Moving to London’s East Side
East London is very easily underestimated by those first moving to London. With an industrial, impoverished past and having been devastated by World War II bombing, it’s certainly made of tough stuff and has been a real phoenix rising from the ashes in recent years.
Whitechapel is one east neighborhood that has drawn more and more young professionals looking for a short commute to the city center at a reasonable rent. Whitechapel apartments come in a mixture of offerings, from surviving Victorian terraces to repurposed churches and breweries to newly constructed luxury apartment buildings. They get more expensive going toward the City, but those near the Royal London Hospital are still a value.
Whitechapel has an artistic scene as represented by its renowned (and recently expanded) Whitechapel Gallery, and its bars and nightclubs have become popular venues for punk rock. Infamous among tourists as the scene of Jack the Ripper’s crimes, today’s Whitechapel is better known among locals for its diverse cultural population and colorful markets like Whitechapel Market and Petticoat Lane Market—just north of the neighborhood’s general boundaries are also the Spitalfields Market, Sunday UpMarket, and Brick Lane Market. This last one is located on the road of same name running north-south through Whitechapel and lined with restaurant after restaurant serving London’s best curry, reflective of the large Bangladeshi demographic living there.
There are multiple transport stations in the area depending on where you look for Whitechapel apartments. Toward the neighborhood’s northeastern corner, Whitechapel Overground and Underground (District and Hammersmith & City lines) stations are closest; to the southeast is Shadwell DLR (Docklands Light Rail) and Overground station. Toward the southwest corner are Aldgate (Circle, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith & City) and Aldgate East (District and Hammersmith & City), and the northwest edge isn’t a far walk from Shoreditch High Street Overground station. This area is also very close to Liverpool Street station for additional transport links by rail and bus. Five bus routes run from Whitechapel itself, and there are almost a dozen Barclays bike docking stations interspersed through the neighborhood.
Finding Whitechapel Apartments
Kicking off your search for flats for rent in London starts with knowing the area you want to live in (since lettings agencies’ listings are so highly localized) and, sometimes, knowing where in that area you want to live. As is the case in any city, the delightful can be juxtaposed with the dodgy, and in east London in particular, the street you live on could make all the difference for your experience of it. Educating yourself on the local vicinity, then, is important, and you can contact anyone at London Relocation for advice on Whitechapel or other neighborhoods—the chat is free, whether you eventually hire our services or not!
Equipped with your super area knowledge, then, you’ll next need to visit several Whitechapel lettings offices to view as many apartments there as you can. Why several offices? Because this fine London rentals market of ours doesn’t yet use MLS by which its various lettings agencies could share their listings of London flats with each other. This leaves you with an incomplete picture of your options when you visit only one agency.
Annoying, right? Tell us about it. As expats who have made the relocation to London, we, too, had to grapple with this fantastically inefficient system, and we decided to do something about it so that you won’t have to. Taking you to view 18 to 25 Whitechapel apartments in one day—what’s that? Yes, yes, we did just say ONE day—we’ll show you an exhaustive representation of what the neighborhood can offer within your budget, time frame, and other specifications, and we do it quickly enough that you won’t lose out on your top choice (London apartments are very high-turnover, going off the market almost as soon as they’re on it).
And we won’t just leave it at that. Even after we’ve negotiated your lease and seen that you’ve moved in all right, we’ll stay on hand to help sort out any necessities you require to really feel at home after moving to London.