5 best places to live in Westminster

It’s an area that impossible not to recognise, as Westminster holds many of the most iconic London buildings and institutions. If you’re considering moving here, there’s plenty of choice of luxury apartments and terraced houses on some of London’s smartest streets. To get your bearings among the best places to live in Westminster, we have a list of the top 5 new developments in the area, as rated by HomeViews reviewers.

Living in Westminster – The Heart of London

Westminster is home to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, and of course, the Houses of Parliament. These are just the most prestigious buildings that the area has to offer. There are hundreds more with cultural and historical significance.

Being so close to living history on this scale makes living in Westminster one of the most desirable options in the capital. This means that there are dining and shopping options here that can satisfy the wealthiest of London’s elite. There’s also many of the top-performing schools in the country here, making it a prime draw for families.

As for transport links, Westminster’s central location makes it hard to beat. There are three Underground stations: Westminster, St James’s Park and Victoria, giving easy access to Canary Wharf, North Greenwich and Wembley. Victoria Station also offers excellent rail links to South London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Average property prices in Westminster

All of the benefits of living in Westminster come with an understandably large price tag. Smart luxury apartment blocks compete with Georgian townhouses to attract the highest prices, and ‘cheap options’ are pretty much non-existent in Westminster itself. The same goes for Covent Garden and Mayfair, though some cheaper options can be found at the northern end of the borough in Paddington, Soho and Marylebone.

On average, Westminster property has a value of at least £1 million across the whole of the borough. Of course, the sky is the limit for those with big budgets, as mansions and penthouses in Westminster’s most desirable locations are always multi-million-pound prospects.

Renting is also an expensive business in Westminster. The rental average for the area is £535 per week, but rates can reach as high as £1700 per week.

5 best places to live in Westminster

Westminster is always changing, but you can find the best new developments in the area through our verified HomeViews reviewers. *PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

To take a close look at any of these developments, just click on them. This will take you to their dedicated page, complete with all the comments, and ratings posted by reviewers.

The top-rated new development in Westminster is Paddington Exchange, a Chase Evans development featuring a collection of 123 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Located in the heart of Paddington, nearby Paddington Station offers excellent transport links with the Heathrow Express and the three major underground lines – the Hammersmith & City, the Bakerloo and Circle lines.

Read reviews and details of Paddington Exchange, W2

Our second top spot goes to Fitzroy Place, which is a mixed-use development built on the site of the old Middlesex Hospital in the heart of London’s West End. It features 200 residential units – one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses – and a number of commercial outlets. Residents enjoy first-class transport links around London, thanks to nearby Goodge Street and Oxford Circus, which provide access to the Northern, Victoria, Central and Bakerloo lines.

Read reviews and details of Fitzroy Place, W1

In at number three it’s West End Quay. This is a joint venture development by Rialto Properties and WestCity, offering 468 apartment over 3 blocks – Westcliffe Apartments, Peninsula Apartments, Balmoral Apartments. The development is conveniently located just a short walk from both Edgware Road station and Paddington Station.

Read reviews and details of West End Quay, W2

At number four is another Paddington development with a great location. Paddington Gardens is a mixed-use development by Meritas Real Estate, and features 335 residential units in a 20-storey tower with a range of one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments that sit alongside a hotel, offices, retail space and a primary school. Located moments away from the Paddington Basin, the development is just a 7-minute walk from Paddington Station.

Read reviews and details of Paddington Gardens, W2

Last but by no means least, we have Dolphin Square at number five. This development was built in 1936 but has undergone substantial renovations in recent years. It’s located in Pimlico, an up and coming area and the home of Westminster Abbey, the Tate Britain and the Victoria Apollo Theatre. As well as this, SW1 offers a diverse range of boutique shops, bakeries, galleries and street markets, which residents at Dolphin Square can peruse at their convenience.

Read reviews and details of Dolphin Square, SW1

For a closer look at the different districts of Westminster, click on our area guide link below. This will give you a better understanding of the different parts of the borough, and its upcoming development prospects.

You’ll spot scenes of Westminster on most London postcards, and it’s little wonder. After all, this place hosts riverside icons like the House of Lords, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Not to mention the black taxis and scarlet phone boxes synonymous with England’s capital. Read more about Westminster

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