Why landlords should reach out to London’s Gallic community

If you currently have a property to rent in the West End, your next tenant could very well be from France. With the French making up one of the largest expat groups in London - an estimated 300,000 live in the capital – it’s no surprise how Francophile London is. West London estate agents Kay & Co take a look at London’s French connection, with lettings in mind.

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Transport connections - If you have a property to rent in Marylebone or Regent’s Park, you are on the doorstep of London St. Pancras International station and this transport connection should be referenced in the marketing of your property. With Paris and Lille an easilly commutable distance, Marylebone and Regent’s Park are ideal locations for those regularly travelling to and from French cities.

Central London also boasts excellent direct rail connections to the UK’s major airports, via the Heathrow Express from Paddington to Heathrow and the Gatwick Express from Victoria.

Business connections - It is highly likely that your prospective tenant is renting a central London property as their job has brought them to the capital. There are many businesses in London employing a large French contingency or which are French owned with an English base. Among these are Eurostar International Ltd, Air France, Société Générale, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB, L'Oréal, Safran Group, Ardian and Capgemini.

Schools - Many French families feel confident about educating their children in London, with plenty of good quality French schools to choose from throughout the city. L’Ecole Internationale Franco-Anglaise is located in the heart of Marylebone village. It is an independent, co-ed, secular and international school providing a bilingual education to children from 18 months to 18 years as well as a ‘homologué’ school, which means that it guarantees to follow the French curriculum. Other educational options include La Petite Ecole Française in W10, Jacques Prévert in W6, Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in SW7, École Jeannine Manuel in WC1B and L'Ecole Bilingue Elementary in W2.

Leisure - If your French tenant is looking for some fine French cuisine, then there is plenty of choice but Roux at The Landau and Le Gavroche – both owned by Michel Roux Jr - are highly recommended. Pied A’ Terre in Fitzrovia or its sister restaurant L’Autre Pied in Marylebone are also noteworthy.
If French produce for flavours of home is important, then La Fromagerie in Marylebone should be a tenant’s corner shop. There’s a dazzling choice of French cheeses, as well as seasonal fruit and vegetables, homemade jams and chutneys, fresh-baked breads, biscuits and cakes, extra virgin olive oils, vinegars and essential dry store ingredients with a Gallic bias.

Locations a Londres - French tenants often contact Kay & Co specifically requesting properties to rent in Marylebone and Regents Park, thanks to the central location, facilities and cosmopolitan ambience. We would be delighted to help you rent a property you own in West London or help you acquire a buy-to-let property suitable for French tenants.

Please contact our Kay & Co offices today for lettings advice, or browse our website for details of our full property management service for a fuss-free buy-to-let experience in London.

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