Once upon a time Soho was seen as a sleazy red-light district and to be avoided at night. Now it’s a thriving hub for creative and media types set in the heart of London’s West End. With amazing tube links (Heathrow is just 28 minutes away) the area also boasts an array of dynamic restaurants, from Spanish tapas to Chinese to Peruvian.
Many people who work here also have weekend pads elsewhere: “It’s a British stronghold but there's more interest from international buyers, mainly from Europe,” Laurence Glynne of LDG the West End estate agent says.
In terms of shops Soho caters for urban cool types and Carnaby Street also offers a range of high-end boutiques. In addition there's a number of record shops for those vinyl fanatics. Once upon a time Soho was also very green area – a royal park during the reign of Henry the VIII. Now you’ve a pick of pretty open spaces such as Soho or Golden Square – great to relax in when it’s sunny!
So what kind of property’s up for grabs? Well most period flats are above commercial premises and there’s also a mix of established modern blocks, new-build apartments and local authority properties. Starting prices for rent tend to be around £500 a week, whilst the average price of a one-bedroom flat is £650,000.
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