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The local area guide to living in Central London

Central London comprises the densest central area of the nation’s capital, with the highest buzz of activity and best transport connections. It includes such areas as the City, the majority of Westminster and parts of Camden, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Hackney, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets as well as parts of South Bank. The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and many important historical, cultural and legal institutions are based here, including many museums, galleries and the Law Courts. Essentially, it holds all the most treasured sights and scenes of the city and draws millions of tourists each year.

Central London is the home to employment powerhouses like the financial and corporate sector in The City of London and many commercial firms and industrial enterprises. The area accounts for a very large proportion of London’s 4.8 million jobs.

Beyond employment, London has much to offer, including a wide array of activities, restaurants, bars, gorgeous parks and endless shops, from sophisticated streets to trendy neighbourhoods.

Information about the local residents

Though only 18% of London’s population live in Central London, 42% of all jobs in Greater London are located here, hence the commuter frenzy. The population has increased by 17% in the last ten years, and due to its employment and education opportunities tends to draw a younger crowd compared to the rest of London; nearly 45% of the population is under 44 years of age.

The ethnic mix within Central varies slightly in comparison to all of London, with the make-up comprising of more black, Chinese and mixed-race as opposed to South Asian (Indian, Pakistani & Bangladeshi).

Of the current resident workforce in London, 50% are educated to at least degree level.

Nearby schools

Some of London’s best and most exclusive independent schools are in Central, as well as some highly successful secondary schools. The secondary schools include both comprehensives and academies that have performed consistently well for many years, such as St Marylebone C of E and the Grey Coat Hospital in Westminster. Other excellent state schools include Holland Park and the London Oratory School in Fulham.

Educationally, Central London is perhaps most well-known, however, for its many excellent universities, particularly in the University of London cohort. Southwark and Lambert both have over 12,000 resident students, and the trendy boroughs of Camden, Islington and Kensington are each home to over 8,000 students. The London School of Economics, University College London, London University, King’s College and many others are located within Central London.

Getting around

Central London arguably has the most extensive and well-serviced transport network in Europe. Trains from Charing Cross, Euston, Kings Cross, Paddington, St Pancras and Waterloo grant access to nearly anywhere in the UK and some locations in continental Europe.

The area is particularly well served by the London Underground, with many major interchanges located in Zone 1 granting access to London’s most iconic landmarks and densest employment centres.

Driving in Central London is perhaps less of a happy story, owing to factors like the Congestion Charge and notoriously bad traffic. The bus network, however, is extremely well connected and quite efficient with the provision of bus lanes. More buses serve the central area at regular periods than anywhere else in London.

“Boris Bikes” are the iconic red Santander bicycles which are available for hire from numerous locations after completing a quick registration process. London’s several airports are within very easy reach by tube, train, bus and coach from the city centre.

Local shops

From Westfield, to Oxford Street, to Sloane Square, Central London has some of the most ample shopping venues in all of Europe, as well as some of the greatest restaurants. Whether your style is the UK’s biggest flagship stores on Oxford Street or trendy Carnaby Street or the exclusive Saville Row, there is no shortage of shopping opportunities.

Funky live music venues in Covent Garden, classy piano bars in Mayfair and chic cafes in Chelsea provide top notch dining, drinking and entertainment throughout the week.

And if you were, perhaps, to tire of shopping and eating, one of Central London’s many museums such as the Tate Museum, British Museum or the National Gallery may be of cultural or intellectual interest. Sports facilities, gyms and boutique fitness concepts are also readily available.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.