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The Best Places to Rent in London Zones 1 & 2

29 November 2019 Sabah Ismail Read time: 6 min
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Sabah Ismail

Can you hear that? 👀

The buzz of black cabs and shiny, red buses as they hurry through busy, bustling city streets...

...a melting pot of voices and the accents of a million people brought together from all corners of the world into one central, thriving hub…

...and of course, that sweet, sweet sound of opportunity as it tinkles through the air, landing right in your ears and sending tingles of excitement coursing throughout your entire body.

London is calling...

Oh yes, London is calling! And if you’re one of those lucky humans actually taking heed to the capital city’s call and hoping for it to be the next place you call home, then let us help you in finding your ideal, new central London dwelling. 

We’re bringing together the top places to rent in Zones 1 & 2, Central London, so that you’re never too far away from all the things that enticed you into the magic and mayhem of the big city in the first place. Let’s dive right in...

The North

North London is considered to be one of the more ‘upmarket’ areas of London and we can definitely say that areas here have their own pretty distinct charm. Being one of the most multicultural areas in the UK, the beautiful North has a lot to offer everyone, with a good balance of creative and cultural identity, without having too much of a touristy presence. 



Just as angelic as the name suggests, Angel is a truly wonderful place to rent and live in London, especially if you’re a media or artistic professional. Full of creative vibes, it’s located in the London Borough of Islington and is in a fantastic central location, easily found on the London Underground’s Northern Line. 

With its rich and vibrant atmosphere, beautiful architecture and fantastic array of restaurants, you can’t go wrong living in Angel; whether you’re single, part of a couple or choosing to live with friends.

Find your perfect property to rent in Angel on the Movebubble app, with rooms starting from £780 per month, and 1 bed properties starting from £1,395 per month. 


Camden Town

Now Camden Town is one of those places that you just won’t forget. It’s eclectic mix of markets, cuisines and live music venues gives off a truly high-vibing energy which really gets into your bones and makes you just want to have a really good time!💃🏻

Although a residential area since the 1970’s, today it brings together tourists and locals alike in the hunt for unique treasures in the Camden markets; to savour global cuisines and enjoy incredible live music. 

With famous names like Amy Winehouse once making Camden her home, you can too, especially if you’re a little more into the ‘alternative’ lifestyle and you’re all about that feel-good energy. Kentish Town is the neighbouring tube stop, in Zone 2 of the London Underground, once again making this an easily accessible place to live.

Find your perfect property to rent in Camden Town on the Movebubble app, with rooms starting from £672 per month, and 1 bed properties starting from £1,278 per month. 

The South

South of the River Thames, you’ll find South London (genius!😆) which is becoming increasingly popular among young professionals, as their area of choice to live and rent. Although it’s probably true that when in South London you'll never be more than 100 metres away from a chicken shop, it actually has a lot more to offer than just fried chicken!

The overall area of South London brings together the best of the rural and urban worlds through a collection of smaller village-like areas, and actually has more green space than any other part of London! Whether you want some peace and quiet; whether you want to explore a little bit of history or whether you’re in the mood for dancing the night away, you’ll surely be able to do all of that and more in the South.



Brixton is vibrant, buzzing and one of those cooler places to be - you know?😎

With strong ties to the Caribbean community and also being the birthplace of David Bowie, Brixton has a lively nightlife, and is definitely a popular foodie destination, packed with innovative restaurants and food markets.

In Zone 2 of the London Transport system, it has great transport links for the overground, underground and buses, too.

Find your perfect property to rent in Brixton - with many offering an outdoor space - on the Movebubble app, with rooms starting from £650 per month, and 1 bed properties starting from £1,252 per month. 



Recently crowned one of the ten best places to live in London by The Sunday Times, like most areas south of the river, Battersea also has its share of large parks, open spaces and great restaurants, pubs and bars, as well as the famous Battersea Arts Centre. 

The Northern Line is currently being extended to Battersea, with scheduled completion in autumn 2021. Nevertheless, travel to and from the area is still easy to do so now, with many of the Battersea stations being in Zones 1 and 2 of the underground.

Find your perfect property to rent in Battersea on the Movebubble app, with rooms starting from £715 per month, and 1 bed properties starting from £1,300 per month. 

The East

The popular opinion among many is that East London is one of the best places to live in London city. With the urban regeneration of the area over the last 20 years transforming it into a cultural melting pot, and with no two streets in East London ever being the same, it really is a pretty exciting place to set up home.

There is so much to do, eat and explore in East London and it is a happy place full of positive energy, diverse people and creativity.



Shoreditch is really, really special. This is the place where you’ll get the high-earning, citified workers of Liverpool Street working and playing alongside creatives, fashionistas, market traders and start-up entrepreneurs. The boho vibes and electricity that comes out of this place is just incredible and there is always something new and fresh happening, to keep you on your toes.

This eclectic area of East London is one of London’s most treasured hotspots for art, culture, fashion and food, and once upon a time even William Shakespeare came to Shoreditch as an actor! If all of the above sounds like your kind of thing, then Shoreditch is definitely the place to be for you.

Find your perfect property to rent in Shoreditch on the Movebubble app, with rooms starting from £650 per month, and 1 bed properties starting from £1,150 per month. 


Hackney Wick

Hackney Wick is in Zone 2 of London’s transport system, and is based between the beautiful Victoria Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Hackney Marsh. It’s also not far from famous shopping mall Westfield Stratford and benefits from the River Lea navigation flowing through (remember that Adele song…😍).

The area is quite urban with lots of green spaces nearby, and benefits from a very community-friendly, sharing and creative spirit. It has plenty of street art, riverside bars and food places and also hosts affordable warehouse space for artists. If you’re an artist or creative, then Hackney Wick could be your ideal new place to live.

Find your perfect property to rent in Hackney Wick on the Movebubble app, with rooms starting from just £498 per month, and 1 bed properties starting from £1,343 per month.

The West

Home to the UK’s most famous house - Buckingham Palace - is West London, a charming part of the capital city known for being what people ‘traditionally’ think of when they imagine London life. With tree-lined streets, perfect parks and stunningly beautiful homes, it really is a wonderful place to live if you prefer a calmer, more luxurious level of living.


Notting Hill

Notting Hill is definitely one of London’s most instagrammable spots with its iconic pastel-coloured houses lining the streets, thriving markets and of course, the world famous Notting Hill Carnival. As well as being the place where a lot of the Notting Hill movie was filmed, this beautiful area is also a fantastic place to find small, independent art galleries and fashionable places to eat and drink.

It is trendy, thriving and with it being in travelcard Zone 1, Notting Hill had to make our list for the best places to rent in London Zones 1 & 2. 

Find your perfect property to rent in Notting Hill on the Movebubble app, with rooms starting from £800 per month, and 1 bed properties starting from £1,452 per month.



Fulham is found in the London Borough of Hammersmith, a mile west from Chelsea, and is possibly one of the most undiscovered parts of South London. For the dreamers who quite like to float their way through life, Fulham is full of beautiful places to lose yourself in; whether you’re wandering through quaint back streets, getting lost in stunning views of the Thames or taking in some rich, fresh air in one of its many handsome parks. 

If you’re a football fan then both Chelsea and Fulham football clubs are located nearby, and you might even find yourself bumping into a celebrity or two as Fulham is known to be home to at least a few celebrities.

If this sounds like your idea of a heavenly home, then Fulham is the place you need to be.

Find your perfect property to rent in Fulham on the Movebubble app, with rooms starting from £695 per month, and 1 bed properties starting from £1,200 per month.


So there we have it!

We hope you found this guide to the best places to rent in London Zones 1 & 2 really helpful. Don’t forget to download the Movebubble app to find your ideal new home and please leave a comment below if you have any questions.

We’re always here and always happy to help.

Happy London renting, folks! 😊

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