HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVE – YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO LONDON’S MOST EXCLUSIVE AREAS

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Belsize Park London

Exploring London is a truly unique experience and it’s fair to say that there is something for everyone, of all ages, tastes and interests. From the impressive architecture, historical sites and beautiful parks to high-end boutiques, Michelin starred dining and world class art galleries, this is a city that buzzes with things to do and places to go, with options for those with deep pockets and small budgets alike. There is another side to London however that makes any visit memorable – that of indulgence and luxury.

There are a number of high end neighbourhoods in London just ripe for exploring, even if you can’t imagine ever being able to afford a property there yourself. Take a walk down the picturesque streets, have a look at where some of London’s rich and famous live, and get a feel for some of the nicest parts of the city in our essential guide to the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.

Belsize Park

Belsize Park is an area in the north-west of London, close to both Camden Town and Hampstead Town. As a primarily residential borough in one of the most sought after postcode’s the city has to offer, it’s home to some truly impressive properties. It’s a popular choice for the celebrity elite and Kate Moss, Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Laurie and Gwyneth Paltrow are all said to be residents. If you’re looking for high end London houses then Belsize Park is the place to go. The roads are adorned with townhouses and Victorian properties, and there are lots of restaurants, bars and cafes as well as some of the best views in Central London.

Chelsea

Chelsea is one of London’s most affluent areas and a melting pot of one off boutiques, exclusive stores, galleries and cafes. In fact, hit show ‘Made in Chelsea’ follows in the footsteps of the upper class elite that live here. Though Chelsea has a relatively bohemian and musical past, things have changed and now you’ll never find yourself too far from a five star restaurant, designer store or top hotel.

W8, Kensington

W8 is, and for a long time has been, one of the most expensive postcodes in the whole of London – don’t expect a £20 million price tag to raise many eyebrows. Located between Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, W8 is a short walk from the world famous Harrods store and is known to be one of the city's most exclusive shopping districts. You won’t find young hipsters and cool Camden rockers in Kensington though, the expensive properties here are reserved for business titans and affluent families. Nearby South Kensington is home to many museums, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal College of Music. The high street offers many upmarket shops and is considered to be one of the best shopping areas in London.

Eaton Square, Belgravia

If you’re exploring London and are looking for somewhere that’s going to wow you, head to Eaton Square. Eaton Square it’s part of London’s Belgravia district and has been named the most expensive road in Britain on a number of occasions, with properties being worth an average of £17 million. In fact, Belgravia itself is almost entirely expensive residential properties. Eaton Square is comprised of a number of terraced properties, all with perfect exteriors making it a beautiful road to explore. With its close proximity to Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, Eaton Square is the epitome of location, location, location.

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