Residential Land https://www.residentialland.com/blog Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:22:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.15 What’s it like to live in Paddington? https://www.residentialland.com/blog/index.php/2021/01/whats-like-live-paddington/ Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:14:11 +0000 https://www.residentialland.com/blog/?p=65234 -->A bustling city atmosphere, luscious green parks and world-class entertainment. These are just a handful of the benefits of living in Paddington. ]]> -->

A bustling city atmosphere, luscious green parks and world-class entertainment on your doorstep – these are just a handful of the benefits of living in Paddington. This area is home to an international community of families, students and professionals who take delight in all the experiences the neighbourhood has to offer.

Read on to discover more about life in this cosmopolitan and vibrant area of London.

A glimpse of Paddington’s history

The neighbourhood of Paddington is located in the London borough of Westminster. The name of the area dates back to the 10th century when it was originally written as “Padintune”, and a number of historians claim that it was an Anglo-Saxon settlement. In the 16th century, the settlement at Paddington Green began to develop and later in 1790 St Mary’s church was built. Notably, Paddington station opened in its first and temporary form in 1838. Further development also took place in the surrounding area, such as the construction of Georgian terraced houses and the famous St Mary’s hospital in 1845. The station was later extended and in 1850 permission was granted for a new permanent station to be built. Extensions and refurbishments of the station continued in 1904 and the 1930s, 1990s and early 2000s.

In contemporary times, a number of modern residential developments have been constructed as well as hotels and office buildings. Hence the area features a blend of modern and traditional buildings side by side.

What are the local attractions?

Paddington is close to a number of enticing attractions. For those who enjoy culture and history, an ample selection of museums await. The iconic Alexander Fleming Museum and Madame Tussauds wax museum are nearby, and simply cannot be missed. In nearby Marylebone, The Everyman Cinema on Baker Street offers a charming experience with its café, cocktail bar and lounge. On evenings when you are in the mood to explore Little Venice, nip across to the Canal Café Theatre. There you can enjoy drinks and traditional pub food before watching excellent cabarets, plays and stand-up comedy nights. Moreover, every summer open-air concerts are held just a short stroll away in beautiful Hyde Park, where friends and families meet for picnics and leisurely strolls. In November and December, the enchanting Winter Wonderland opens at the very same park with its rides, amusements and seasonal eateries.

Retail therapy at its very best

Paddington is perfectly positioned for the glorious retail delights of central London. Less than a ten-minute walk away the world-renowned Oxford Street and Regent Street beckon with a vast array of high street and high-end brands, as well as the exclusive department store of Selfridges which sells luxury fashion, accessories, cosmetics, jewellery and home furnishings. For those who wish to take a slightly longer stroll, Marylebone High Street is an excellent option with its quaint fashion boutiques, bookstores and accessory shops.

Where to go for a great meal

For the foodies of this world, living in Paddington is a delight. This neighborhood offers the chance to explore a colourful spectrum of culinary adventures. If a classy Italian is what you are craving, the elegant Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli serves up picture-perfect dishes.

To enjoy an authentic brunch spot head to the highly rated Lockhouse in Paddington basin. If you feel like venturing a little bit further, try Café Laville where you can enjoy beautiful views out towards the Little Venice canal.

When planning a romantic date night dinner, book a table at Bel Canto on Bayswater Road where classically trained singing waiters will swoon you with their live opera performances.

If an indulgent late-night Lebanese meal is what you are craving, the renowned Maroush on Edgware Road is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants to visit.

Drinks, anyone?

When in search of an unbeatable and timeless atmosphere, The Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is an ideal choice. The award-wining art deco cocktail bar and heated outdoor terrace offer the perfect space to relax and hide away from the bustle of the city with a well-deserved drink and cigar. Indoors you can explore the original photographs and love letters between Sir Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine, which makes for a memorable experience. Contrastingly, a quintessentially British pub experience awaits at The Pride of Paddington, the Victoria and The Beer House by the station.

Getting around – exceptionally good transport links

Arguably one of Paddington’s best features is its excellent transport links. The famous Paddington station offers transport on the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines, as well as connections to a number of key UK cities via the National Rail network. A key benefit is also the Heathrow Express which takes you from Paddington station to Heathrow airport in only 15 minutes. This makes Paddington a perfect place to live for those who frequently travel and require easy access to an international airport.

Luxury Living – Garrett Mansions

Garrett Mansions is a brand-new and luxurious development in the center of Paddington, London. The development features fully furnished and interior designed 1,2, and 3-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 536 sq. ft. to 1024 sq. ft, all of which enjoy outside space. The beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows welcome ample natural light into the apartments and create a bright and welcoming ambience. Garrett Mansions furthermore offers its residents access to an exclusive selection of luxury amenities including a 24-hour concierge service, state-of-the-art gymnasium, cinema room, residents’ lounge and conference facilities. Additionally the development features a residents-only spa complete with a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and treatments.

Waterside Living – 4B Merchant Square

4B Merchant Square is located waterside, in the newly developed Paddington Basin. This contemporary block comprises 60 luxury 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments set over 15 storeys, many of them with canal views. This prestigious waterside building benefits from private underground parking spaces, concierge service and round the clock security, as well as penthouses and apartments refurbished in a chic, contemporary style with high specification amenities and furnishings. All the apartments benefit from comfort cooling.

Can you see yourself living in Paddington?

If the area of Paddington sounds interesting to you, perhaps this could be your next London neighbourhood. Call us today on +44 (0)20 7408 5155 or email our lettings team at lettings@residentialland.com to find out more about the stunning rental apartments we have available at Garrett Mansions and Merchant Square.

At Residential Land all of our properties are managed in-house so you will deal directly with the landlord. Furthermore, all of our tenants benefit from the service of dedicated building managers and 24-hour maintenance support. We have a 30+ year track record of success and are one of London’s largest landlords, so you can rest assured that renting with us will be a smooth and seamless process.

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A festive season in Mayfair https://www.residentialland.com/blog/index.php/2020/12/festive-season-mayfair/ Thu, 17 Dec 2020 17:25:32 +0000 https://www.residentialland.com/blog/?p=65054 -->Take a walk in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights of London.]]> -->

Indeed, 2020 has been a different year. Nevertheless, Christmas is just around the corner and a sense of merriment is still to be enjoyed. We think it’s time to cheer up your Christmas spirits and put a jingle in your step. If you’re lucky enough to be in central London and more specifically Mayfair this December, then you’re in for a treat. This elegant and quintessentially luxurious area is the perfect place to add a little sparkle and enjoy the festive lights.

Take a walk in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights of Mayfair.

In addition to the glimmering Christmas tree outside the Connaught Hotel and its miniature replications on Mount street, Oxford Street has a unique Christmas display of LED light curtains featuring the poem “To London With Love”. The display is intended to spread gratitude for the heroes who helped people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each week a new 2020 hero is recognized, whose name will shine bright in the Christmas lights. Contrastingly, the world-renowned shopping of Bond Street has opted for a shimmering light display in the contour of white peacock feathers, with many shops showcasing their own festive settings. Regent Street is decked with garlands of lights and magical golden angels, whilst South Molton Street’s traditional illuminated arches and enchanting colour-shifting trees are dazzling.

Close by to some of the Residential Land Mayfair apartments is the exterior of Claridge’s, where designer Basil Ionides legendary leaping deer prancing across the hotel canopy amongst the twinkling Christmas trees can be seen.

So if you’re in the area, why not go for a socially distant walk to admire the festive decorations and see what lights you can spot.

P.S. Please keep in mind safety and social distancing guidelines if going out to see the lights.

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Nine Elms Railway Arch Set For Revamp https://www.residentialland.com/blog/index.php/2020/11/nine-elms-railway-arch-set-revamp/ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 14:32:18 +0000 https://www.residentialland.com/blog/?p=63664 -->The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has named the six teams shortlisted in its competition for a £165,000 revamp of a disused railway arch in London’s Nine Elms.]]> -->

The competition – launched in partnership with Wandsworth Council – seeks proposals for two new gateway entrances to the formerly abandoned ‘Arch 42’, which is due to become a public pedestrian route connecting the new Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station tube stations on the Northern line Extension.

The latest project comes a year after another Nine Elms London Festival of Architecture contest of the nearby Thessaly Road railway bridge, which was given a complete refresh by artist and designer Yinka Ilori.

The Arch 42 Gateway project – focuses on a disused light industrial space beneath a 170-year-old railway viaduct carrying the South Western main line into Waterloo station. The arch is due to become a new pedestrian tunnel featuring landmark gateways to help ‘engage, delight’ and connect parts of Nine Elms which had previously been severed by the railway.

The project is another example of how Nine Elms has undergone a fantastic transformation in recent years and continues to be a major regeneration zone, including a spectacular new residential district.

If you are searching for a new London home with outside space in Nine Elms, take a look at our property listings at Thornes House, Nine Elms. You can also call a member of our helpful lettings team on +44 (0)20 7408 5155 or drop us an email on enquiries@residentialland.com , and we will be happy to help you find your dream property in London!

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Tenant Testimonial: Renting Opposite Ravenscourt Park https://www.residentialland.com/blog/index.php/2020/09/tenant-testimonial-renting-opposite-ravenscourt-park/ Mon, 21 Sep 2020 08:22:14 +0000 https://www.residentialland.com/blog/?p=63084

My partner and I recently moved into Hamlet Gardens. The service we have received from Danielle and Paul has been top class – all queries are responded to within a couple of hours and any issues fixed and resolved within an impeccably fast time frame! Our property itself has a lovely view of Ravenscourt Park and is fully furnished with modern well functioning appliances which complements the beautiful architecture of Hamlet Gardens. Overall I would thoroughly recommend Hamlet Gardens as a place to live and Residential Land as a letting agent and property manager! We spent a long time searching for a property to live in in Hammersmith and our research told us Hamlet Gardens was head and shoulders above other similarly priced properties in the area. Since we have moved in Hamlet Gardens has surpassed our expectations!

S.G

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Homes with outside space and tranquil views https://www.residentialland.com/blog/index.php/2020/08/homes-outside-space-tranquil-views/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:11:31 +0000 https://www.residentialland.com/blog/?p=61874 -->searches for homes with gardens or shared outside space have skyrocketed.]]> -->

Lockdown and social distancing have prompted many of us to imagine how wonderful it would be to have our own garden, balcony, or terrace. As Anna White of Homes & Property notes, online searches for homes with gardens or shared outside space have skyrocketed during quarantine.

With many of us spending more time at home than ever before, the dream of having outside space is on the rise. The new normal – a blended life of working from home, staying alert and staying safe, and heading less frequently social venues – is enticing some of us to rethink our choices and look for a dwelling which offers us a more comfortable and enjoyable living space. Equally, some of us are searching for ways to make the most of the outdoor space which we already have. Read on to discover our tips and tricks for fully enjoying your outside space.

The benefits of having your own outdoor space

Whether you are a busy family, professional or a new student in town you can enjoy the many benefits of having your own outside space.Having a beautiful garden or balcony allows you to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, whilst staying safe and practising social distancing. It also expands the space of your home and connects you with nature. Imagine stepping out to your private space to relax, read a book, meditate, or simply enjoy a refreshing drink alone or with friends in the summer heat. The privilege is palpable!

How to make full use of your outside space – whether large or small

There are numerous ways you can make the most of your private outside space. As design expert Terri Williams suggests, a great way to start is by making your space multi-functional. For example, a spacious dining table may be perfect for both dining al fresco and working outdoors on your laptop. Equally you can remove clutter and mount a wall mirror to create the feeling of a larger and brighter space.

To create a charming and restorative evening atmosphere, consider adding gentle solar-powered mood lighting and accessorising your space with objects such as fragranced candles, fruit bowls, water features and decorative statues. Finally, if your outdoor space does not have natural greenery, try enhancing it with plants and colourful flowers. You could also try out a biophilic design by covering a full outdoor wall with different plants to create a an eye-catching “green wall”, bringing you closer to nature. If high-maintenance plants sound like too much work or you simply do not have green fingers, artificial plants can make for an easier and more durable option.

A multi-functional private outdoor space

A Residential Land apartment in Garden House featuring a multi-functional private outdoor space perfect for working from home, entertaining, al fresco dining, and relaxing

For somewhat more compact outdoor areas such as inner-city balconies, you will most likely want to make the most of the space at hand. You might like to include a chic coffee table and comfortable chairs paired with wall-mounted lights and small-to-medium-sized potted plants. Keep in mind that regardless of the size of your outdoor space, it will be good idea to have thick, warm rugs at hand for when the winter approaches in London.

a modern balcony with beautiful waterfront views

A Residential Land apartment at Palace Wharf featuring a modern balcony with beautiful waterfront views

If you do not have your own private outdoor space but you do have access to shared outdoor areas, there are still many ways to enjoy being in the outdoors, from private training sessions to picnics with family and friends. For example, private garden squares can provide a tranquil oasis to retreat to in the middle of the city. You can also enjoy the privilege of the delightful greenery without having to worry about doing any gardening or maintenance works yourself.

private residents-only garden square

Residential Land’s Garden House offers a beautiful and private residents-only garden square

Looking for a home with outdoor space?

If you are searching for a new London home with outside space, take a look at our property listings on the Residential Land website. You can also call a member of our helpful lettings team on +44 (0)20 7408 5155 or drop us an email on enquiries@residentialland.com , and we will be happy to help you find your dream property in London!

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Tenant Testimonial: Renting in Paddington https://www.residentialland.com/blog/index.php/2020/06/tenant-testimonial-renting-paddington-5/ Tue, 09 Jun 2020 14:36:18 +0000 https://www.residentialland.com/blog/?p=59684

You have been wonderful and it was a pleasure dealing with you throughout the process of moving in. Thanks for all the help. I look forward to enjoying the summer at the flat until I move to my new place.

R.S

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A Guide to Contactless Viewings https://www.residentialland.com/blog/index.php/2020/04/guide-contactless-viewings/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 08:29:03 +0000 https://www.residentialland.com/blog/?p=58844 -->In this current climate, contactless viewings are being used by many applicants to secure our properties to rent. ]]> -->

In this current climate, contactless viewings are being used by many applicants to secure our properties to rent.

As we are the Landlord, dealing with us directly will allow for a much more comfortable and streamlined process, as we know our apartments better than anyone.

We have put together a simple guide for you, which you can download below.

 

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Helping children in Malawi to receive education https://www.residentialland.com/blog/index.php/2020/03/helping-children-in-malawi-to-receive-education/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 16:43:29 +0000 https://www.residentialland.com/blog/?p=59734 -->The charity’s focus is for the betterment of the community at large and Residential Land are proud to support the Nora Docherty Foundation, recently donating £50,000]]> -->

In 2007 a school was opened in the small villlage of Chiluzi, Dedza in the central region of Malawi. Starting with 750 pupils and 8 teachers, today the school has expanded to 2,500 pupils and 25 teachers.

Early on the sustainability of the project was at risk due to environmental and economic difficulties (drought, crop failure) affecting the project, meaning the foundation needed to obtain formal charitable status. This meant a need for a donor base and an increase in financial resources needed for the project. Charitable status was achieved in August 2015 and the Nora Docherty Charitable Foundation was born.

The school provides a nursery, primary and secondary education. In 2017 the charity also opened a local health clinic for Midwifes and a First aid centre which is available to the whole community. The school curriculum teaches pupils English, Maths, Chichewa (the Language of Malawi), Social and Religious Studies, Primary Sciences and Art and life skills.

The charity’s focus is for the betterment of the community at large and Residential Land are proud to support the Nora Docherty Foundation, recently donating £50,000.

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Donation of £50,000 to Mail Force’s PPE campaign https://www.residentialland.com/blog/index.php/2020/03/donation-50000-mail-forces-ppe-campaign/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:46:36 +0000 https://www.residentialland.com/blog/?p=59804 -->Residential Land and its founder Bruce Ritchie has pledged the money towards Mail Force’s PPE campaign]]> -->

Residential Land and its founder Bruce Ritchie has pledged the money towards Mail Force’s PPE campaign. Mr Richie’s family has kindly donated £50k towards the campaign in order to show his support to those risking their safety on the Covid-19 frontline.

The main aim of the campaign is to fund essential equipment needed by care and NHS workers. The campaign has been supported by many well-known people such as Tetra Pak, Julia Rausing, Sir Brian Souter and has been an absolute success. It has raised over £10 million in first 7 weeks after the launch.
‘We are very happy to help’ said Mr Ritchie to Daily Mail. Not only he was stricken with the virus and suffered its effects for 2 weeks himself, Bruce Ritchie has also a close family member working at the NHS frontline, who told him about the shortage of PPE equipment for care workers and encouraged to be part of this wonderful cause.

Here at Residential Land we are proud to be able to help and support causes that matter. If you would like to make a donation to Mail Force Charity PPE Campaign click here.

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Tenant Testimonial: Renting in Marylebone https://www.residentialland.com/blog/index.php/2020/02/tenant-testimonial-renting-marylebone/ Fri, 21 Feb 2020 08:38:26 +0000 https://www.residentialland.com/blog/?p=63154

Cedar House is a very lovely place. It is very convenient to the Baker Street station and several grocery stores. Only 5 mins walk to the Regent Park. Nearby you can find nursery, primary school, and secondary school. The manager of the flats is very nice and helpful. You can always get her help at the very beginning. The flat is neat, safe and has everything you need.

Y.Z

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