We love amazing homewares. There’s nothing quite like having a home to call your own and being able to find fun, unusual and beautiful things to fill it with. In London, we’re so lucky to have so many talented independent makers who produce unique items: things you genuinely can’t find anywhere else. Here are a few of our favourites…

Hokolo

Hokolo, led by designer Jen Taylor, is all about bright and bold patterns and colours. Hokolo’s fun designs include stackable ceramic mugs, throw cushions and crockery as well as furniture and fabrics. And they sell gift cards, just saying.

20 Seventh Letter

April Christopher first got into print design while studying at Nottingham Trent University. Now based in London, her brand 20Seventh Letter is all about style and luxury. All materials are sourced in the UK and April’s unique prints are all made in London. Her homeware products range from cushions to wall paper, but she also makes little luxuries too including cute coin purses and make-up bags.

Olive Jennings

We love the simple functional Scandi-inspired designs of Olive Jennings. As well as durable furniture, such as this side table made from plywood and metal, she also works with concrete to make industrial styled beautiful small homewares including coasters and hanging planters.

London Cloth Company

The London Cloth Company is London’s first micro-mill. They make high quality materials created on restored shuttle looms from the 1870s. Most of their work is bespoke but they offer a small range of blankets and wool by the meter on their website. And if you’re on a bit of a budget (or just looking for a little house warming gift for somebody) they also sell mugs featuring prints of some of their classic wool blends.

The Botanical Boys


The Botanical Boys are Ben and Darren, who got into terrariums big time after moving into a garden flat in East London in 2009. They transformed the dilapidated garden of the flat into a thing of beauty – gaining attention from national newspapers along the way. Now, they create gardens on a mini-scale: terrariums, which mean anyone can enjoy plants in their house whether they have outside space or not. As well as selling complete terrariums on their website, they also run workshops so you can learn how to do it yourself.

The London Refinery

Lucy Heale uses all natural essential oils and soy wax to make luxurious candles inspired by moods. Scent blends including ‘Inspire’ and ‘Relax’ are available in different sizes. Based out of Ealing, everything at the London Refinery is hand made and they run candle making workshops around East London – you can even hire them for private events.

Warehouse conversions have become one of the hottest trends in property, especially in east London. What originally started out as a cheap and spacious place for artists to live in New York City has now become a high value, quality investment, with many warehouses being sold for millions. Here are some of our top warehouse conversions…

The Tapestry Building, EC2M

Ideally located just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station is The Tapestry Building. Built in the 18th century by the East India Company, the building has now been converted into 14 stylish homes. This beautiful two bedroom apartment is on the third floor, with a bright and spacious dual aspect living and dining room, and a fabulously modern kitchen.

Find out more here.

Kingsland Road, E8

Quebec Wharf, a former Victorian spice warehouse, has been beautifully converted to provide spacious, chic apartments. This one bedroom property stays true to its roots, with original features such as exposed brick walls and steel pillars.

Find out more here.

King Edward’s Road, E9

One of Hackney’s most sought-after warehouse conversions, Five King Edward’s Road was formerly a 1920s clothing factory and is now home to 89 beautiful apartments with a diverse group of residents. This two bedroom penthouse offers double height ceilings, a beautiful open mezzanine level, and floor to ceiling windows letting in incredible light.

Find out more here.

Northburgh Street, EC1V

Set within a former printworks is this sleek two bedroom apartment, in the heart of the City – just around the corner from Barbican station. Arranged over 967 sq ft, it’s flooded with natural light, high ceilings and dual aspect windows.

Find out more here.

Saint John Street, EC1V

This fantastic one bedroom loft apartment is available to rent in Clerkenwell. Originally a part of the Vogue Pattern building, and then the old Ingersoll factory, the apartment has been designed to retain as many of the original industrial features as possible. The property offers over 1,000 sq ft of space and benefits from a communal roof terrace with panoramic views over London.

Find out more here.

Pentonville Road, N1

Just a short stroll from King’s Cross is this fantastic warehouse conversion on Pentonville Road. This one bedroom apartment enjoys high ceilings and a decked mezzanine level, allowing for flexible living. The property also retains a lot of original period features, such as the large industrial windows allowing for plenty of light.

Find out more here.

Annette Road, N7

Just off the vibrant Holloway Road is this beautifully modern warehouse conversion, with a spacious open-plan kitchen and reception room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private patio – perfect for entertaining.

Find out more here.

 

Last weekend saw the successful launch of Bagel Factory and Old Smokehouse at the dedicated marketing suite in Hackney Wick.

There was a really strong turnout with 120 people in attendance, and lots of interest in this exciting new development.

Hackney Wick and Fish Island are set to undergo extensive regeneration, building a creative hub that has been dubbed “the new Shoreditch” – and a perfect investment opportunity. The V&A, London College of Fashion and Sadler’s Wells Theatre are all opening in the Olympic Park, as well as a major development which will include new homes, schools and The International Quarter business centre.

All this change will generate over 50,000 jobs for the area and see The London Legacy Development Corporation establish one of the largest new urban spaces in Europe for over 150 years.

You can find out more about the developments and check out a virtual tour here.

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. 

 

Only one shared ownership apartment remains for sale at the popular Kings Crescent development. This first floor 3 bedroom apartment is available to purchase with a deposit of only £8,438.

This spacious apartment has wood flooring throughout, a high end kitchen with integrated appliances. It also has a large balcony and views over the courtyard to the rear of the property.

The development is ideally located next to Clissold Park, and with excellent transport links nearby. Manor Park tube station is just over half a mile away and Finsbury Park (tube and rail station) is a ten minute walk from the development.  In 2018 Finsbury Park will become part of the Thameslink mainline, offering improved services to the south coast and beyond.

Applications are accepted from all London boroughs, and priority will be given to those living and working in the London borough of Hackney.

To register your interest please call the shared ownership team on 0207 704 5618 or email sharedownership@currell.com

The perfect way to unwind with a stunning view of the City

Abode is a striking new Sherry Green Homes development of twenty-two, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom contemporary apartments, all with a balcony or terrace, in London’s fashionable London Fields area.

Nestled in this thriving heart of Hackney, the apartments are close to the many shops, bars and restaurants of Broadway Market as well the open space of the London Fields and central Hackney amenities such as the Hackney Picturehouse.

The development is very well connected; it’s a 4 minute walk away from London Fields Overground station (8 minutes to Liverpool Street), and ¾ mile from Bethnal Green Underground station, the North London Overground Line at Hackney Central  and the East London Overground Line at Haggerston.

There are also numerous buses to the City and West End, although many local residents choose to cycle or walk to work. The apartments are only a 15 minute cycle ride from the City.

The apartments, which will be priced from £675,000 are launching on Saturday 3rd June.

RSVP HERE TO BOOK A PLACE

For more information about the development please contact a member of the new homes team by email or phone: newhomes@currell.com or 020 3826 4888

Rachel Khoo in her Hackney kitchen (Image Credit: Lara Messer)

Rachel Khoo in her Hackney kitchen (Image Credit: Lara Messer)

Chef and food writer, Rachel Khoo, has put her Hackney property on the market. The apartment, located just off Well Street in this resurgent area of Hackney might be modest in size, but is packed with space saving ideas and Khoo’s unmistakable design stamp.

Rachel Khoo's distinct kitchen style

Rachel Khoo’s distinct kitchen style

Rachel, best known for her cookery programme ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’, has made the most of the 594sqft of space. In the open plan kitchen and living area, a foldaway dining table ensures that entertaining and living space are both catered for, while a desk in the second bedroom turns into a bed. Fans of her show will be delighted to see that the kitchen is both beautiful and practical for enthusiastic home cooks and teh chance to cook like Khoo. There is also the added bonus of a small roof terrace for alfresco dining.

The living area opens onto a roof terrace

The living area opens onto a roof terrace

The space saving desk that transforms into a bed

The space saving desk that transforms into a bed

Well Street is gradually transforming. A new monthly market is opening from January 2016 and new shops, bars and coffee shops are popping up all the time. This is a great opportunity to get in now before the crowd follows.

£435,000

All enquiries to Currell, Victoria Park 020 3222 5555

 

On Wednesday evening Channel 5 explored the winners and losers of the Right to Buy property scheme in London in brand new documentary, My Million Pound Council House. The documentary focused on how some council tenants have made a hefty profit from buying their council properties.

Anne Currell was invited to contribute to the programme to share her expertise of the Hackney property market and meet with Hackney property owner Alan, who bought his Victorian home in the 1970’s for just £1. Now with grown children, Alan and his wife are looking to sell up and use the equity gained on the house to fund their retirement.

Behind the scenes Anne gets ready to film in Hackney!

Behind the scenes Anne gets ready to film in Hackney!

As Anne discussed with producers of the programme, price rises in Hackney for those lucky buyers who purchased in the area when it was effectively a ‘no go’ zone have seen returns that they couldn’t have even imagined. Price rises of up to 800% in the area mean that right to buy homeowners of Alan’s generation have won the postcode lottery.

Anne discussing the incredible rise in property prices in the Hackney area

Anne discussing the incredible rise in property prices in the Hackney area

After visiting the property with Alan and conducting a valuation, Anne delivered the news that if put on the market today, Currell would market it at £1.3 million pounds. Alan had expressed earlier that his hope was that it would be worth £1m so the result was even better than he could have expected. The jump in value also proves just how much Hackney as an area has changed over the last 30 years, turning it into one of the most desirable postcodes in the city.

You can view the programme here

If you live in Hackney and are interested in a valuation of you home please contact our Hackney office on 020 7241 4111

 

The New Year is a great time to get moving, so why not start the New Year in one of these stylish new homes. We have rounded up some of the best properties on the market to give you some inspiration for 2015.

Wayland Avenue, E8 – £1,450,000

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A stylish family home in Dalston which has been renovated to a high contemporary finish while also keeping many period features. The basement kitchen which opens up on to the garden is not only stylish but also has underfloor heating and a built in pantry/wine cellar. For more details click here

Cross Street, N1 – £850,000

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This rarely available maisonette on the trendy Cross Street in Islington could benefit from some modernisation but has the potential to be a stunning home. The original parquet floor in the living area and the roof terrace are two features which make this property really special. For more details click here

Culford Mews, N1 – £1,450,000

Modern and architecturally designed within a cobbled mews in De Beauvoir, this property is as striking on the inside as it is on the outside. The modern design of this house is set over three floors and includes a secluded roof terrace and a warehouse-style ground floor. For more details click here

Charlotte Road, EC2A – £1,200,000

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If you are looking for a City loft, this ticks all the boxes. This large two bedroom apartment has slick design features such as the handmade kitchen, glass doors and exposed brickwork, as well as enjoying a prime position in the heart of Shoreditch. For more details click here

Highbury Crescent, N5 – £1,150,000

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This quirky two bedroom period apartment in Highbury shows that smaller spaces can still be bold with design. It also enjoys private access to the surrounding communal gardens. For more details please click here