Looking for the best new builds to rent in London? We’ve compiled a list of the ten best purpose-built rental developments in the capital, based on the HomeViews Build to Rent Resident Choice Awards 2022. We built this Top 10 using the latest resident reviews of all London’s new rental developments. This gives you the best guide to the perfect new rental home for you.
The developments below cover a diverse range of London areas. From Canary Wharf in the east to Hayes in the west, up to Archway in the north and Croydon in the south, you’re sure to find something that suits you.
Top 10 new builds to rent in LondonWithout further ado, it’s time to see where the best BTR developments are in London. Discover your perfect new build rental property here!
(Note: We’ve listed these developments according to rankings in the HomeViews Build to Rent Resident Choice Awards 2022. These were based solely on reviews leading up to November 2022, so they may differ slightly from the star ratings shown next to each development.)
The Gessner in Tottenham Hale garners near perfect reviews, making it our top choice for young professionals in London. This rental development offers 164 apartments, with a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom layouts. In addition, the development offers a range of amenities, including a gym, smart parcel lockers, free super-fast Wi-Fi and an 24-hour on-site team. Furthermore, residents can enjoy rooftop garden views, cosy lounges and an on-site café.
Read reviews and details of The Gessner, N17
Second place is taken by The Quarters Kilburn. The development is located in north-west London and offers 82 self-contained studios. Additionally, Kilburn Park station is a 5-minute journey away. As a result, residents have easy access to central London, as Euston is only a 7-minute trip. Furthermore, residents have access to parking, a concierge and a lounge.
Read reviews and details of The Quarters Kilburn, NW6
Taking third place is Dressage Court by Essential Living. There are 104 rental-only one, two and three-bedroom apartments at Dressage Court, a development by Essential Living. The development is located in East London. It offers easy access to Bethnal Green’s tube and rail stations, with views towards the City and Canary Wharf. In addition, residents can access a 24-hour on-site team along with shared spaces that are free for all residents to enjoy.
Read reviews and details of Dressage Court, E2
In fourth place, Vantage Point is a Build to Rent development in Archway, in the North London Borough of Islington. It offers 118 homes – a range of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. All Vantage Point residents get access to a great range of on-site features and amenities. These include a 24-hour onsite team, a roof terrace, games room and exercise room. In addition, the development is above Archway London Underground station. Residents are also close to Upper Street, Emirates Stadium and Highgate Village.
Read reviews and details of Vantage Point, N19
Blackhorse Mills takes up the middle position at number 5. This popular development overlooking the wilds of Walthamstow wetlands offers a high level of freedom for its residents, including the right to decorate their apartments. The development also allows pets and includes a lido, a roof terrace, a gym, dining rooms and a yoga studio. Central London is just 20 minutes away on the Victoria Line from Blackhorse Road station.
Read reviews and details of Blackhorse Mills, E17
In sixth place is this development featuring a selection of affordable studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments at 30 Harbord Square in Canary Wharf. Every apartment has been designed to a high-specification and all residents benefit from waterside views of the Thames or westwards towards Canary Wharf. Nearby you’ll find Canary Wharf’s latest neighbourhood, Wood Wharf, and the buzzing residential community set within acres of parks, overlooking the O2 and Greenwich.
Read reviews and details of 30 Harbord Square, E14
Next up we have Union Wharf, a development from London property developer Essential Living. It features 249 rental-only apartments on the banks of Deptford Creek near Greenwich’s town centre. It houses a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. In addition, Union Wharf is close to the Cutty Sark DLR station for fast and frequent connections to Canary Wharf.
Read reviews and details of Union Wharf, SE8
For eighth place we move all the way over to be:here Hayes in West London. This is a sought-after residential development comprising 119 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Alongside the homes here, commercial units are on site for residents to enjoy, including restaurants, leisure amenities and a music venue. In addition, the development is close to Hayes & Harlington station, the M4, M25 and Heathrow Airport, making commuting and international travel a breeze.
Read reviews and details of be:here Hayes, UB3
In ninth, Charter Place is an INSTRATA Lifestyle Residence, managed by Greystar. It features a collection of studios, one, two, and three-bedroom rental homes. Residents have access to an onsite gym, lounge, a private dining room, and co-working spaces. In addition, Charter Place is only a short walk away from Hounslow East Underground station.
Read reviews and details of Charter Place, TW3
And finally, in 10th place we have Greystar’s Sailmakers, a Build to Rent scheme comprising 327 units within the mixed-use Galliard Homes development, Harbour Central. The site is situated on the Isle of Dogs, close to the River Thames and less than a 10-minute walk from the heart of Canary Wharf. In addition, transport links come courtesy of nearby South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf’s DLR and Underground services. Residents enjoy fast and frequent connections to the likes of Bank and Monument.
Read reviews and details of Sailmakers, E14
Purpose-built for rentersVantage Point in Archway – one of the best new builds to rent in LondonAll the developments we listed here are designed specifically for renters like you. Many include outstanding facilities like gyms, communal working areas, concierges and pet-friendly options. Most offer fully furnished options or part-furnished for added flexibility.
However, Build to Rent is not just about including facilities that are attractive to renters. Market-leading BTR developers go the extra mile by offering additional services and rental payment structures that genuinely suit the evolving UK renter demographic. For example, they may offer monthly rental packages that cover all utility bills – a major concern in 2023 as the cost of living crisis deepens.
Other examples of emerging BTR practices include pet-friendly rentals, work-from-home spaces and services, and a focus on community-building events.
We hope our list has given you some inspiration on where to look for your next rental experience. Good luck and good hunting!
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