Okay, to keep this party-train rollin’ as we look for where to rent London apartments, we’re off to the well-known West side today:
W1 – Chinatown, Fitzrovia, Hyde Park, Marylebone, Mayfair, Piccadilly, Soho, West End
W2 – Bayswater, Hyde Park, Paddington
W3 – Acton, East Acton, South Acton
W4 – Chiswick
W5 – Ealing, Little Ealing
W6 – Hammersmith
W7 – Hanwell
W8 – Kensington
W9 – Maida Hill, Maida Vale, Warwick Avenue
W10 – Kensal Town, Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington
W11 – Holland Park, Notting Hill, Westbourne Green
W12 – Shepherd’s Bush
W13 – West Ealing
W14 – West Kensington
Given West London’s popularity, it continues to be a pricey area in general. Closest to Central London, as we see on the map, is W1, and from this proximity we should infer that the area is still largely within the tourist track. Every city has a Chinatown, so from this you can expect the same range of ethnic restaurants and shops that makes for a fun (and delicious!) cultural night out. Soho is a hopping shopping and clubbing scene, and, in combination with Piccadilly as part of “the West End” in general, captures a good deal of Central London’s theatre district. Mayfair is as posh as it gets—this and the area just East of Hyde Park have astronomical housing prices. The famous Oxford, Regents, and Bond Streets are located here, rendering this area a top-notch shopping district. Heading just off Hyde Park’s Northeast corner toward Marylebone, we see a different side to this neighborhood characterized by Edgware Road, whose immigrant population has yielded a continuous strip of amazing ethnic restaurants representing Turkish, Lebanese, and Iranian cuisine among a multitude of others.
Moving westward into Paddington we see some lovely residential areas tucked around its commercial aspect surrounding the famous Paddington Station, where Paddington Bear was discovered on a platform :). Bayswater and W10’s Ladbroke Grove are an appeal for those wanting to live near Notting Hill more affordably. Its W11 neighbor of Hugh Grant-film renown (what’s it’s name again? ;)) hosts a mix of the young and trendy and established and affluent, with a like mix of eclectic and posh boutiques and cafés. Holland Park feels like a leafy suburb with beautiful residences, shops, and green space, and I would say the same for W9’s Maida Vale—rents can be high given the quality of housing, yet reasonable deals can still be found the less central you get. It’s the centrality of W8, however, that continues to make Kensington popular like Notting Hill, with the benefits of being close to the open space of Kensington Gardens and High Street Kensington shopping. Speaking of shopping, W12’s Shepherd’s Bush houses London’s gigantic Westfield shopping center, only a couple of years old, and to which W6’s Hammersmith also has good access in addition to its own abundance of amenities and entertainment (the Apollo is huge for UK comedy)—and along the river in the Hammersmith and Ravenscourt Park area almost feels like a quaint, nautical village. Moving farther out West will bring you to predominantly residential neighborhoods that are more like suburbs; thus, you’ll see lower rent prices, though will be a further haul to the city center—one bonus, however, is being close to Heathrow airport, which is useful for expats who visit home frequently or receive out-of-country guests.
Hopefully this is helping you get one step closer to finding that ideal London apartment (which, of course, is a guarantee if you further consult London Relocation Ltd.‘s expert services!). Join me next time as we circle down and see what Southwest London is all about.