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January is generally a time when lots of people move (for one reason or another) so iCandy spoke to the MD of Property Inspirations Property Finders; Lucy Jakubowska to tell us where’s currently hot to live. Check out these areas if you fancy a great bachelor pad in central London with the appropriate local amusements!

Notting Hill, W11, Zone 2

If rumour is true and Robbie Williams lived here in his bachelor days then surely Notting Hill is the place to be!  His apartment was recently on the market for over £3 million and spread over 4 floors with double height ceilings and a private roof garden would have been great for entertaining!

Good transport links, including the Central Line makes an easy (yet packed) commute direct to Bank great for all those City bachelors.

There is a fantastic selection of bars, restaurants, boutique shops just around the corner from peaceful residential streets.  The hustle and bustle and delicious food stalls of Portobello Market are always a favourite past time for the morning after!

Notting Hill is in the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington and can offer the property hunter anything from grand houses to converted flats in Victorian buildings or apartments in new build complexes.

Prices to buy a 1 bed pad in the heart of the area start at around £300,000.

Rental prices for a 1 bed flat range from approx £350 per week.

Pimlico, SW1, Zone 1

Pimlico has a very picturesque village corner with cafes, restaurants and niche shops, just hidden from the hectic inner city main roads.

The most desirable residential areas in the heart of Pimlico lie between Belgrave Road, Westmoreland Terrace, Lupus Street and Eccleston Square. Along with the period flat conversions the area has also seen many new build apartment buildings pop up near to the river Thames.

Pimlico is a small area in the City of Westminster and is served by the Victoria Line tube.  Victoria Station with national trains and buses are only a short walk away.

Along with the some good traditional pubs and bars, Pimlico is walking distance to Tate Britain, Chelsea College of Art and Design and a few West End theatres.

Buying a one bed property in central Pimlico will cost anything from around £350,000.

Rental prices for a 1 bed flat range from approx £375 per week.

Chelsea Harbour, SW10, Zone 2

If you want something super posh to impress the ladies, then Chelsea Harbour, not far from Pimlico will do the job.  A very exclusive complex built in the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington, on the Thames and perfect for those needing to harbour their yacht!

Just a short walk from the Kings Road and Fulham with their upmarket bars, restaurants and boutique shops it’s a good place for shopping and entertainment.

The new Imperial Wharf station on the new Overground Line, closest to Chelsea Harbour gives easy access to both Clapham Junction and the Westfield shopping centre whilst Fulham Broadway (District Line) is the closest underground station.

Buying a one bed property here will set you back anything from around £700,000.

Rental prices for a decent 1 bed flat range from approx £575 per week.

Shad Thames, SE1, Zone1

If you fancy going east but still want to be next to the river then Shad Thames is worth considering.  Almost in the shadow of the Shard (London’s tallest building to be, in construction), it is packed with converted warehouses which can make impressive apartments with floor to ceiling windows, spacious interiors and dramatic views of the Thames.  There are a number of new build apartment buildings that are worth looking at too.

It’s a popular location to live for the City boys and girls partly due to it being the perfect place for an easy commute to the City being only a short walk from Tower Hill and London Bridge.

Shad Thames is in the London Borough of Southwark and is south of the river.  The nearest tube is Tower Hill served by the District Line, Circle Line and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

There is a good range of bars and independent restaurants in the area, some on the edge of the Thames. Bermondsey High Street is close by and well known for its many bars and restaurants.

Starting prices for a one bed property to buy in Shad Thames are around £400,000.

Rental prices for a decent 1 bed flat range from approx £400 per week.

Shoreditch, EC2. E2, Zone 2

Staying east but going north of the river is Shoreditch which has seen a lot of regeneration in the past couple of decades.  Also being close to the Olympic Park the area should only continue to improve.

Shoreditch is in the borough of Hackney and borders the trendy areas of Spitalfields and Hoxton.

With the station at Shoreditch now up and running it makes it easy to access and Liverpool Street and Old street stations are close by too.

Shoreditch is a great location to live especially at weekends with Columbia Road and Spitalfields markets down the road.  Considered by some as the best nightlife in London this can be followed by a great curry at a restaurant along the famous Brick Lane! You can get more for money living in Shoreditch, and with its mix of property to buy this proves popular among the young professionals.

Prices for one bed property here start at around £280,000.

Rental prices for a 1 bed flat range from approx £275 per week.

Why not save your time and stress and have your perfect home found for you?  Contact Property Inspirations Property Finders in London to find out more! www.propertyinspirations.com

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