London is known all over the world for offering the finer things in life. And when it comes to luxury apartments, London does not disappoint. We look at ten developments that are considered to be the best in the city by their residents.
Post-pandemic – how are London luxury apartments doing in 2021?
Even in early 2021, we’re living in strange times for London’s property market. This goes double for luxury apartments. London saw a big shift in people moving from the centre of the capital to the outer edges last year.
In early 2021, even though London is enjoying a post-pandemic property price boom, the luxury end of the market simply isn’t. In January, the number of luxury apartments available to rent in London was up by 75% compared to 2020. For the same period, luxury accommodation rental rates fell by around 14% across the capital.
When it comes to sales of London luxury apartments, things aren’t great either. Between November 2020 and January 2021, apartments priced between £1-2 million fell by 8%.
Still, the owners’ loss is the buyers/renters’ gain. With more luxury apartments on the market, alongside dropping prices and rental rates, now’s a good time to shop around. If you are willing to negotiate firmly but fairly, you’ll find owners and landlords willing to listen.
Top 10 luxury apartments in London by resident ratings
For London’s prime apartment developments, there’s a lot of competition to take the top spots. On the surface, it’s hard to know which properties deliver the best facilities, service levels and overall value for money. Thanks to the insights of our HomeViews reviewers, you don’t have to guess.
The following rankings are based purely on what the residents think of each of our top 10 luxury apartment blocks. These cover apartments to rent and buy. Every reviewer gives a star rating for the development’s facilities, design, location, value and management team.
If you want to know more about any of these developments, simply click and explore.
Our top rated development, 10 George Street, rises 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf. With 327 apartments, all of which overlook waterside gardens and boardwalks below, there’s plenty of choice for those in search of the ultimate rental experience. In addition, residents have exclusive access to “Club Vertus.” This includes access to a 24/7 gym studio, self-service bar, private dining room and lounge which opens out onto a large, south-facing terrace. Similarly, the 24-hour concierge is available to sign for parcels, arrange for dry cleaning and welcome you home. Apartments come fully-furnished or unfurnished, how you make it your home is up to you.
Read reviews and details of 10 George Street, E14
Next up is Anthology Hoxton Press, which offers 1-3-bedroom flats for sale. The development was designed by world renowned architects Karakusevic Carson and David Chipperfield. Its two towers, Mono and Duo, dominate the development, which also has a community café and landscaped gardens. In addition, Hoxton is home to a range of artist studios, design and tech businesses and world-class galleries. Residents also enjoy excellent links to the rest of London. Angel and Old Street Underground Stations are close by, as well as Cross Rail from Farringdon and Whitechapel, and Overground services from Hoxton and Essex Road.
Read reviews and details of Hoxton Press, N1
Vantage Point is a Build to Rent development by Essential Living, offering 118 apartments, ranging from studio to 1-2 bedrooms. All Vantage Point residents get access to a wide range of features and amenities. These include a 24-hour onsite team, a roof terrace, games room and exercise room. In addition, the development is above Archway London Underground station in the North London Borough of Islington. Residents are also close to Upper Street, Emirates Stadium and Highgate Village.
Read reviews and details of Vantage Point, N19
The Eagle has landed… at Number 4! This Mount Anvil development is nestled nicely into the City of London. It’s a high-rise building comprising both residential units and commercial space. There are 276 apartments on offer here, all with high-quality design and finish throughout. The Eagle is close to Old Street station and an easy walk from the vibrant London neighbourhoods of Shoreditch and Hoxton.
Read reviews and details of The Eagle, EC1
Frequently described by residents as offering excellent value, Greystar’s Sailmakers offers 327 units across the Harbour Central development. The site is situated on the Isle of Dogs close to the River Thames, and less than a 10-minute walk from the heart of Canary Wharf. In addition, transport links come courtesy of nearby South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf’s DLR and Underground services. Residents love the management team too!
Read reviews and details of Sailmakers, E14
Another rental-only option, Dressage Court offers 104 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The development is located in East London and offers excellent views towards the City and Canary Wharf. There’s easy access to Bethnal Green’s tube and rail stations, while residents can access a 24-hour on-site team along with shared spaces that are free for all residents to enjoy.
Read reviews and details of Dressage Court, E2
No.26 gets top marks among renters for the high-end kitchen appliances, Conran furnishings and king-sized beds in all its apartments. Some even include a private balcony. Residents can bring work closer to home in the co-working area, relax in the communal lounge or spend an evening on the two roof terraces and admire the views from 23 stories up. There’s also a host of nice extras for residents to enjoy, such as free Wi-Fi, on-site security, a gated car park and secure bike storage. In addition, there are no agency fees and the deposit is just one month’s rent, making No.26 a solid prospect for getting your money’s worth.
Read reviews and details of No.26, CR0
Elephant Central is a purpose-built rental development located right in the heart of London’s Elephant & Castle – a zone 1 location with great connections to the City, Oxford Circus, King’s Cross and walking distance to London Bridge, Borough and the South Bank. There’s a mix of, one to three bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses available fully-furnished, with superfast WiFi included and pet friendly. Residents have access to a Club Lounge and Kitchen as well as a Sky Courtyard. There’s a Sainsbury’s and Gymbox right on the doorstep as well as independent restaurants and will be ideally positioned next to Castle Square – a new pop-up retail and leisure destination.
Read reviews and details of Elephant Central, SE1
With excellent views and facilities, Bradstowe House makes the list by giving residents excellent apartment options in the heart of Harrow. Built by Comer Houses and now managed by Greystar, this rental development offers one and two-bedroom apartments. There are also a number of desirable penthouses available. All residents at Bradstowe House also have access to an onsite gym, lounge and 24hr concierge.
Read reviews and details of Bradstowe House, HA1
A very popular scheme to finish the list, Deptford Foundry is a mixed-use development by Anthology London. Set into the site of an old metal foundry built in the 1800s, the development is uniquely charming and residents love the complementary design of the apartments. Deptford Foundry offers more than 300 homes, complete with balcony or private terrace/garden options.
Read reviews and details of Deptford Foundry, SE14
If you’re looking for more London apartments with genuine wow factor, check out our list of properties with outstanding riverside views. Alternatively, if you want to make the move out of central London, our list of top spots in Zone 4 is certainly worth a glance.
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