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Park life: Central London’s best open spaces


London is constantly being referred to as urban – a sprawling metropolis buzzing with noise and people. But did you know an estimated 47% of the capital is physically green, with 8.3 million trees and over 3,000 parks? Its grassy credentials are so strong that there’s even a growing movement to make Greater London a National Park City – a new take on a National Park.

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London time-savers

While London hasn’t always been known as a 24-hour city in the past, more London attractions are staying open late in the capital to accommodate busy Londoners. Countless museums and galleries now routinely stay open late, or at the very least have a dedicated late-opening evening, much like the Thursday late night shopping evenings in the central London shopping districts. ZSL London Zoo’s ‘Zoo Lates’ has become a hit, drawing the after-work crowd by combining its famous animal  exhibits with a festival atmosphere. Here’s five of our favourite London time-savers…

Victoria and Albert museum

On the last Friday of every month (apart from December), the V&A in South Kensington keeps its doors open until10pm, so you can turn the viewing of four million items spanning centuries and hundreds of cultures, into a social event with a glass of wine in hand! If you rent or own property in South Kensington, why not make the most of it and follow the culture fix with a meal or drinks nearby. Each ‘Friday late’ is different, including everything from special guests, live music and DJs, to fashion exhibitions, one-off displays. The V&A’s beautiful courtyard, with its oval pool, grassy surrounds and flower boxes, is transformed at night with dramatic lighting to create a really special scene.

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The best places to get married in Central London

The best places to wed – and find that dress – in the capital

It’s the most important day of your life and creates memories you’ll want to treasure forever. So, there’s no room for slip-ups when it comes to choosing your wedding venue, accommodation and of course, the perfect dress. You should give your choice of location as much thought as you would put in to finding a house to buy or rent in the capital. Here’s our guide to the top five locations for lovebirds in London to get hitched:

Notting Hill (W10)

It’s a place so romantic they made a film out of it; Notting Hill is home to The Belvedere, once a summer ballroom to the Jacobean mansion that was Holland House in the 17th century. It boasts beautiful landscapes and finery with The Bridal Temperley boutique just around the corner. Finish off your perfect day at the Shaftesbury Premier complete with champagne and rose petals scattered on the bed.

Belvedere Restaurant near Notting Hill

Belvedere Restaurant near Notting Hill

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Romantic Hotspots in London

Residential Land have a few suggestions for the best places to celebrate Valentines Day in London.

Love in London

With Valentine’s Day just round the corner, it’s a good time to think about visiting some of the capital’s most romantic spots, from beautiful views in Hampstead to biscuit icing classes in Chiswick. London’s romantic side is also a good thing to consider when deciding where to buy or rent in London: to add a touch of magic into your routine. Whether you’ve been married for years or are in the first flush of love, here are our top romantic picks.

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London theatres off the West End

You don’t have to venture into the west end to catch some quality theatre in the capital.

Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn

Culture vultures can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to soaking up the latest plays. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a property in London, there’s never a theatre far from home.

The Drayton Theatre: South Kensington (SW5)

There’s an intimate fringe theatre above one of South Kensington’s most popular pubs, The Drayton Arms. Locals flock to The Arms for its euphoric atmosphere, its famously delectable Sunday roasts and its generous provision of top-notch entertainment.

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Looking for the best place to live as a family in London?

Use our guide to find the perfect corner of London for your brood…

On the face of it, the buzzing metropolis of London may not seem the ideal place to live as a young family. However, with a bit of research and knowhow, it is possible to find an area which offers a high quality of family life and allows you to reap the cultural and social benefits the capital has to offer.

Family enjoying the Natural History Museum in South Kensington

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Why everyone wants to live in Hampstead

The allure of Hampstead, with its stunning architecture, bespoke houses, indulgent mansion flats, cobbled lanes, tree lined avenues, fantastic boutique shops, cafes and restaurants, celebrity residents and 791 acres of the fabulous Hampstead Heath, arguably makes it the most prestigious of London’s high-brow postcodes.

View from Hampstead Heath, NW3

But what really makes NW3 so high-end and, how does the NW3 postcode command such a premium in property prices?

Since the 18th and 19th centuries, actors, playwrights, artists of every genre, émigrés, avant-garde ‘misfits’ and business tycoons have been drawn to Hampstead as a place where they felt valued, esteemed and respected for their work and ideals. A nostalgic affection for such individuals has fostered a desire to belong to this set and ever since, countless generations of artists, including Agatha Christie, John Keats, Henry Moore and Dame Judy Dench, have been lured to Hampstead.

The vast wealth of this prized neighbourhood is fuelled by the number of high profile residents that call home to residents such as Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Boy George, Stephen Fry and Liam Gallagher.  A lust for life amongst pop idols and film stars has seen competition for property burgeon, and as a result, property prices in the area are increasingly high.

So aside from this nostalgic connection to Hampstead’s avant-garde past and current Hollywood allure, what else is key to its popularity?

Hampstead has a unique, chic character and style, luxurious local amenities and an unbeatable location.  Its centrality in zone 2 of the Underground network is a big plus. Residents of NW3 have access to three different tube lines (Metropolitan, Jubilee and Northern lines), as well as a host of bus and national rail services.

Perhaps it is its iconic patch of countryside, Hampstead Heath, that rises high above the London skyline? Hampstead Heath does after all offer residents and visitors 791 acres of public parkland, beautiful views and the well-known heath is a celebrity in its own right, having featured in countless films and TV shows.

But the heath’s A-list status is also born of its versatility. It hosts concerts, plays, festivals and community get-togethers as well as family picnics, romantic proposals and has parks perfect for ball games, walking paths and even its own racecourse.  It is also the location of a number of museum houses that remain crucial to preserving British history.

These are great characteristics and genuine reasons why buyers willingly pay a higher price for property in Hampstead. But something else makes Hampstead so esteemed.

Hampstead is prestigious, purely because it always has been. It now has more millionaires within its boundaries than any other area in the UK* and because its people uphold the traditionally glamourous image, Hampstead will continue to impress for years to come.

Hot Property:

Rosslyn Hill - Luxury Apartments in Hampstead

Rosslyn Hill – Luxury Apartments in Hampstead

Luxury apartments for Sale on Rosslyn Hill

Rosslyn Hill, which adjoins the south of popular Hampstead High Street, has long been an affluent and glamourous residential area of NW3. At number 2 is a beautifully presented former Georgian hotel.

A two bedroom garden flat is on offer in this block for £995,000. Alternatively the two bedroom penthouse, with study, is available for £1.45m.

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