transport links to North London and Victoria Station is your set-off point for adventuring north, south, east and west of the capital.
Rent a cosy one bed apartment in Nine Elms, fully equipped complete with gorgeous furnishings, for just under £4000 pcm. Or choose a contemporary 2-bedroom apartment thoughtfully designed to maximise the space with amazing views. Finished to the highest standards, complete with an elegant lobby, 24/7 concierge and access to a wellness centre including a 30m swimming pool, gym, private cinema, library, wine and cigar bar, and private dining and lounge area, it’ll set you back just under £5,000 pcm.
The Royal Docks is all about the water, once the world’s biggest enclosed docks and now redeveloped into a spectacular London flat to rent location for locals and tourists alike. You’ll live in a modern 21st-century setting made unique by 250 acres of fun space stacked with attractions, events and activities, all focused around the water.
It’s also a public transport dream with a total of twelve Royal Docks stops on the DLR. There’s the thrill of the Emirates Air Line cable car service, which crosses the Thames to deposit you dizzy and delighted in North Greenwich. London City Airport lives here too. Your postcode is E16.
Bearing in mind the Docks’ distance from Central London the rents here are lower than you might expect, often less than the rest of East London. A one-bed apartment with lovely decor, a residents’ gym and roof terrace can come in as low as £2400 pcm. Some cost as little as £1,250 pcm. Notch it up to pay over £5000 for a three bed, three bath delight of a duplex penthouse apartment at Royal Victoria Dock with views to die for.
The benefits of living in Streatham, postcode SW16, are all about being right in the heart of the hustle and bustle. Some call this the West End of South London, a hint of the fun and cultural aspects of the borough. Underneath modern Streatham is an ancient place inhabited since the Stone Age, so it has suited thousands of years’ worth of people pretty well!
Three rail stations connect you to central London – Streatham Hill, Streatham and Streatham Common. Great coffee, awesome food, cool places to chill and a cosmopolitan feel make it special. The closer you get to Tooting Bec Common, the more rent you pay. It’s cheaper at the Streatham Vale end of the borough. Pick up the A23 here to go straight to lovely Brighton, the perfect pick for south coast clubbing and partying. Streatham is great for convenient transport links in and out of the capital, loved by families with children and offers a friendly mixed ethnic culture. Streatham High Road, which has smartened up no end recently, has all the shops you need and Streatham Hill has the longest high street in Europe.
Choose a six-bedroom semi-detached home in Streatham with four floors, all beautifully restored and rich in period features, for just under £6000 pcm, complete with lovely front and back gardens. Or a four-bed mid-terrace in perfect condition for £5000 pcm. Or rent studio-style with a large ensuite room for just £945 pcm.
When peace and calm are your priorities, with fast access to the city centre’s noise and hustle, Kenton is a good choice. It’s quiet with a welcoming multicultural mix and the feel of a proper suburb. Northeast of Harrow in postcode area HA, it has its own rail station for an easy commute. Kenton recreation ground offers basketball, a kids’ playground, cricket, football, a green gym, multi-use sports courts and tennis courts.
You’re close to Wembley, it comes with some excellent restaurants and a busy market, and you’ll find popular high street shops plus a thriving independent shopping community. No wonder it provides such popular accommodation for young professionals, London-bound and keen to experience the best of city life.
The Strawberry Star Pavilion Development in Kenton is a gorgeous place to live, another of the nicest new apartment complexes London has for rent. It offers a fresh city lifestyle across a beautiful collection of modern, energy-efficient four-bed townhouses and 72 apartments, all with easy access to lovely green spaces. This is a haven of peace but it’s right on the doorstep of the big-city atmosphere of Kenton Road, which takes you on adventures into Harrow and Brent. We think it was £35 million well spent, and the lucky people who live there probably feel the same way!
Battersea, postcode SW, is just three miles southwest of central London, a fabulous urban hike or an easy train or bus ride away. This was originally a cheaper place to live, but now this smart London borough has become its own amongst the smarter areas in London. It remains a lower-cost alternative to neighbouring Chelsea and Fulham, but it is no longer as cheap as chips.
It’s hard to imagine the ancient Battersea, a tiny island settlement in the Thames, surrounded by water until the land was drained. These days it’s ideal for families, a place of gracious Victorian architecture, leafy parks and good schools. Your tube station is Battersea Power Station, which also happens to be an amazing place to shop, eat and have fun. The borough’s transport links are excellent, making it a top choice for London flats to rent.
A flat share on a popular road in Battersea could cost you as little as £990 pcm for a room that’s cosy, smart and convenient. Dial it up a little to pay around £1100 pcm for a bigger room in a smart house share in a three-bed home. Or take the luxury route with a penthouse flat in Battersea Power Station at a cost of just over £28,000 pcm with three beds, three baths, and three separate outdoor areas for entertaining.
When the apartment complexes London offers are out of your reach, go explore Luton. Luton, postcode LU, is a town north of London, a handy commute away from the capital’s centre and The City itself. Once tatty and run-down, Luton has smartened right up thanks to an influx of commuters wanting to live out of the capital but still within easy reach.
Rental prices are increasing and the exciting cultural mix is enhanced by big, friendly Irish, Polish and Ukrainian communities as well as people from south Asia and India. There are superb transport connections to surrounding towns and into London, perfect for a big night out, and there are some brand new schools to choose from. The town itself has a good range of cool things to do and see, including a thriving shopping scene.
Luton offers everything from wonderful semi-detached homes with five bedrooms, perfect for families at £500 pcm, to a 7 bed, 6 bath cottage for rent part-furnished at £4,500pcm. On the apartment side, there are rooms in beautiful shared homes for as little as £450 pcm and redecorated house shares for just under £600 pcm.
Essex offers everything you need for an out-of-the-capital lifestyle with super-easy access to everything London offers – including work. It’s home to 87 nature reserves, masses of parks and rural green spaces as well as a stunning coastline and lush countryside. Discover the world’s longest pier can also be found in Southend, just a tiny part of the county’s total 350 miles of coastline. They call it the Sunshine Coast for a good reason, and this is where you’ll find some of the country’s best blue flag beaches.
However you like to live you’ll find it in Essex, everything from one-bed flats in new developments to ancient cottages miles from anywhere. The closer you are to London the more the rental prices rise, but you’re nearer to the fun, excitement and entertainment London offers. Wherever you choose it’ll be far cheaper than renting in central London or a London suburb.
How about the Strawberry Star Harlow Quarter development in Essex? A half-hour commute from London Liverpool Street, it offers a different slant on luxury flats to rent in London central, a fresh idea you might love. It’s close to Stansted Airport and the local economy is thriving. Two mainline stations and great value rentals make it a popular choice, as does the nearby countryside and cosmopolitan lifestyle. The town centre is lively and fun, with great shops and restaurants, cafes, and bars. Our development is a 4.5-acre scheme offering a mix of studios, one and two-bedroom apartments, and more.
Top Areas in London and Surrounding Area
Here’s an at-a-glance table of accommodation for young professionals in London and beyond.
|Avg asking price
|Avg rental price
|Five-year price growth
|Lewisham, Hither Green
|Stratford, West Ham
|New Cross, New Cross Gate
|Forest Gate, Upton Park
|Lee, Grove Park
|Brockley, Crofton Park, Honor Oak Park
|Archway, Tufnell Park
|Poplar, Millwall, Isle of Dogs, Docklands
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