Leasehold Reform and the King’s Speech
The world of Leasehold reform has long awaited the Governments proposals in respect of leasehold reform and in the King’s Speech we finally have them.
It is intended to make it easier and cheaper for lessees to extend their leases or buy the freehold but His Majesty did not te ...
At Home: Cascade Avenue
Our featured home this week is on Cascade Avenue, in the famous Rookfields Estate. It has been chosen by the manager of our Muswell Hill offices, Linda Leite, because it is so pretty and she, like so many local people, has a soft spot for the area.
With an asking price of £1 ...
Period Features: Knock Knock Knocking
Is it just me or does the Bafta trophy remind you of a big brass door knocker? It struck me again last night, so I thought I would take a closer look at the history of door knockers. And yes, even door knockers have a history.
It is believed that the first door knockers origina ...
Property Focus: Fortis Green, N2
We will be turning a spot light on property every Friday from today, featuring some of our homes for sale, interesting news and advice as to how to get the best from your property. We start with manager, Amanda Walker’s, pick of our East Finchley crop, a fine, double-fro ...
What’s the Story? Love, Saints & Amethyst
Did you receive a love letter this morning which made you go all limp and reflective, like this lovely lady, imagined by the Victorian artist John Callcott Horsley?
It’s Valentine’s Day, of course, a day when we celebrate love, but there’s a bit of confusion ...
Period Features: The Appeal of Aspidistra
The Victorians adored filling their homes with greenery. Conditions were tough – with most houses suffering from poor light, ventilation and air quality caused by tobacco and pollution from oil, coal, and later in the period, gas lamps. Room temperatures were difficult t ...
Out and About: Lumiere London
I think most of us are suffering from a lack of light at the moment. I can manage being cold, but grey skies and fewer hours of daylight are more of a problem. That’s why I am going away next week for a few days of African brightness, however, I am a little sad that I will ...
Period Features: The Penny Black
Can you imagine a world without the postal service? I am guessing if you are under thirty you probably can but for the rest of us there is a certain romance about getting a letter in the post that hits the spot. Before 1840 this romance came at a high cost, only the very rich c ...
Garden Guru: 5 Gardener’s Resolutions
We are back in the real world – Christmas is put to bed for another year, the longest day has passed and mild weather has encouraged very early growth of spring bulbs. A new garden year has already begun and, as ever at this time of year, I am thinking about a new start a ...
What’s the Story? New Year’s Resolution
Firstly, may I wish you all a very happy New Year.
We are all hoping for good things in 2018 and I am sure you will have made a variety of ‘new start – better me’ type resolutions for the New Year. I have noticed that a lot of people have been keen to make ...
What’s the Story? Christmas Pudding
Are you a traditionalist when it comes to the end of the Christmas meal? For me nothing comes close to Christmas pudding but I have often wondered what the ‘figgy pudding’ in the song ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ was? Was it a fig pudding of sorts ...
Garden Guru: Poinsettia
This ubiquitous Christmas plant is a spurge, it comes from Mexico and gets its name from the American, Joel Roberts Poinsett, who introduced it to the USA in 1825. Not very romantic, or Christmassy or British.
Does it still merit a place on your table this Christmas? well, yes ...