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Rising house prices in Tower Hamlets.

Rising house prices in Tower Hamlets.

  Worrying new figures suggest that within 20 years it won’t be young people taking any notice of a ‘For Sale’ sign in London – as they’re far more likely to be still living with their parents. The Nationwide House Price Index shows that house prices across the country rose…

Life on Regent’s Canal cuts bills for houseboat lovers

Life on Regent’s Canal cuts bills for houseboat lovers

On Regent’s Canal, the houseboats lining the walkways have become an integral part of the East London landscape. Yet, these bright boats aren’t just decorative niceties – the economic advantages of living on a houseboat are luring an increasing number of Londoners into making this lifestyle change. The Residential Boat…

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Two years ago, Georgia Franklin-Pierce, then a 22-year-old graduate, found herself in “a bit of a pickle”. She wanted to live in London but thought: “How am I going to afford it?” In 2012, the average price of rent in London for a single household was hovering around £1,000 per month.…

Container studio homes are perfect fit in Docklands

Container studio homes are perfect fit in Docklands

Containers have been coming in and out of the docklands for over a century, so when Trinity Buoy Wharf became house to Container City in 2001, it was a natural fit. The containers, stacked five high and bursting in vibrant reds, blues, and yellows at the edge of the Wharf,…

Caravan Clubs: A “little utopia” within Croydon

Caravan Clubs: A “little utopia” within Croydon

Crystal Palace Caravan Club takes up a small part of the north side of Crystal Palace Park. Seventy-one pitches are rolled out along lighted, curved gravel roads that swing between large pitches of grass, isolated from the rest of the park by fences and blocks of bushy trees that allow…

East End to be transformed by fifty-five tower blocks

East End to be transformed by fifty-five tower blocks

Tower Hamlets is top location in London for tower blocks, with 55 currently in the pipeline a survey has revealed. Data compiled by New London Architecture (NLA) shows that the capital is about to experience a surge in high rise buildings, 236 to be precise, which if completed will have…

Property prices in Shoreditch overtake Notting Hill Gate

Property prices in Shoreditch overtake Notting Hill Gate

East really is the new west as Shoreditch has overtaken Notting Hill Gate in the average price for a one bedroom flat under the £1m mark. Shoreditch now matches and overtakes Notting Hill Gate in both the price per square foot and the average price for one bedroomed flats under…

Fascinated by the pre-fab: a look at Britain’s war housing

Fascinated by the pre-fab: a look at Britain’s war housing

The Excalibur Estate in Catford is the largest surviving prefab housing estate with 186 bungalows, that is until later this year when Lewisham Council is set to bulldoze all but six to make way for 371 new properties. Before the council move in, photographer Elisabeth Blanchet has opened “The Prefab…

Welfare Reform Week: ELL begins week investigating the impacts of the reforms in our boroughs one year on

Welfare Reform Week: ELL begins week investigating the impacts of the reforms in our boroughs one year on

One-Year Anniversary of Welfare Reform Bill A year ago today, the Welfare Reform Bill passed its final hurdle in the Houses of Parliament and came into force. In order to commemorate the first anniversary of the Welfare Reform Bill, over the next four days, ELL will look at how our…

Police probe launched into alleged electoral fraud case

Police probe launched into alleged electoral fraud case

Scotland Yard detectives have been called in to investigate claims that ‘bogus workers’ have been canvassing Tower Hamlets residents in the run up to the mayoral election this coming May. It is alleged that people believed to be supporters of Mayor Lutfur Rahman, the current Independent Party representative for Tower…