Kristy Gray

London's design hotspots: Obica St Paul's

Obicà's famously stylish mozzarella bar has now landed in the heart of the City - at St Paul's - bringing with it a menu packed with fresh ingredients that makes this a sharer's delight.

Grand Designs House of the Year: shortlist heats up

The hunt for the UK's best home is set to conclude this evening, as Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud is set to announce the winner of this year's Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) House of the Year award.
During this month's special four-part TV series on Channel 4, McCloud has visited some of the UK's most spectacular homes and creative conversions.

Highlights from the six-strong shortlist so far include a flint-clad house resembling an Aztec temple; a property tucked behind a 19th-century stable wall in Kew, south-west London; and a family house built on the walled site of a former taxi garage that has six roofs joined to form vaults.
A final shortlisted building will be revealed during the final programme tonight, along with the winning project.

Visit for more details and read Philippa Stockley's full report here.

Buying a property at London's autumn auctions

Autumn auction season begins this week. For buyers prepared to do some DIY, there are opportunities for a  first-time home or a buy-to-let investment. Make sure you have inspected the property with a builder, and that you have your deposit ready. This month’s lots include a two-storey terrace house with a garden in Hither Green, with a guide price of £250,000.

Click here for our top 10 tips for buying a property at auction.


Revealed: London's top 10 prime property boroughs

We name the capital's top 10 most expensive boroughs in which to buy a home, according to latest Land Registry figures. Hackney - including Dalston, Hackney Wick, Shoreditch and Hoxton - continues to record the biggest annual price rise of the top 10 boroughs, up 11.4 per cent in the past year to an average £629,183. The City of Westminster saw the steepest monthly rise, with the average cost of buying a home now reaching £994,748. In reverse order, starting with Lambeth, here are the capital's top 10 prime boroughs...

Open House London: ballot now open

London's Open House Weekend is so popular you have to take part in a ballot to be granted access to the top sites — 10 Downing Street, BT Tower and the London Eye. But more than 700 other buildings are included in this year’s architecture-fest on the weekend of September 19 and 20.

While many people will head to City landmarks such as the Gherkin, and ballot winners will get a glimpse inside the PM’s official residence, some of the capital’s most fascinating private homes will also be on view. 

​They include a “gingerbread” house in Hackney and a super-eco family home in west London that promises to be a tight squeeze - The Gap House is only 8ft wide.

To see the key addresses taking part and to enter the ballot, visit For full event details, visit