Issue 02 of The Linen Draper: The Urban Food Issue has landed in our offices and online!

To read about some amazing artisan food producers that are here on our doorsteps in north and eats London, as well as find the best property on the market, pop into one of our local offices or click here to read it online.

A sneak peak of some of our top stories inside the issue…

A feature property with big a difference

A feature property with big a difference

Our lead story this issue...Urban Food Fights Back!

Our lead story this issue…Urban Food Fights Back!

A fishy trip to Forman & Son

A fishy trip to Forman & Son


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This month we round up the hottest new winter interior design trends for the approaching season and find the North London properties to match.

Excellent Entertaining Space

Not really a trend but a winter party season essential. Why leave home, when you can throw the party of the season under your own roof? This beautiful house in Albion Square has a stunning reception space with beautiful hardwood floors and a large kitchen which leads out into the garden; perfect for entertaining.

Stunning reception space at Albion Square

Stunning reception space at Albion Square

Albion Square, E8 £1,850,000 Call Hackney on 0207 241 4111

Subtle Tones of Grey

Grey is the hottest colour in interiors this season and adds a touch of luxury to even the smallest of spaces. Buy into this trend at Mulberry Mews, a brand new London development by Taylor Wimpey of five luxury townhouses in Highbury, where the show home has been beautifully decorated throughout in shades of grey.

Mulberry Mews show house

Mulberry Mews Show House

Mulberry Mews, N5 £2,350,000 Call New Homes on 0207 261 6611


Statement Bathtubs for Winter Interior Design

This season is all about the statement tub; the more colourful or stand-out the shape, the better. A free standing pewter bath, like the one in this Hackney property, is hard to beat.

The stunning bathroom in Quilter Street

The stunning bathroom in Quilter Street

Quilter Street, E2 £1,200,000 Call Hackney on 0207 241 4111

Open Fireplaces

You can’t beat an open fire in winter, especially in your own home. This property in Tooting Bec, has not one but two stunning, original Victorian fireplaces. One warms up the the main living space and the other the master bedroom.

Master Bedroom in Thornton Avenue

Master Bedroom in Thornton Avenue

Thornton Avenue, SW2 £660,000 Call Battersea on 0203 668 1000

Despite the threat of rain, Battersea and Clapham still have fantastic events on offer this weekend come rain or shine!

16th, 17th & 18th August – Feast at Battersea Park. The largest selection of restaurant, street and artisan food in one venue with pop up restaurants, farmers markets, BBQ tents and loads more. There will also be childrens entertainment as well as cider and wine tatsing for the adults.

Sunday 18th August Open air cinema screening of Top Gun in Battersea Park. Starts at 7pm in teh Boules area of the park. Screened with subtitles.

Proposals for a new leading fashion destination known as the Hackney Fashion Hub have been submitted for consultation by Manhattan Loft Corporation and Chatham Works.

The plans, which cost tens of millions of pounds, aim to deliver a retail led fashion destination that will include shops, art galleries, restaurants and design studios where local designers can showcase their work.

The development will consist of two seven storey buildings and pedestrianized open space, designed by renowned architect David Adjaye at Adjaye Associates.

The designers of the scheme believe that Hackney Fashion Hub will create hundreds of news jobs in the local area, create space for local designers and fashion start-ups and attract more people to spend their money in this part of Hackney.

The hub builds on Hackney’s already fashionable reputation and the hope is to make Hackney Central into a premier retail destination in the capital.

To see the propsals for Hackney Fashion Hub click on the link here:

To see the Textile Building Penthouses, at the heart of Hackney Central click here:

Saturday 3rd August 12pm – 10pm Holi One Colour Festival at Battersea Power Station. Festival inspired by the Hindu spring festival, expect lots of coloured powder being thrown around and DJ’s.

Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th August Ride London 2013. This cycle ride will be taking over most main road routes in London so find a spot on the side of the road to enjoy the view.

Saturday 3rd August 12pm – 6pm Putback Festival, free community family friendly festival on Clapham Common.


This weekend there are great events in Clapham and Battersea for the whole family to enjoy so make sure you don’t miss out.


Saturday 27th JulyRoyal Kitten Shower at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, in honour of the birth of Prince George and including crafts, quizzes and a naming ceremony.


Sunday 28th July, 8-11.30am – Sumo Run in Battersea Park. A 5km run in a sumo suit all in the name of charity!

Currell Battersea give you this week’s round up of local events in Wandsworth to enjoy in the sunshine.

Sunday 21st July 11.00 – 16.00

Battersea Flower Station Summer PARTY, 16 Winder’s Rd.
Games, music, Pimms and popcorn!

Sunday 21st July 10.00

Open Day at Battersea Park Millennium Arena.
Sports activities for children and adults, raising money for Cancer Research.

If you’re looking for something to do over the next few days, get some ideas from our list of events taking place in Battersea and Clapham. Enjoy!

From 2nd July – 31st July Edinburgh Festival 2013 Preview Shows at the Battersea Arts Centre

From 3rd – 6th July Our Share of Tomorrow at Theatre 503 – Last chance to catch this coming of age love story

Saturday 6th July 20.00 – 22.00 Comedy Carnival at the Clapham Grand

Sunday 7th July 12.30 – 17.00 Friends of Clapham Common Summer Fete – food stalls, children’s events, dog show, BBQ , cricket, fishing and a large outdoor TV to watch the Wimbledon Men’s final.

Sunday 7th July 11.00 – 17.00 Northcote Road Summer Fete – the road will be closed to traffic and play host to funfair rides, food stalls and a large outdoor TV to watch the Wimbledon Men’s final.

The following article was written by Anne Currell and published in the Angel Magazine April 2012 edition.


In February Warren Buffet, known for his long history of successful investment, advised buying farmland rather than gold. Whilst there is not much in the way of farmland in central London (though there is some!), perhaps what Mr Buffet is saying is that, once again, we should be viewing property as the primary long–term investment choice. A fair comment to make… from a wealthy man… but how realistic a goal is it for the many, and not the few?

In Central London the number of residential rentals is increasing rapidly as more and more buyers are finding it difficult to purchase and have to resort to renting. This pushes up rental values, increases yields and reduces stock levels. Not only are buyers being pushed towards renting, renting itself is becoming increasingly more expensive.

Recent statistics from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that average mortgage borrowings now represent only 29% of property value. A figure that jointly bears up that the cash-rich are the dominant force in purchases currently, and that it’s very difficult for those with little or no equity or deposit to move. Cash is very much king.

There is a predicted increase in the population of Islington from 208,800 in 2011, to 217,700 in 2016 – a jump of 4% ( Then factor in the predicted increase in the number of actual households, due to the dominant increase of one person households, from 99,000 in 2011, to 104,900 in 2016 – an increase of 5.7%. Where are all the properties going to come from? The building target for Islington is 1,170 households per year leaving a shortfall of over 3,000 properties in a 5 year period. With the increase of residential yields from rented property, balanced against good medium-term capital growth, there is a growing argument for a closer look at a residential “build to let” business model. Institutional investment may well become key; in addition to equity-rich buy to let investors.

Whilst we would not wholly ascribe to the notion that Britain will become a ‘nation of renters’, in the same way that some of our European neighbours are, we do believe that we are experiencing a strong shift in that direction.

Mortgage lending is still tight and LTV rates reasonably high, but buy to let mortgages are once again in the ascendency. We believe that if you are in a position to make a first step, or further steps, into property investment then now is as good a time as any. Whilst stock is not exactly plentiful presently, bearing in mind the forecasted increases in population and households, the stock situation could get worse.

We are seeing more and more confidence in property as a sound long term investment from individual cash-rich purchasers, overseas buyers and institutional investors; something which sets Central London apart from the rest of the UK.