Hackney's new first-time buyer homes from less than £100k

Kings Crescent, once a run-down council estate, has been knocked down and transformed into a mixed development with social housing, shared-ownership and private homes. Prices start at £98,750 for a 25 per cent share. We take a tour...

Open House London: ballot now open

London's Open House Weekend is so popular you have to take part in a ballot to be granted access to the top sites — 10 Downing Street, BT Tower and the London Eye. But more than 700 other buildings are included in this year’s architecture-fest on the weekend of September 19 and 20.

While many people will head to City landmarks such as the Gherkin, and ballot winners will get a glimpse inside the PM’s official residence, some of the capital’s most fascinating private homes will also be on view. 

​They include a “gingerbread” house in Hackney and a super-eco family home in west London that promises to be a tight squeeze - The Gap House is only 8ft wide.

To see the key addresses taking part and to enter the ballot, visit open-city-engage.org.uk. For full event details, visit openhouselondon.org.uk.

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 secret tenant tests budget rental options under £500 a month in

Graduate property surveyor Tim Lowe carried out a rental road test across London over a four-month period. Every property had to be in London's Zone 2 and his budget - all in - was to spend less than £500 a month on rent. A windowless Hampstead office block was his first billet, before shared living at The Camden Collective, then a canal boat in Hackney, and a flat-pack home in Wimbledon. Then he became a security guard in Hammersmith, joined a family in a housing co-op in Southwark, and finally took to the road in a horsebox...

London Open House weekend 2014

From the City's tallest tower to the ultimate Hackney shed, it's open house weekend in the capital. Just turn-up, or book ahead, but don't miss these showstoppers...