Barking Riverside

London's last affordable areas first-time buyers

Aspiring first-time buyers need to load up their Oyster cards, because strong annual price rises mean that key areas affordable to those on an average budget are in the depths of Zones 4, 5 and 6.

Barking up the right tree

Barking, once a grim part of the East End, has grand ideas. September sees it launch as Europe's biggest new town and a family destination