How buy-to-let mortgages work

Why landlords in Bow must learn new mortgage rules First-time property investors and experienced landlords looking to buy rental homes in East London need to get to grips with how buy-to-let mortgages work. Despite a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes being introduced in April, a widespread reduction in mortgage rates has given the…

Map of Londons Green Spaces

Green Spaces in East London

Did you know that almost half of our capital city is green space? (47% to be exact).  We have eight million trees in London, making it the world’s largest urban forest. According to Daniel Raven-Ellison, founder of the Greater London National Park campaign, the city, which covers more than 1,500 square kilometres, has more than 13,000 species…

Ethical Business in East London

Mapping the ethical business trend

Small businesses are evolving. We’re witnessing a trend where entrepreneurs and consumers alike are interested in businesses with a strong ethical, environmental or social purpose. The rise of more conscious business practices matches an increase in people’s desire to minimise their impact on the environment and choose more ethical products and services. The Ethical consumer…

Rainbow Hamlets

Is East London gayer than ever?

London’s gay scene exploded in the 80’s, leaving the Earl’s Court area and heading to Soho, which has since become a (somewhat commercialised) mecca for gay tourists. Ever since, the city’s gay scene has expanded and diversified with nightlife to suit every taste, concentrating mainly in the gay villages of Soho, Shoreditch and Vauxhall. Thousands…