Rat and Mouse
Borough of Tower Hamlets
Tue
06
Sep

The Greenland Group will build a 67-storey tower in West India Quay at a cost of £800m. The tallest residential development in Europe, it will feature gym, cocktail bar and an infinity pool. Construction is to be completed in 2020, but the first of the 861 apartments will go on sale next month. More here.

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Wed
09
Dec

CBRE has done a bit of number crunching to highlight the rise of “City fringe” property prices. Since 2008, prices are up 62% across Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Wapping, compared to 36% across the London market as a whole. Main driver? London’s tech sector… with businesses driving the gentrification with the need for shops and restaurants. The data also confirms lower average ages living in the fringe. More here.

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Thu
22
Oct

According to Rightmove data, new high-end properties in Canary Wharf and Wapping are helping give one of the capital’s poorest boroughs a record average annual price hike… including £50,000 added to the average price rise in just one month. More here.

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Fri
04
Sep

It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. A Bethnal Green rental in which the bedroom was a tiny shed in the living room, just enough room for a mattress on the floor. Worse, still, the living room was communal, shared by other flat mates. Cost? £530 a month. More, including pics, here.

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Tue
21
Jul

In a very interesting piece, the Guardian explains the historical background to a demonstration in Norton Folgate - linking Bishopsgate to Shoreditch High Street - in which 500 people turned up on Sunday to join hands in symbolic protest of plans to demolish and rebuild. In the 18th Century, the area received a legal “freedom” from the City, a kind of independence. In the 1970s, it survived a clash with British Land, thanks to a campaign that featured contributions from Dan Cruikshank and John Betjeman. Now, whether it survives in the face of pressure to build more high-rise “perfume bottles”, is being seen as a symbol of a battle for the very identity of the capital. Read it here.

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Tue
30
Jun

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We’re talking about 10 Park Drive, a Stanton Williams-designed Canary Wharf block of 354 apartments. Unlike other high-profile recent developments, this - the developers promise - won’t be sold off-plan in the Far East before Londoners get a look in. It’s getting a UK-only launch (although non-UK citizens resident here will, of course, be eligible to buy). More here.

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Thu
05
Jun

According to research by the Future Foundation, single women looking to become less single should move to London, specifically the City and Newham where men outnumber women 1.55 to 1 and 1.26 to 1 respectively. If you’re a single man, London still holds promise, but the FF suggests you focus your nights out in Enfield and Wandsworth. More here.

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Wed
18
Sep

£3m buys the Spitalfields home snapped up by Keira Knightly just over a year ago from fellow thesp Samantha Morton. Some details here. Particulars here.

If these walls could talk… the Grand Designs Kennington water tower [April 19, 2013]
If these walls could talk… Pooh edition [March 29, 2013] 

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Thu
16
May

The developers have formed a new company specifically to manage the transition from athlete quarters to Olympic legacy rentals, and it's called Get Living London (ew, really?). According the website, there are up to three-year rental agreements (a good idea, in our opinion, although check those break clauses in the event of spiralling rents in the area), and the first 370 homes will be ready for residents by August and September. More here.

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Wed
24
Apr

London has the 10 most violent local authorities in Britain despite sharp falls in crime over the past decade, a new international study claimed today.

Yeah, in true Orwellian style it's called The UK Peace Index, and it's worth pointing out at this juncture that it's not the actual local authorities that are violent - it's not about marauding councillors - but the boroughs. So, where are the most violent neighbourhoods in the Peace Index?

Lewisham is the most violent place to live in the country, and gets a special mention for its "staggering" levels of public disorder. Lambeth, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets are the next five most punchy.

The data was suppled by the Home Office and covers a decade. The report comes courtesy of the Institute for Economics and Peace (its other publications include the Global Terrorism Index, no kidding).

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