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Investing in London property in 2016

Diverse and highly adaptable, London’s property market is ever-evolving. With steady residential development and a naturally competitive market, London continues to excel as a safe haven for the canny investor, despite recent challenges and stamp duty reforms [see stamp duty calculator 2016].

The New Year brings further opportunity for growth and renewal. So, where should you be investing in property 2016?

Playing by the rules

With buyers and investors looking beyond the traditional golden postcodes, London’s residential landscape continues to evolve and expand. As large pockets of London undergo development or regeneration, up and coming areas begin to outperform others in terms of profitability, accessibility and vitality.

A new development, a fashionable restaurant, a well performing school or upgraded transport links – just one of these factors is enough to inject excitement and freshness to postcodes you might have once overlooked. What could be better than investing in an area that’s on the rise? Knowing exactly where to invest before the crowds move in.

Buy-to-let property investments in 2016

The private rented sector is continuing to grow in size, with around 5.4 million, or 20% of households now being let out to private tenants. While many used to think of renting as a stopgap before being able to buy, attitudes have shifted significantly in recent years, renting and the PRS are now seen as a lifestyle choice. London in particular continues to attract investors to its rapidly developing PRS market.

So, where should you invest in property 2016? Will London’s traditional property hotspots continue to appeal or should you look towards other postcodes? Knight Frank’s property experts from across London advise where they would invest their money in 2016.

East London - where to invest?

East London - where to invest?

North West London - where to invest?

North West London - where to invest?

North London - where to invest?

North London - where to invest?

South East London - where to invest?

South East London - where to invest?

South West London - where to invest?

South West London - where to invest?

West London - where to invest?

West London - where to invest?

Central London - where to invest?

Central London - where to invest?

West London

West London has traditionally held favour among property investors and home buyers securing a safe rental income or family home. So should you still invest in established West London in 2016?

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East London

East London has been rising from the ashes for well over a decade. New developments and intensive regeneration has injected youth and vitality into previously run down areas. So which area of East London should you look to in 2016?

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South East London

Andrew Groocock, Head of Knight Frank in Canary Wharf, believes new developments are creating new ‘communities’ focussed around a cutting edge standard of living. South East London should grab investors' attention in 2016. 

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North West London

Leafy North West London has always been popular with families, celebrities and professionals. Which areas of North West London should property buyers focus on in 2016?

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North London

Excellent transports links, its proximity to the City and the West End, vibrant entertainment scene and handsome property stock makes this a hotspot which never ceases to cool off. Find out where.

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South West London

Voted the best place to live by readers of Time Out magazine, which South West London area pulls in crowds attracted to its family-centricity, nightlife, lifestyle, affordability and accessibility?

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Central London

As large pockets of Central London undergo intense regeneration and new developments breathe life into traditionally business or retail focussed areas, serious investors should not dismiss Central London property investment opportunities coming to market in 2016. 

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The UK Tenant Survey 2016

"The UK Tenant Survey summarises responses of 5,000 people living in privately rented accommodation to identify key trends in the market, broken down by region, age group and income."