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London Rent Guide: best neighbourhoods for cheaper one-bed flats

By Sophia Wood-Burgess

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Looking to rent a one-bed apartment with a tight budget? We’re showcasing a neighbourhood for every region where you can start your search. These neighbourhoods currently have some of the lowest average prices for one-beds, according to Foxtons Rental price guides, and plenty of one-bed apartments to choose from.

Local insight makes the difference: Our Rental Price guides are updated daily, so you’ve got a quick snapshot of what’s happening in the local markets we serve, right at your fingertips. This London Rent Guide is a great way to browse our homes on the market now, but we’ve got new listings all the time. Register your search on My Foxtons, and we’ll let you know about the latest homes and hidden gems that fit your search as soon as they’re listed.

Jump to our recommendation for your region of London:

Central London | North London | South London | East London | West London

Central London: Maida Vale

Price Guide average: £507 | Browse our one-bed flats to rent in Maida Vale

Living in Central London isn’t cheap. Whilst areas we’d normally recommend – like Bethnal Green and Wapping – do have some lower-priced gems on the market, we were surprised to see so many great options in Maida Vale right now. This is a fantastic area to live in; historic, affluent and picturesque with London’s most iconic sights nearby.

Local attractions: the canals of Little Venice, Abbey Road (yes Beatles fans, that Abbey Road), and Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Transport: Maida Vale is well connected to the rest of London. It’s only two stops from Paddington Station on the Bakerloo Line, and has access to the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines.

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Photograph: Crown by David Howard | CC BY | Flickr

North London: Cricklewood

Price Guide average: £434 | Browse our one-bed flats to rent in Cricklewood

Just north of Maida Vale, Cricklewood has a great variety of available homes. Renting in Cricklewood, you’ll be well connected to the city and beyond, enjoy breathtaking views across London from Gladstone Park, have your pick of shops – from boutiques to big brands, and relax in a friendly community atmosphere.

Local attractions: Mapesbury Conservation Area, Gladstone Park, the famous Crown Pub, Cricklewood Broadway and Brent Cross.

Transport: Popular with renters for its transport links, including Thameslink and trains to the City and St Pancras, and out to St Albans. Down the road, there is access to the Underground at Kilburn and the Overground in nearby West Hampstead.

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Photograph: Park View by Geoff Henson | CC BY-ND | Flickr

South London: Croydon

Price Guide average: £352 | Browse our one-bed flats to rent in Croydon

Croydon graces our Rent Guides, once again, because it does one-bed flats particularly well. Buoyed by a major regeneration, trendy new businesses and excellent transport links, Croydon has made itself a desirable area for young professionals, so one-bed flats abound. Many of Croydon’s homes on the market are in developments with stylish interiors and residents’ amenities.

Local attractions: Boxpark, the Museum of Croydon – located in a clocktower, or see our collaborative guide with DesignMyNight

Transport: Besides local trams and cycle routes, there are fantastic transport links into the city. From East Croydon Station, you can get to Victoria Station or London Bridge in about 15 minutes.

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East London: Royal Docks

Price Guide average: £410 | Browse our one-bed flats to rent in Royal Docks

Royal Docks and Woolwich are neck and neck, with low average prices and a good selection of properties available. This whole area around the Thames is rife with well-built developments with plenty of one-bed flats to rent. Woolwich was the East London feature of last month’s rent guide, so let’s take a look at the other side of the river with Royal Docks.

This area is rising fast with new buildings and new businesses coming in all the time. The community is young, diverse and ambitious. There are tons of waterfront properties, so if you’re dreaming of a river view, start your search here.

Local attractions: ExCeL London, City Hall, The Line sculpture trail and Royal Docks Adventure for rowing, sailing, canoeing and more.

Transport: There are all kinds of transportation in Royal Docks, including the DLR, the Elizabeth line, the Emirates Air Line cable car and London City Airport.

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West London: Ealing

Price Guide average: £413 | Browse our one-bed flats to rent in Ealing

This pocket of West London, around Ealing and Brentford and Acton, has a great range of lower-priced one beds. We have a lot to choose from in Ealing especially, and it’s a popular area with renters for the lifestyle benefits. You have lots of leafy green spaces, trendy urban bars and restaurants, a large shopping centre and easy transportation into central London.

Local attractions: Walpole Park, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery and the food and drink in our Design My Night Guide.

Transport: Renters love Ealing for the transport. There’s access to the Central, District, Piccadilly and new Elizabeth line. Ealing is also served by rail stations which you’ll love if you’ve got the travel bug – Ealing Broadway has direct services to Paddington and Heathrow.

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A head start: In this London Rent Guide series, we’re diving into some of the factors that make different areas popular with London renters. However, speed is key to securing a rental. So, if you’ve got a specific goal in mind, register your search on My Foxtons or get in touch with your local Foxtons office and our local experts will lend a hand.

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