My design London: Abigail Ahern

Tastemaker Abigail Ahern has an eye for dramatic interior design and a penchant for moody glamour. She takes us on a tour of her favourite shops, haunts and secret escapes in the city...

The Dalston design challenge

Architect Ben Kilburn and his wife Jane took a dingy Dalston house split into flats and turned it into a bright family home packed with clever design ideas.

Design trends: illusions

You might not be able to scale the walls at home like you can at Dalston's latest art installation, but you can shapeshift your rooms with fake bookshelves, 'floating' lights and good old trompe l'oeil murals.

Rent now, buy later

It costs young Londoners £6,000 a year more to rent than to buy. A new scheme for first-time buyers allows them to pay rent for a property now, with a chance to buy later

Dalston spotlight

New train services are opening up Dalston to City buyers who are enjoying its vibrant and arty community