Embrace the dynamic energy of Hammersmith, a vibrant riverside district renowned for its artistic spirit, lively pubs, and famous theatres. Crown Luxury Homes understand that modern students desire accommodations that reflect their creativity and passion. Discover a collection of inspiring rentals—from stylish riverside apartments boasting panoramic views of the iconic Thames to sleek contemporary flats infused with urban chic and even converted warehouses bursting with original character and artistic possibility.

Hammersmith boasts a rich history dating back centuries. Originally a small riverside hamlet within the ancient parish of Fulham, its strategic position on the Thames fuelled its growth. Established as an independent parish in 1631, it became a significant industrial hub during the Victorian Era, known for its boatbuilding yards, breweries, and factories.

Hammersmith Bridge, a landmark suspension bridge completed in 1827,  remains a district symbol. Today, Hammersmith thrives as a vibrant mix of residential areas, thriving commercial centres, and a hub for the arts.

Beyond your doorstep, experience the vibrancy of Hammersmith’s eclectic atmosphere. Indulge in an array of world-class cuisines that reflect the area’s diverse community, or catch a thrilling live music performance at the legendary Eventim Apollo. Immerse yourself in the cutting-edge productions at the Lyric Theatre and Riverside Studios, proving that arts and culture remain this district’s lifeblood.

Hammersmith delivers a unique blend of urban buzz and creative spirit for students seeking a home near the RCA that crackles with energy and inspiration.


Experience the timeless elegance of Kensington, a district renowned for its stately architecture, world-class museums, and an air of refined sophistication. Discover an exceptional selection of luxurious accommodations, from grand Victorian townhouses with period features to sleek, modern apartments and characterful mansion flats that ooze old-world charm.

Kensington caters to the discerning student with its exquisite blend of high-end boutiques lining Kensington High Street. Designer names include L.K. Bennett, offering classic British style with a focus on elegant shoes, clothing, handbags, and accessories—a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge—and Joseph, stocked with luxurious knitwear, sophisticated essentials, and timeless wardrobe staples.

Pamper yourself with luxury beauty treatments and products from big names such as Space NK, a beauty lover’s haven with a curated selection of luxury skincare, makeup, and fragrances. Head to Jo Malone London to indulge in top-class fragrances focusing on British elegance and simplicity.

Kensington offers a rich selection of international cuisines sure to tempt the palate. Head to Kitchen W8, known for its imaginative, high-end Modern European cuisine in a stylish and contemporary setting. Launceston Place delivers a refined Modern British menu and a notable wine list housed within a beautiful 1839 townhouse. Try The Five Fields, which focuses on sophisticated, seasonal British cuisine in a refined but relaxed ambience.

Here, you will find world-renowned cultural institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum, just a stone’s throw away from the RCA. This prestigious neighbourhood promises a lifestyle of elegance and cultural immersion, all within your reach.


Experience the quintessential London lifestyle in Westminster, the city’s historic heart, where iconic landmarks stand alongside sleek modern buildings. You will find an exquisite array of residences to rent during your studies at RCA, steeped in heritage and contemporary elegance.

Choose from luxurious serviced apartments boasting breathtaking views of the Thames, where the cityscape unfolds before you. Or opt for a stately Georgian townhouse with centuries of stories within its walls or a contemporary flat brimming with high-end finishes and designer touches that align with your sophisticated urban tastes.

Westminster offers a feast for the senses, with Michelin-starred restaurants presenting innovative cuisine alongside historic pubs where the ambience exudes centuries of political intrigue and artistic debate. Head to  A. Wong (Victoria) for creative and elevated Chinese cuisine. Or try The Dining Room at The Goring (Belgravia), known for its refined British cuisine in an elegant Edwardian setting. For something a little different, try Quilon (St. James’s Park), which specialises in contemporary and creative Indian coastal cuisine.

Discover hidden gems amidst the grand buildings—independent and commercial art galleries, such as The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. This gallery is home to a vast collection of Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt, and more. While in the area, check out the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square, home to a stunning collection of portraits of historical British figures from throughout the ages.

Smaller and more specialist galleries include the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House, which holds an impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Photographers’ Gallery in Soho, dedicated to photography and new media, is also worth a visit.

Westminster is also home to bespoke tailors known for their exquisite craftsmanship and expertise, and it is highly recommended that consultations be booked in advance. Such renowned names include Huntsman. Located on the iconic Savile Row, Huntsman is synonymous with impeccable British tailoring. Their made-to-measure suits are famous for their structured silhouette. Another Savile Row cornerstone is Anderson & Sheppard, known for their softer, more draped tailoring style, creating elegant suits with a focus on comfort.

The area also has a range of exclusive boutiques and iconic department stores that cater to a discerning clientele. Among the most famous stores to be found here is Harrods in Knightsbridge – a globally renowned luxury department store with everything from high-end fashion to gourmet foods and opulent homewares. Liberty London on Regent Street is a historic Tudor-revival store with an eclectic mix of designer fashion, beauty, and unique homewares. Not to forget Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, founded in 1707 – a landmark known for its fine teas, gourmet food hampers, and elegant fashion accessories.

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Westminster Abbey, marvel at the architectural wonder that is the Houses of Parliament where you can take a range of tours inside one of the world’s most famous buildings and find out more about the work of UK Parliament or explore masterpieces of British art at the renowned Tate Britain.

With its proximity to the RCA, Westminster provides the ideal blend of vibrant city life and effortless access to your place of creative study. Embrace the ultimate in cosmopolitan London living, where history, culture, and convenience intersect to create a prestigious and inspiring lifestyle.


Uncover the transformative energy and riverside charm of Battersea, a district that embodies London’s dynamic spirit of reinvention. The iconic Battersea Power Station, once a symbol of industrial might, now stands as a breathtaking landmark reborn hub of culture, entertainment, and cutting-edge living spaces. Lush parks and revitalised riverside walkways invite you to stroll alongside the Thames, offering a tranquil counterpoint to the district’s vibrant urban buzz.

Battersea’s history is fascinating. Initially a marshy area prized for its asparagus cultivation, it gained prominence in the 18th century as an industrial hub with mills, factories, and the iconic Battersea Power Station. The Victorian era brought extensive development, with railways and grand terraces lining its streets. Post-World War II saw Battersea navigate a period of decline before its visionary revitalisation in recent decades. Today, this riverside district proudly showcases cutting-edge architectural projects, a thriving arts scene, and a dynamic mix of residential and commercial spaces while retaining glimpses of its rich industrial past.

Crown Luxury Homes understands the appeal of this evolving neighbourhood and its diverse selection of residences that reflect its captivating blend of past and present. Choose from sleek riverside apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows framing panoramic city views,  or opt for spacious, light-filled loft conversions within historic warehouses – each brimming with unique character. For a touch of the extraordinary, consider a luxurious penthouse offering exquisite finishes, breathtaking skyline vistas, and all the comforts expected by the discerning student.

Beyond your doorstep, you will discover a wealth of experiences. Explore Battersea’s restaurant scene, abuzz with a mix of hip eateries serving international flavours and cosy traditional pubs steeped in local charm. While Battersea doesn’t yet have any Michelin-starred restaurants, you can easily reach top names such as Claude Bosi at Bibendum in nearby Chelsea, residing in the iconic Michelin House, known for refined French cuisine with exceptional service. Or try out Elystan Street in Chelsea, focusing on seasonal British produce with a refined touch

Seek out the innovative performances at the famed Battersea Arts Centre, lose yourself in the retail and leisure wonderland of the Battersea Power Station, or join the crowds at exciting cultural events that celebrate the district’s newfound energy.

For RCA students seeking a location bursting with creative possibilities and sophisticated urban living, Battersea delivers an unforgettable London experience.


Embrace the eclectic and energetic vibe of Vauxhall, a district that beats with creativity alongside the gentle flow of the River Thames. This resurgent neighbourhood blends lively nightlife, cutting-edge contemporary art galleries, and revitalised riverside promenades, creating a dynamic environment for RCA students seeking a home near the heart of London’s creative scene.

Vauxhall can trace its roots back to the 13th century, with the namesake Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens becoming a prominent entertainment destination in the 17th century. The district’s industrial chapter began with the arrival of glassworks and potteries in the 18th century, followed by the establishment of the Vauxhall Motors factory in the early 1900s.

Vauxhall has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent decades, with former industrial sites repurposed into modern residential and commercial developments. Now renowned for its vibrant LGBTQ+ scene and contemporary arts presence, Vauxhall retains a captivating mix of old and new, reflecting London’s dynamic spirit of reinvention.

Our team at Crown Luxury Homes particularly likes the selection of residences here that echo Vauxhall’s unique blend of gritty and glamorous. Choose from stylish riverside apartments where the London skyline unfolds before your eyes, sleek modern flats in exciting new developments, or spacious loft-style conversions within former warehouses, where original industrial features add a touch of urban cool.

Vauxhall’s eclectic spirit extends to its dining and entertainment options. Uncover a diverse mix of culinary gems, ranging from hip eateries serving street food to intimate gastropubs steeped in local charm. Explore boundary-pushing art exhibitions at the renowned Newport Street Gallery and immerse yourself in the legendary LGBTQ+ scene at iconic venues like the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Vauxhall offers a stimulating lifestyle where creative energy flows freely day and night, providing ideal inspiration for RCA students seeking a London address on the leading edge of the city’s diverse cultural scene.



This guide has introduced you to a captivating selection of London neighbourhoods. Each offers a unique taste of history, architectural charm, cultural diversity, and proximity to the prestigious Royal College of Art (RCA).

Whether you can see yourself amidst the timeless elegance of Kensington, the buzzing creative energy of Hammersmith, the revitalised riverside allure of Battersea, or the boundary-pushing spirit of Vauxhall, this city holds the perfect living space to complement your artistic pursuits.

Consider the wealth of experiences at your fingertips. Imagine indulging in Kensington’s refined dining scene before exploring the sprawling beauty of Hyde Park at dusk. You may lose yourself in Hammersmith’s independent galleries, then catch an electrifying performance at a renowned theatre. Or, stroll along the Thames in Battersea, surrounded by architectural marvels, before immersing yourself in cutting-edge art exhibitions. The opportunities are endless.

Crown Luxury Homes understand that your London home extends beyond your apartment or townhouse;  it is the neighbourhood that will shape your daily life. Let us help you unlock the district that ignites your passion. From elegant mansion flats to industrial-chic loft conversions, we will find your ideal residence together. This is where your unforgettable London journey begins – in a home that inspires creativity, encourages exploration, and perfectly positions you to make the most of your RCA experience.