Where are the best places to live in West London? We let the residents decide. Residents of West London’s boroughs have rated their developments to give us a shortlist of the highest-rated new homes in the region. Are you looking for the best flats to buy or rent in West London? Make sure these 10 are on your shortlist.
What counts as West London?The Victorian Temperate House at Kew GardensWest London is a large and informally-defined area offering a wide range of price points for property hunters. As you’d expect, prices tend to fall as you move outwards away from more central areas. However, West London locations in zones 3 and 4 like Richmond, Kew and Chiswick still command high prices. This is because they offer easy access to Central London along with beautiful properties in prestigious neighbourhoods.
Locations on the outer edge of West London and beyond are set to benefit substantially from the (eventual) opening of the Elizabeth line. The new line runs through Ealing and Hillingdon before leaving London. From there, it heads west through South Bucks and Slough to terminate at Reading.
Outer West London stops such as Hayes, Southall and Hanwell have already seen major redevelopment in anticipation of the new services running directly into Central London. (Read our recent article Crossrail towns for Londoners escaping westwards for more details).
10 best places to live in West LondonWest London includes a number of areas undergoing significant development. As London expands, more peripheral areas such as Hounslow and Hayes are seeing major investment, alongside Acton, Brentford and White City.
Verified residents have rated the developments below as the best available in the region. This includes new West London homes to rent and to buy, offering something for everyone!
*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how many reviews a scheme has and how recently those reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. Buildings with a larger number of more recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.
At the top of the pile in West London is be:here Hayes, a rental-only residential development comprising 119 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. It offers commercial units including restaurants, leisure amenities and a music venue. In addition, the development is close to Hayes & Harlington station, the M4, M25 and Heathrow Airport.
Read reviews and details of be:here Hayes, UB3
Second place is taken by Charter Place, 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 on-site 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
At number three we have Fizzy Hayes UB3, a residential development of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, managed by Greystar. It’s in south Hayes, right near Hayes & Harlington Station, and just a short drive from London Heathrow Airport. The development also sits between two popular green spaces – Minet Country Park and Lake Farm Country Park.
Read reviews and details of Fizzy Hayes, UB3
The one, two and three-bedroom homes at The Lock offer carefully designed spaces – just one reason why the development has been voted into fourth place. Additionally, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the canal and beyond provide plenty of natural light. Greenford Quay offers everything you need to make the most of London, combining peace and quiet with fun and accessibility. Central London, with its choice of live venues, clubs, cinemas and theatres, is just 30 minutes away.
Read reviews and details of The Lock at Greenford Quay, UB6
Jumping up a few places to fifth, Apo Kew Bridge is a Build to Rent development in Brentford. It is located adjacent to Kew Bridge station and is a short walk to Gunnersbury Park and Kew Gardens. In addition, residents benefit from an on-site residents’ gym, ‘The Local,’ a residents lounge and a co-working space. The Local opens out onto one of the three private roof terraces. Apo Kew Bridge offers well-being studios and meeting rooms for private hire. As well as this, residents can enjoy free Wi-Fi and a deposit free option. Similarly, there is a resident host who is on-site seven days a week.
Read reviews and details of Apo Kew Bridge, TW8
Another recent riser (due to lots of positive reviews!) is The Green Quarter, which is considered one of the most significant regeneration projects in the UK and is set to become one of the most biodiverse developments. It has had a transforming effect on the local landscape with wetlands, parks, community areas and acres of green open spaces. The development offers a selection of suites as well as one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The Crossrail Station is just a short stroll away for those commuting into Central London. Likewise, Heathrow Airport, the M4 and M25 are also within close proximity.
Furthermore, residents can access exclusive facilities. These include a concierge service, gym, lounge and co-working space, swimming pool and a coffee station. Similarly, the forthcoming commercial hub will provide shops, bars and restaurants situated around a new town square.
Read reviews and details of The Green Quarter, UB1
Taking seventh place in the best places to live in West London, it’s Atrium Point. This rental development is by Network Homes, situated on Sudbury Hill in the former ‘Kellogg Tower’ building, which was originally constructed as headquarters for IBM (and known as ‘The Big Blue’ in the 1960s). The development features a range of 263 studio, one and two-bedroom apartments for rent, with facilities including an on-site concierge service, a gym, communal areas and a roof terrace. Sudbury Hill Harrow station is just a quarter of a mile away.
Read reviews and details of Atrium Point, UB6
There’s a newcomer to the Top 10 at number eight. The Rehearsal Rooms is a rental-only development managed by Savills, and it’s right next door to North Acton Station. There are 173 units here, which range from one to three-bedroom apartments. The building overlooks Victoria Road and is next to Acton Cemetery.
With high scores across the board, it’s a star performance from The Rehearsal Rooms!
Read reviews and details of The Rehearsal Rooms, W3
In ninth, High Street Quarter is a new development built around a new public square, that sits in the centre of Hounslow. High Street Quarter consists of one, two and three bedroom homes, each with a balcony or terrace. Additionally, there are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby, as well as a multiplex cinema. The development is just a 5-minute walk to Hounslow Central tube stations, and a 10-minute walk to Hounslow Station.
Read reviews and details of High Street Quarter, TW3
Finishing off the top 10 in West London is Tillermans at Greenford Quay. A development by Greystar, this Built to Rent has 379 residential units. Located in Ealing, the development is in-between Greenford, Sudbury Hill and Sudbury Hill Harrow stations, which have connections to the Piccadilly and Central lines as well as Chiltern Railways and GWR services.
Read reviews and details of Tillermans at Greenford Quay, UB6
Which areas are in West London?The London Plan sub-region of West London covers the area to the west of Kensington & Chelsea. Starting at the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham to the east and stretching out to Hillingdon and Hounslow in the west, West London reaches up to the northerly tip of Harrow and down to the southerly tip of Richmond-upon-Thames.
Hammersmith Bridge, which (when open) connects Barnes with HammersmithHowever, there are many variations and informal definitions of West London. Many of these would not, for example, include the section of Richmond-upon-Thames that lies to the south of the river. Some would also consider Westminster and the West End to be part of West London rather than Central.
West London postcodesAs well as the obvious ‘W’ prefix postcodes, West London also includes many ‘SW’, ‘UB’, ‘HA’ and ‘TW’ prefix postcodes. For example, Fulham covers the SW6 postcode. However, it is generally considered to fall within West London rather than the South West.
What is West London known for?The West Stand at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground in Fulham (image: Vespa125125CFC)West London is perhaps best known for its prosperous, leafy suburbs, such as Fulham, Chiswick, Ealing and parts of Notting Hill, Maida Vale and Richmond-upon-Thames. Heathrow Airport, located in the borough of Hillingdon, is one of the region’s largest employers. The University of West London also has a major impact on the area, with 47,000 students in attendance.
The Hammersmith Apollo is one of London’s premier concert venues, while Shepherds Bush is the location for one of the city’s two Westfield shopping centres. Hammersmith & Fulham boasts three top football clubs: Chelsea F.C, Fulham F.C. and Queens Park Rangers, while Brentford’s business park is home to a large number of corporate headquarters for companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, BskyB and Allianz.
Is West London safe?Much of West London is a very safe place to live. Richmond is the London area with the lowest crime rate of all, according to the most recent police figures from the Metropolitan Police. Meanwhile, Westminster is often cited as the London borough with the highest overall crime rate. However, this is mainly due to the large number of tourists targeted by thieves.
If you’re interested in finding out more about life in West London, take a look at our guide to the area below. From there you can also find listings for both sales and rental properties available in the region.
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