One of London’s most fashionable areas, The Strand property has become immensely popular with young professionals and families alike in recent years. With entertainment and leisure options ranging from quirky independent stores to the imposing Royal Opera House, filling spare time is certainly not a challenge for local residents.
There is always something going on within the thriving local community, and the excellent transport links to other areas of London are ideal for those looking to expand their knowledge of the nation’s capital. Estate agents in The Strand have plenty to offer with many upcoming developments due to add a modern twist to the area’s housing stock.
For much of its history, The Strand was primarily agricultural land with the most famous period being under ownership of Westminster Abbey, during which point it was walled off for use as arable land and known as “the garden of the Abbey and Convent”. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540, the land came under ownership of the crown, with Edward VI subsequently gifting the area to the Duke of Bedford. In more modern times, The Strand became home to a small open-air fruit and vegetable market, which grew in popularity until the area became too small to contain it and it was relocated to Nine Elms.
Although the market may no longer be in residence, there are still plenty of ways to fill the days in this vibrant part of London. The Strand and the surrounding area has had a long association with the arts and entertainment; it still has an amazing 13 theatres. Besides enjoying a show or musical event, The Strand also boasts the finest opera and ballet in the world.
The area is a veritable shopper’s delight, with a range of independent shops to be found centred around Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials, along with the former Jubilee Market building which now houses a number of cafes, bars and a small craft market. For those seeking a more educational outing, The Strand is home to the London Transport Museum – an ideal day trip for those with young children.
If you enjoy eating out, you are spoilt for choice with the wide variety of restaurants in The Strand. If you’re after a weekend brunch, light lunch, afternoon tea with all the trimmings, or fine dining from around the world, The Strand has it all.
For liquid refreshment, try one of the 60 pubs and bars in and around Long Acre - the Rose and Crown, Lamb and Flag, Maple Leaf Bar, Nag’s Head, Nell of Old Drury, Punch and Judy, Marquess of Anglesey and White Lion Pub, to name a few.
Westminster, in which The Strand is located, has become the centre of a residential development boom taking over London. As a result, our The Strand estate agents have plenty to offer prospective homeowners or tenants in the area, - from modern, purpose built one-bedroom flats to three bedroom apartments located in converted warehouses and some beautiful listed buildings. Houses, usually two-bedroom houses, come on the market, though less frequently than the exciting new flats and penthouses, adding to the property-scape of The Strand. One such project, is The Courthouse, situated on the site of the former Horseferry Magistrates’ Court. With excellent views over the Thames and the district of Westminster, the 129 units are expected to be extremely popular with buyers and renters alike.
There are plenty of schools to choose from within the WC2 area, allowing parents to make the best decisions for their children’s futures. St Joseph’s Primary School on Macklin Street is one of the best primary schools in London, having gained an “Outstanding” report during Ofsted’s last inspection. Moving up to secondary school, parents of children interested in dance will be thrilled by the nearby Royal Ballet School, which is renowned worldwide and provides excellent opportunities for young people looking for a career in the arts. Cats College and the Abbey College are also found in close proximity to The Strand.
For those interested in adult education, City Lit, a purpose built, five storey building in Keeley Street, offers an extensive array of inspiring courses. Whatever your interests, City Lit is sure to offer a course to extend your knowledge and level of skill, from a complete novice to the experienced.
The Strand is undeniably one of the best areas for public transport in London, with both The Strand Tube Station and Leicester Square Tube Station easily accessible – the distance between the two measures just 300 yards, making this the shortest distance by tube to travel in London. The nearest mainline train station is Charing Cross which offers services to locations around the country. Commuters keen to remain above the surface of the City are well served by regular buses to London business hotspots, while the trusty Boris Bike is always an option for those wishing to inject some fitness into their daily commute!