Moving to London’s West Side
While there are more suburban-like neighborhoods the further west you go, flats for rent in London’s more central West End are situated in a hive of activity. This premium locale is within close reach of iconic London sites like Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and Big Ben as well as London’s world-class theatre district spanning Leicester Square, Covent Garden, and Piccadilly.
And while its boundaries can be vague given differences across time and opinion, the Soho neighborhood (not to be confused with NYC’s SoHo) generally stretches from Piccadilly Circus/Shaftesbury Avenue in the south to Oxford Street in the north, with Regent Street to the west and Charing Cross Road to the east. Encompassing one of the city’s premier shopping and clubbing districts, Soho is comprised of a labyrinth of both boutique and high street stores, intimate and diverse restaurants, and a hopping night scene. The famous Oxford and Regent Streets are like New York’s 5th and Madison Avenues or Chicago’s Michigan Avenue (a.k.a., the “Magnificent Mile”) whereas Carnaby Street’s picturesque network of alleyways offers a tucked-away (yet still teeming with life) alternative; it’s filled with small shops, pubs, and cafés as well as the famed Liberty department store renowned for its gorgeous fabrics.
Yet not all Soho apartments are caught in the commerce—charming garden squares like Golden Square and Soho Square offer peaceful oases, and it’s surprising how quiet other side streets become once off the surrounding main thoroughfares. Soho is also in close proximity to Green Park, St. James’s Park, and Hyde Park.
In addition to all the amenities and entertainment one could ask for, Soho apartments enjoy access to abundant public transport options. Soho essentially has tube stations at each of its corners—Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo, and Victoria lines), Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines), Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern lines), and Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central lines)—and is serviced by dozens of individual bus routes heading in all directions. And if you fancy riding a bike to work or just for play, there are seven docking stations in the area for Barclays cycle hire.
Finding Soho Apartments
The primary challenges of finding London apartments for rent are narrowing down which neighborhood to live in and then viewing a large enough sample of properties there to make an informed decision. With all the trade-offs out there, the chances discovering London apartments that tick all the boxes in any given area at any given time are greatly reduced when you can only see at most a handful each day you devote to the search. London estate agents don’t use a multiple listing system, you see, that would allow them to share their listings with other local agencies—which means you can’t see all available options by visiting only one office. To find ideal Soho apartments, then, you’ll need to visit as many different estate agencies as you can that are located in the neighborhood itself, as each office only holds stock in its immediate area.
London Relocation, on the other hand, offers an all-inclusive solution to this predicament. We’re expats who’ve experienced the trials of moving to London and practically do back-flips to ensure our clients don’t suffer through the same obstacles. Overcoming the MLS issue is our forte, as we’ll filter as many as 25 Soho apartments for you to view in only one day. We chauffeur you to each one so you can see a truly exhaustive representation of what Soho has to offer in terms of your time frame, budget, personal preferences, and other criteria. And we educate you on the area and local London rentals market so there are no nasty surprises along the way and you can feel confident you’re making a thorough, well-thought-out decision.
100% of our clients have found their perfect London flats this way and moved in as soon as one to three days after their viewings, and you’ll receive the same efficient, personalized service from the moment you phone us to well after you’ve unpacked and continue to settle in.