bankside, bermondsey, borough, haggerston, islington & st pancras
Rich in history, Bankside, one of the oldest areas of London, has received a renewed lease of life in recent years thanks to huge improvements and the introduction of popular attractions like Shakespeare’s Globe, the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern.
Daily events, entertainment, quirky art shops, sites and attractions lure the crowds to Bankside, as do the riverside pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. But it is the highly desirable riverside apartments that mainly appeal to people moving into this central London location.
People looking to buy or rent property in Bankside will find a blend of properties, including warehouse conversions, period properties and contemporary new build apartments, offering some of the most striking views of central London.
The transport connections are excellent: The nearest tube stations are Southwark (Jubilee Line, Zone 1), Borough (Northern Line, Zone 1) and London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee Lines, Zone 1 and National Rail), while there are also plenty of 24-hour bus services and the commuter riverboat at Bankside Pier.
BERMONDSEY, SE1 & SE16
The vast bulk of Bermondsey lies within the SE16 postal area, while the rest of the district forms part of SE1. The area has undergone mass regeneration in recent years which has resulted in the construction of new homes as well as cafes, restaurants and trendy bars, most notable in and around the Bermondsey Village area centred on Bermondsey Street, one of the most popular places to rent or buy property in Bermondsey.
There is so much to see and do in Bermondsey, including a number of small art galleries, the Fashion and Textile Museum founded by Zandra Rhodes, quirky independent shops, as well as New Caledonian Antiques Market in Bermondsey Square.
Properties in Bermondsey are in high demand, reflected by a sharp rise in home prices and rental values in recent years, particularly on Bermondsey Street. The area is dominated by warehouse conversions, modern flats and former council homes.
The area is served by Bermondsey Tube (Jubilee Line, Zone 2) as well as many 24-hour buses.
Located west of Bermondsey a short distance from the River Thames, Borough, one of London’s most central locations is packed with theatres, private galleries, museums, gastropubs and restaurants.
Borough is also home to Borough Market - one of the largest food markets in London – as well as the Old Vic theatre, Shakespeare's Globe and the Shard, the tallest building in London.
Demand for properties in Borough is growing, with a wide mix of homes; period houses, new build apartments, flats above shops, among a host of other property types.
There are superb train, bus, and tube links in and around Borough. Borough (Northern Line, Zone 1) and London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee Lines, Zone 1 and National Rail) are the nearest station, while there are also plenty of bus services and taxis operating in the district.
Considered by some to be Hackney’s hidden gem, Haggerston, once a rather rundown area, was improved in the 1990s into a smart district with plenty of decent shops, bars and restaurants.
Despite mass upgrades, including a relatively new train station, Haggerston’s progress has been overshadowed by the emergence of neighbouring trendy areas such as Dalston, Shoreditch and Hoxton. But properties in Haggerston are generally cheaper to buy and rent as a consequence, which explains why a growing volume of families and young professionals are moving into the area.
Anyone seeking to buy or rent property in Haggerston will discover a great mixture of homes to select from, including delightful Victorian houses and converted flats, particularly along the streets leading off Queensbridge Road and the canal as well as some of the area’s back alleys. Developers have also moved into the district and are building smart new homes – mainly apartments – including the sough-after Adelaide Wharf.
Haggerston Railway Station (London Overground, Zone 2) was opened to the public in the spring of 2010 as part of the London Overground system with services running between Dalston Junction and West Croydon or Crystal Palace. There are also plenty of buses operating in the area.
This stylish district is packed with charming shops, modern leisure facilities, elegant squares, chic bars, gastro pubs, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs, particularly along fashionable Upper Street, ensuring that it continues to be a popular place to live in.
Islington, which is rich in contrasts and character, is popular with residents from all walks of life; young professionals and affluent families to City workers and media types.
Properties in Islington are full of character and highly sought-after: Beautiful Victorian and Georgian houses occupy tree-lined streets, while smart spacious apartments are found above shops in converted houses and in purpose-built pre and post-war developments, including new build homes.
Angel (Northern Line, Zone 1) and Highbury and Islington (Victoria and London Overground Lines, Zone 1) are the main train stations. Buses and taxis are aplenty.
ST PANCRAS, NW1
The opening of St Pancras International has helped the King's Cross area which has seen a great deal of development during the past few years. The area’s old reputation as a run-down red light district is now but a distant memory.
People and businesses have flocked to the area since its transformation, thanks in part to the £800m restoration and extension of this unique London landmark into one of Europe's prime destination stations, with the introduction of the Eurostar service.
King's Cross property prices and rental values have soared in recent years on the back of the local regeneration and a sharp rise in demand to buy and rent homes in the area from a range of homebuyers; families, professionals and people wanting a pied a 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, new build homes are just some of the properties to choose from.
The local transport links are excellent: 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 and Brussels. There are also lots of 24-hour bus routes.