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London Districts - SW1, SW3 & SW7


St James's

St James’s has emerged as the premier financial district in London and home to many leading Private Equity and financial organisations including Hedge Funds and boutique investment houses.

Many international business’s are headquartered here also.

This is an area in Central London bounded to the north by Piccadilly, to the west by Green Park, to the south by The Mall and St. James's Park and to the east by Haymarket.

Notable Streets

  • St James’s Square
  • Jermyn Street
  • Pall Mall
  • The Haymarket
  • Culverhouse Terrace
  • St James’s Street



Knightsbridge has a smaller base of office stock than adjoining Mayfair and St James’s but has a sizeable office stock adjacent and close by Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. Knightsbridge runs along the south side of Hyde Park, west from Hyde Park Corner to Rutland Gate, where the street becomes Kensington Road. Knightsbridge is also applied to the district around this area to the west of Central London and the east side of Brompton Road.

Prime rents run at a discount to Mayfair and St James’s but still high relative to many other areas.



Belgravia is situated to the south-west of Buckingham Palace bounded by Knightsbridge to the north, Grosvenor Place and Buckingham Palace Road, Pimlico Road to the south and Sloane Street to the west. The western most streets within this area in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea can alternatively be considered to be in Knightsbridge and Chelsea.



Victoria is home to a variety of major office developments affording sizeable floor plates and an opportunity for larger organisations to be headquartered at a discount to prime core.

There has been significant regeneration over recent years and rents have climbed significantly. The potential development pipeline is significant with a large number of proposed and our consent schemes..

Victoria is situated within the City of Westminster.

The area is loosely defined as the streets around Victoria Station, including Victoria Street, the northern section of Buckingham Palace Road, Wilton Road, Grosvenor Gardens, Bressenden Place and Eccleston Street. Victoria Street runs on an east-west axis from the station to Broad Sanctuary at Westminster Abbey. The district consists predominantly of commercial property and social housing, with offices and shops lining most of the thoroughfares.

The offices in the area are home to a number government departments and major international companies including Google, Microsoft, BP and the Telegraph Group.



Westminster is the location of the Palace of Westminster which is home to the Houses of Parliament. The area is unsurprisingly dominated by governmental or associated organisations and the majority of the office stock is occupied in this way.

The name was historically used to describe the area around Westminster Abbey - the West Minster, or monastery church, that gave the area its name - which has been the home of the government of England for almost 3,000 years.

The City of Westminster is far larger which covers a wider geographical area including the former boroughs of St Marylebone and Paddington.


South Kensington and Chelsea

South Kensington is located to the south of Cromwell Road and is commonly defined as the commercial area around the tube station and the adjacent garden squares and streets (such as Thurloe Square, opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum). The smaller neighborhood around Gloucester Road tube station is also considered part of South Kensington, as well as the institution area around Exhibition Road, which includes the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, the Imperial College London, The Royal College of Music and the Albert Memorial .

Chelsea is bounded to the south by the River Thames. Its eastern boundary is Chelsea Bridge Road and the lower half of Sloane Street, including Sloane Square. To the north and northwest, the area fades into Knightsbridge and South Kensington. Chelsea also includes the main shopping thoroughfares of the King's Road and Fulham Road.

These areas are noted as established retail and educational centres with the redevelopment of the former Chelsea Barracks offering one of the very limited number of large office premises with the majority of accommodation being situated within period style buildings primarily catering for the smaller office occupiers.

Andrews Denford and Boyd have advised a number of occupiers in this area.

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