London is full of eclectic styles, from the clothes people wear to where they eat, drink and shop. It’s the same with the city’s houses and buildings, with homes, in particular, offering plenty of variety. But what do the houses and apartments in London’s boroughs say about the people behind the front door? Here, we’re looking at the trending home styles in some of London’s most popular boroughs to get a taste of the flavours across the capital.
Not many people associate the City of Westminster with homes. It’s a place of tourist attractions, the Houses of Parliament, entertainment and business. But it’s also a residential area, with a range of people from creative, financial and tech sectors calling the neighbourhoods their own.
Homes come in the form of converted Georgian houses and mews properties in Marylebone, Soho and Mayfair. Over in Victoria, you’ll find smart developments mixed with red brick homes and white-stucco properties in neighbourhoods like Pimlico.
Think sophistication in Marylebone when it comes to interiors, with a French bias reflective of its popular high street. Pimlico has been described as the beating heart of London’s design scene in the past, with stylish furnishings, artworks and must-have antiques found in many SW1 homes.
From the hedge fund managers in Chelsea and Knightsbridge to the artists in Notting Hill, the borough of Kensington and Chelsea offers an eclectic mix of residents. The homes match its different tastes, from pretty pastel-coloured properties in Notting Hill to red brick mansion blocks around Sloane Square.
Then there’s Knightsbridge, which is filled with stylish mews houses and luxury developments, including One Hyde Park. Earl’s Court is where you’ll find white-stucco houses, while Chelsea Harbour is home to new developments with floor-to-ceiling windows, open-plan receptions and modern designs.
Expect to see art adorn the walls and soft colours throughout Chelsea and Kensington homes. Notting Hill is slightly more rugged, with old meeting new in homes where owners aren’t afraid to experiment and go against the grain with locks that blend different styles and motifs to create a unique aesthetic.
If the borough of Chelsea and Kensington is where the singles play in swanky apartments, then Hammersmith and Fulham is where you will find families in houses on the tree-lined streets. Indeed, the family vibe is strong here, and you’ll likely find terraces and semi-detached homes over flats and apartments.
Fulham is a hotspot for anyone with kids, and you can even expect some outdoor space. But what sets Fulham apart from other family-friendly areas? That would be the style, with properties here usually setting trends.
Inside the homes, kitchens tend to have breakfast islands and overlook wall-sized windows leading to the patio and garden. Expect a more homely feel, with layers and patterns in Victorian houses that are just a stone’s throw away from popular schools.
Islington combines popular family homes with properties fit for artistic types. Again, period townhouses are in-demand here, especially with families. You’ll mostly find these in the heart of Islington, just off Upper Street. Other areas, like City Road, are known for their award-winning developments, like 250 City Road.
Renovated period homes are all about centrepiece fireplaces combined with minimalist interiors. In the newer developments, you can expect to find floor-to-ceiling windows with far-reaching views of the capital and wine-cooler kitchens for when you entertain.
Areas like Highbury do well to mix both period and new homes, with the former Arsenal stadium offering unique art deco-inspired homes among many terraces. Islington has a varied mix of residents too, from former Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn to actors Gillian Anderson and Colin Firth.
Tourists visiting Camden may associate the area with an alternative vibe where everyone wears Doc Martens and has piercings and tattoos. But when it comes to the residents of NW1, you’re more likely to find media types living in their townhouses and maisonettes.
Indeed, Georgian homes are high on the agenda for people considering moving to the area. There’s a smattering of new builds too, but in-demand properties are from period eras, including Georgian and Victorian.
Of course, they’re often renovated, offering a sleek look to match Camden Town’s regal reputation. Think Farrow & Ball paintwork and original period features, like fireplaces, and you’re not far off.
The capital is unique and arguably has the most diverse property scene in the world. This is especially true when it comes to the property types and their interiors. It means there’s something for everyone, whether you’re after quirky homes with character or interior-designed properties that look like they should be on the cover of a magazine.
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