christmas

See inside Goat fashionista Jane Lewis's pared-down Christmas home

Goat designer Jane Lewis, who counts the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham among her clients, eschews gaudy Christmas decorations so has bought each of her three children their own trees to decorate in their bedrooms - allowing the main tree to remain tinsel-free.

Ultimate Christmas gift guide for design fans

Leaders of the design world including Sirs Paul Smith and Terence Conran as well as the Design Museum’s top people put the spotlight on their design heroes and favourite products.

Ten ways to decorate your festive table this Christmas

Dining tables are the setting for lazy brunches and long lunches, from Christmas to New Year. And while your perfectly-cooked feast is the real centrepiece, a beautifully dressed table can't fail to boost the festivities.

Nine of the best: drinks trolleys

Since its Seventies heyday, the humble trolley has been pushed up against the wall — but now it is returning to centre stage...

Ten of the best: scented winter candles

From festive scents of cinnamon and clove, to zesty citrus notes, these gorgeous candles are not just for Christmas. We've picked the best candles to burn bright all winter...

Get in quick: year-end property and stamp duty offers

With builders aiming to sell the few homes remaining within this year's new developments, buyers can take advantage of slashed prices - and discounts on stamp duty, legal fees, parking spaces and even furniture packs.

20 London homes under £250,000

The price of an average starter home in London has reached more than £460,000, according to the latest figures from Rightmove. 

Yet there are still homes to be found across the capital that are priced below £250,000, if you know where to look. 

"While they’re not easy to find in the location people want, if people are willing to compromise on area or to put some time in to refurbish a place, they could find a property in this price range, especially in some of the further out boroughs of the capital,” says Rightmove director and housing market analyst, Miles Shipside.

However, buyers on a budget need to act fast because homes in this price range only represent 7.2 per cent of properties for sale, and are typically selling within 35 days. They are also showing signs of drying up as double-digit price rises in some of London's most affordable postcodes is pushing the number of cheaper homes to record lows, says Countrywide's research director, Johnny Morris. 

We've uncovered 20 London homes for first-time buyers priced below £250,000. Start your search now, and you could be in before Christmas...