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Where to find the cheapest homes to buy in zones 2, 3 and 4

From Peckham to Plaistow, we’ve scoured the data to pinpoint the neighbourhoods where buyers looking for a flat or a house can find the best value in London’s inner travel zones

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‘We thought we were Londoners for life until a chance day trip away’

Chloe and Kyle Seeley fell in love with Dickens’ former hometown of Rochester when they visited on a day trip back in 2019.

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The Cornrow’s Kemi Lawson on why this outer London postcode has it all

Kemi Lawson founded lifestyle site The Cornrow, celebrating the modern black aesthetic. Here’s why her diverse area is such a big draw

Property News

The five west London Crossrail areas with the lowest house prices

House-hunters wanting to live on the Crossrail route should target their search in these west London hotspots

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Why this north-east London neighbourhood is the land Crossrail forgot

There might not be huge change on the horizon, but this north-east London suburb has much for homebuyers to like.

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Designer Felix Conran on his ‘endlessly entertaining’ East End area

Felix Conran is the grandson of designer Sir Terence, and the co-founder of luxury furniture brand Maker&Son. Here’s his insider guide to the bustling East End

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Anna Shaffer on why she loves her ‘old-school nosy’ London area

Anna Shaffer’s home turf is all about the footie, food and a friendly vibe.

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‘We sold our London home for a seaside doer-upper four times the size’

When Leanne Fraser was made redundant during the pandemic, it was the catalyst she needed to retrain and move her family to live by the sea.

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Curator Rosa Rogina on the east London area that has it all

Architect and curator Rosa Rogina gives us a tour of her vibrant east London neighbourhood.

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Where to live in the county with everything London leavers need

Just over an hour from London and with a choice of charming cities or beautiful villages — Hampshire’s the perfect country escape. But be prepared for top prices

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The best-value property hotspots within 1km of Elizabeth Line stations

New research reveals the best-value areas within one kilometre of London’s Elizabeth Line stations.

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How Crossrail is set to change this ‘magic melting pot’ in east London

It’s still scruffy for now — but Crossrail could make E1 a hotspot

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Good value period homes on Crossrail are draw to this east London area

Good value period homes on Crossrail are a draw to the area, where house prices have skyrocketed

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Greenery and value period homes make this Crossrail’s eastern star

East London’s Manor Park has new homes, green spaces and and further change on the horizon.

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A revived London area where Crossrail brings more than fast Tube links

Come for speedy Crossrail links, stay for the independent shops and strong community.

Renting

Barcelona renting: ‘There are scams you have to be security conscious’

After a 43 per cent rent rise in six years, Barcelona introduced — and then reversed — rent controls. Here’s what Londoners need to know about living in the city

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Billions of pounds have been spent on this west London, Crossrail hub

Billions of pounds have been spent transforming this west London postcode over the past decade.

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‘We swapped London for the Isle of Wight and a 10-minute commute’

Here’s how one family swapped their Plumstead home — and a three-hour west London commute — for a house with sea views on the Isle of Wight.

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Art dealer Georgia Spray on why she loves this creative London area

Georgia Spray runs online art platform Partnership Editions. Here’s why she loves her east London area’s creative local community.

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‘We swapped Crystal Palace for a Surrey village we knew little about’

Nisha Patel and her family moved from a flat in south London to a three-bedroom forever home with a garden in Pirbright last year. It’s taken a bit of getting used to, but they love it.

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The prettiest Cornwall homes on sale for the price of a London flat

The celebrity chef has sold one of his Cornwall mansions for a record-breaking £7.5 million. Lack his budget but fancy swapping city for sea? These dreamy properties are available...

Homes & Property

A local’s guide to the East End area beloved of priced out Hackneyites

Yelena Ford is managing director of The New Craftsmen, which sells the work of some of Britain’s finest makers. She tells Jess Denham why Leyton’s home

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‘We left London for a house in Yorkshire and a better social life’

Mark and Gillian Harrison say their social life in North Yorkshire is better than it was in London, because visiting friends doesn’t involve an hour on the Tube.

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‘We left London to live off-grid in a forest in Lithuania’

Eva Juozaitiene and her husband Mantas swapped the outskirts of London for Lithuania.

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Why chef Rahel Stephanie swapped Hackney for this low-key London area

Rahel Stephanie, host of cult Indonesian supper club Spoons, on falling for Brockley’s green hills and quieter pace

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‘I will never go back’: how renting in Lisbon compares to London

The average monthly price of a furnished one-bedroom apartment in the trendy Portuguese capital stands at €1,296 (£1,090), over £500 cheaper than in London.

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Aligheri founder Rosh Mahtani on her ‘secret’, central London area

Rosh Mahtani, founder of the coveted Alighieri Jewellery brand worn by everyone from Lady Gaga to Marcus Rashford on why Clerkenwell feels like London’s best kept secret.

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Why we swapped Canary Wharf for a stone house in the Peak District

Loneliness in lockdown spurred one couple to see if they could make life work outside the city, and they haven’t looked back.

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‘I cried leaving London but am glad I swapped Nunhead for Bristol’

Aletheia and Owen Conway-Hughes made the big move with their son Caspar in March.

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Director Nadia Latif’s guide to her diverse community of Eastenders

Film and theatre director Nadia Latif lives in Hackney’s real-life Albert Square. She explains why it’s the best part of London

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Revealed: the UK’s most expensive seaside towns

The South West dominates the list with “millionaire’s playground” Sandbanks in Dorset back in first place

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Ceramicist Emma Lacey’s north London area’s so good she’s never left

Lifelong resident Emma Lacey makes her ceramics, stocked at The Conran Shop, at her home studio. She tells Prudence Ivey why she loves the area

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Why one family left London to try island life — but couldn’t stay

A return to London from Jersey had been on the cards, before this family decided to try somewhere else entirely.

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Designer Gergei Erdei on why he loves his ‘idealistic’ London postcode

Gergei Erdei worked at Gucci before setting up his design studio focusing on homewares inspired by antiquities. Here’s what he loves about Bloomsbury.

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‘We left Lewisham for a West Sussex village with a Londony feel’

When the Bartholomews realised they were living a village lifestyle in the heart of Zone 3, they started their search for a bigger home much further afield.

Property News

Top London schools where nearby homes cost less than borough average

The price of a London home in a top school’s catchment area is currently 26 per cent higher than the city average. Here’s where that isn’t the case.

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Strictly’s Neil Jones on ‘unique, modern’ London postcode he rents in

You might not recognise him without the fake tan and glitter, because Neil Jones is better known as one of Strictly’s professional dancers. When not cha-cha-cha-ing, the 39-year-old lives in a rented flat in Wembley Park.

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‘We left Hackney for a rental home in York and haven’t looked back’

London life got harder for Franki Dammone and her husband when children came along. Now, in York, they love being minutes from city and country.

Property News

‘We found our dream first home by searching along Crossrail’

How this first-time buyer couple saved to buy their dream new-build home near Crossrail links.