Rat and Mouse
The City of London
Tue
11
Oct

Fans of London’s most playful and least brutal of Brutalist developments will want to know about photographer Anton Rodriguez’s new book, which pokes a lens inside some of the marvellous Barbican apartments, looking at the spaces and the people living in them. For more information go here. For a preview, check the blog.

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Thu
28
Jan

Property price inflation dropped from 18% in 2014 to 2% last years and - according to one agent - buyers looking for an arty London neighbourhood are now looking across the river at Bermondsey. More here.

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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Wed
02
Sep

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Congratulations to Rafael Vinoly, whose 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie, overcame stiff competition, including Lambeth’s Parliament house, which looks like it got broken while it was being constructed, and north Acton’s cereal box student housing complex, to pick up top honours in BD Magazine’s Carbuncle Cup. The Walkie Talkie, perhaps best known for burning cars and shop fronts on sunny days, blowing pedestrians off their feet on windy days and looming over the neighbourhood like a school ground bully, won these words from BD’s editor:

The result is Londoners now have to suffer views of this bloated carbuncle crashing into London’s historic skyline like an unwelcome guest at a party from miles away.

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Fri
14
Aug

Remember when you didn’t need to be a millionaire to live in central London? The three-bedroom flat in Covent Garden is in Siddons Court, once 100% social housing owned by Westminster Council. The flat was bought under right-to-buy rules in 1990, for £130,000. It’s been moved on for £1.2m. Thankfully, the agents report that the new owners will be owner-occupiers, rather than speculators. Even so...

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Tue
11
Aug

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Next door to the Adelphi, and above a posh burger shop, Gatti House apartments feature original architectural details that inspired work in the Titanic and a pizza lift from Nell Gwynne Tavern directly to the bedrooms. For the full story behind its name, go 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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Fri
02
Jan

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A good read on the Guardian website today… Dave Hill’s summation of a major London development project and an intervention by the mayor. A sad tale of an opportunity wasted. Read it here.

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Tue
09
Sep

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The China Post points the spotlight on Principal Tower in Shoreditch and The Landau (CGI, pictured) in Fulham. There’s definitely no risk of a bubble, they say. However, at home...

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