Fast becoming one of Hackney’s trendiest hotspots, London Fields is full of independent bars and restaurants, with Broadway Market offering a whole host of culinary gems. Here’s our top pick of places to go for a bite and a cocktail (or two).

Sans Pere

Sans Pere opened the doors to its second venue on Broadway Market in November. A French bistro with a twist, Sans Pere has created a menu perfect for those with a sweet tooth, offering up a unique and vibrant selection of cocktails, desserts and specialist coffees.

Innovative, French inspired cocktails are paired with each dessert. The cocktails incorporate homemade ingredients alongside classic French ingredients.

Find out more here.

Tuyo

Further down Broadway Market, overlooking the Regent’s canal, is Tuyo. Spanish for ‘yours’, Tuyo serves a range of Mediterranean inspired tapas, pinchos, and bigger sharing dishes. Tuyo’s tapas are not just Spanish, they are also influenced by Greek and Turkish recipes to bring a mixture of flavours from the Med.

Book a table here.

Okko

Okko’s colourful Japanese dishes are beautifully presented, delicious, and good for you. Inspired by modern Japanese cuisine, the food is perfectly prepared, with the wooden furnishings and minimalist decor bringing the atmosphere of a modern Tokyo cafe.

Book a table here.

Off Broadway

A favourite amongst locals, including a few celebrities (Kirsten Dunst, Michael Fassbender, and Keira Knightley have all been spotted there), Off Broadway serves a range of fun cocktails and bar snacks. Go for the buzzy atmosphere, stay for the resident cat.

Find out more here.

Twigs

Both a plant shop and a cafe, Twigs serves healthy lunches, brunches, and delicious macaron ice cream sandwiches. Pick up a new succulent for your living room and stop for a bite to eat, all under one roof.

Find out more here.

Insitute of Light

The Institute of Light is Hackney’s newest collaborative space under the railway arches of London Fields station. IOL is a cinema, record store, bookshop, cafe, and restaurant/bar. Their menu is based around a fusion of Anglo-French cuisine, and is dependent on seasonal and market produce.

Book a table here. 

Martello Hall

Perfectly positioned on the corner of Mare Street and Warburton Road (which heads down to the fields) is Martello Hall, a bar, restaurant, and workspace. Head there on a Sunday for a roast, during the week for bottomless coffee and fast wifi, or on a Saturday night for pizza from their wood fired oven and their delicious range of cocktails. You can also hold your own event here – or attend one of theirs, like supper club, late night DJs, and Sunday jazz.

Book a table here.

Climpson and Sons

Climpson and Sons roast their own coffee in-house, and are constantly on the lookout for the best flavours and techniques. They take their work seriously, with an ethos towards sustainability and ethical sourcing, and also run workshops and courses to help others brew their own perfect cup of joe.

Find out more here. 

 

Period homes will always be a strong contender in the property market, with Victorian houses among the most popular. Period homes are a timeless classic that never go out of fashion, so if you’re considering a move in 2018, take a look at some of our historical houses for sale:

Alwyne Road, N1

This five bedroom Victorian home is in a highly sought after area of Canonbury, with the New River to the back of the property. The house offers fabulous social space with a magnificent reception room and a large garden, landscaped by the award winning Butter Wakefield (Chelsea Flower show exhibitor, Gold Medal and People’s Choice at RHS Chatsworth). Click here for more info.

The Clock House, EC1V

The Clock House on Brewery Square is an excellent example of mid 19th century architecture. This unique four bedroom detached house, once the offices of the Cannon Brewery, is the oldest remaining building on the site, dating back to 1874. The property is stunning internally, with a perfect combination of original period features and contemporary high specification design. Click here for more info.

Cassland Road, E9 

Close to Victoria Park village (and the park itself) is this stunning five bedroom Victorian house on Cassland Road. The property has still retained a lot of its original features; such as wooden window shutters, wood floors, marble open-fireplaces and high ceilings, as well as a wealth of entertaining space – including a conservatory and a fabulous garden to the rear. Click here for more info.

Hemingford Road, N1

This charming four bedroom, Victorian Grade II listed house has been modernised to a very high standard, and now serves as a perfect family home with great entertaining space. Hemingford Road is within the highly sought after Barnsbury location within Islington. Upper Street is a short walk away, as well as Angel, Highbury & Islington and Caledonian Road stations, offering fast access to the rest of the city. Click here for more info.

De Beauvoir Square, N1

This impressive Grade II listed detached property overlooks a large and beautiful garden square. The house is presented in immaculate decorative condition and offers flexible living space, with up to five bedrooms and a wonderful double reception room on the raised ground floor, enjoying great light through the original Jacobean style windows. The two storey extension offers a slight detachment from the main house for work, music, play, or bedrooms. There is also a well tended mature South facing garden, with established fruit trees. Click here for more info.

Gerrard Road, N1

This spacious Grade II listed family home is set within a highly sought after conservation area of Islington, and provides flexible accommodation over five storeys, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. The top floor modern addition provides a master bedroom with doors out to a private south facing roof terrace. Click here for more info.

Northchurch Road, N1

This impressive five bedroom, three bathroom end of terrace family home is complete with original period features, utility room, conservatory, and a substantial private garden with side access. Northchurch Road is in close proximity to Angel and the shops, bars, and restaurants of Essex street and central Islington. Click here for more info.

Still sticking to your New Year’s resolution of eating clean/losing weight? Going out to eat doesn’t have to be a way of spoiling the diet or a grueling trial of resisting temptation – these restaurants in east London have the ticket for sticking to your plans without having to compromise on taste:

The Gate, Islington

Just a five minute walk down the street from Angel tube station is The Gate, a vegan and vegetarian restaurant specialising in inventive, healthy dishes. The Gate is now widely recognised as the best vegan & vegetarian restaurant in London.

Book a table here.

Redemption, Shoreditch 

Dubbed “London’s healthiest restaurant”, and with the motto ‘spoil yourself without spoiling yourself’, Redemption bar serves vegan, sugar-free, and wheat-free food with an alcohol-free bar. The business is also run by two strong female entrepreneurs: Catherine Salway and Andrea Waters, who “try to delight even the most sceptical meat lovers and challenge the convention that healthy food is boring or lacking finesse.”

Book a table here.

Beany Green, Liverpool Street 

In ‘Broadgate Circle’ next to Liverpool Street station, Beany Green is an “inner city oasis with an upbeat Aussie vibe” which opens at 6am on weekdays and stays open til late. Serving a range of healthy breakfasts and lunches, coffee, and fresh juices/smoothies, Beany Green is also available for private hire in the evenings.

Book a table here.

Clerkenwell Grind, Clerkenwell 

Clerkenwell Grind is an all day cafe and restaurant, with a downstairs Club Bar that stays open until 2am. Their menu has a little bit of everything – breakfast, brunch, and all day meals, including some scrumptious salads with plenty of flavours to keep you on the healthy eating streak.

Book a table here.

Andina, Shoreditch

Andina is a modern ‘picanteria’: an all-day restaurant serving healthy food and drinks from the Peruvian Andes. Their food is a perfect fusion of South American flavour and British styles, filled with superfoods like quinoa, kale, and chia seeds to give it that healthy boost.

Book a table here.

Granger and Co, Clerkenwell

Another Australian-inspired restaurant, Granger and Co describe themselves as “sunny, easy-going and generous”. Just opposite Clerkenwell Green, the restaurant has a beautiful view of this well preserved green space. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Granger and Co’s menus are packed with healthy but substantial recipes, including grains, a selection of fish dishes, barbecue meats, and healthy drinks.

Book a table here.

Blixen, Spitalfields Market 

In a converted bank near Old Spitalfields Market is Blixen, which has been designed to look like the grand cafes of Europe with a plant filled conservatory, beautifully decorated event space, and private dining areas. The menu also takes inspiration from traditionally European dishes, with a selection of small plates and salads, as well as juices and their ‘house soda’ (grapefruit and coriander).

Book a table here.

Now that 2018 is upon us, it’s time for a fresh start. Our new homes department has been instructed on some stunning new developments – so if you fancy a change this year, these properties might just do the trick. Take a look at our pick of some of our top developments for 2018:

Blaker Island, E15

This fabulous development comprises a mixture of two and three bedroom apartments and three bedroom houses with private waterside gardens. The properties are all designed to the rigorous Passivhaus Certification scheme and will have exceedingly low annual energy bills.

Blaker Island is located on the old City Mills Lock in Stratford, just off the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and is conveniently located for public transport with Stratford, Bromley-by-Bow and Pudding Mill Lane DLR stations all less than a ten minute walk away. Find out more here. 

The Stack, E9

The Stack is an intelligently designed collection of twenty four 1, 2 and 3 bed contemporary apartments, each one built to a high specification and with a private balcony. There is also a communal roof terrace plus an on-site café for residents to enjoy.

Just a three minute walk from Homerton Station, the development is ideally located for commuting to London and is close to the independent shops, bars, and popular Sunday market on Chatsworth Road. Find out more here. 

Arklow Road, SE14

Originally a 1920’s brick industrial building, Arklow Road has been redeveloped to provide a mixture of one and two bedroom homes across six storeys. Each apartment is built to Pocket Livings award-winning design specification, and is available to purchase with Help to Buy.

The development is also just a ten minute walk from both New Cross and Deptford stations, offering great transport links into central London. Find out more here.

The Claremont, N1

The Claremont is a boutique development in central Islington comprising a mixture of one, two and three bed apartments build with designer interiors that feature cutting edge technology.

With Angel tube station just a five minute walk away, and the major transport hub of King’s Cross only ten minutes’, The Claremont is effortlessly connected to every part of the city and beyond. Find out more here. 

London Lane, E8

This stunning new development on London Lane, a sought-after road adjacent to London Fields in Hackney, offers a stylish collection of just 14 one, two, three and four bedroom homes.

All apartments at London Lane feature high-end interior specification throughout and boast ample private outside space, ideal for enjoying an alfresco drink as the sun goes down on London Fields.

Professionals working in the City can be in Liverpool Street in just 10 minutes, while the tech hub of Old Street can be reached in under 25. Find out more here.

The Fisheries, E8

Another beautifully modern development in the heart of London Fields is The Fisheries. This stylish collection of 31 one, two and three bedroom apartments is finished to a high specification with a stunning contemporary design from award winning Guy Holloway architects, and is built on the former site of fish wholesalers R. Green Fisheries.

The ground and basement floors of the development will house a cafe and vibrant co-working community of small, entrepreneurial and creative industries. Find out more here.

To register your interest in any of these properties, please contact Currell New Homes on 020 3826 4888 or email newhomes@currell.com. 

This week sees the arrival of the Night Overground – with 24hr services running all night between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate. Here’s our pick of our top properties close to Haggerston Overground station:

1. Old Ivy House

Old Ivy House Apartments are open plan

Just a five minute walk from Haggerston Overground station on Hertford Road is Old Ivy House, a boutique development of just three apartments on the first, second, and third floors of a former pub. All apartments have a generous open-plan kitchen/reception room, and the third floor apartment also has a balcony.

2. Kings Wharf

Kings Warf Apartments boast impressive double-height windows and a large balcony

Set within a modern, loft-style development is this beautifully refurbished split-level live/work apartment. As well as overlooking the Kingsland Basin through impressive double-height windows and a large balcony, the property is also just a two minute walk from Haggerston Overground station.

3. Scriven Street

Just a four minute walk from Haggerston Overground is Scriven Street, and this contemporary collection of luxury apartments. This raised ground floor apartment offers modern living in an amazing location, close to both buzzing Dalston and leafy London Fields.

4. Malvern House

Available to purchase through Help to Buy is Malvern House, a collection of brand new apartments in London Fields. Each flat has been finished to an exceptionally high standard with bespoke Asselle kitchens with soft close doors & drawers and integrated Bosch appliances throughout. It’s also a ten minute walk from Haggerston Overground.

5. Kingsland Road

This split level one bedroom apartment is set within a period building on Kingsland Road, and has been refurbished with underfloor heating, wooden floors, built in speakers and CCTV intercom systems. It’s also just a five minute walk from Haggerston Overground and right in the heart of the shops, bars and restaurants of Kingsland Road.

6. Reliance Wharf

This three bedroom apartment is part of a gated community in the Haggerston Basin – and just a five minute walk from Haggerston Overground. Reliance Wharf is one of the more recent installation’s to Haggerston and is excellently placed among some of east London’s most popular bars, restaurants and creative spaces.

7. Haggerston Studios

Just round the corner from Haggerston Overground is this unique and spacious open plan apartment, providing easy access to Shoreditch, Hoxton, Dalston and the City.

Now December’s here, it can only mean one thing: Christmas is coming. To get your home into the festive feel and prepare it for house guests over the holiday period, we’ve put together some top tips to get your home looking merry and bright…

1. Clear out the bookshelves

A minimalist design with touches of gold and silver ornaments will add an understated yet festive atmosphere to any room. Wrap books in leftover wrapping paper to give them a bit of sparkle and then stack horizontally for full effect.

2. Don’t pin your stockings

Instead of trying to stick a drawing pin into the mantelpiece to hang your stockings, use some festive hooks to both save your furniture and create a Christmas feeling in your living room.

3. Get the greenery out

Adding touches of green and gold to your home brings a level of festive style that’s still sophisticated. Wrap lights around wreaths to get the Christmassey colour combination, as well as adding some warmth to the room.

4. Fill the air with Christmas

Scented candles can add a more cosy and inviting atmosphere if you opt for a cinnamon or gingerbread based scent, and at Christmas time they can also double as a centrepiece if adorned with a mini wreath.

5. Get crafty with your cards

Instead of just sticking your cards on the fridge, get crafty and find an interesting way to hang them. Even just pegging them to a piece of string can create a festive bunting effect that will spruce up the room and show your friends and family you appreciate their well wishes.

6. Crack out the cocoa

Everybody loves a mug of something warm around Christmas time, and a hot chocolate station is a great way to invite guests to get creative and make themselves the perfect winter treat. Add jars of mini marshmallows, cream, and powdered chocolate to offer your guests all the trimmings. Similarly, a bar cart is crucial at Christmas time to display a section of festive tipples.

7. Fill the room

In a piece for House Beautiful, Bryan Rafanelli (The White House’s Christmas Designer) advised readers to “use objects with different heights to build a sense of adventure on the tabletop. Bringing the ceiling down with snowflakes and the table up with towering candlesticks isn’t just pretty, it also supplies a feeling of intimacy, which is crucial to a successful party.” Simple designs like these oversized stars and snowflakes (which you can buy on Amazon) adds something extra to the room without being too over the top.

8. Give a warm welcome

Make a festive first impression by decorating your front door/porch. Wreaths are an obvious must, but if you have any greenery by your front door, adding lights gives an instant Christmas glow. Lanterns, tea lights, and seasonal doormats are also a great way to get your guests in the Christmas spirit before they’ve even entered your house.

9. No fire? No problem

If you don’t have a working fireplace, you can still achieve a warm Christmas glow with gold glass terrariums and tealights.

10. Dress up the sofa

Christmas is definitely the time for snuggling up on the sofa for games, Christmas films, and opening presents – so make sure your sofa is spruced up with cushions and blankets. Inject red and white tones with greys to contrast for a cosy yet understated vibe.

We are delighted to have been appointed by Barking & Dagenham Reside Regeneration LLP (Reside) as sole agent for 140 shared ownership units across four developments in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

This is the first instruction of shared ownership properties for Reside, a company set up by Barking & Dagenham Council to provide good quality affordable housing for local people. To date it has delivered 690 units for affordable rent within the borough, and has a further 700+ either under construction or in the pipeline. Its remit is being extended to shared ownership homes in order to improve housing choices across the borough.

The 140 homes, which are a mix of one, two and three bedroom units, will be delivered in 2018-19 and available for shared ownership purchase by local people who either live or work in the borough, have a family or work connection with the area, or who are in a priority group as identified by the GLA. Purchasers will also need to meet the Help to Buy: Share Ownership programme and scheme-specific financial criteria.

Martin Fillery, Currell Director and Head of Shared Ownership said:

‘It is fantastic for Currell to have won the first major instruction for shared ownership homes from Reside. Barking and Dagenham is a key growth area for us, and we are looking forward to our office opening next year. The borough is also a key growth area for London, with more than 50,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs planned for the next 20 years’.

by Head of Research, Nicola Almond

The new draft London Plan published today sees increasing house building in the suburbs as a key factor in solving the capital’s housing crisis. Sadiq Khan announced plans to build more than 250,000 homes in the 13 Outer London boroughs by 2029; almost 40% of the total target of 650,000 across London.

Conservative housing spokesman and London Assembly member Andrew Boff accused Khan of ‘declaring war on the suburbs’, with plans to relax rules on protecting gardens, parking provision and density limits. Density limits are being removed in order to boost the number of homes near town centres and transport hubs.

According to the plan, a third of all new homes will be built on small sites, where barriers to development are to be removed to encourage small developers back into the market. These sites will be a combination of infill and end of terrace sites, back gardens, and upwards extensions to existing buildings. In an unprecedented move, all boroughs are to be given targets for homes on small sites. This is aimed at increasing provision in the outer boroughs, many of which have a poor housebuilding record.

East London remains a focus for growth, with the boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets having the highest overall housing targets – at 38,500 and 35,110 homes respectively. The Outer London boroughs of Barnet and Croydon each have targets of 30,000.

The previously announced objective for half of all new homes to be ‘affordable’ (ie. not for outright private sale or private rent) was confirmed. At least 50% of homes built on public land and 35% on private land will have to be ‘affordable’.

Overall we support the measures announced in the draft plan, and welcome the increased focus on the outer London boroughs. In March this year Anne Currell gave a presentation which proposed that we should look to the suburbs to help solve the housing crisis, both in terms of available building land and property sale/rental price levels which are genuinely ‘affordable’ for ordinary Londoners.

New Homes director Matt Cobb says:

“There is great potential for the provision of new homes in the suburbs, especially in East London. We hope to play a part in this, with the opening of our Currell office in Barking next year. It’s interesting to see that Sadiq Khan chose Barking Riverside – one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe – as the place to announce the new draft London Plan today”.

 

Last Thursday saw the VIP launch of our new Hackney Wick Fish Island office.

We had a fantastic time celebrating the new office with a lot of our clients, drinking craft beers from local Beavertown brewery and viewing a selection of artwork from the Currell Collection. 

The office is part of Currell’s expansion eastwards, to tap into a thriving area that presents lots of opportunities for growth and development. Located on Wallis Road, it’s less than a two minute walk from Hackney Wick Overground station, and is now open for business – from 9am-6pm during the week, and 10am-4pm on Saturdays.

By Head of Research, Nicola Almond

300,000 is the headline number for measures aimed at solving the housing crisis in yesterday’s budget – this is both the target annual house building figure and the new stamp duty threshold.

The government aims to leach this level of supply by the middle of the next decade through a combination of carrot and stick policies, including £44bn to fund loans, guarantees and skill supply, and ‘use it or lose it’ measures to address ‘land banking’ by developers. On the demand side, stamp duty is to be abolished for first time buyers on purchases up to £300,000, and cut to 5% from £300,000 to £500,000 (a maximum saving of £5,000).

Although these measures are to be welcomed, it is questionable whether they will be enough to improve the situation in London, where the issue of housing delivery and affordability is most acute. With the average property price in the capital fast approaching £500,000, the main problem for first time buyers is not stamp duty but the deposit. The average deposit in London is about £100,000, so whilst a stamp duty saving of £5,000 is helpful, it is not a ‘make or break’ saving. And with the OBR already forecasting that the stamp duty cuts will boost prices by 0.3%, this will erode £1,500 of the tax saving on a £500,000 purchase.

As all hopes fade for a Buy to Let tax reprieve, the continued exodus of these landlords will mean higher rents as the supply of properties to rent is squeezed. This unintended consequence may well be compounded by plans to make landlords offer longer contracts. A good pool of rental properties is essential to a healthy property market, and the government needs to consider how this supply can be boosted, not only in terms of institutional landlords (who had hoped for relief from the additional levy) but also small landlords who play a crucial role in the housing market, especially in London. Planned measures such as forcing landlords to offer longer contracts may well be counterproductive, as has been the 3% stamp duty surcharge.

Rising rents make it harder for Generation Rent to save for a deposit. Help to Buy has helped bridge this gap for those who can’t resort to the bank of mum and dad, but more help is needed. We would have liked to see bolder measures to address affordability by increasing the supply of homes which young Londoners can afford to buy. This means delivering many more properties, especially in the Outer London boroughs, where relatively low price levels mean they are genuinely affordable.

On the demand side, the increasingly popular Help to Buy shared ownership and equity loan schemes should be further expanded. Whilst the previously announced £10bn additional funding for the Help to Buy / Equity Loan scheme is expected to help around 135,000 more people to buy homes by 2021, in our view this is not enough. More funds should be found for both the equity loan and shared ownership schemes, accompanied by a major public information programme, as they offer the only viable routes to purchase for many, and are generally not well understood.

Overall however, the budget measures are likely to boost sentiment and prices in the short term, which is good news for property owners, if not for those waiting in the wings. In the longer term, we need to see the delivery of promises such as planning reform and the release of public land for development to help address the structural supply problem.

Group CEO Anne Currell said:

“Whilst we welcome all the measures announced yesterday, the government continues to tinker at the edges, and has failed to address the real issue which is affordability, especially in London. It really needs to pay attention to the bigger picture, particularly the rental market – retaining the punitive 3% stamp duty surcharge on landlords whilst simultaneously expecting them to deliver more rental properties with longer contracts smacks of trying to have your cake and eat it.”