London's hilltop village with star quality

With its range of properties, chic shops and pavements cafés - not to mention the wild acres of Hampstead Heath - it's no wonder the affluent village of Hampstead appeals to families searching for easy access to central London and to be within walking distance of the highly-regarded schools. VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE

What gives these new-build homes such special status?

New and more relaxed planning rules will make it easier for developers to build on smaller sites. One way to avoid a development free-for-all in popular districts is for local council's to give them conservation status.

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...

The Hampstead Beach House project

Reluctant to leave the Hampstead area, this family found the space where they could turn a two-bedroom flat into their dream three-bedroom home.

Romancing the stones

Anthea Masey goes on a search to find London’s most romantic streets and squares