London is a diverse and vibrant city of almost nine million people. The city attracts people from all over the country and the world thanks to its cultural heritage and career opportunities. Verified residents on HomeViews have had their say about the best flats to rent in London. Their reviews provide first-hand accounts of what it’s like to live in some of the city’s most desirable locations. Read on to learn about London’s best rental buildings.
Renting in London
London’s regions and boroughs provide a wonderful choice of locations and lifestyles, with something to suit every taste and need. South and South-east London has a wide range of communities. There is village-like Dulwich, the major hubs of Croydon and Lewisham and the culturally diverse Brixton and Peckham.
South-west London has upmarket Richmond, Wimbledon and Putney, with their boutique shops and busy high streets. Sought-after west-London locations include Fulham, Chiswick, Kensington and the famously fashionable Notting Hill and Chelsea.
North London’s most desirable areas are within touching distance of central London. They include vibrant Camden, desirable Islington and exclusive Hampstead. East London’s popular communities include Hackney and Dalston, as well as the luxury developments of the Docklands.
One of the world’s finest public transport systems connects the city, making it easy to commute to central London. Each area has its own unique appeal and attractions.
Recently, London has also seen a new property development trend for purpose-built rental buildings, or ‘Build to Rent’. These new buildings are providing fresh options for people looking to settle in the city.
What is Build to Rent?
Build to rent refers to purpose-built housing developments that are made to rent, rather than sell. Developments are usually newly-built (or newly-converted) apartment blocks, offering an alternative to the traditional private rental sector.
Build to rent apartments can offer some benefits that traditional rentals don’t often provide. Many developments feature on-site management teams, communal areas and green spaces. Some include perks like health club and spa facilities or concierge services, all included in the rental package.
Build to rent properties can offer the security of longer-term tenancies. Some developments offer tenancy terms of three years or longer.
Short-term tenancies can also be offered, depending on your needs. Choosing a build to rent apartment may mean paying more compared to private rental properties. The package on offer, though, tends to include a number of extras that aren’t available to the private renter.
Rental prices in London
Rental prices in London can differ depending on the area and the type of property. Using London.Gov’s London Rental Map, we have put together the definitive list of London rental prices by borough. The list outlines the most expensive and most affordable boroughs to rent in.
Kensington and Chelsea is the most expensive London borough, with a two-bedroom apartment costing on average £2,708 per month. The most affordable borough for 2021 is Bexley, with a two-bedroom apartment costing an average of £1,100 per month. To find out more about the average prices of flats to rent in London, take a look at our guide.
Flats to Rent in London: 10 best buildings as rated by residents
So, it’s time to reveal the top 10 rental buildings in London, according to the reviews of verified residents. These developments are rated according to the results of the 2021 Build to Rent Awards that HomeViews holds every year.
Everything from design and facilities, to the management team, services, location and value for money have been considered. Take a look at the list to see the very best purpose-built rental properties that London has to offer.
The best building for renting in London, voted for by residents, is Canary Wharf’s 8 Water Street.
This popular development of 174 apartments has a landscaped private garden overlooking South Dock and the quiet boardwalks of Water Square. The development also has an expansive roof terrace, the largest outdoor space in the Vertus portfolio. Reviewers highlight the first-class concierge service, attractive communal areas and excellent amenities available to residents.
4.58 (80 reviews)
4.58 (80 reviews)
At second place in London’s rental rankings is The Quarters Croydon. The Quarters’ short-term letting scheme offers residents a stylish and convenient base in this thriving South London suburb.
The development includes 151 high-specification studios. Croydon station is only a 4-minute walk away. London Bridge is 14-minutes away by train, while Gatwick Airport is also easily accessible. Residents enjoy the convenient location, conscientious staff and clean and stylish accommodation.
Third position in the top 10 London rental developments goes to be:here Hayes. This stylish residential development has 119 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The building also includes restaurants, leisure amenities and a music venue.
Additionally, Hayes & Harlington station is just a quarter of a mile away, while the M4, M25 and Heathrow Airport are all easily accessible.
4.68 (100 reviews)
4.68 (100 reviews)
North-west London’s highest ranked rental building, The Quarters Kilburn has 82 self-contained studios in a superb location. Kilburn Park underground station is a 5-minute walk away, making central London easily accessible.
Residents of The Quarters Kilburn enjoy access to secure parking, a concierge and a lounge. Reviewers also praised the helpful and attentive building management team.
Sailmakers is a Build-to-Rent scheme from Greystar, with 327 units. Located in the Harbour Central development on the Isle of Dogs, the building is less than a 10-minute walk from the heart of Canary Wharf. Public transport comes courtesy of nearby South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf’s DLR and Underground services.
Residents enjoy fast and frequent connections to the likes of Bank and Monument. Reviewers complimented the excellent management team and the first-class service they provide.
Rising 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new Wood Wharf district, 10 George Street is number six in London’s top rental buildings. The development has 327 apartments overlooking waterside gardens and boardwalks below.
Residents have exclusive access to ‘Club Vertus’. This includes access to a 24/7 gym studio, self-service bar, private dining room and lounge. Residents praise the stylish design and the excellent facilities and services, which include a 24-hour concierge.
Vantage Point is north London’s best-rated rental building. It has 118 apartments ranging from studios to one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. All Vantage Point residents get access to a range of services and amenities. These include a 24-hour on-site team, a roof terrace, games room and exercise room.
The development is located in a sought-after position above Archway underground station. Popular Highgate Village and Hampstead Heath are within easy reach.
Harrow’s Bradstowe House is conveniently located close to Harrow on the Hill train station. The development includes one and two-bedroom apartments and a number of penthouses, all of which are available as rental-only.
Residents of Bradstowe House have access to an on-site gym, lounge and 24hr concierge. Reviews praise the excellent staff, superb location and spacious accommodation.
Elephant Central is located in the heart of London’s Elephant and Castle. Situated within London’s zone 1, it has excellent connections to the City. London Bridge, Borough Market and the cultural attractions of the South Bank are all within walking distance.
The development offers a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses, which are available fully furnished. Residents praise the spacious, attractive accommodation and superb location. Elephant & Castle mainline and underground stations are both within a quarter of a mile.
Rounding off the top 10 London rental buildings is Fizzy Lewisham. This modern development has one and two-bedroom flats for rental, that are pet-friendly, and come with free award-winning broadband internet.
Residents praise the prime location, which is close to Lewisham mainline station. There are fast and regular connections to central London, with London Bridge less than 10-minutes away.
Have any of our top 10 rental buildings in London caught your eye? If you’re relocating to London and are wondering which areas to consider, head to our dedicated area guides.
Find them by visiting our homepage, scrolling down to the ‘Explore by area’ section and selecting ‘Greater London’. From there, you can read about life in each of London’s distinctive regions, and find rental opportunities in each area.
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