This week’s specially selected properties include a stunning family home in Hackney, with beautiful interiors, and a stylish modern apartment in one of London’s architectural icons…

Lauriston Road, E9

This beautiful three bedroom family home has been refurbished with stylish modern interiors throughout.

The diner-style kitchen leads directly to the spacious south-facing garden. On the raised ground floor, there is a large through reception room, an ideal entertaining space, with an additional study to the rear overlooking the garden.

The master bedroom has a luxurious marble en-suite with dual sinks and built in storage. On the top floor are two good sized double bedrooms and access to a large boarded loft space.

The house is located in the heart of sought-after Victoria Park Village with its award winning pubs, delis and boutiques and beautiful Victoria Park a stone’s throw away.

£2,000,000

Arrange to view or see more about this property HERE

Ziggurat Building, EC1N

Located in one of London’s most iconic art deco buildings, the architecturally outstanding Ziggurat Building, this two bedroom loft apartment is a unique find in the heart of Clerkenwell.

The property comprises a spacious open plan living space/dining area, a sunny south-west facing terrace, two well proportioned double bedrooms and a useful separate utility area.

The apartment is finished to a very high standard throughout, recently refurbished but maintaining a number of industrial features including large Crittall windows and concrete pillars.

£1,290,000

Arrange to view or find out more about this apartment HERE

Mildmay Park, N1

This spacious three bedroom upper maisonette comprises 1400 sq ft of accommodation and a landscaped west-facing garden.

The property boasts a beautiful reception room with fantastic natural light thanks to high ceilings and huge sash windows. Modern style has been blended with original period features, including wooden floors and fireplaces.

The property also benefits from a handy communal utility area on the ground floor and secure bike storage.

The house is located between Canonbury and Dalston Kingsland, offering great transport links into the City and across London as well as trendy boutiques, great restaurants and fantastic pubs.

£1,100,000

Arrange to view or see more about this property HERE

St David’s Apartments, N7

This impressive two bedroom penthouse apartment has fantastic views over Paradise Park, with the large terrace and open plan reception/kitchen making for a great entertaining space to enjoy the view from.

The property is part of a boutique development that benefits from lifts, video entry and attractive communal areas. The penthouse offers 898 sq ft of high specification accommodation including a modern fitted kitchen with stylish breakfast bar and integrated BOSCH appliances.

Caledonian Road and Highbury & Islington stations are both a short walk away, with the great restaurants and boutiques of Upper Street also within easy reach.

£799,950

Arrange to view or learn more about this property HERE

It might seem that interior design trends come and go faster than you can say “what colour velvet sofa do I want?” But there are some solid tips and tricks that you can always rely on for elegant, timeless, style in your home…

Mix old and new

A great trick employed by interior designers is to incorporate old items, including antiques and inherited pieces, with newer furniture. The best way to approach this is to tailor your new purchases to the older items that you already have. Go for natural woods and simple designs in new furniture to compliment antiques without looking too mismatched.

Think about your bulbs

The lightbulb you choose makes a massive difference to the overall look of a light fixture. More than that, the type of lighting you have can alter the whole mood of a room. Do you want the room to be bright and bold, or snug and cosy? Lightbulbs themselves can be a great statement item – there are loads of interesting filament bulbs available and the prices have really come down since they first arrived on the market. A great filament bulb can even work in a bare fitting, with no need for a lampshade.

Clashing can be great

Carefully curated items that technically ‘clash’ can be a great style choice and help to give a room more personality. This works best in moderation. If your seating clashes, for example, go for a cohesive colour scheme for your walls and floors.

Keep it personal

Make your home really feel like your own by making personal items the central focal point of a room. Interesting interior design doesn’t mean turning your back on your own personality and going along with fads and trends. Put your favourite ornaments and mementos on display, or perhaps create a dedicated area for certain memories, like a shelf for holiday souvenirs or an area for wedding photographs.

Keep the kitchen classic

It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of a home. The kitchen is likely to be the room where your interior design choices feel more permanent. Installing a breakfast bar, shelling out for new cabinets and worktops, these are major decisions. As a general rule, keeping the kitchen simple and classic is always a good choice. For kitchens, go for something that will never go out of style.

Make it look lived in

Good interior design is forward thinking. Consider your lifestyle when making decisions about how to style your home. Got four dogs? Maybe not a white rug, then. Small children? Is a cream velvet sofa the best plan? You should feel relaxed in your home, and making interior design choices that are practical and suited to you doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style.

Think about taps and sinks

A small detail but one that can make a big difference to the overall look of a kitchen or bathroom. Spending a little more on a stylish sink and taps can really elevate the room.

Buy less but buy well

Whether you’re moving into a new home and need a whole set of furniture, or you’re looking to update your home, don’t shop without a plan. A good way to break down the task is room by room. Think about how you want the room to look, and start with a few essential pieces (like the interior design equivalent of a capsule wardrobe). Then you can gradually build on this. Don’t try to force your home to look perfect overnight – part of the joy of interior design is seeing how your living spaces evolve.

Play around with seating

Changing up your room’s seating arrangement can be a great way to refresh the look of a room. You could even have different arrangements for different seasons, creating a more cosy feel in winter and a more airy and open feel for summer. Having one statement piece of furniture is also a great way to add a splash of colour.

Think about areas, not rooms

Don’t make the mistake of thinking a room should only be used for one thing. Some of the best interior design utilises space in creative and multi-purposed ways. You can easily add a study to the corner of a living room, or make a beautiful dining room in a kitchen. Think about dividing spaces with clever use of furniture. For example, in the picture above, the combination of a corner sofa and a large rug clearly section off a cosy lounge area in a much bigger reception room.

This week’s selected properties include an impressive warehouse conversion in one of East London’s historic buildings and a spectacular family home in Islington…

The Tapestry Building, EC2M

This impressive warehouse conversion is a real part of East London history. The beautifully refurbished two bedroom apartment forms part of the Tapestry Building, formerly owned by the East India Trading Company and built in the 18th Century.

The property comprises a large dual aspect living/dining room, spacious master bedroom with luxury en-suite and an additional well proportioned second bedroom with modern shower room.

The apartment has been modernised to the highest standard, with state of the art fixtures and fittings including a cooling system, smart lighting and integrated entertainment system. There is bespoke joinery throughout and the kitchen is fitted with integrated Gaggenau appliances.

Liverpool Street station is a few minutes walk away, for unbeatable transport links across London and the UK, including fast trains to Stansted airport every 30 minutes.

£1,495,000

Arrange a viewing or find out more about this property HERE

Canonbury Lane, N1

This stylish four bedroom house has fantastic natural light throughout and features a very spacious kitchen/dining room in addition to a large reception room on the first floor – ideal for entertaining. The bedrooms are all bright and well proportioned and the house also benefits from three bathrooms and an additional WC on the raised ground floor.

The beautiful garden is accessed directly from the kitchen and there is a south facing study towards the rear of the property also overlooking the garden. The house has abundant storage throughout and allocated parking.

Highbury & Islington and Angel station are both within a short walk.

£2,400,000

Arrange to view or see more about this property HERE

Bradstock Road, E9

This stylish and spacious loft conversion is spread over two floors, with fantastic natural light throughout and abundant built-in storage including a large walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom.

The property comprises a semi open-plan kitchen off the large reception, three bedrooms and two bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows.

The apartment has been finished to a very high standard, featuring under floor heating and quartz worktop in the kitchen.

Bradstock Road is located a few minutes walk from Green Flag Award winning Victoria Park and within easy reach of trendy London Fields and Broadway Market with its fantastic restaurants, pubs and boutiques.

Offers in excess of £725,000

Arrange a viewing or find out more about this property HERE

Tabley Road, N7

This large period family house has been refurbished to a very high standard, making for a modern and stylish home.

Spread over three floors (in addition to a large cellar) the house has five good sized bedrooms and two beautiful reception rooms. The bright modern kitchen opens directly onto the garden, perfect for entertaining.

In addition to a well maintained and very private rear garden, the property also benefits from a large roof terrace.

Tabley Road is a peaceful residential road located a few minutes walk from the great amenities and transport links of Holloway Road.

£1,550,000

Arrange a viewing of this property or find out more HERE

It’s Pancake Day! The one day of the year when it’s basically the law to eat breakfast for dinner, in the form of piles of yummy pancakes. But if you’re flipping skills aren’t up to scratch, or you just don’t feel like messing up your kitchen… here are some of East London’s famous pancake spots…

The Breakfast Club, Hackney Wick

At The Breakfast Club, Pancake Day is a really big deal. They release a special menu packed with savory and sweet options (and heaps of vegan options too) running from 5th – 8th March.

If you’re feeling extra hungry, you could even take part in their annual pancake challenge – eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes and they’re on the house. Don’t manage it and your bill will be donated to charity.

The Diner, Shoreditch

The Diner in Shoreditch is a classic American style eatery complete with booths and tall milkshakes straight out of the 1950s. So you might not be surprised to hear that they go big on Pancake Day too. Keep it simple with choc chip pancakes or go for something fruity or savoury… they also have an extensive vegan pancake menu. Yum!

Shane’s On Canalside, Hackney Wick

At Shane’s On Canalside you can munch through your stack of fluffy pancakes whilst watching the world go by along the pictureque River Lea. Their unique twist on brunch pancakes include goats cheese and butternut squash. If you’re feeling virtuous, you can work your meal off afterwards with a cycle or walk around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Trade, Spitalfields

Work up an appetite by doing some shopping around Spitalfields before heading to Trade. Expect all the classic pancake options including maple syrup, berries and mascarpone and bacon and egg.

Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park

Pavilion in Victoria Park is the local’s favourite brunch spot and it’s not hard to see why… with tonnes of outdoor seating beside the park’s boating lake, you can relax with their famous banana, syrup and mascarpone buttermilk pancakes. Delish!

This week’s stand out properties include a stunning Victorian home in Islington and a stylish house that was shortlisted in last year’s London Home Design Awards…

Garrett Street, EC1Y

This beautiful spacious two bedroom warehouse conversion is set in a former bed factory in the heart of Clerkenwell.

The property has been refurbished to a very high standard throughout with high specification fixtures and fittings, but retains a number of original features including huge Crittal windows, steel supports and exposed brickwork.

The bedrooms are both very good sized doubles, with the master also benefiting from two walk-in wardrobes.

Other features include secure underground parking and access to a communal courtyard.

£1,795,000

Arrange a viewing or see more details about this property HERE

Alwyne Road, N1

This impressive Grade II listed Victorian house is set over four floors and features fantastic entertaining spaces, a beautiful modern kitchen and large, bright bedrooms.

Modern design and original period features have been seamlessly blended throughout, with features including an oak paneled cloakroom and dining room, original fireplaces, a stunning La Cornue cooker, and sash windows. There is a very peaceful south-easterly facing rear garden which backs onto picturesque New River Walk.

Alwyne Road is set within the sought-after Canonbury Conservation area, with easy access to the great amenities and transport links of Islington and Angel.

£4,900,000

Arrange a viewing or download a brochure and floor plan for this property HERE

Driffield Road, E3

This stylishly refurbished Victorian house is set within the Driffield Road Conservation Area.

The house is set over three floors, with a light and airy open plan feel thanks to large windows and thoughtfully positioned skylights. There are high quality fixtures and fittings throughout including cherry wood flooring, under floor heating and original 1870s window shutters.

The house’s beautiful contemporary garden was shortlisted for the 2018 Houzz/Evening Standard home design awards.

£1,200,000

See more about this property and arrange to view HERE

London Lane, E8

This brand new three bedroom home is part of a new boutique development adjacent to trendy London Fields and a short walk from Broadway Market with its award winning restaurants, delis and boutiques.

The apartment has been finished to a very high standard throughout and boasts ample private outdoor space. The apartment is flooded with natural light an features ample built in storage and fully integrated kitchen with all Smeg appliances.

Show flat now open, arrange to view and download a full brochure HERE

Looking for a new place? Well here’s a selection of some of our top lettings opportunities across East London…

Hackney and Victoria Park

This month’s selected properties from across Hackney and Victoria Park are a beautiful family home right next to Victoria Park and a high spec apartment in one of East London’s most creative hot spots.

To arrange a viewing or to find out more about any of these properties, get in touch at 020 3222 5555.

Derby Road, E9

This three bedroom, four storey house is part of a charming Victorian school conversion, located a stone’s throw from award winning Victoria Park and the fantastic pubs, delis and boutiques of Victoria Park Village.

The house benefits from a large reception room leading into a south-facing rear garden, well proportioned bedrooms, roof terrace and secure covered parking.

£785 per week

Available 6 April, unfurnished.

See more about this property HERE

Old Smokehouse, E3

Located in trendy Hackney Wick, one of East London’s lively creative hotspots, the Old Smokehouse is a stylish boutique development. This three bedroom apartment is spread over 1,000 sq ft of high spec living space, with a large dual aspect reception room featuring stunning views.

In addition to bright and spacious double bedrooms (two of which have built in storage) there are two modern bathrooms and two full length balconies.

£530 per week

Find out more about this property HERE

Islington

This month’s selected properties from across Islington include a beautiful family home and a sleek modern apartment…

To arrange a viewing or to find out more about any of these properties, get in touch at 020 7288 9109

Thornhill Road, N1

This beautiful two bedroom house has been refurbished to a very high standard throughout in a stunning modern style.

There is fantastic natural light throughout due to large windows, high ceilingsly and thoughtfully places skylights. The master bedroom on the top floor has a luxury en-suite shower room, the first floor comprises the second bedroom (a good sized double) in addition to a cot room or home study to the rear.

There is a very private terrace accessed via the master bedroom, offering beautiful views over Barnsbury.

£1,300 per week

See more about this house HERE

Upper Street, N1

This bright and stylish one bedroom flat is in a fantastic location, right on Upper Street with dozens of great restaurants and boutiques on the doorstep.

The attractive apartment has wooden floors throughout, high ceilings and large sash widows, blending modern style with period features. There is a large open plan reception room and fully fitted kitchen, in addition to a handy separate utility room.

£480 per week

See more about this property HERE

Caledonian Road, N7

This brand new one bedroom apartment is part of a high spec development in the heart of Barnsbury.

The property is finished to a very high standard with underfloor heating, oak wood floors, spacious well proportioned bedrooms and living room and integrated appliances. There is also a large balcony offering fantastic views of the surrounding area.

£495 per week

Find out more about this apartment HERE


Clerkenwell

This month’s selected properties from across Clerkenwell include a beautiful end of terrace house and a modern apartment with sleek modern design…

To arrange a viewing or to find out more about any of these properties, get in touch at 020 7288 9109

St Paul Street, N1

This beautifully refurbished three bedroom end of terrace is located very close to Angel station.

The house has an attractive rear garden, large double reception room and fully integrated eat-in kitchen.

St Paul Street is a quiet residential street a stone’s throw from the fantastic amenities of Upper Street and Angel.

£950 per week

Find out more about this property HERE

Barnsbury Terrace, N1

A stunning modern one bedroom apartment, this property is located in a sought-after Islington square.

The property boast highest quality fixtures and fittings throughout, including solid timbre flooring, floor to ceiling windows, luxury bathroom and ample built in storage.

Residents also benefit from communal gardens, secure parking available through separate negotiation.

£650 per week

See more about this property HERE

Saffron Hill, EC1N

Forming part of Clerkenwell’s iconic Ziggurat Building, this extensive one bedroom loft spans 1,151 sq ft.

The stylish apartment comprises a large open plan living room/kitchen with industrial features including exposed brickwork and concrete ceiling. The generous master bedroom also has ample built in storage.

Available mid-March, furnishing negotiable.

£650 per week

Find out more about this property HERE

It’s just over one month until the official start of British Summer Time. So get your spring cleaning hat on and get ready to give your home a whole new lease of life… we’ve got some room by room tips to help break down your epic spring clean…

Kitchens

Make the most of wall space

Some people make the mistake of thinking that everything needs to be hidden away for your kitchen to look clutter-free. Often, this just leads to chaotic cupboards where you can’t find anything. Add hanging space on kitchen walls for saucepans and install a magnetic knife block. You’ll have less stuff to riffle through in your cupboards and your kitchen utensils will be better organised.

Invest in a stylish spice rack

Is your spice cupboard packed with ancient bottles? Not even sure what you’ve got in there, lurking at the back? You’re not alone. First, have a massive clear out – throw away anything out of date. Then invest in a stylish spice rack. Online retailers like Etsy have literally hundreds to choose from, including clever space savers that go on the kitchen work surface, and wall mounted racks.

Reorder your cupboards

Everyone’s favourite tidying expert Marie Kondo has some excellent advice for making your kitchen clutter free and practical. Simply reorder your cupboards so every day items are easier to reach than things you only use occasionally. For example: that giant punch bowl that’s always in the way? Put it in a high cupboard, or move it out of the kitchen altogether. Mugs, everyday glasses and plates; move them to lower shelves or drawers. Simple.

Ditch duplicate items

Got three wooden spoons for no reason? Too many knives but never enough forks? We feel you. Start by getting rid of duplicate stuff. Donate it to your local charity shop, or use the app Olio to get your unwanted items collected for free by people who can use them. Then, buy inexpensive matching items that will make your drawers feel more co-ordinated and less cluttered.

Living rooms

Create categories

One of the best ways to deal with clutter the rooms you spend the most time in, is to categorise. Make your categories based on things you like most, not things you have a lot of. For example, your categories could be: books, plants, photographs. Or: movies, gadgets, magazines. Put the things that fit into the categories together first. Next, look at what you’ve got left over. Are these miscellaneous items things you really need? If so, can they be stored in a cupboard, or in storage elsewhere in your home? Stuff that isn’t something you like, or something you need: toss it!

Add trunks, boxes and baskets

So you’ve sorted out the things you like and the things you need from the stuff that’s just annoying clutter, but now what? Add some storage to your living room easily with stackable trunks. These can be picked up for a few pounds from vintage shops and car boots sales. Or, if that’s not your style, add wicker baskets, or simply boxes that can slide under tables.

Donate old books, CDs and DVDs

Running low on shelf space? Got dozens of old DVDs that have been gathering dust since you signed up for Netflix? Don’t be afraid to donate stuff to your local charity shop – you’ll be amazed how much you don’t miss things when getting rid of them makes your home feel cleaner and more spacious.

Make personal items into a feature

Got nick nacks around the room that have sentimental value? Ornaments and photographs that remind you of a certain holiday, or a special time in your life? Group these together and make them into a particular focal point in the room. Dedicate a space on a shelf to items from your travels, or momentoes from your wedding day, or whatever it might be. Collecting items together like this will make that part of your toom look like a considered style choice, even if the types of items themselves are very different.

Bathrooms

Ditch old and expired products

Spice cupboards and bathroom cabinets: the dumping ground of every home. First thing’s first: clear out all the empty bottles, all the old expired products, all the crazy lipsticks and nail polishes that you impulse bought before realising they don’t suit you.

Tidy those towels

Whether you live alone, with a partner or family, or with housemates, keeping towels tidy is a great way to make your whole bathroom look more organised. If more than one person uses your bathroom, why not try designated baskets or hangers for each person’s towel. If you live alone but store spare/guest towels in your bathroom, be sure to fold them and stack them neatly in size order. Or, for smaller storage spaces, roll your towels and place them on shelves or in baskets.

Add some greenery

Adding a plant to a decluttered surface will help motivate you to keep it neat and tidy. Aloe vera grows well in bathrooms (and you can use the leaves as a great moisturiser and after sun). Other good bathroom plants include bamboo and Boston ferns.

Divide his and hers

Living with a partner? Feel like they’re the one who always messes up your nicely ordered bathroom? Why not create boxes for each of your stuff, labeled with your names. That way you’ll both have responsibility for keeping your own toiletries tidy and there won’t be any more arguments about who left that empty shampoo bottle in the shower (hopefully).

Bedrooms

Try the wardrobe clearance trick

Want to have a clear out of your old clothes, but not sure where to start? Here’s a great technique to help you decide what to ditch. Over the next few months, make a habit of hanging clothes you have recently worn back into the cupboard with the hanger facing the other way. Do this every time you put back a jacket, or when you tidy away something you have recently worn and laundered. After a while, you’ll start to see which items of clothing you genuinely wear, and which ones just sit there gathering dust. After a length of time that you decide, take out everything that hasn’t been worn, and head down to the charity shop. Ta-da, decluttered cupboard.

Add under bed storage

A brilliant storage solution for smaller bedrooms is under bed storage. This can be as simple as inexpensive plastic boxes to house your shoes, or as fancy as a bespoke made bed with built in storage (like this one from Made). By adding under bed storage in your guest room, you can get rid of items that you want to keep hold of, but only use occasionally.

Organise jewelry using bowls

Shallow bowls and plates are an attractive way to keep your jewelry neat. You can buy trinket dishes from homewares shops and boutiques, like this one from Anthropologie or this one, available on Trouva. Or, if you’re a fan of upcycling and shabby chic, you can pick up vintage crystal plates at flea markets for a few pounds.

Create fun storage for kids

Getting kids to tidy up their bedrooms can feel like an impossible task. But there are lots of fun and creative storage solutions that make tidying up seem less boring. One idea is to turn a toy kitchen into a storage area (and combine tidying up with playtime). Stylish homewares company Stackers make these great kid’s laundry baskets too.. sharks like to eat socks, right?

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This week’s properties include two unusual conversions in East London and some absolutely stunning Victorian family homes.

Chelmer Road, E9

This beautiful bright three bedroom apartment is set in a converted Victorian school. The building has loads of character and charm.

The property benefits from loads of natural light throughout thanks to huge arched windows and vaulted ceilings. There is a spacious open plan living space, with the kitchen to one side, along with a large L shaped terrace on the upper floor offering fantastic views of London.

The master bedroom is located on the lower floor and the two other double bedrooms are on the upper floor. The property also has a large entrance hall on the lower floor and a modern family bathroom.

£925,000

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

Strype Street, E1

Located a few minutes walk from both Liverpool Street station and Spitalfields, this former warehouse has been converted to a very high standard, featuring high specification fixtures and fittings and sleek modern design.

The property has a spacious open plan reception/kitchen with a Westerly-facing Juliet balcony, allowing for great natural light. The modern kitchen has high specification fixtures and fittings and is well proportioned with lots of work space, making it a great kitchen for budding chefs and for entertaining.

Strype Street is moments from Liverpool Street and Spitalfields, offering great amenities including some of East London’s most popular bars and restaurants, fashionable boutiques, as well as unbeatable transport links across London and the UK from Liverpool Street.

£825,000

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

Freegrove Road, N7

This spacious six bedroom Victorian property is set over four stories and is located in the sought after Hillmarton conservation area.

The ground floor features a large double through reception room with fantastic natural light and an original Victorian fireplace. There is also an impressive entrance hall featuring a guest cloakroom and a beautiful modern kitchen fitted with skylights.

The upper floors are comprised of six good sized double bedrooms, including a particularly spacious master bedroom to the front of the first floor.

The third floor, a beautifully converted loft room, could be used as an additional reception room or bedroom. The loft has ample storage space in eaves and there is abundant built in storage elsewhere throughout the house.

£1,950,000

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

Southgate Road, N1

This beautiful five bedroom family home is situated in the heart of De Beauvoir, close to the award winning pubs, cafes and boutiques of De Beauvoir Village.

The house is spread over three levels, with a double through reception on the ground floor leading to the recently refurbished luxury kitchen and beautifully maintained garden.

The bedrooms are all good sized doubles and there is an additional fifth room on the second floor, which would be ideal as a cot room or home office.

£1,750,000

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

Dalston Lane, E8

Located in the heart of Dalston, this spacious loft apartment extends over 1,000 sq ft and features two double bedrooms in addition to a handy mezzanine level (ideal as a guest room or study), stylish modern kitchen and a large family bathroom.

The property has a number of stylish industrial features, original to the Grade II listed building. These include exposed brickwork and large multi-pane arched windows.

Added benefits include access to communal gardens and secure bike storage.

The property is located next to Hackney Downs station and a short walk from some of East London’s most sought-after hubs including Stoke Newington, Dalston and London Fields.

£670,000

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

It’s half way through half term… entertaining your youngsters might be starting to feel like a challenge. But don’t worry! East London is packed with fun (and free!) things to do for all the family. Here are some ideas for great days out that won’t break the bank…

The Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green

Part of the V&A, the Museum of Childhood, a few minutes walk from Bethnal Green station, is difficult to miss. A huge red brick 19th Century building, you’ll recognise it instantly for it’s imposing structure and enormous arched windows.

The Museum is the largest collection of childhood artifacts in the world, from retro games that Mum and Dad will remember to Victorian tin toys and puppets, old games, and the largest collection of dolls in the UK.

As you’d expect, the Museum isn’t just about display cases, it’s very much set up with children in mind, with loads of interactive and hands on exhibits. They also run regular competitions for children.

On a sunny day, you can enjoy a picnic and let the kids run around in the Museum’s spacious and enclosed grounds.

Eastern Curve Garden, Dalston

Behind a small door just off Dalston Lane, a secret green oasis awaits.

Dalston Curve Garden, which was created in 2010, is a free community garden packed with wildlife friendly plants and trees, including butterfly bushes and raised beds for growing food.

There’s hot and cold drinks and cakes for sale, you can sit in the open air or stay cosy in one of the snug glass houses (where there are loads of creative materials and activities for kids).

They also host regular events and welcome volunteers for gardening.

Hackney and Stepney City Farms

Meet donkeys, sheep, pigs and chickens at the city farms in Hackney and Stepney. Both farms want to teach children and adults about how a working farm operates, where our food comes from, and encourage people to learn new skills from arts and crafts to growing vegetables.

Both farms are open all year round (excluding Bank Holidays) and host regular events and workshops.

Victoria Park, Hackney

Green Flag Award winning Victoria Park is a great place to spend a sunny day in East London. Hunt for frogs and newts in the ponds, feed ducks, stroll around the Victorian pagoda, see canal boats on Regent’s Canal, or set the kids free at the skate park. For smaller children, there are two large playgrounds with swings, climbing frames and slides.

On Sundays from 10 – 4 you can also enjoy tasty treats at the street food market. There are also two permanent cafes (both dog friendly) and fantastic pubs on every corner.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford

There’s loads to do at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from cycling around the wild gardens and wetlands, to splashing in the computer-controlled fountains, tacking the outdoor climbing walls, and exploring wildlife with a free trail tour.

Refresh with a hot drink and a sandwich at the Timber Lodge or venture along the canal to Here East where you’ll find a water-side row of excellent restaurants and cafes serving up everything from burgers to Italian food and Sunday roasts.

The Ragged School Museum, Bow

Give your little ones a taste of history at the Ragged School Museum. This interactive museum is dedicated to teaching visitors about the history of the East End and giving an insight into what a Victorian school was really like. The original building once housed the largest free (or “ragged”) school in London, set up in 1867 by Thomas Barnardo.

Between 2:15 and 3:30 on the first Sunday of each month, you can experience a Victorian class, led by an actor in full costume (ticketed on a first come first served basis daily). They also run regular talks and free arts and crafts activities.

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