London is a city that needs no introduction, and you have probably heard of the exorbitant prices for rent, utilities, and pretty much everything else. The European answer to New York City is an ancient yet very modern town, that manages to combine politics, finance, and technology in a unique and always fun way. When you have a city this big, you will inevitably have richer and poorer areas, something for everyone. In this list we’ll introduce you to the richest districts of London:
Hammersmith is located on the northern bank of the Themes river, as many of the richer districts of London tend to be. It’s characterized by the Hammersmith station, the Charing Cross Hospital, and a few great pubs, located on the river bank. The most notable pub is The Dove, which was frequented by many writers and public figures, such as Ernest Hemingway. Hammersmith isn’t the first place that comes to mind when discussing wealthy London neighborhoods, but it is quickly becoming a very popular and gentrified place, full of everything your heart might desire. It’s also a bit more affordable than the other entries on the list.
City of London
The City, as the City of London of known, is an actual city, within London. This administrative oddity stems all the way from ancient times. This area was inhabited and bustling all the way to the Roman times, and still remains an important hub in the area. Many of London and the World’s most important financial institutions are located here and hundreds of thousands of people work in the City every single day. This small city within the city manages to combine a very unique history (it’s worth doing a guided tour) and some of the flashiest and most modern office buildings found outside of Asia and the US.
Westminster is where the political center of power in London is located, however, it is also one of the most touristy areas, which does ruin the district for many. Here you will find some of the popular landmarks that the city is known for, the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Cathedral. There are, of course, many fancy restaurants, Starbucks at every corner, and a couple of good cafes, but overall, Westminster is more of a touristy spot than a place you want to actually live in. If you are just a visitor to London, do yourself a favor and check it out, but don’t linger.
Kensington and Chelsea
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is the home of many of the richest people in the world, and some of the most prime real estate in the world. The area is surrounded by parks and greenery and walking around makes you feel posh. There is no bigger flex in London than saying you live in Kensington, so if you’re a millionaire and plan of buying some property in London, this is the spot for you. There is a good reason why the prices here are so high, so if you can afford it, do check Kensington and Chelsea out!