A DEVELOPER says Basildon is the ideal place to rent for professionals hoping to escape the expensive London market.

It comes after as a Lloyds survey shows London professionals save most on the cost of their home if they are willing to commute for an average of an hour by train.

Joe Green, Managing Director of London Green, said: “The benefits of renting an apartment just outside of central London are clear.

"Our Regent House development offers city workers the opportunity to live in high-quality apartments just a short walk from Basildon station, so it’s no surprise that the development has seen a significant amount of interest from London professionals since its launch in early April.”

Rental prices start at £800 per month for a one-bed flat set against more than £3,000 the equivalent in central London.