Where to live if you want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous

Sarah Thum-Bonanno is back for her weekly area guides. Her previous posts were about Chelsea and Hackney.

Primrose Hill

Popular with the rich, famous and beautiful. After spending an afternoon here, you’ll see why!

I would describe Primrose Hill as a ‘quiet gem within a busy city’.

As soon as you walk over the bridge at Chalk Farm underground, you enter a quiet village-like area with many independent restaurants and shops. Last year the first chain shop, Space NK, opened in Primrose Hill, much to the residents’ disapproval!

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Time to close London’s public transport system and buy everyone a bike?

I don’t like commuting. Readers of this blog may have already noticed this. So strong was my desire to reduce everyone’s commute, I even founded a commute-time-reducing property search engine.

Cyclists can now use Find Properly to minimise their commute (previously only public transport users could).

However when we shared the good news with cyclists on Facebook, we were surprised by the reaction – cyclists seem to love commuting! Continue reading

Is Hackney the coolest place to live in London?

Sarah Thum-Bonanno returns with the second post in her series of great places to live in London. This week – Hackney.

East London is THE cool place to be right now. If you love art, music and food, this is the place to be. For these reasons, it’s become a popular place for graduates and professionals. I lived in Hackney for a few years and here are some of my favourite places.

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Clerkenwell (EC1): the London home of coffee, fixie bikes and loft-living

This article is by Stephanie Wilkins, who has lived in and near Clerkenwell for nearly 3 years:

If you are young and fortunate enough to afford the high rent of property in EC1, I envy you. If you are young but unable to afford the rent, I feel your pain. In either case, however, read on if you’d like to discover more about my favourite London postcode.

What contributes to Clerkenwell’s unique character is its architecture: mainly former industrial buildings constructed from brick, steel and glass, with large openings and beautiful proportions. The buildings were originally used as breweries, distilleries or in the printing industry, but have proven to be equally suitable for residences, with their lofty and light-filled interiors. Continue reading

Made of money? Live in Chelsea

Another week, another guest blog post! Sarah Thum-Bonanno has lived in five areas of London over the past thirty years. She has kindly agreed (with only a modicum of arm twisting) to write a few words about each area.

To start, Chelsea. Check back over the next few weeks for her insider’s guides to Holborn, Kentish Town, Primrose Hill and Hackney. 

Chelsea is where I spent my teenage years.  The Kings Road is the main street weaving its way through Chelsea.  It’s packed full of shops and bars – however if you don’t have an oligarch’s disposable income, you may find some shops off-limits! Continue reading