This week’s selected properties include a split level apartment in a stunning school conversion and a charming house in Victoria Park Village with loads of original period features…

Batchelor Street, N1

This unique three bedroom penthouse apartment is located in an impressive school conversion in the heart of Islington.

The apartment is very spacious at just over 1,300 sq ft, split over two levels. The apartment has abundant natural light throughout and ample built in storage.

The property is finished to a very high standard, with solid walnut flooring and a modern kitchen with high specification fixtures and fittings.

The building is on a quiet residential street close to the fantastic ameneties and transport links of Upper Street and Angel a few minutes walk away. Residents also benefit from a well-maintained communal garden.

£1,315,000

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 7226 4200 or see more abut this property HERE

Church Crescent, E9

This three bedroom house in Hackney has heaps of character, featuring original sash windows and shutters, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and original floorboards.

The house is located in Victoria Park Village, with award winning restaurants, pubs, delis and boutiques on the doorstep and a very short walk to Green Flag Award winning Victoria Park.

The house is spread over three levels, with the ground floor comprising the reception room and modern kitchen. On the first floor are the two bedrooms and a family bathroom and the large master bedroom is on the top floor.

£975,000

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch on 020 3222 5555 or see more about this property HERE

Garrett Street, EC1Y

This two bedroom, two bathroom, top floor apartment in Clerkenwell is presented in immaculate condition.

A bright and spacious apartment that benefits from off-street parking and and a full-width south-facing balcony, the property is located on a quiet residential street just off bustling Old Street.

The property is finished to a very high standard with white oak floors, Paula Rosa kitchen and AEG appliances.

£900,000

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 7253 2533 or see more about this property HERE

Kid’s rooms are a great opportunity to add some fun quirky style to your home. Here are some of our favourite home decor ideas for bedrooms for boys and girls…

Breton stripes

(Pottery Barn Kids)

Add some French chic to your child’s room with Breton stripes. These ones with snappy crocs are from Pottery Barn Kids. You could even create a Provencal theme and match curtains and rugs.

Massive maps

(Murwall via Etsy)

Stylish and educational, add a statement wall with map wall paper. You can get map wallpapers with all kinds of themes, we love the little animals featured on this design.

Quirky lighting

(Neon Home via Etsy)

Bespoke neon lighting has really made a come back in interiors. This simple but colourful rainbow design will really brighten up a child’s room.

Pretty pastels

(Murals Wallpaper)

Pastels are pretty and soothing – great for creating a relaxing environment that leads to drama-free bedtimes. If you don’t feel like going all out with pastel walls, add a touch of understated colour with bedding or cushions instead.

Tree-mendous bookcases

(WoodarByLyubaschenko via Etsy)

Help keep mess and clutter at bay with a themed book case, such as this tree design from Etsy online marketplace.

Make a climbing wall

(Lovethedesign.com)

Future mountain climbers will love these climbing rocks. Available in white or black, you can buy them in sets of 8 so you control how to place them and high they can climb.

Camping adventures

(Amazon)

Make every day and adventure with a mini -indoor teepee. A perfect hide out for young explorers.

Get more interior design inspiration on our blog HERE

This week’s selected properties include a huge warehouse conversion in a former bed factory and a beautiful family home in the picturesque Canonbury Conservation Area…

Garrett Street



This beautiful two bed, two bath warehouse conversion is part of a former bed factory in the heart of Clerkenwell.

Set over two floors, this very spacious 2,098 sq ft property features a huge open plan living space on the lower ground floor, perfect for entertaining. There is a large kitchen island and a separate cosy snug, along with a separate guest cloakroom and utility.

The ground floor comprises the bedrooms, a stylish bathroom with claw foot tub and an additional reception room accessed via an internal staircase.

The property has double height ceilings and original industrial features such as large Crittal windows, exposed beams and steel supports. There is secure underground parking and access to a communal courtyard.

£1,795,000

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 7253 2533 or see more about this property and download a floor plan HERE

Cresset Road, E9

This bright, modern three bedroom apartment is a real gem. Located in Hackney’s sought-after Well Street, a short walk to both Victoria Park and London Fields, the property is presented to a high standard throughout.

The bedrooms overlook the private patio garden, which is accessed via bifold doors from the reception room. The development also benefits from secure bike storage and a large communal roof terrace.

£565,000

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 3222 5555 or see more about this apartment HERE

Canonbury Park North, N1

This Grade II listed semi detached four bedroom house is located in the attractive Canonbury Conservation Area.

Set over four floors, the house boasts a double through reception room on the raised ground floor, a very spacious kitchen/dining room on the lower ground (with separate utility room) leading to the beautifully maintained garden. There is also a home study towards the rear of this floor, overlooking the garden.

The bedrooms are spread over the first and second floors, all with ample built-in storage. There are also two modern family bathrooms, on both the first and second floors.

Other features of the house include an architect-designed glass extension into the garden, allowing for fantastic natural light, an Aga along with a conventional oven/hob, fireplaces, cellar and large bike store.

£2,300,000 (Guide Price)

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 7226 4200 or see more about this house HERE

Hatton Place, EC1N

This stylish two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is part of a small boutique development located a short walk from Chancery Lane and Farringdon.

Hatton Mews offers the best of both worlds, easy access to the City and the great bars and restaurants of Farringdon and popular Lamb’s Conduit Street, but a quiet mews location offering peace and privacy.

The apartment is finished to a very high standard throughout, with high specification fixtures and fittings. There are Juliet balconies in each bedroom in addition to a full length west facing terrace.

£835,000

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 7253 2533 or see more about this property HERE

House plants not only make your house feel more like a home, they also help to clean up your air. Plants filter harmful chemicals from the air (such as formaldehyde and benzene which are commonly used in household cleaners) and  they also oxygenate your air. Here are our top tips for making plants into a feature in your home. Make space in your life for a bit more greenery!

Create a green room divider

Fill a backless shelving unit with plants and create an indoor living wall. This can also be a great way to divide up your living space, creating a dedicated dining area or reading nook within an open plan living room. Add candles too and you’ll have a stylish focal point for daytime and evening.

Add hanging planters

Hanging planters aren’t just for town high streets and outside of pubs! Add low maintenance succulents, or training plants like Senico Pearl or the very suitably named String of Beads plant to easily add a touch of green to any room. You can buy loads of different hanging planters online (in all kinds of shaped and sizes). This one pictured is from Not On The High Street. You can hang them from curtain rails or exposed beams, or you can buy stylish minimalist frames that can be attached to the wall.

A sprinkling of succulents

If you’re a serial plant killer, these are the plants for you. Extremely hardy and low maintenance, succulents (like cacti) can live on the moisture in the air. They benefit from a sprinkling of water now and then, but you can forget about them for a long time before they start to turn brown. You can buy them as tiny cuttings (only a few centimeters across) and they grow fairly slowly, so they’re great for smaller spaces like a bookcase or desk. They also cope better than other plants in less well lit spots.

Populate corners with greenery

This large Peace Lily really looks at home in the corner of this room. It can be tempting to position storage furniture in corners, such as bookcases and drawers, but reshuffling a room so that furniture is more central can make a room appear more spacious and well proportioned. You can also even out the levels in your room with a plant. For example, if all your furniture looks a bit low, add in a tall palm. If you already have items high up like tall lamps or shelves, a short plant can make the room look more balanced.

Make a mini oasis

Terrariums are a great way to add plants to your home in a flexible way. Terrariums are a bit like tiny self-contained gardens. And because they’re completely enclosed in a glass container, you can easily move them around from room to room. You can buy ready-made terrariums from good quality florists or from boutiques. Or, you can get creative and make your own. Companies like The Botanical Boys run regular terrarium-making workshops in East London.

Make a statement

Make one plant a real focal point in a room. In this studio/living space, the greenery has been allowed to creep in, making for a stylish mix of man made and natural. You could achieve the same effect with a large hanging plant, or a mature palm.

Grow your own greens

The kitchen is a great place to start when greening up your house. Living herbs can be bought in most large supermarkets and don’t take up a lot of space. Add a small herb planter to your kitchen and have fresh herbs to hand whenever you cook.

Find more home decor ideas and interior design tips and tricks on our blog HERE 

This Valentine’s Day treat your date to an escape from the ordinary. No roses and champagne here (well, you could buy those too I suppose), these dates are guaranteed to be a night to remember. From Victorian boats to video games and zombies… East London is the place to be for an out-of-the-ordinary Valentine’s Day…

Drink beer and eat jerky at Stepney City Farm

Head over to Stepney City Farm for a boozy barbecue feast. Tickets include tasty meaty treats (vegan options also available) and 4 free tasters from the absolutely massive beer menu (additional tasters only £1 each) from the beer archives of Boozers Beer. Expect an array of very unusual and rare craft brews and lots (seriously) of them.

As if that wasn’t good enough, all proceeds will go to Stepney City Farm and Help Refugees.

Tickets £25 available HERE

Dive into a giant ball pool

Only East London would have a giant ball pool for adults. In case you were wondering, yes, it is also a bar. For Valentine’s day they’re getting all pink and pretty, with special themed ball pits and a Valentine’s buy one get one free cocktail running all night. So grab your date (or some mates) and have fun! Choose from general admission or VIP tickets which include table service.

Tickets £7.50 – £35 available HERE

Drink cocktails and compete at shuffleboard

I know what you’re thinking: what’s shuffleboard when it’s at home? Shuffleboard hearkens back to a glam era of cruise ships and cocktail dresses. Think classy crazy golf, or bowling without the sweaty shoes. Intrigued? Head over to London Shuffle Club in Stratford and give it a whirl. They have six outdoor lanes and two indoor lanes so you can shuffle whatever the weather. They also serve up tasty cocktails from their retro Airstream bar and you can munch yummy pizza too!

Tickets £20 – £40 available HERE

Enjoy dinner on a (very) old barge

Barge East is a 114 year old Dutch barge moored in the Hackney Cut. Their mission is to be Hackney Wick’s best outdoor eatery. Specialising in local beers and food sourced from local suppliers, you’ll be spoiled for choice with meaty, veggie, and vegan options, small and large meals, as well as Sunday lunch and bottomless brunch. On Valentine’s Day they’re offering a four course feast with a welcome glass of Prosecco and live music, all for only £35 per person.

Valentine’s Day Feast £35/pp book HERE

Escape a zombie

Everyone thinks they have a plan for the zombie apocalypse, right? Well at Trapped in a Room with a Zombie in Stratford you can put your zombie escape skills to the test. The premise is simple: solve clues within an hour to escape a room, or get eaten by a zombie (not actually, obviously). Just like a real zombie disaster you’ll have to work with strangers, so get ready to make some friends (or enemies depending on how your escape goes). If Valentine’s Day cliches aren’t your thing, this might be the answer.

Tickets £30 available HERE

Defeat your date at PacMan

Relive the 80s with retro arcade games and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed pizzas at Four Quarters in Stratford. Located canal side at Here East you can shoot alien spaceships and chase little pac-man ghosts before chilling out with a beer and watching the world go by. The bar has all the best beers you’d expect from East London, along with wines and spirits. They get pretty busy, but do accept bookings via their Facebook page.

Get more local inspiration and read about more great bars and restaurants around East London on our blog HERE 

This week’s rental opportunities include a beautifully refurbished three bedroom house, and a rare converted loft in Islington…

Thornhill Road

This beautiful three bedroom house has been recently refurbished to a very high standard throughout.

The ground floor features a spacious and stylish living room/kitchen, which has fantastic natural light due to a newly installed roof light. The first floor comprises a bedroom to the front, and a smaller room to the rear which could serve as a cot room or home study. The en-suite master bedroom is on the top floor.

A very private terrace is accessed via the master bedroom and offers great views across Islington.

£1,500 per week

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 7288 9109 or see more about this property HERE

Tudor Road

Located on a quiet residential street close to the bustling and lively restaurants and bars of London Fields, this contemporary two bedroom house combines modern design with period features. The house has a bright living area with fireplace, exposed floorboards across the entire property, and a beautiful Farrow and Ball paint library throughout.

The ground floor comprises the living room/kitchen which features a spacious dining area. The kitchen has top range appliances in addition to bespoke handmade oak work surfaces.

On the first floor are the two good sized double bedrooms and family bathroom including a claw foot bath tub and Japanese toilet.

There is a south facing terrace in addition to a secluded rear garden and off road parking for two cars.

Available 1st April, furnishing negotiable.

£750 per week

To arrange to view or to find out more, get in touch 020 3222 5555 or see more about this property HERE

Underwood Street

A rare find, this two bedroom Manhattan style loft apartment is part of the sought after “Factory”, a former industrial building in the heart of Islington.

The large apartment (1,280 sq ft) has an array of stylish industrial warehouse features including exposed timber flooring, exposed brickwork and very large multi-pane factory windows allowing for fantastic natural light throughout. The open plan living area features a ‘pod’ style kitchen with a long bar-style serving area – ideal as a breakfast bar and for socialising. There is ample built in storage throughout and the bedrooms are both very generous doubles.

The property also benefits from secure underground parking.

Available end of March, furnished.

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 7253 2533 or see more about this property HERE

Provost Street

This very spacious apartment spans almost 1,400 sq ft, arranged over two floors.

The open plan living area benefits from double height ceilings and the kitchen is fully fitted to a high standard. The double bedroom is also located on this floor, to the front of the property, adjacent to a large modern family bathroom. The en-suite master bedroom is located on the upper floor and has a large walk-in dressing room.

Great transport links can be met at Old Street Station, a few minutes walk away. The social hubs of Hoxton and Shoreditch are on the doorstep, but this building (comprised of only four flats) is tucked away on a quiet street, providing a peaceful retreat from the hubbub of the city.

Available late March.

£765 per week

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 7253 2533 or see more about this apartment HERE

 

 

Check back next week for another round up of our most stand-out rental opportunities across East London 

This week’s properties include an impressive penthouse apartment spread over two floors of the Skylark Building and a beautiful bright one bed in one of Farringdon’s most sought after gated developments…

Skylark Building

This large (2,351 sq ft) apartment is spread over the 17th and 18th floors of the Skylark Buildings, offering unparalleled views across the protected Woodberry Down wetland area.

The stunning apartment has a very spacious open plan living room/kitchen, with very high end fixtures and fittings throughout. In addition to a private roof terrace there are also three further balconies, adding up to a fantastic 900 sq ft of private outdoor space.

A large swimming pool and gym is also available for residents within the building. The apartment also benefits from two allocated underground parking spaces.

£1,750,000

To arrange a viewing or to find out more get in touch at 020 7226 4200 or see more about this apartment and download a floor plan HERE 

Dance Square

This bright and spacious one bedroom apartment is located within one of Farringdon’s most sought-after gated developments. The apartment has a large open plan living room/kitchen with direct access to a private balcony. The development also benefits from attractive landscaped communal gardens.

The apartment has a built in cooling system, ample built in storage and a separate utility area.

£675,000

To arrange a viewing or to find out more get in touch at 020 7253 2533 or see more about this property HERE 

Downham Road

This contemporary three bedroom house is arranged over two floors and has been thoughtfully designed to maximise natural light throughout, with large windows and skylights. The ground floor comprises the spacious living room/kitchen and downstairs is a stylish modern bathroom with freestanding bath and the three double bedrooms. The master bedroom has a shower en suite. There is a private terrace to the rear of the property, accessed by two of the bedrooms.

Downham Road is located a short walk from Upper Street with its fantastic boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Excellent transport links can be found at Haggerston station.

£1,195,000

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 7241 4111 or see more about this property HERE

The Textile Building

This warehouse style apartment has a number of stylish industrial features including double height ceilings and windows and exposed brickwork.

There are two spacious double bedrooms (one en-suite) in addition to a further bathroom. The property is finished to a very high standard with underfloor heating and Smeg appliances in the kitchen. The building also benefits from a concierge.

The property is located a few minutes walk from Hackney Central station and a short walk to London Fields. There are also high end fashion outlets on the doorstep including Burberry, Pringle and Aquascutum.

£650,000

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 3222 5555 or see more about this property HERE

This week’s selected lettings include an unusual five bedroom house in Hackney and a fantastically located house in the heart of Islington that would be perfect for theatre lovers…

Horton Road

This stunning and very unusual five bedroom house is located a stone’s throw from London Fields and a short walk from the boutiques and award winning restaurants of Broadway Market.

The current owners have created striking flowing interior spaces with one-of-a-kind decor. The ground floor comprises a double reception room accessed through a striking hallway. A central staircase leads to five well proportioned bedrooms each decorated to its own stylish interior theme.

The very spacious kitchen is flooded with natural light via vaulted skylights and leads to the large, enclosed garden.

£1,000 per week

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 3889 6177 or see more about this property HERE

Bride Street

This recently refurbished three double bedroom house has a large private roof terrace and is located in a sought after central Islington location, a one minute walk from Highbury and Islington station.

The house has high quality fixtures and fittings throughout and the roof terrace boasts a lovely view.

£895 per week

To arrange a viewing or to find out more get in touch at 020 7288 9109 or see more about this house HERE

Myddelton Square, EC1R

This large (1,277 sq ft) three bedroom garden maisonette is set over three floors and overlooks the picturesque St Mark’s Church in Myddelton Square.

The lower ground floor comprises a large reception room and separate modern kitchen leading through to the south-easterly facing garden.

The raised ground floor has a well proportioned double bedroom and adjacent bathroom and w/c. The further two bedrooms are located on the first floor and both benefit from built in storage.

The house is ideally located for the cultural highlights of Islington, with the iconic Sadler’s Wells Theatre a few moments away. King’s Cross station is a ten minute walk away for unbeatable transport links across London and the UK.

£800 per week

To arrange a viewing or to find out more, get in touch at 020 7253 2533 or see more about this property HERE

Islington Green

This bright and spacious three bed is arranged over two floors and boasts a particularly large open plan living room/kitchen in addition to three double bedrooms (one en-suite).

The house is in excellent condition throughout with high specification fixtures and fittings.

Islington Green is a very sought after location with Upper Street and Essex Road both a short walk away.

£750 per week

To arrange a viewing or find out more get in touch at 020 7288 9109 or see more about this house HERE

Guest rooms are often the neglected room in the house. After all, your guest room is probably a room you hardly ever go into. But creating a comfy guest room will make your visitors feel more relaxed and will make your home feel bigger – you can use the room when you don’t have guests as an extra living space or study and by adding a bit of style create a room that you actually want to spend time in. Here are a few ideas for ways to transform your guest bedroom…

Paint it white

You can’t go wrong with white. White walls, ceilings and floors make a room look elegant and put-together and you’re guaranteed that whatever furniture and soft furnishings you choose, they won’t clash.

Add low maintenance plants

Nothing makes a guest room look more neglected than dead plants. But it’s easy to forget about them. Go for very low maintenance plants like succulents or cacti. You can forget to water these hardy little guys for weeks and they’ll stay green.

Upcycle an old suitcase

What better upcycling inspiration for a guest room than a suitcase? Upcycle an old suitcase (you can pick these up at car boots sales or antiques markets for a few pounds) or just stack three on top of each another to make a low side table or handy storage at the foot of the bed.

Theme your decor

Continue the travel theme with some decorations all about journeys and travelling. This will give your guest room a chic hotel-like feel and mark it out as a dedicated room for visitors.

Install a hanging rail

Quick and easy clothing storage like an exposed or hanging rail are ideal for a guest room. If your guests are only coming for a flying visit, they probably won’t want to unpack into a cupboard or chest of drawers, but giving them a handy place to hang their coat and hat (and pajamas!) is a nice touch.

Don’t forget the mirror

Mirrors are a great way to make a room lighter and brighter. Adding one to your guest room will also double up as a practical choice – no more queue for the bathroom as your guests can now do their hair and makeup back in their own room!

Get smart with storage

Cute hanging baskets like this are perfect for guest rooms. You can use them to store towels or even miniature toiletries for an elegant, thoughtful touch.

Add hidden space savers

Is your guest room also a messy storage room? Liberate your guests from your clutter by hiding it in secret storage spaces like these cleverly designed under-bed drawers.

Show them you care

Flowers are a great way to make your guests feel welcomed. You don’t need to go all out with a huge bouquet; a single stem in a small vase adds less-is-more glamour. And if that seems like too much hassle, you can get extremely lifelike silk flowers online.

Get more home decor inspiration on our blog HERE 

This Valentine’s day treat your date (or your mates!) to a drink or two. We’ve brought together some of the coolest, quirkiest and most romantic cocktail bars across East London, serving some of the tastiest and most innovative drinks around…

Nightjar, Hoxton


(Pic credit: Nightjar)

Think cosy low lit rooms and slick service. This is the perfect bar to impress your date. Ideal for an early evening drink before heading on somewhere else, or to make a night of it. Nightjar kicks off the evening with chilled jazz before things get lively with bands later on.

The cocktails are inspired by history, with the menu divided by era (Pre-Prohibition and Post-war). They also have an exciting array of original signature drinks. If you’ve decided to shun Valentine’s this year and are hitting the town with friends, Nightjar is still a great choice; their sharing cocktails go way above and beyond the norm.

Cocktail Trading Company, Bethnal Green


(Pic credit: Cocktail Trading Company)

If you want a drink that’s out of the ordinary, look no further than Bethnal Green’s Cocktail Trading Company. Located just off Brick Lane, this has to be one of the most theatrical cocktail bars in London – the large and very creative cocktail menu will be enough to keep the conversation lively, making this a great spot for first dates. Highlights include The Guido Forks, a whiskey cocktail served with a small explosive (seriously) and the One In A Million, a cocktail with a chilli kick and a lottery ticket.

Original Sin, Stoke Newington


(Pic credit: Original Sin)

At Original Sin you won’t find dull run of the mill cocktails (as well as the usual suspects, you’ll find a whole host of interesting specialty spirits that you might not have seen before). You’re in good hands with their expert bartenders. Look forward to little twist on familiar classics, such as the Negroni Rosa; not your usual Negroni this one has strawberry and balsamic. They also do top quality bar snacks including pate and cheese and charcuterie boards, so you and your date won’t be falling off your bar stools.

69 Colebrook Row, Islington


(Pic credit: 69 Colebrooke Row)

Impress your date with your local knowledge by taking them to this tiny hidden gem of Islington (also known as The Bar With No Name). Tucked away in a backstreet, identifiable by the lantern burning above the door, 69 Colebrooke Row’s reputation has been built off the back of their cocktail making masterminds who mix truly original creations, many of the ingredients created in-house in the upstairs laboratory.

They’re also running a Valentine’s cocktail master class on 9 February and a whiskey cocktail masterclass on the 16th.

Happiness Forgets, Shoreditch


(Pic credit: Happiness Forgets)

Happiness Forgets don’t feel the need to big themselves up, their drinks speak for themselves. Their website promises “Great cocktails. No wallies.” And they deliver what they promise. A stylish but laid back vibe, it’s high end cocktails in a basement bar. The service is what really stands out, with dedicated staff and exclusively table service throughout the evening. They take some bookings but reserve the majority of tables for walk-ins, so get there early.

Read another local bar or restaurant guide on our blog HERE