I want to live in…Forest Gate

This is the proper East End (for the minute) and no it isn’t Forest Hill (ever). Its name is derived from a southern gate of Epping Forest which once stretched continuously down from Epping to the main Roman Road (now Romford Road) linking Camulodunum to Londinium. So bore the estate agent with that, when you are looking at the cheap properties, good schools and planned Crossrail station. Still not interested? Well I have even more (useless facts) An Anglo-Saxon jewelled...

I want to live in… Clapton

I want to live in… Clapton Would you want to live in an area dubbed “murder mile” only a few years ago? No, well you are in the minority. There is nothing like middle class gentrification to bring down the crime rate. It is almost as if the local hoodlums are too embarrassed to commit crime next to a graphic designer with a handlebar moustache; ruins their street cred. So Clapton is yet another area conquered on the hipster map....

I want to live in… Walthamstow

Walthamstow is “Awesomestow” apparently. Yes it is a bit cringe, but don’t let that put you off, it is becoming the creative hub of London. It even has a village bit (ok I know everywhere in London claims to have one, but this is the real deal) I don’t know many fashion designers, but of the ones who give me a minute of their precious time, all live in Walthamstow. The mass exodus from Dalston has washed-up the hipsters of...

I want to live in…Charlton

You are never going to own a stately home; peasant. So why not buy a property next to one? Charlton in South East London is part of the Royal borough of Greenwich, with good schools, parks, great views and Charlton House - regarded as the best preserved Jacobean house in London, built in 1607. However, unlike Greenwich town and neighbouring Blackheath, it is actually affordable. Ok some bits are a bit down on their luck, but in general it is...

I want to live in…Catford

“It isn’t pretty but it has a big black plastic cat,” I was told a few years ago by my girlfriend who is from around that area. A few years on and it’s exactly the same. I guess in a rapidly changing London some consistency is quite comforting. This is the South East London as Del Boy would have seen it. There has been loose talk of regeneration for years, I fear the cat might go to the plastic animal...

I want to live in…Clapham

Clapham arrived on the scene years ago, and put SW4 firmly on the map. Few can remember it used to be regarded as quite a rough area. Now it is one of busiest drinking/eating areas in London, with many venues full every day of the week. It used to be full of Australians, but they appear to have been priced out the places like Acton. Now Clapham is firmly the HQ for the young Home Counties set in London. Rugby...

I want to live in…Beckenham

You thought of David Beckham didn’t you? So did I, it is nothing to be ashamed of...embrace it. Beckenham is a traditional London suburb - to the South East of the capital - with pleasant tree lined streets, Edwardian houses and the vague feeling it was once a village before London expanded like Eric Pickle’s waistband. I guess it is Kent at heart, but London in outlook. And wait for it, it’s cheap. Not Aldi prices of course, but just about...

I want to live in…Forest Hill

Do you like stuffed animals? (Well I do), then Forest Hill in South East London is the place for you. The Horniman museum has a huge collection and would be on your doorstep if you bought here. And a lot of people have been purchasing properties in the area. I’m not sure if it is due to the extensive taxidermy offering or the leafy streets and still fairly reasonable prices. Reasonable for London you understand, not in the traditional sense...

I want to live in…Tooting

Tooting in South West London, is just one stop from up-market Balham and it is fast seeing the same gentrification of its Northern Line neighbour, which means you guessed it…the bargain boat has sailed. It has two tube stops; Tooting Broadway is the bustling multicultural area and Tooting Bec is quieter, more desirable and as expected more pricey. You have the feeling some of the less successful curry houses (of which there are many) might soon become trendy boutiques. Day after...

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