With just 8,000 residents, Fitzrovia is one of the most exclusive areas of London- and with an average property price of £1,339,750 it’s easy to see why. Central London estate agent LDG says, “Anyone who loves London and appreciates the rich tapestry of culture, bustle and night life that it has to offer will love this part of town, which is often described as trendy, bohemian and glamorous”.
About a mile north of Trafalgar Square, Fitzrovia is slap bang in the middle of the West End and offers a good mix of residential properties, business outlets, theatres and art galleries. Among the most famous areas in the district are Tottenham Court Road, Great Portland Street and Fitzroy Square, and its proximity to the country’s best loved theatres means you’re always likely to see a famous face or two. With Soho, Carnaby Street, Regent Street and Oxford Street just around the corner, it doesn’t get much better when it comes to tourist attractions and shopping- although that does mean it’s not the best location for those who value their peace and quiet.
Like most areas of London there are huge disparities of wealth in Fitzrovia and there are hundreds of homeless people sleeping rough among the glamourous, expensive buildings. This is a stark contrast to the billionaire property developers and international business people who also live in the area, but some would argue that it adds to the personality of the district.
Because of its central location, transport is a breeze in Fitrovia and it’s well served by tube trains, bus services and TfL cycle hire schemes. Says Robert Holmes,” As to be expected from a theatre district, there’s a multitude of places to eat and drink around here, with a huge number of restaurants in Charlotte Street offering almost every cuisine imaginable.
Its city location means that the area suffers from pollution, but this is something that Mayor Sadiq Khan plans to really clamp down on during his time in office.
Lovers of books and culture will appreciate the countless bookshops and bespoke stores in the area and there’s a thriving arts scene here. Music enthusiasts will be interested in the UFO Club, which was home to Pink Floyd in the early days, and other famous acts including Coldplay and Bob Dylan have all laid down roots in Fitzrovia over the years. MTV, Nickelodeon and CNN all have studios and offices here and Tottenham Court Road has long been famous for publishing and literature.
Lawsons and Daughters points out, “Fitzrovia may not be the most peaceful part of London to live in, but it’s certainly never dull. If you enjoy a good nightlife and like to be at the centre of the action, it doesn’t get much better than this area of town.”
If you like to appreciate the real heart of the city and look for interesting architecture and plenty to see and do, Fitzrovia certainly won’t disappoint.
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