Before embarking on a London relocation our agents are able to guide and advise on every aspect of moving to London. The UK’s capital city has global appeal with many companies choosing London for their corporate headquarters and the city is well known for supporting business and embracing opportunity.
For the Assignee considering London relocation, there are many opportunities to create an exciting new life in one of the developed world’s most culturally diverse cities. London is made up from a tapestry of boroughs, each with their own community feel, social demographics, architecture and housing stock.
At first the choice for an Assignee moving to London can seem bewildering, but our expert London relocation consultants have many years of knowledge to help an Assignee make a well informed decision about how to successfully relocate to London.
Here is an overview of just some of the areas a business or Assignee may wish to consider as part of their London relocation.
For those thinking of relocating to London, working and living in Central London has widespread appeal amongst corporate institutions and the relocating international Assignee. Famous for being home to Buckingham Palace, offering the most quintessentially English architecture available in London with chances to see how the English Royal Family lives. The popular areas of central London presents many famously renowned and culture rich locations such as Hyde Park, Oxford Circus, Regents Street, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, Covent Garden, Westminster, and The West End.
From Marylebone, Mayfair, Bond Street into St. James, Convent Garden, Leicester Square and across to The Strand, the architecture is predominately Victorian style along with Edwardian mansion blocks, modern contemporary styles and 1970s buildings. The well-maintained squares such as Trafalgar Square, Berkeley Square and Connaught Square near Marble Arch all present the depth of history that is available in London.
Many people are drawn to central London for the abundance of opportunities the City offers, from the cosmopolitan bars and restaurants, the arts scenes to the business life and landscapes.
Central London is home to 100 of Europe’s biggest companies, with HSBC and Lloyds TSB locating their headquarters in this region of London, highlighting London’s dominant presence in the finance and banking sector. Central London continues to be a safe haven for international investors and relocating companies, encouraged by the City’s stance and recognition in numerous global markets. Such developments and investments include One Hyde Park which stands out in the global community for it luxury and splendour, reflecting the architecture and sumptuous living central London offers.
North London presents the green open spaces of Hampstead Heath, with its popular swimming ponds, Regents Park and Primrose Hill, as well as Coram’s Field. On the other hand, the cosmopolitan area of north London also offers a collection of bars, restaurants and designer stores.
The admired villages of St John’s Wood, Belsize Park, Hampstead and Highgate all offer a welcome retreat from central London, yet are all within easy access of the city centre. Many commuters to the City live in or around the trendy town of Islington, home to the beautiful squares Cloudesley (1820s) and Milner (1840s), with many transport links to the City and many international airports.
In 2012 the East End experienced great regeneration and investment to create the Olympic Park, proposing new employment prospects and alternative housing to the east of London.
East London is known to be a trendy place to live with a truly independent offering compared to its wealthy London neighbours. Whilst all of London has a multicultural population, east London particularly provides a variety of international and independent eateries, bars, markets and galleries.
South East London
The south bank of the River Thames stretches across the South East of London, and extends from this central point down to Croydon, and as far east as Woolwich. The River Thames is a famous landmark that many are drawn to in the south east of London, along with the London eye as a popular tourist destination.
The World Heritage Site at Greenwich includes the Royal Observatory where South East London is undergoing significant regeneration of the previously run down industrial wastelands. The historic early Victorian and late Georgian architecture existing currently in south east London is soon to be accompanied by a number of contemporary 21st century developments.
The underground and over ground network is now linked, starting at Vauxhall’s Nine Elms and heading eastwards into Kennington and Elephant and Castle, placing these south east areas within reach of the City.
South West London
The central postcode in south west London is SW1, home to the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, Belgravia and the Westminster Village. Knightsbridge is home to the world famous department store Harrods.
The Tate Britain art gallery in Pimlico and the Natural History Museum is to name a few of the dynamic art scenes found in south west London.
Wimbledon, the well known home of English tennis, along with Putney Commons, Richmond Park and Kew gardens are home to some of the best schooling in the Greater London area. Additionally, these areas are all within a short journey on London’s efficient public transport system.
Battersea, in south west London, are about to witness the move of the American Embassy from Mayfair’s mansion to a new futuristic cube, which will be able to house more employees as well as adding to the rich architecture in South West London.
West London is swimming with prime London properties, especially in the regions of Hammersmith Shepherds bush and Kensington, which attract the most prestigious of residents.
This active region within London offers some of the most well known shopping streets and reputable areas such as Kensington High Street with an abundance of shops, and Westfields shopping centre full of designer labels. Notting Hill is in high demand for properties with its unique and well regarded establishments.
Heathrow Airport is no more than half an hour away, providing the perfect location for the international business traveller. For those working in and around the City commuting times average between 45 minutes and one hour.back to UK Relocation Area Guides