blackfriars, hoxton, kings cross, st pauls & temple
Located south west of central London, Blackfriars is rich in history and forms part of the capital’s South Bank, which can only mean plenty of riverside cafes, bars, restaurants and, of course, residential properties. The area offers a fine blend of old and new, with the older parts of Blackfriars proving particularly popular with residents and visitors.
Blackfriars, home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, is a business hub strategically located in the centre of the City of London which is often referred to as ‘the Wall Street of the UK’ or the ‘Square Mile’.
The local attractions of St Paul’s Cathedral, The Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern, as well as plethora of shops, ensure that there is plenty to see and do in and around the area.
From Victorian houses and apartments to luxury serviced apartments, properties in Blackfriars are extremely desirable and mainly attract professionals, especially those working in the City. Aside from long-term lets, there are plenty of homes in Blackfriars that are available to rent short-term.
Blackfriars enjoys excellent transport facilities: Blackfriars (Circle and District Lines,Thameslink, Zone 1) offers easy access to other parts of the capital and a direct route to Gatwick Airport. There is also a wide network of 24-hour buses, as well as London river services commuter boats from Blackfriars Millennium Pier on the north side of the river. Services from this pier include boats to Putney, operated by Thames Executive Charters, and services between Embankment and Woolwich Arsenal, operated by Thames Clippers.
Hoxton in Shoreditch and the City of London was once a rough-and-ready neighbourhood with high crime levels,but it has undergone a huge transformation over the past 20 years to become one of the trendiest districts in the capital.
Packed with fashionable bars, coffee shops, restaurants and music venues, Hoxton attracts young professionals, including artists, reflected in the many art galleries, as well as some of the coolest people in the city, evidenced by the array of trendsetters on the streets. The area is centred on Hoxton Square which is packed with bars and clubs.
Anyone looking to buy or rent property in Hoxton will find that many old factories, warehouses and offices have been converted into spacious open-plan living units, while there is also a fine selection of purpose-built apartments, grand houses and ex-council homes in Hoxton.
There area is well served by Hoxton station (London Overground Line, Zone 1), while Old Street Tube station is only a short walk away (Northern Line, Zone 1). Buses are plentiful.
KING'S CROSS, N1
Once a run-down red light district, King’s Cross, an area of central London divided between the Boroughs of Camden and Islington, is now an upmarket transport hub, due to the widespread regeneration taking place in the area as well as the introduction of the Eurostar service from St Pancras.
The idea of living in the area, which is packed with pubs and cafes, appeals to a wide range of people, including families, professionals of all ages and those seeking a pied-à-terre.
Anyone looking to buy or rent a home in King’s Cross will find a wide mixture of residential properties; Grade II listed houses, post-war apartments and new-build homes are just some of the properties to choose from in the area.
The transport links are second to none: There are a number of Tube links operating from King’s Cross St Pancras (Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines, Zone 1) as well as National Rail services, not to mention the Eurostar terminus for international services to Paris, Brussels and beyond.
ST PAUL'S, EC4
St Paul’s, named after the famed Church of England cathedral in the area, which is also one of London’s greatest monuments, dates back to the late 17th century. The area, which measures just over one square mile, also forms a notable part of the City or the Square Mile.
Aside from local attractions, the City, which only has a population of about 8,000 people, is the base for well over 300,000 workers, made up mainly of those working in the financial services sector.
A wide selection of bars and restaurants ranging from very old traditional pubs to modern eateries can be found in the area, most notably on Watling Street and Bow Lane.
St Paul’s property market isdominated by purpose-built blocks as well as office and warehouse conversions, but there are also a number of recently and newly built swanky apartments, including units set in serviced blocks, well suited to the City-types that often look to buy or rent property in St Paul’s.
The area is served by St Paul’s Tube station (Central Line, Zone 1), Mansion House (Circle and District Lines, Zone 1 and City Thameslink – Capital Connect, Zone 1). There are plenty of bus services as well as river buses also available at nearby Blackfriars Millennium Pier.
Situated along the Victoria Embankment in the vicinity of Temple Church, Temple is London’s primary legal district. Although the vast majority of the area forms part of the City of London, a small western part is located in the City of Westminster, which offers some of the cheapest council tax rates in London.
Much like its neighbouring areas, the vast bulk of people renting or buying property in Temple are generally City workers attracted to the district’s central location and proximity to the river.
From apartments in grand mansion blocks, Tudor-style buildings and swish riverside developments, there is no shortage of home options to choose from. However, the supply of houses in Temple is restricted.
Temple Tube station (District and Circle Lines, Zone 1) is located to the south west of the area, between Temple Place and the Victoria Embankment. There is also an array of local buses as well as commuter boats at Temple Pier on the Victoria Embankment.