Park Life: Stunning properties close to London’s most uplifting open spaces 

Luxury London

30 November 2021

It’s become the most important question driving the London property market: which provides the better quality of life, urban living or a home in the country? As the pandemic continues to shape our social lives and working habits, an increasing number of people are hoping to enjoy the best of both worlds by choosing a home that provides the feel of an urban village. Happily, some of London's most sought-after homes reside besides its greatest parks

Around 33 per cent of inner London is green space, compared with 14.4 per cent in Berlin, 13 per cent in Amsterdam and just 9.5 per cent in Paris

30 November 2021 | Luxury London

In partnership with: JLL Residential


hifting living priorities during Covid-19 may have seen people moving out of London, but the pandemic has also re-emphasised the desire for vibrant, social, and attractive communities in which to live. While JLL Residential’s specialist research teams have recorded a boost in demand for rural living, the real estate agent has also witnessed a bounce-back in demand for parts of London that offer a village-like way of life, with a combination of green spaces, outdoor markets, shops, cafes and restaurants offering a new level of desirability. 

Happily, some of the most sought-after homes in the capital line London’s finest parks. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, these park-side properties offer the best of both worlds...

Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3

Close to: Battersea Park, Burton Court

With the tennis courts and cricket pitch of Burton Court just a short walk away, and the 200-acre Battersea Park directly across the water, residents of this King’s Road property won’t struggle for open, outdoor space. The lateral, first-floor apartment is housed in a handsome period building and has recently been refurbished. Both of its two double bedrooms come with en suites, and there’s also a guest cloakroom, a fully-fitted kitchen and a utility room. Perfect for those still working from home, the property also boasts a study area and its own terrace. Now, where did you leave that tennis racket?

For rent, £1,575 per week,

Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, SW1X

Close to: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens

This ornate, redbrick apartment block literally opens out onto Hyde Park, the largest of central London’s four Royal Parks, with its football pitches, tennis centre and various cycle paths. Available to rent, this first-floor property comprises four double bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, as well as a large reception room, a balcony and a well-appointed kitchen. Not to mention the stunning views of the park. The 2,336 sq ft (217 sq m) apartment comes with a concierge and is less than 400 metres from Hyde Park Corner Underground station.  

For rent, £2,950 per week,

Auriol Road, Kensington, W14

Close to: Queen’s Club, Kensington Dog Park, Gwendwr Gardens

Tennis, anyone? This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home is set to complete in Q3 of 2022 on a tree-lined avenue that’s just a five-minute stroll from Baron’s Court’s famous Queen’s Club. Awarding-winning developer Mountwood and renowned KC+A architects are behind the property, which will be spread across the ground and lower-ground floors of an exciting new collection of luxury apartments. As well as a state-of-the-art kitchen, with stone worksurfaces, the property features underfloor heating, a private terrace and a concierge. Take the dog for a walk in nearby Kensington Dog Park, or enjoy the fresh air of the peaceful Gwendwr Gardens just two streets away.

For sale, £3,329,000,

North Wharf Road, Paddington, W2

Close to: Little Venice, Rembrandt Gardens, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens

A little bit of west London trivia: Rembrandt Gardens, in Paddington’s Little Venice, was originally called Warwick Avenue Gardens. The park changed its name in 1975 when the City of Westminster was linked with the City of Amsterdam in Holland. To mark the occasion, the Dutch presented tulips to the City Council and an opening ceremony was held with the Dutch in full national dress. The gardens, and the rest of Little Venice, are a short stroll from this four-bedroom apartment in a recently-completed Regent’s Canal-side development. Residents will enjoy access to the development’s rooftop Observatory Lounge, as well as an external landscaped terrace and an outdoor gym. The lakes and ponds of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are less than a mile away; while the bright lights of the City and Canary Wharf can be accessed in 10 and 17 minutes, respectively.

For sale, £3,999,999,