London may be out of reach for many potential real-estate buyers, with the average detached home in the city costing almost £900,000 ($1.17 million) according to the latest figures from the U.K. land registry.
But for British rapper Tinie Tempah, who was raised on welfare and lived on a housing project in south-east London, the city's luxury homes drove his ambition.
He told CNBC's "Trailblazers" that London is unique since it has a mix of government council estate blocks of houses and beautiful million-plus pound terrace houses on the same road.
"In London, you can literally live in a council estate and opposite you could be in front of a one, two, three, four million (pound) house you could see their lifestyle, see their family and for me if that isn't hope then I don't really know what is. So yeah, London for me is a city of hope," he added.