More on the City of London: one-bedroom flat at Bunyan Court, BarbicanFrank Harris’s lettings department has a range of properties to rent, from a studio in Florin Court – where Poirot lived in the TV series – in Charterhouse Square at £285 a week to a one-bedroom flat at Bunyan Court, Barbican, for £390 a week.
Lettings manager, Ian Swale, says people rent in the City because they want to be able to walk to work. “If you have to be at your desk early you don’t want an hour’s commute in the morning. We get young professionals, sharers and couples but not many families. Most of the younger people live in the City full-time, but more senior people tend to have a house outside London and need a pied a terre during the week returning home at the weekend.”
Ian Swale says that rents might appear high but there is no commuting cost and a lot of people don’t even bother owning a car, so there are big savings.
Average prices: renting in the City of London One-bedroom flat: £2,552 a month Two-bedroom flat: £3,050 a month Two-bedroom house: £3,696 a month Three-bedroom flat: £3,627 a month Three-bedroom house: £4,918 a month