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Is Airbnb making the housing crisis worse?

Monday 1st of August 2016

Airbnb is great, right? It works out much cheaper than staying in a hotel. You also get a far more homely environment, often with the benefit of a full kitchen and separate living room with a TV and ...read the rest



What's in a postcode?

Monday 25th of July 2016

Consider the postcode for a moment. It's not just where you send your letters to, it's also an ideal. SW3 means living in luxury, NW1 brings to mind Camden's cool music scene, and E17 steers your thou...read the rest



Where can you afford to rent?

Thursday 21st of July 2016

We're of the philosophy that repetition is the mother of all learning. So we're going to say it again: we live in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Just ask Savills, UBS, or indeed any ho...read the rest



Don't get bored of boards - the funniest advertising signs

Thursday 7th of July 2016

While we're known for our cynical yet usually correct rants about gentrification, the housing crisis and politics, this week we feel we've earned ourselves a good post-Brexit chillax. So instead we br...read the rest




Brexit: the consequences

Sunday 3rd of July 2016

What a crazy week it's been. After the results of the EU referendum, with 52% voting to leave and 48% to stay, David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister. This was swiftly followed by the stepping down ...read the rest



If we Brexit will London leave the UK?

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016

Unless you've been hiding under a rock recently (and to be honest, given what's been happening we wouldn't blame you), you will have heard about the shooting in the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, the...read the rest



Are the Royal Family value for money?

Monday 13th of June 2016

The Queen is 90! Her official birthday celebrations took place last weekend at the Trooping the Colour Parade. The flamboyant display required weeks of preparation, with thousands of soldiers, gun sal...read the rest



The best of London's neighbourhoods

Monday 6th of June 2016

Want to know where the happiest place is? The rudest? The cheapest? We've rounded up the best of London's neighbourhoods.

Cost
All conversations about living in London inevitably involve how expe...read the rest



How do we solve the problem of empty homes?

Monday 30th of May 2016

The latest scandalous housing figures were published this week: 7,500 council homes are currently sitting empty. Meanwhile there are 344,000 households on the waiting list.

In total there are 57,0...read the rest



London is overcrowded - with estate agents

Thursday 19th of May 2016

How many times have you heard someone say "it's impossible to walk down the high street without passing an estate agent's? Well it's more than just a turn of phrase - it's gospel. And it seems to appl...read the rest



The worst of London's neighbourhoods

Sunday 8th of May 2016

From the highest rates of theft to E. coli-ridden kebabs, we've rounded up the worst bits of the capital's neighbourhoods in easy, digestible form (yep, that pun was intended).

Crime rates
Natura...read the rest



The worst places to live

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016

Not a week goes by without a hideous property making the headlines. The fact that they exist and actually get snapped up shows just how ridiculous the housing market is. Extortionate prices, greed, an...read the rest



It's election time! The best party clangers

Monday 25th of April 2016

It's almost time to elect London's Mayor. There's a lot of voting to do - the ballot paper for the Mayor gives you two choices. Then there are two separate forms for the London Assembly Member and the...read the rest



Would you eat a squirrel?

Sunday 17th of April 2016

This spring, trendy gastropub The Jugged Hare have put crispy bacon croquettes with hazelnut mayonnaise on the menu. There's a very special ingredient: squirrel.

Se...read the rest



Should we be angry about the Panama Papers?

Monday 11th of April 2016

It takes a financial expert to decipher what goes on in the murky world of taxes, but since the Panama Papers leaked everyone's taking a keen interest in what having an offshore investment really mean...read the rest



Is bus driving London's most thankless job?

Sunday 3rd of April 2016

Up north it's customary for people to thank the driver when they leave the bus. Do this here and your fellow passengers might look at you as if you had dog poo on your head. Is driving a bus that muc...read the rest



London's most annoying food trends

Sunday 27th of March 2016

Bread, sausages and ice cream have to be artisan. Anything you can lay your hands on can be made into a cocktail - radish and thistle nectarini, anyone? And everything is either detoxing or a posh ver...read the rest



The Night Tube arrives!

Monday 21st of March 2016

After much stalling Boris Johnson has confirmed the 24 hour tube will finally start running this summer.

It was initially set to start last September, but after the plans were announced 20,000 tub...read the rest



This town went offshore to stop paying tax. Should London do the same?

Sunday 13th of March 2016

A small town in Wales has moved offshore to stop paying tax. They're not trying to dodge payment, they're simply making a point about the massive organisations who continually get away with this despi...read the rest



Does Camden need another "straight" bar?

Monday 7th of March 2016

The Black Cap pub in Camden closed in April 2015 without any warning. For over 50 years it was not just a pub, but a cabaret, performance and cultural site as well as an LGBTQ haven for people to meet...read the rest



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