Making a splash: hot homes with designer swimming pools

Luxury spa suites, fabulous swimming pools and on-site leisure centres are the hot trend for summer for luxury homes, offering buyers exclusive access to their own health resort. “A spectacular swimming pool is expected, much like a wine cellar, spa area, dressing rooms, staff rooms and air conditioning," says Matthew Harrop, Director of John D Wood & Co.

We take a tour of exclusive luxury homes and private estates with spectacular swimming pools and private spa suites...

Revealed: the London councils that like to say 'yes'

An audit of planning proposals has uncovered a dramatic postcode lottery across the capital, with some councils rejecting two-thirds of applications, while others granted 92 per cent of proposals in the past year.

Dark basement becomes bright family home

Don’t just look at a property, do what Daniel Rowland did with a dark and dingy west London basement - look for its potential. Then plan and source your project like a miser.

My design London: Polly Dickens

Habitat's creative director Polly Dickens shares her secret shopping knowledge of London, from the best interiors shops to her favourite food markets

My design London: Philippa Broadhurst

Philippa Broadhurst is the designer of the 10 musician herald barges that feature in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant on the Thames. She is also art director of TV drama Downton Abbey.

Every room has a silver lining

Fabric company director Graham Noakes brought all of his space-creating know-how to the Thamesside apartment he bought one lunchtime

Get ahead

The latest range of wallpapers from Farrow & Ball, new oriental home accessories from Also Home, and don't miss The Fantasy Collection at the Vessel Gallery.