Nestled snugly between Kensington and Chelsea, Earl’s Court is one of the smaller towns in southwest London. Once views as no more than a place for students to rest their heads in local bedsits, the SW5 postcode has gone on to become an affluent area of London.
It is also part of a significant regeneration scheme that will see the former Exhibition Centre transformed into modern apartments and retail space. Over the next 13 years, there are plans in place to create 7,500 new homes, many of which will be available for rent.
Much of Earl’s Court's charm is in its mansion blocks, which afford SW5 plenty of character. As well as a central location, there is a tube line on District and Piccadilly lines which provides convenient access around London.
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Earl’s Court is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is located 3.5 miles from Charing Cross.
Once primarily a rural area, Earl’s Court was covered in green fields and market gardens. The land was under the lordship of the Vere family, the Earls of Oxford and descendants of Aubrey de Vere I for over 500 years, until 1905 when tenure was converted, and the direct crown of Kensington was awarded.
Between 1865-69, the Metropolitan District Railway station led the way for the area to become a populated suburb. There were more than 1,200 houses and two churches as people moved to the area for its central location and good travel links.
Earl’s Court was initially known as one of the cheapest areas to live close to Central London and featured a large Polish, Australian and New Zealand population. By the 1990s, developers and investors saw its potential as a property hotspot. The result saw prices rise significantly.
Renting in Earls Court
Those who enjoy living in older buildings with period features will see the appeal of Earl’s Court property. Many of the available homes come in the form of flats in mansion blocks. There are also many properties set to picturesque garden squares.
There is a good selection of homes, from studio flats to grand mansions. The regeneration scheme will new builds constructed in the area but still fitting with the mansion block aesthetics. Despite price rises, the area is still a cheaper alternative to nearby Kensington and Chelsea.
The average price for a one-bedroom home in Earl’s Court is £2,230 per month, while a two-bedroom property fetches around £3,120. Three-bed-and-up homes range from £4,420 to as much as £11,700.
Who lives there?
Earl’s Court’s proximity to the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle means that it is a popular area for French families. Many of them choose SW5 thanks to its competitive rents when compared to nearby Chelsea. There are also many flat sharers, who are younger working professionals.
The central transport hub in Earl’s Court comes in the form of a tube station, which is located on the District and Piccadilly lines. The is also nearby West Brompton Tube Station, also located on the District Line. However, it does feature an Overground Line that goes to Clapham Junction in the south and Stratford in the East.
Those using the District and Piccadilly Lines will enjoy direct access to Hammersmith, Covent Garden, Green Park, Victoria, Blackfriars and many more. The Piccadilly Line also goes to Heathrow in just under 40 minutes.
Things to do in Earl’s Court
While Earl’s Court is one of the smaller towns in southwest London, there are still a variety of restaurants and shops on hand for locals.
Keeping with the area’s French reputation, The Little French Restaurants brings authentic dishes straight from France. There is a large selection of wines, while the menu has classics such as Cod A La Provencale. They have a three-course menu for £16.50.
Address: 18 Hogarth Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0QY
Kappa is a low-key Japanese restaurant that has become a favourite with locals. Located five minutes from Earl’s Court Tube Station, expect to find a wide range of dishes from sushi to traditional specials like Kushiyaki and Tataki.
Address: 139 Earls Ct Rd, Kensington, London SW5 9RH
There are plenty of authentic Lebanese dishes on offer at Orjowan. Restaurant goers will enjoy Mezze dishes to start with before moving onto the main courses, which include favourites like marinated chicken skewers and lamb cutlets.
Address: 6-8 Kenway Rd, Earls Court, London SW5 0RR
One of the UK’s most iconic music venues, the Royal Albert Hall is just under two miles from Earl’s Court. The concert hall is known for hosting the Proms as well as a variety of different concerts throughout the year.
The Design Museum is just half a mile from Earl’s Court Tube Station and is set inside a Grade II listed building. There is an archive on show, library, two shops and a permanent collection to explore. A visit there will reveal product, industrial, fashion and architectural designs.
Immerse yourself in British history by standing in the exact same spots as the Royals. Admire the Jacobean architecture and wander the beautiful grounds. It is also now the Royal residence for Harry and Meghan, fresh off their royal wedding.
Living in Earl’s Court
Even without the extensive regeneration, Earl’s Court has plenty going for it. From local restaurants, shops and schools to neighbouring areas like Kensington and Chelsea, there is much to like about SW5. And with rents cheaper than the areas around them, residents can experience a slice of central London living at a slightly lower price.
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