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Top 10 most popular rental areas in London unveiled

Property search data from Zoopla over the past 12 months has been analysed to reveal the most sought-after areas for a rental home in London.

The research found that Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs (E14 postcode area) were the most popular location for renters in the capital.

The ‘W2’ postcode district, which encompasses Paddington and Bayswater, was ranked the second most searched for location for a rental home in the capital whilst the postcode area including the South Bank, Bankside, Bermondsey & Waterloo (SE1) came third.

Battersea, where there are a number of new Build to Rent scheme being developed, entered the hotspot list, featuring as the 10th most requested London location for a rental property.

Annabel Dixon, spokesperson for Zoopla, said: “It’s perhaps no surprise that Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs has been highlighted as a popular choice for London renters. This area has long been associated with gleaming office towers, but it is now buzzing with new restaurants, bars, shops and homes, transforming it into a sought-after destination to live as well as work.”

Top 10 London areas for all rental properties

Rank

Postcode 

Area 

1

E14

Canary Wharf/ Isle of Dogs

2

W2

Paddington / Bayswater

3

SE1

Southwark/Lambeth

4

N1

Islington

5

NW1

Camden

6

E1

Whitechapel/Stepney Green

7

SW6

Fulham

8

NW3

North & East Hampstead

9

NW6

Kilburn / West Hampstead

10

SW11

Battersea

Source: Zoopla, April 2019

Zoopla has also segmented the most popular rental searches by property type and number of bedrooms to reveal that E14 again topped the list for tenants looking for a one or two bedroom apartment in London.

Top 10 London areas for 1-2 bedroom rental flats

Rank

Postcode 

Area 

1

E14

Canary Wharf/ Isle of Dogs

2

SE1

Southwark/Lambeth

3

E1

Whitechapel/Stepney Green

4

N1

Islington

5

W2

Paddington/Bayswater

6

NW1

Camden

7

SW11

Battersea

8

SW6

Fulham

9

SE16

Bermondsey/Rotherhithe

10

E15

Stratford

Source: Zoopla, April 2019

Londoners looking for larger properties to rent showed a strong preference for London’s outer zones, with eight of the ten most popular areas for searches on three and four bedroom houses located in the South West and North West of London.

Dixon added: “Renters searching for larger family homes in the capital showed a clear preference for the suburbs, with Colindale, Hendon and Kingsbury the most searched locations for three and four bedroom houses.

“These areas are ideal for young families looking for space to grow, with leafy surroundings and several well-regarded schools nearby.”

Top 10 London areas for 3-4 bedroom rental houses

Rank

Postcode 

Area 

1

NW9

Colindale/Kingsbury/Hendon

2

E17

Walthamstow

3

SW16

Streatham

4

SW19

Wimbledon

5

SW6

Fulham

6

NW11

Golders Green

7

E6

East Ham

8

SW17

Tooting

9

NW10

Harlesden/Park Royal

10

NW4

West Hendon/Brent Cross

Source: Zoopla, April 2019

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