London is renowned for its foodie scene, huge variety of green open spaces and parks, historic museums, landmarks and art galleries. It’s no surprise then that it was recently crowned the best city in the world to live in, for the fifth year running, by Best Cities.
It might be a year-round hotspot, but there’s no better time to enjoy the capital than in the sunshine. So, for those who are spending summer in the city this year, we’ve rounded up five of the best spots to live to enjoy all the capital has to offer – who needs to leave the city?!
The Square Mile offers far more than its reputation as a global and economic business hub. Its eclectic and ever-growing lifestyle has moved it beyond the 9-5 into a 24/7 destination at the forefront of the capital’s social scene.
With Michelin-starred dining at the likes of Bob Bob Ricard City, City Social and Galvin La Chapelle, world-renowned private members’ clubs including The Ned, and retail destinations such as The Royal Exchange, plus many of London’s best-loved historic landmarks and institutions, there’s plenty to keep locals entertained every day of the week.
One of the newest, and most exciting addresses to come to the market in the City is The Haydon, by leading developer Regal London. Located in Aldgate, residents of the 87 luxury residences will be in the heart of the action, offering modern city living at its very best and bringing together exceptionally designed apartments in an exciting, well-connected pocket of the capital (prices start from £625,000; www.regal-london.co.uk).
Similarly, Canary Wharf was also once known as a centre for corporate businesses. However, it has undergone an exciting transformation, led by Canary Wharf Group, creating a highly sought-after location rich with fantastic restaurants, culture and leisure amenities, as well as hundreds of residents calling the area home.
Surrounded by water and with an abundance of green spaces to soak up the sunshine, there’s a surprisingly relaxed lifestyle on offer in Canary Wharf, from open water swimming in Middle Dock (with views of the iconic One Canada Square) through to one of the area’s many al fresco dining terraces or its Summer Screens – where residents and visitors can catch the most exciting games, races and championships all summer long.
One development benefiting from all that Canary Wharf has to offer is One Park Drive (prices start from £650,000, www.oneparkdrive.co.uk). Sitting at the heart of Canary Wharf’s residential neighbourhood, Wood Wharf, One Park Drive rises 58-storeys and comprises 468 residential apartments, alongside exciting new amenities such as a private lounge area, library, cinema and exclusive 20-metre pool, gym, studio space and spa.
St John’s Wood
One of London’s most affluent and prestigious areas, what makes this pocket of London perfect for summer (or year-round, for that matter), is Regent’s Park. One of London’s most famous parks and spanning 410 acres, there are endless opportunities to explore and find a slice of the countryside in the capital. Plus, it’s home to the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground, where match days scheduled throughout the summer mean sports fans can get their fix.
A rare new build address for the area, One St John’s Wood overlooks the iconic sports ground, as well as across Regent’s Park – including from the impressive communal roof terrace. There’s currently an exclusive new collection of three-bedroom, dual-aspect penthouses on offer, which sit alongside an exceptional suite of private residents’ amenities reminiscent of the world’s finest five-star hotels (prices are POA; www.regal-london.co.uk).
With the famous Leather Lane Market – which has been running for almost 400 years – positioned at the heart of Farringdon, this central London neighbourhood has one of the most eclectic food and drink scenes in the capital. Paired with its proximity to much-loved institutions like the British Museum, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the Barbican Centre and The British Library, it’s a true hotspot for those looking for a summer culture fix – be it history, art, theatre or music.
Farringdon is even home to Europe’s largest sorting office – the Mount Pleasant Mail Centre. Sharing the unique location of the existing 132-year Royal Mail sorting office is Postmark – a new mixed-use neighbourhood. Developer Taylor Wimpey Central London is transforming this landmark address with almost 700 homes, extensive new green space and a great mix of retail spaces.
Within the recent phases, Signature Place and Folio Gardens, where prices start from £980,000, residents of the luxuriously designed apartments also enjoy access to premium residents’ amenities (www.postmarklondon.co.uk).
Over in east London, the Lower Lea Valley is currently undergoing rapid change, and one development well placed to benefit from the combined effect of the new Lea River Park and 2012 Olympic Legacy – which is transforming this area of East London – is Poplar Riverside. This new development by St William is bringing 2,800 new homes, a new school and park, as well as a gym, creche, shops, restaurants and cafes (prices start from £484,000; www.poplar-riverside.co.uk)
With future plans to provide a new pedestrian bridge over the River Lea, residents at Poplar Riverside will enjoy a pleasant and convenient walking route directly to the City. With East India and Canning Town Stations less than a 15-minute walk away also means residents can access Waterloo in 13 minutes, Westminster in 17 minutes and Bond Street in 22minutes – all of which provide a plethora of attractions and activities.