Moving to London’s East Side
A big benefit of east London apartments is their affordability relative to the west. Pockets of this area are still regarded as up-and-coming, with gentrification moving in and increasing at faster rates, which in turn ends up raising rent prices. Nonetheless, if you do encounter high rents, you’ll find that you generally get more space for them than you would westward bound—as opposed to flats, for instance, you can find more reasonably priced options for houses in London here.
In the borough of Hackney, Dalston is one such neighborhood that has seen more development recently, perhaps due in part to the revamped and re-opened Dalston Junction station providing the area with additional transport links. This was once a big area for cinema and music, a scene that has diminished in recent decades; however, the Rio still stands as one of London’s last indie cinemas, and if not as dominant a center as it was in the ’70s and ’80s, Dalston retains its music culture with various alternative and jazz music venues, such as The Nest and Vortex Jazz Club at the Dalston Culture House. It’s also relatively close to the trendy and arty neighborhoods of Shoreditch and Islington, with green space as a peaceful, downtime alternative accessible at Hackney Downs and London Fields (for more substantially open options, head a couple miles east to Hackney Marsh and Victoria/Deer Park). As for shopping, Ridley Road Market sells a diverse array of global foods, and Kingsland Road is a main thoroughfare for shops (from small boutiques to the Kingsland Shopping Centre), pubs, and cafés.
Central Dalston apartments have closest access to either Dalston Junction or Dalston Kingsland Overground rail stations; Canonbury, Haggerston, and Hackney Central Overground stations also form a semicircle around Dalston from west to east in case you end up finding apartments closer to those areas. Otherwise, Hackney Downs and London Fields railway stations to the east service Greater Anglia trains, while Essex Road station to the west in Islington services National Rail. About a dozen bus routes run through Dalston, but docking stations for Barclays bikes unfortunately don’t extend this far north (the closest they come is Haggerston).
Finding Dalston Apartments
Since the London rentals market doesn’t use MLS (by which separate estate agencies share their property listings), one way to optimize your viewings of Dalston apartments is visiting several different estate agents in that neighborhood. Unfortunately, even if you can take the days off it would require to see a decent sampling (and don’t mind the legwork commuting back-and-forth for each appointment at each office), given the time it could take, you could easily lose out on flats with the slightest hesitation in this fast-moving market.
Another way, then, to optimize your viewings of Dalston apartments is to let London Relocation deal with coordinating the neighborhood estate agents and take only one day off to view the 18 to 25 properties we arrange for you. That’s exhausting the market for applicable London flats in your budget, available for your time frame, and meeting your tastes and lifestyle requirements.
Yet as a relocation agency we handle more than just finding flats in London. We’ll assist you with the assorted logistics involved in moving to London, and, after negotiating your lease and rent, we’ll see to it that you’re moved in without a hitch, fielding all questions as they arise so you feel settled and confident.