London Neighbourhoods and Real Estate
Most Londoners define the boundaries of Central London as set by the subway Circle Line. The City of London
, an international hub of finance and commerce, is where London began in antiquity. The City boasts a wealth of historical and architectural gems. Yet, Londoners divide the capital city into western and eastern London, and eastern London is where many foreigners live, at least the first few years after arriving in London.
The West End of London is the area where some of the most elite London neighborhoods are. This is where most of main attractions of the city are found. Among these are Hyde Park
, Buckingham Palace
, the British Museum
, and Soho. The West End borders with the Thames to the South. It is spreading beyond the river currently to neighborhoods like the Little Adelphi, John Adam Street, Covent Garden
, where a residential property costs a whopping £645,000. London properties are usually offered with a reception area, double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and terrace. There is also a parking area, security cameras, and elevator.
To the west of the West End are the neighborhoods of Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Chelsea, Bayswater, and Paddington. Other neighborhoods here are Notting Hill and Earl's Court. This is also a very elite and expensive area Ė a place to shop for London luxury real estate.
Historically, the East End was one of London's poorest districts, which all but disappeared after the bombings of the Axis during World War II. The East End incorporates Stepney, Poplar, Bow, Canning Town, West Ham, and other areas. A lot of immigrants live here these days. There are a lot of fashionable bars, clubs, restaurants, and boutiques in this neighborhood. And there is a wide range of London hotels
in East End, ranging from the £39-a-night Sacred Heart Lodge, a 2 star hotel in Hackney (the building dates from the 1600s, but they assure that it has been renovated) to the London Apartments Bethnal Green Hotel, where the rate per room per night starts at £130. This hotel is within walking distance of the Bethnal Green Underground Station, and is equipped with Wi-Fi and elegant decor. There are many other more expensive hotels in the East End as well.
Golders Green is a fairly expensive residential area in the London Borough of Barnet. While the district is known for its Jewish community, many South Asian and Japanese families live here as well. Golders Hill Park is located nearby, with a walled garden, cafť, water garden, pond, and a small zoo.
Docklands is bordered by Tower Bridge
to the west and London City Airport to the east. This neighborhood is a hub of business, with many splendid and upscale residential properties, from Manhattan-style lofts to a vast variety of entertainment venues, malls, and fancy restaurants. Canary Wharf
lies at the center of Docklands. The landmark here is the 240-m high tower, the tallest building in the UK. Beyond the tower, we have a large number of offices, workshops, and houses. There are almost no hotels here, however.
Even if you cannot find a hotel in this area, there are plenty of options. Travelodge is one hotel chain intended for budget travelers. This budget hotel brand operates over 460 hotels, which can be found in most neighborhoods of London. Rooms start at £19, which is if you book in advance. Each room is fitted with an en-suite bathroom, king-sized bed, a remote control color TV, and coffee and tea making facilities. Hotels of this brand also offer snacks and drinks vending, family rooms, and fast check in.