Reasons to Live in London: A History of Music Venues

Why Living in London Has Its Benefits

One of several advantages of living in the City (whether you own or rent in London) is that you are just a tube ride away from many excellent music venues. For the music buffs who routinely go to live gigs, if you live in London, you needn’t worry about those things which out-of-towners have tos when they travel in for a gig. These include:

  • Running for the last train, missing the last few songs of a set, including your absolute favourite.
  • Packing a big bag for a full day trip; hence being weighed down or paying for the cloakroom, which you then have to queue for later. Additionally, it’s hard to look as cool with a big bag, compared to someone who glides in smoothly with just their wallet, phone and keys.
  • Having to take the day off from work that day/the next morning, or risk extreme tiredness.
  • Dealing with canceled trains or detours going and returning.

Either way, you’re probably aware that London hosts several prestigious venues, brimming with music history; whether a small, intimate hall where a fledgling indie rock band start out, or a large venue with a seating capacity in the thousands. You may not know however, about some of the history behind these locations.

The O2 Arena

Feeling my age, I remember when this was the Millennium Dome around the turn of the century; one of several projects to celebrate this moment, alongside the London Eye. However, the exhibitions inside the dome on opening, weren’t met with much enthusiasm by the public after all the hype that it would both entertain and educate. The Jubilee station which serves the O2 arena in Greenwich, is the largest in Europe.

Hammersmith Apollo

Formerly a cinema, the previously-known Gaumont Palace cinema was opened in 1932. It has gone through a number of name changes, including the Hammersmith Odeon, Labatt’s Apollo, Carling Apollo Hammersmith and Hammersmith Apollo, to reflect its ownership and various purposes. Earlier this year, it was announced that AEG Live and Eventim had secured the property, having recently been one of eleven venues run by the HMV and MAMA group. The Apollo’s Compton pipe organ is one of few in the UK to remain in their original building.

Wembley Arena

Formerly called Empire Pool, Wembley Arena was originally built to as a swimming complex for the 1934 Olympic Games (which, when you look at the exterior, makes a lot of sense). Before the O2 Arena came into being, Wembley arena was the largest indoor arena in the UK. It too received some love as part of the Millennium regeneration project.


Terrific Tips for a First Time Property Investor

Buying your first home can be an exciting time, but it is also one fraught with confusing issues and hurdles which can be difficult to leap. Here at Property Property Property, we know that it can be easy for first-time buyers to feel overwhelmed, trawling through all the estate agents in London (and especially if they view their property as an investment opportunity). Hopefully, the tips given below will be helpful in relieving some of the stress associated with the buying process. Don’t forget to check out our search tool and property alerts service to ensure that you’re among the first to see new properties as they come onto the market near you.

Buying a house is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make, so you need to make sure you are getting what you pay for. Spend as much time as you need on looking at a property because you want it to be right for you. If property investment is your plan, then the same rule applies. Property investment is a challenging, yet rewarding project; use some of the tips listed below if you are a first time property investor.

Do not buy the first property you see
Even if you are in love with the property, you need to do your research and shop around because there might be a better deal. You need to consider a number of aspects, not just how much you love it.

Do not be afraid to ask for advice
If you are confused about your process, then you should ask for advice. By asking for advice, you are avoiding silly mistakes that could potentially be crucial. Property investment is not easy and if it is your first time, then you should really not be afraid to ask for advice.

Work out your budget
Without a budget plan you could cause yourself big problems. The budget is a huge factor in property investment. You need to work out your overall budget for everything; you will need to have a rough price in mind on how much you are willing to spend on the actual property and then another figure for the work you are going to do.

Do not just look at the property once
Go back as many times as you think is necessary. Buying a house is a huge purchase, so you need to make sure you are getting what you are paying for. Make sure you are not taking on a job that is too big for you to handle, otherwise you will struggle to make a decent profit.

Begin with a small project
Do not go straight into property investment with a huge goal, you should start small because you need to find out whether it is right for you. If you figure out half way through the job that you do not like it, then you will wish that you had not created such a huge project. You also need to see what you can do. By all means, go for a larger project after you have experienced the first.

Create a contact book
If property investment is something you are serious about, then it would not be a bad idea to have a contact book that lists a number of people you may need to call; this contact book can include numbers for plumbers, electricians and estate agents. Create good relationships with these people so they will be willing to help whenever they can.

Now you have a few tips on property investment, you can go ahead a begin your project; just remember to take your time. You do not want to rush a property investment project because there is a lot of money at stake; you should begin with a smaller project and then work up to larger ones, once you have got a good idea about what is going on. It is not always going to be easy, but it is most definitely a rewarding job.

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About the Author: Janet is a financial advisor who deals with a lot of property investors. As a financial advisor, she helps people work out a budget and makes sure they are aware of how much money they need to spend. She recommends online tools and calculators to help plan out a budget.

Protecting You and Your Property This Halloween

Recent Aviva research illustrates a significant annual increase in home damage during Halloween. According to the insurance company, the period spanning the end of October and the first few days of November brings about a rough increase of 150% in claims of malicious damage to the home; meanwhile, damage to cars rises by half as do car thefts which go up by 20%.

The Halloween festivities encourage a free-for-all around this time of the year, with the consequences being most evident in the exteriors of properties up and down the country. More youth are out in public until a later time at night. Because this crowd have a valid excuse and are in costume, they have the opportunity to get away with tricks. This encourages a higher frequency in reckless behaviour, though this blame shouldn’t be pushed on kids alone. Potential damage can be attributed to young adults, with many attending parties and enjoying more alcohol than normal, on Halloween itself and the nearest weekend. Heavy alcohol use usually results in varying levels of destructive consequences anyway through scuffles, accidents and driving while intoxicated. More specifically, if individuals rent in London, Manchester or a similarly large city with an active nightlife, and they live close to town or main roads, tenants shouldn’t be surprised to receive more attention through foot-traffic. It’s also getting darker, sooner in the evenings, providing an excellent opportunity for vandals and burglars to strike under the cover of darkness.

So how does this affect those in the property-game, who own and let out accommodation? Well, individuals can very well expect to spend the next day on the phone with repair-men to arrange visits and quotes for work to be done. Many tenants will be phoning up their landlords, sheepishly reporting damages that have “just happened” (that is if they actually report it rather than fix it themselves or even hide it). Agents and Landlords will commonly hear of incidents including broken windows, damage to paintwork, spray-painting and produce being thrown. More complicated examples can involve plumbing too

Those who don’t report damage to their landlord or letting agent, but instead go about covering up any problems themselves, can safely expect the damage to be discovered on inspection of the property at a later date. Agents and landlords regularly inspect properties, and can do so with just 24 hours notice (or none if their is a concern of damage to the property). Common discoveries include chipped furniture and stains on carpets.

Because Halloween is a popular annual tradition, it’s guaranteed that there will always be young trick-or-treaters and older party-goers out and about, abstaining from their usual behaviour. Unless there is a prevalent fear amongst members of a community with a prior negative experience to point to, Halloween fun and games will be tolerated unless they breach the law. Due to budgets cuts and the expected incidents around this time of year, emergency services will be stretched even further. Preemptive measures by property-owners can help. Because Halloween is an annual holiday, it’s generally accepted by landlords and agents who let out properties that these incidents will happen. Holidays like Halloween and the behaviour it brings out in others is one of those things to consider when deciding where to live. For those who want to avoid such festivities but still wish to rent in London or another major city, flats which offer more security from the outside, area safe option. On the other hand, if you want to be more active, like hosting a party yourself, a house, rather than an apartment, will provide more space to dance!

Young Professional Home Seekers Look East for London Living

Online property website, conducts monthly analysis of the most popular searched for borough.  Hackney has proven to be one of the most popular searched for borough amongst home seekers between 28 – 35 years. Hackney has undergone a period of intense regeneration turning into one of the 21st Century’s most exciting boroughs of London. The regeneration and popularity of the obvious haunts such as Shoreditch, Hoxton and Stoke Newington have contributed towards the borough’s rising property prices. However, new development plans highlight that buying or renting in this diverse and lively area is set to be an even more wise and lucrative decision if you can compete for the space.

Dalston, Hackney Central, Hackney Wick, Manor House are set to gain from most of the new regeneration plans and will add value to this bustling and promising borough.

Here are Top 5 Reasons Why Hackney is Worth it.
1. Over 70% of Hackney residents* said that they were proud of living in Hackney with Shoreditch and Stoke Newington as the most favourite areas.

2. Considered a thriving hotspot for creatives and start-up businesses, Hackney has been chosen to receive funding by the Arts Council to boost and support creativity in the region.

3. British Actor, Michael Fassbender, Singer, Leona Lewis still live in one of London’s liveliest and characterful boroughs whilst a host of historical figures famous faces such as Marc Bolan, Michael Cain, Ray Winston and Barbara Windsor were Hackney born and bred.

4. It was voted the ‘coolest place in Britain’ in Italian Vogue, whilst according to Halifax research, property prices in Hackney rose by 320% between 1996 and 2006 – the biggest rise in London. Since the Olympics the average price of a Dalston property is just over £303,000 compared to £249,000 in 2002.

5. Practicals: You can be outside Liverpool St in 10 minutes (walking), Oxford Circus in 20mins (tube), with recent developments allowing commuters to travel direct from Dalston to New Cross Gate in 20 minutes.

London on Film: Living on a Famous Street

This week, to celebrate the release of the The Sweeney on the big screen, we’re celebrating Film Week at PPP (#FilmWeekAtPPP), which has us all talking about our favourite films at the office.

Location is one of the most important decisions that a film writer has to make. Sometimes they want to write a love letter to a place they are personally fond of, like Woody Allen did in Manhattan. Usually the architecture, historical relevance, people and “feel” of a place dictate the moods which the auteur wishes to convey. Other times, it’s just cheaper to film it there.

London on Film

If you wander around London on foot, especially if it’s your first time visiting, you’ll probably be flooded with scenes from films you’ve seen; from Michael Caine walking along the Thames in Alfie, to Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman going Christmas shopping in Oxford Street in Love Actually. London has so many different nooks and crannies, with such a wide disparity in socio-economic statuses that it has served for a variety of moods and genres. You may also consider that London is an entertainment capital in the world.

Films as Location Advertisements

London has been at the heart of many great films, both British and from Hollywood, and can serve as an excellent 2 hour advertisement to live there. Notting Hill for instance, put the area on the map in a much larger way; just think of the tourism and housing boost which it did for the Notting Hill area, with billboards placed worldwide with the place name in big letters. Many who grew up elsewhere, like further up north, received their primary exposure to the “big city” through the films they grew up watching too.

Using Films to Decide Where To Live

Many who are considering a big move don’t realise the potential for films to paint a picture of a place where they would like to live. It certainly saves on making multiple train trips to size up whether you would like to live there, though of course, you shouldn’t base all your beliefs on fictional films. They do help though, and even subconsciously, you would be surprised how much of your perception of a place is constructed through the images you see on film.

If you’re planning to rent in London, next time you’re watching a film, ignore the characters and story at the forefront of a scene for a moment, and take in where the action is taking place.  If you want to get an idea of the kind of property in London you can expect, take in those exterior shots which set a scene. These can give you an idea of where you might want to move to next especially if you’re still young and without many responsibilities.