Victoria Park in east London has acquired "village" status due to the cluster of independent shops, bars and eateries that have sprung up around Lauriston Road. Who would have guessed a Ginger Pig butchers and a Burberry outlet store would pop up here in the Hackney heartland? The area boasts some of the borough's finest houses and best primary schools, making it ideal for families. For many, it remains a leafy secret, just far enough away from the hard urban face of Stratford but close enough to benefit from all the new amenities and infrastructure resulting from the London 2012 Olympics.
Right in the middle of the village is The Victoria Park Collection comprising five townhouses and a mews house. Prices from £750,000. Call estate agent Currell on 020 7266 6611.
Park Apartments at Cadogan Terrace is a new-build block directly overlooking the park. The lessenticing rear of the building faces on to the roaring Blackwell Tunnel Approach Road. Homes have up to four bedrooms. Prices from £405,000. Call Thomson Currie on 020 7226 0000.