Seven reasons to live in the City
Walk to work. If you’re based in the City, and buy a flat in the City, you can walk into the office! In 5 minutes! Nothing beats that extra half an hour in bed because you don’t have to commute. But even if you have to get to Canary Wharf or the West End, you’ve got tubes, buses, and Boris bikes on your doorstep, so nowhere in Zone 1 is more than 20 minutes away.
7 reasons to live in the City
- Walk to work. If you’re based in the City, and buy a flat in the City, you can walk into the office! In 5 minutes! Nothing beats that extra half an hour in bed because you don’t have to commute. But even if you have to get to Canary Wharf or the West End, you’ve got tubes, buses, and Boris bikes on your doorstep, so nowhere in Zone 1 is more than 20 minutes away.
- The best restaurants. London has an amazing array of restaurants, but the Square Mile has a particular concentration of them. From super posh SushiSamba at the top of Salesforce Tower, to Coq d’Argent’s stunning terrace in the summer, to meat-lovers heaven at Smiths of Smithfield, living in the City means you’re never far from your next meal.
- Also, the best bars. Thirsty City workers flock to the pubs and bars after work, and you can tell the popularity of a place by the crowds spilling onto the pavement outside it. Buying a flat in the City means you have the pick of watering holes during the week, and when the workers have disappeared at the weekends. We can recommend The Anthologist on Gresham Street for weekday buzz, Pacific Oriental for exotic cocktails to impress a first date, and The Breakfast Club by Liverpool Street for something very different.
- Shopping. One new change is the City’s gleaming new retail mecca, and has transformed the City as a place to live in recent years. Combined with the old fashioned charm of Royal Exchange, and the quirky offerings of Spitalfields, if you want to buy a flat in the Square Mile, you will have to save some of your cash for the temptations nearby!
- Quiet spots. For a centre of commerce and hive of industry, the City of London is also remarkably tranquil. Check out the Barbican, where gentle planting and water features contrast with the iconic 60s architecture; relax in the greenery of Petticoat Square with a view of the Gherkin; or sit on a bench in the gardens around St Pauls Cathedral, to marvel at the centuries-old architecture.
- History. The Square Mile is the most historic part of London. Established in AD50 by invading Romans, it has flourished ever since, building upon millennia of commerce and habitation, each generation stamping its mark on the place. From bustling markets on the sites of medieval fairs, to the seat of power at the Tower of London, to the remnants of the original Roman wall still in place; living in the City is a life surrounded by history.
- Exclusivity. With only 9,000 people currently living in the City, you will be a member of a very exclusive club if you buy a flat in the City too. And with only 200 units under construction, and another 640 in the pipeline, demand for property is high. CBRE’s recent research City Living found that prices in the City are growing at such a rate that they will match prices in prime west end locations in five years’ time. The opportunity to see a significant capital return makes buying a property in the Square Mile more attractive now than ever.