Properties for sale in Central London
Prime Location Central London Area Guide
The area of Central London does not exist as an authority or a Borough per se, however there has been reference to a Central Activity Zone by the Mayor of London. This area is loosely defined as the area of London that contains the seats of government (the Houses of Parliament), Buckingham Palace and many important institutions such as Museums and the Law Courts and also as the area in which tourists would be most likely to spend the majority of their time seeing the sights of the city.
Central London is a major place of work – it is home to the City of London – the UK’s financial sector and a large proportion of London’s 4.8 million jobs. The area is generally thought to comprise of the City of London, the majority of Westminster and parts of Camden, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Hackney, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and parts of the South Bank.
Just 18% of London’s population lives in Central London, yet a massive 42% of all the jobs in Greater London are located here. The population of Central London has increased by 17% in last decade and is a very young area in comparison with the rest of the London. Almost 45% of the population is under the age of 44.
The ethnic make-up varies slightly in that that the ethnic minority make-up is more black, Chinese and mixed-race as opposed to South Asian (Indian, Pakistani & Bangladeshi).
Central London is home to some of London’s best and most exclusive independent schools. It is also home to some very successful secondary schools – both comprehensives and academies that have been achieving great GCSE grades for years. These include St Marylebone C of E and the Grey Coat Hospital in Westminster.
Central London is home to many resident students studying in the capital’s universities. The boroughs of Southwark and Lambert have student populations of over 12,000 and Camden, Islington and Kensington have more than 8,000 students each excluding overseas students. University College London, London University, King’s College and many others are located in the area. Of the current resident workforce in London, 50% are educated to at least degree level.
As you would expect from the busiest part of London with the most jobs, the Central London area has arguably the most extensive transport network in Europe. It is the home of Charing Cross, Euston, Kings Cross, Paddington, St Pancras and Waterloo where you can catch trains to pretty much anywhere in the UK and to the European continent. The London Underground is also well served in the centre with the majority of major interchanges being located in the Central Zone 1, which also link London’s favourite tourist spots.
Driving in Central London can be an experience and there is of course the Congestion Charge to take into account before considering travelling in by car during busy periods. Taking the bus is highly recommended since more buses serve the area at regular periods than anywhere else in London. You will not be able to avoid “Boris’ Bikes”, which are bicycles available for hire from numerous locations to anyone after a quick registration. All of London’s airports are well connected by tube, train, bus and coach from the centre.
Amenities and shopping
Where do you start? Central London is probably home to more shops and shopping areas than anywhere else in Europe. Whether you want to visit the UK’s biggest flagship stores on Oxford Street, trendy Carnaby Street or the exclusive Saville Row – there’s no shortage of places to shop till you drop.
And once you get sick of shopping, why not try one of the centre’s many museums such as the Tate Museum, British Museum or the National Gallery.
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