LONDON’S STILL CALLING
Much has been made over the course of the past year of ‘mass exodus’ from London; with headlines announcing buyers flocking in their droves from the capital in search of more space and a ‘better life’.
Whilst there is no doubt that many, freed from the obligation of day-to-day office working, have decided to leave the capital – the truth is, London is, and always will be – a desirable destination to live for buyers of all ages and walks of life.
With lockdown restrictions recently lifted, the city has once again been bustling with life; giving would-be-buyers a retreat from life, work and play, a place where the fun can finally start again – with iconic landmarks, beautiful parks, delicious food, drinks, nightlife, and culture right on the doorstep.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you, here’s our top 10 reasons why London is still calling for potential buyers:
1.Green space everywhere. Perhaps unbelievably, nearly half of London is green space. There are plenty of parks to choose from, where you can have a weekend stroll or get your summer BBQ on at some of the Capital’s iconic parks, including Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – which sits right next door to our Stone Studios development. If you ever fancy escaping from the hustle and bustle of central London, you can always give the Parkland Walk Nature Reserve a go, which stretches from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park – where you’ll find our City North development.
2.Shops a plenty. You’ll never be short of finding a shop in London, with big brand stores lining the streets of Oxford Street to the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, located near Stone Studios. There is an abundance of independent stores and quirky vintage markets dotted around the Capital too, where plenty can be found in Hackney Wick and Upper Street (Angel), near to City North.
3.Riverside living. London has its own Little Venice – literally – packed full of incredible river and canal walks where you can enjoy either a quiet stroll or, for the more adventurous, take part in some rigorous sporting activities. Some of the Capital’s hidden gems lie around Greenford – where you can find the Grand Union Canal, next door to The Lock – east London’s canal network in Hackney Wick, and the Royal Docks, overlooking our Gallions Point development.
4.Food glorious food. From afternoon teas, to a nice spot for dinner, London has it all. Hackney Wick is lined with places to eat along the canal, including the ever popular CRATE pizzeria. If you are ever in the Finsbury Park area, give local foodie favourites Boulangerie Bon Mati and Rosa’s Thai Café a whirl.
5.History. London is soaked with history and iconic landmarks, including Big Ben, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. For history buffs looking to do something outside of central, head to the Museum of London Docklands, near Gallions Point, where you can find out more about the history of the world famous River Thames. You can also find the Museum of Water & Steam, near our Greenford development, while the V&A is planning to open a new arts museum in Stratford, near Hackney Wick.
6.Culture. The Capital boasts an incredible array of theatres, music venues and galleries. Hackney Wick is renowned for having one of London’s best street-art scenes, from huge murals to more urban graffiti. Over at Gallions Point, why not check out the Line Sculpture trail – London’s first dedicated public artwork – which runs between the O2 Arena and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. And if you fancy something different, you can watch a game or book a tour at the Emirates Stadium near Finsbury Park, the home of Premier League heavyweights, Arsenal.
7.Festival fun. The summer is brimming with festivals, across all the zones. Finsbury Park lays claim to one of the country’s biggest music festivals in the Wireless Festival, while Hackney Wick hosts a number of arts and food festivals throughout the year. You can also pop over to The Lock at Greenford Quay, where we will be hosting an array of activities for the family every Saturday throughout August as part of our Summer Series. If you’re a bit of a board game fanatic, you can also try your hand at a life-size jenga and many more games, starting on 7 August.
8.The nightlife. Pubs, bars, clubs, and microbreweries galore. And London has them in abundance. Hackney Wick hosts a bustling range of quirky bars and independent breweries, including Howling Hops and CRATE, while Greenford Quay has a great selection of places to grab a post-work dinner with friends, including Smokeat.
9.Job opportunities. London has one of the best working scenes in the world. Stone Studios sits next door to Here East, which is home to one of the Capital’s biggest business and tech campuses (as well as some fantastic food and drink options, overlooking the canal). Over in the Royal Docks, the ExCel – one of London’s largest conference centres – can be found a 10 minute walk from Gallions Point.
10.Perfect location for travel. London is super easy to hop on a train or grab a plane and jet off for the weekend, including Europe. City of London Airport and the Emirates Air Line can both be found right around the corner from Gallions Point, while Hackney Wick, Greenford and Finsbury Park are all served by either underground or overground lines across the Capital’s dynamic tube network.
For more information on the our range of homes available across London, get in touch with our sales team via email or phone at 01992 942 800 or email@example.com.