London's top 10 prime boroughs

Latest Land Registry figures reveal the prime property market is stabilising, with Hackney once again showing the highest annual price growth. 

Our home: young architects' brilliant self-build

Award-winning architects David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill scoured London by car and bike with an A-Z, finally finding a plot for their first home in Camden. The site was small, derelict and challenging but that was a red rag to this inventive couple. They blew Sophie's inheritance on it. Then the real work - and ruthless budgeting - began...

The average cost of buying in London reaches £488,000

New figures reveal the average cost of buying a London home has risen by more than 10 per cent in a year to £488,782 - compared to the average across England and Wales of £183,861.

The Land Registry report, recording transactions during the month of July 2015, lists Hillingdon as the capital's fastest-growing borough, with average prices up 14.6 per cent, while Camden recorded the lowest annual growth. Kensington & Chelsea remains the most expensive prime central London area, with the average home now priced at £1.35 million.

Our self-build home

Buying an old house can throw up unwanted surprises. Ruth Bloomfield meets a couple who overcame every hurdle to build their family home in north London