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Area Guide

We Cover the Following London Areas:

Acton W3 Beaufort Park, NW9 Ealing, W5
Greenwich SE10 Hampstead, NW3 Highbury, N5
Highgate, N6 Hyde Park, W2 Kensington, W8
Knightsbridge, SW3 Notting Hill Gate Southbank, SE1
St. John's Wood, NW8 Swiss Cottage, NW3 Vauxhall, SW8

Acton W3

A street of independent retailers leading to a quaint level crossing is a sight rarely seen in London, but it's one of the many delightful surprises to be found in this superbly connected western suburb. Leafy streets, good schools and great transport connections mean that renting accommodation in Acton should be a serious proposition for young families and City professionals alike. A short commute from the centre of London, the area contains attractive flat-fronted cottages and bow-fronted houses that date back to Victorian times. Properties from more recent times, such as the mock-Tudor Hanger Hill Gardens and the large semi-detached Edwardian houses of Twyford Avenue are immaculately preserved and presented.

Acton High Street is rapidly undergoing the sort of imaginative regeneration process that invariably takes place when young professionals take an interest. Hip eateries and funky shops are making their presence felt and with the redevelopment of the Acton Gardens rental property development in full swing, there's bound to be demand for more of the same.

The ambitious Crossrail transport project is bound to have a positive impact on Acton. High speed trains will run from Heathrow Airport through Acton Main Line station before going underground at Paddington. A quick zoom through a few West End and City stations will then bring them out to Canary Wharf and Stratford. Crossrail is set to revolutionise the commuter experience in the capital and Acton is set to be ringside when it all happens. The Central and Piccadilly Tube lines already give this west London enclave a good choice of speedy links to the West End and Heathrow via East Acton and Acton Town stations respectively.

Acton is no faceless suburban dormitory town, however. There is an excellent community vibe in the areas around Churchfield road. Perhaps the street names inspire this. Shakespeare and Milton roads all have a distinctly artistic atmosphere that goes well with their solid four-bedroom Edwardian houses and conversions. Further afield, residents can enjoy Walpole Park and Ealing Common, which are short journeys away from Acton High Street.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Acton Gardens W3 Properties page.

Beaufort Park, NW9

Seventy years ago, brave aircrew took off from this now regenerated area of northwest London in order to keep the skies above Britain free from tyranny and the peace we enjoy today is a direct result of those heroic efforts. Beaufort Park, a recent apartment development with homes to rent, retains a large part of this heritage in the form of the RAF museum, which is sited here, yet as a residential district it has, at the same time, taken significant strides forward. Flats to rent within new luxury developments, interspersed with tree-lined boulevards, dominate the landscape and feature such modern amenities as a health spa, gastropub and coffee house, nursery, bank and Tesco Express all sited within the development.

Colindale Tube station connects Beaufort Park to the heart of the capital via the twin branches of the Northern line. These give residents renting an apartment here, access to both the West End and the City in under half an hour without the need to change trains. The M1 motorway is nearby and offers a quick escape to the countryside. The neighboring area of Mill Hill offers a vibrant high street, full of boutiques, restaurants and family-run bistros.

With accommodation options that range from studios and one bedroom flats to and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouse, apartments here are an ideal option for professionals wishing to avoid a long commute or for couples attracted by its' green open spaces and nearby schools. Beaufort Park also demonstrates that urban living need not involve compromises in security. A new police station was built on the edge of the main development and with a cadet centre nearby, residents can enjoy the feeling of having a large part of the future Metropolitan Police force as neighbours.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Beaufort Park Properties page.

Ealing, W5

Ealing is a picturesque vision of shaded streets, expansive parkland and fine family homes which provide such an enduring backdrop to some of this nation's most celebrated screen moments. Its quintessentially suburban English scenery which can be seen in films such as The Lavender Hill Mob has made the comic genius of Peter Sellers and the creepy reserve of Alec Guinness even more memorable. Pitzhanger Hall in Walpole Park is a mansion so grand that even today, film crews regularly use it as a double for Kensington Palace and its former owner John Soane designed both the Royal Academy and the Bank of England.

In fact Soane's influence is all over Ealing in the form of handsome red brick houses complete with characteristically ornate porches and balconies. Streets here are wide and tree-lined, opening up into pleasant green spaces and attractive squares with even the busy Ealing Broadway station boasting an adjoining mini-park that goes by the charming name of Haven Green.

The term "village-like" has almost become a property cliche, usually meaning little more than the absence of a supermarket chain coupled with a few extra trees. However there are areas around the common where the term really does apply. Pavement cafes and quirky fashion outlets are popular hangouts for young professionals and drama students alike with the neo-gothic backdrop of Ealing town hall providing a reassuring link with the past.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Ealing Properties page.

Greenwich SE10

Greenwich SE10

The ease and variety with which Greenwich connects to the rest of the capital make it an eminently viable option for those wishing to rent a home near both the City and Docklands.

Although south of the river, Greenwich is positioned on a peninsula that brings it into close contact with the business quarter of Canary Wharf and subsequently, the Westfield Stratford mega-mall. The DLR automated rail service increases the feeling that these destinations are just a short journey away and a new cable car route will have commuters literally swinging into the hip neighbourhoods of East London. As befits a district that has extensive maritime connections, the Thames Clipper river boat has become an established presence in Greenwich, taking commuters and visitors upriver to the City, Westminster and Chelsea. More traditional train and Tube routes put both London Bridge and Waterloo transport hubs within easy reach.

However, Greenwich has enough attractions of its own to keep inhabitants stimulated and entertained. The Royal park is ideal for strolls, picnics and all manner of outdoor activities and has one of the best river views in London. Nearer the Thames, the area takes on a distinct village-like feel with trendy shops, quaint pubs and antique markets all contributing to a bustling, yet cultured atmosphere. Greenwich's royal and naval heritage ensures that it is full of eye catching architectural treats. Georgian houses are particularly prized here, as they invoke images of Admiral Nelson pacing the grounds as he planned his famous sea victories. The giant dome of the O2 Centre, apart from being a prominent London landmark in its own right, continues to attract top international entertainment thereby ensuring that Greenwich keeps its eyes firmly on the future.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Greenwich Properties page.

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Hampstead, NW3

Perched on the highest point of London, Hampstead's elevated position alongside acres of unspoilt heathland offers a unique village-like atmosphere, with pavement cafes, tree-lined cobbled streets and picturesque period homes, making Hampstead NW3 one of London's most desirable residential areas. The Northern line underground service gets you into the West End within 15 minutes and the City in 25 minutes.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Hampstead Properties page.

Highbury, N5

Highbury, N5

Ten years ago, premiership football club Arsenal smashed all records when they went a whole season undefeated on their way to winning the title. The place where the iconic striker Thierry Henry once netted goal after stunning goal has now become a stunningly attractive residential development and you don't even have to be a gunners fan to live in it. Highbury Square has risen out of the ashes of the old stadium and while it is one of North London's most talked about new property developments it is also an indicator of how young professionals and creative types are choosing to rent nearer the city centre.

However, Highbury is not all about football. Situated next to Islington, residents can justifiably count Upper Street as their main retail destination. With its high number of restaurants, antique shops and theatres, Upper Street provides Highbury with the cultural and commercial stimulus that is bound to attract solvent City workers and wealthy students alike.

Architecturally, Highbury offers great variety. Attractive townhouses date back to Victorian and Georgian times and there is plenty of evidence of the late 19th Century craze for all things Italian in some of the exquisite features that adorn the mansion blocks that overlook Highbury Fields. More recent accommodation consists of modern developments housing high specification apartments available for rental, offering every modern convenience.

The principal train and Tube station in the N5 district is the extremely well connected Highbury and Islington station at Highbury Corner which is home to three separate routes. They include the Victoria Tube line with trains to the West End, the Hertfordshire FCC line with direct trains to the City at Moorgate and also the overground line that runs across London from Stratford in the east to Richmond in the west.

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Highgate, N6

Situated to the north of Hampstead Heath, Highgate N6, as it's name suggests, is built on a steep hill offering outstanding views over the London landscape. This popular residential area boasts an attractive village atmosphere with many quaint shops, lively cafes and restaurants. It's sister neighbourhood, Hampstead Garden Suburb hosts the famous 'Millionaires Row', a broad thoroughfare featuring an eclectic mix of expensive detached homes valued at £1million+.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Highgate Properties page.

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Hyde Park, W2

Despite's it's central London position, Hyde Park, W2 and environs is uniquely residential and surprisingly peaceful once the rush hour ends. The area is represented by a diverse mixture of cultures and is well served by three London Underground stations. There are many squares and tree-lined crescents here and whilst there are plenty of old mansion blocks and brand new developments, there are still many single family residences and quaint mews houses. The Heathrow Express train runs from nearby Paddington station (journey time 30 minutes).

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Hyde Park Properties page.

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Kensington, W8

Grand-scale, spacious living is what people enjoy in this premier residential area of London W8, offering an abundance of imposing frontages on quiet squares. A lot of the houses are extremely large. Even when converted into flats, as many have been, the apartments are still enormous. It's grand and spacious everywhere with Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park to walk, jog or ride in.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Kensington Properties page.

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Knightsbridge, SW3

Glamourous and colourful Knightsbridge, SW3 thrives as being one of the capital's classiest enclaves attracting a mix of royalty, glitterati, the prosperous and the business professional. Most homes here are Georgian and early Victorian residing in grand squares and elegant tree-lined streets. There are also many imposing mansion blocks and luxury period-style apartment blocks. The area is also home to Harrods and Harvey Nichols, the most well known department stores in the capital.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Knightsbridge Properties page.

Notting Hill Gate

It's not uncommon for new property developments to be seen as providing a welcome boost to the surrounding area but Portobello Square's relationship with Notting Hill Gate is so much more. Goldborne Road, Portobello Road and Westbourne Park Road seem a like natural triangle of trendily diverse shops, pubs and restaurants but eccentric town planners of yesteryear made sure that the roads did not connect. Portobello Square has resolved this problem in one stylish sweep and has brought a cohesion and focus to the Notting Hill Gate area.

Apart from Portobello Square's attractive luxury, there are stunning examples of the type of architecture that has made this part of London famous. Georgian mansions, Victorian townhouses and Edwardian terraces are all in evidence and are, for the most part, in absolute mint condition. Rental opportunities here offer access to leafy streets, genteel squares and the trendy boutiques and shops of Portobello market.

Transport-wise, Notting Hill Gate must be one of the best connected pieces of real estate in the capital. Not only is the West End a relaxed jog away, but Notting Hill Gate Tube station lies at the intersection of the Central and Circle lines which makes getting to the City of London financial quarter a cinch. Ladbroke Road station is part of the useful Hammersmith and City line. This route skirts the northern part of central London and connects Paddington, St Pancras and Liverpool St stations. This puts residents in touch with express links to Heathrow, Luton and Stanstead airports and also, in the case of St Pancras, with the Eurostar service.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Notting Hill Gate Properties page.

Southbank, SE1

The physical and so often social divide between the two halves of London that are separated by the River Thames is a feature that promotes both friendly rivalry and cultural dynamism, with the Southbank taking pride of place in the frontline. When William Shakespeare needed fresh inspiration and artistic space, he relocated south of the river and kick started a cultural renaissance that lives on today. The Southbank has endured war, neglect and bad-planning and has emerged as a fresh and funky alternative to some of the more over-hyped districts that cluster around the West End.

South London as a whole has always been rather short changed when it came to those all-important Tube links, but this problem has now been remedied with some style. The Jubilee line has been extended from Charing Cross to Stratford in a route that takes it through the Southbank and through to the Docklands and Stratford. This bold move, together with a revamped Blackfriars station and a new Riverbus service, immediately place the Southbank at the centre of vital transport connections that join the City, West End, Docklands and the Olympic developments in a convenient and fast moving loop.

As a result of all this enterprise, luxury rental accommodation schemes, retail spaces and hip restaurants are now commonplace all along this stretch of the Thames which fittingly starts with the London Eye, a landmark that has become synonymous with all that is brave and new about the nation's capital city. As a counterpoint to the Eye's futuristic ferris wheel there is, at area's central point, the stark but strangely beautiful Tate Modern museum. A Victorian brick masterpiece, it houses modern art exhibitions of startling variety and ingenuity. Proximity to both City and West End locations together with a varied and ever evolving skyline make the Southbank an inspired option for those wishing to experience London both commercially and artistically.

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St John's Wood, NW8

A classy residential area sitting between Regent's Park and Maida Vale, St John's Wood, NW8 is a wealthy and cosmopolitan area, home to diplomats, city executives, celebrities and overseas residents. A drive in to the West End will take less than 10 minutes. The American School based in Loudoun Road has also made a big impact in the area attracting many US expatriates. Notable landmarks are Lord's Cricket Ground and the Abbey Road recording studios famed by the Beatles.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the St. John's Wood Properties page.

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Swiss Cottage, NW3

These are properties that were recently available and represent a typical selection of the properties we have to offer. Please register with us and we will contact you with details of suitable properties currently available.

To view a typical selection of properties available, please view the Swiss Cottage Properties page.

Vauxhall, SW8

Vauxhall, SW8

For years Vauxhall seemed shackled by roads, railway lines and terminal unhipness. It wasn't vibrant like Brixton, nor did it possess Clapham's genuine village vibe. As with so many regeneration tales in the capital, Vauxhall's salvation lay not in it's more affluent neighbours, but in the body of water that seemingly cuts it off from the bright lights of the West End. Development along this stretch of the River Thames has clearly taken inspiration from the MI5 building which sits next to the Tube station at the southern end of Vauxhall bridge with luxury skyscrapers now seeking to dominate the skyline.

St George's Wharf continues to break new ground in design, amenities and high rise views, providing residents with a water shuttle and sporting some excellent restaurants and bars. Developers realise that a river view is key to Vauxhall's desirability and have moved fast with plans to develop the area around Nine Elms ( where the new U.S embassy will be sited), stretching all the way down to the newly re-imagined Battersea Power Station.

An independently thriving nightlife scene coupled with easily accessible transport links will ensure that Vauxhall will remain a destination in its own right. Its location two stops away on the Victoria Line from the West End make it a favourite for residents who like to meet up with friends after work for shopping, eating and/or catching a show. The Victoria Line also links up with the Eurostar terminus at St Pancras for quick European getaways. For those with a more intrepid spirit, let alone more time, a Thames Clipper service operates from St George's Wharf. This modern riverboat route connects Vauxhall with Chelsea, Westminster, the City and Docklands in fine style and will be a boon to commuters seeking a more leisurely journey into town.

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