Moving to London’s Southwest Side
If you’re looking for southwest London apartments for rent, the SW postcodes (“SW” for “Southwest”) vary significantly from each other. To start, there’s the north/south divide between those on either side of the River Thames. There are also those that feel more open, green, and suburban the further southwest you go, whereas some closer to the city center (particularly south of the river) feel notably more urban. In general, however, the SW postcodes north of the river enjoy a balance of leafy residential streets and bustling shopping districts and city attractions.
The Victoria area experiences a lot of traffic due to its major rail station, hotels, businesses, and proximity to Buckingham Palace, but between there and Sloane Square are strikingly quiet streets of some of the most regal Victorian houses in London, such as those around Eaton Square. The activity picks up again as you enter Sloane Square, but those that are out and about are primarily locals versus tourists. A hive of activity, the square’s central green park is surrounded by stylish restaurants and stores meeting mid-to-high budgets, including the sizable Peter Jones (John Lewis) department store, Tiffany’s, and the usual high street shops like Zara.
Cutting southwest into Chelsea, the Kings Road offers more shops and markets for food, fashion, or homewares without the mania of Oxford and Regent Streets. Cutting southeast toward Pimlico, Pimlico Road offers a concentration of eclectic boutiques and art galleries. And cutting northwest into Knightsbridge, Sloane Street becomes a Rodeo Drive of London with one high-end designer store after another (such as Gucci, Dior, and Valentino) paving the way to Harvey Nichols and Harrods department stores just below Hyde Park. Amidst a shopper’s paradise and with ample access to green space (such as Ranleigh Gardens on the Chelsea Embankment and Battersea Park just across the river), Sloane Square apartments offer a quality lifestyle.
They’re also ideally situated for public transport. Sloane Square tube station services the Circle and District lines and ten different bus routes. There are also two docking stations for renting Barclays bikes in the square itself and several others scattered around the neighborhood. Should the Sloane Square apartments you consider fall west or north of the square, South Kensington or Knightsbridge tube stations can be accessed for the Piccadilly line; otherwise, just to the east is Victoria station servicing the Victoria, Circle, and District lines as well as Network Rail lines.
Finding Sloane Square Apartments
Searching for flats for rent in London is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it, right? Well, you might want to strongly consider having that “someone” be us at London Relocation. We now have 40 years combined experience of working and living here, but back when it was our turn to be first moving to London, we expats learned the tough way how differently the property market works here. We North Americans in particular were shocked to find that the London rentals market doesn’t use MLS so that separate agencies can share their respective listings of London flats with each other. So not only does this mean that you can only visit agencies in a particular neighborhood to see that neighborhood’s apartments (they’re extremely localized that way), but you also have to visit several different agencies in order to see all the eligible properties out there.
We centralize this process as your single point of contact. We’ll coordinate with all the separate agencies to screen Sloane Square apartments for the ones that meet your needs—as well as take care of any other relocation requirements you have, such as setting up a UK bank account. We’ll then chauffeur you to the 18 to 25 flats that best match your criteria (in just one day), negotiate your lease and rent, and see you through the to end to make sure you’re safely settled in. London apartments are only one piece of the relocation puzzle—your all-around peace of mind moving and living here is our central priority.