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London is home to most burglary hotspots

London home to 12 of 20 worst burglary hotspots

London has been named the burglary capital of the UK, with 12 of the worst hotspots for the crime located within its boundaries. Research by comparison site MoneySuperMarket has identified the nation's most burglary-hit postcodes, with the capital taking the crown for the majority.

London's house prices are booming

London house prices rise by 11.2 per cent in a year

Property values in London have risen by more than 11 per cent in the last year, according to the most recent data from the Land Registry. Nationwide, England and Wales have seen an average increase of 4.4 per cent.

Costs for public transport rise in London

Londoners face rising costs despite public transport woes

Londoners report more public transport woes of any other region in the UK, recent findings have shown. The latest figures from Citizens Advice show that one in four issues relating to public transport is reported by the capital's residents.

London's top-price home sales set records

2013 set records for high-priced London home sales

Last year set records for the number of high-priced homes being sold in London, according to the latest figures from a global estate agent. There were more than 500 sales of properties worth more than £5 million during 2013, Savills has revealed.

Londoners are most likely to celebrate Christmas with champagne

Londoners most likely to quaff champagne this Christmas

More people in London than anywhere else in the UK will be celebrating Christmas with a glass of champagne this year, a nationwide study has shown. In the capital, 50 per cent of residents say they plan to raise a festive toast, compared with less than a third of people in the rest of the UK.

Londoners are supporting local businesses this Christmas

Londoners choose local stores for Christmas shopping

Londoners are choosing small, local stores for their Christmas shopping, rather than hitting the main stores or buying last-minute gifts online, a study has shown. The majority of London residents have picked up festive items from independent shops close to home, the survey by Lloyds TSB has highlighted.

Boris Johnson reveals London housing plan

£1bn to tackle London's housing shortage

The mayor of London has pledged £1 billion to house the capital's growing population over a three-year period. In his latest draft housing strategy, Boris Johnson has revealed a target of building 42,000 new homes each year for the next decade, with the first phase to run from 2015 to 2018.

Foreign investors could be subject to CGT

Foreign investor tax: preventing London's housing bubble

As house prices continue to rise in the capital, fears of a housing market bubble are gaining momentum. In recent months, speculation has been growing that the country - and London in particular - is in the grip of a boom, but many organisations and public figures have dismissed the suggestions as premature.

Landlords: Where to buy this autumn

Landlords: Where to buy this autumn

For new buy-to-let investors, knowing where to invest money is the most crucial consideration.

Boris Johnson, chatting about housing. Image:PA

Boris Johnson: Can London build the homes it needs?

Boris Johnson hopes to build 400,000 new homes in London over the course of the next decade - but new figures from Knight Frank suggest he may be fighting an uphill battle.

The average price of a home in prime central London now stands at £1,186,817. Image:Thinkstock

Prime property prices up by £27 an hour in London

Prime property prices rose by £27 an hour over the last year, according to the latest data from the Land Registry.

London's streets are ordinarily paved with gold, not rain. Image:Thinkstock

London suffers surprise price fall

Asking prices are falling in London for the first time this year, in a surprising blow to the capital's usually buoyant springtime market.

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London's preeminent independent art galleries

London has some of the best museums and galleries in the world, famous for their scope and size. It also has some delightful, lesser known ones that are just as fabulous.

Overseas investment is changing the face of London.

Boris called on to help Londoners over housing

London's housing market is reaching boiling point, with the pressures exerted by overseas investors a potentially huge problem to the capital's beleaguered first-time buyers.

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Londoners to spend big on home improvement

Londoners are planning on splashing out £8,000 on home improvements over the next year, double the national average.

Greenwich: ideal for first-time buyers

A guide to first-time property buying in London

Preparing to buy your first property in London should be an exciting experience, but it can be a daunting prospect as well. With property prices higher here than elsewhere, it can take a lot of effort and resolve to find your perfect home. However, persevere and you will be rewarded.

The sun is always shining on London's property market. Image:Thinkstock

London price boom to go on and on

Homeowners in London are likely to profit by as much as 30 per cent by 2020, predict economists.

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Westfield confirms midnight Christmas shopping hours

Busy Londoners worried about when to fit in their Christmas gift buying will be pleased to learn that Westfield Shopping centre has announced midnight opening hours over the festive period.

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London has most expensive homes in the UK but residents have more to spend

The London Factor report by Halifax found that, while the average house costs up to 70% more in the capital, its residents also have more spending money than anyone else in the Britain.

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Cluedo London Edition brings murder to the capital

Forget Miss Scarlett and Professor Plum, city professionals are the new suspects for a London-themed murder in the latest edition of popular board game, Cluedo.

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Christmas lights up the capital

It’s official: you can start getting excited about Christmas as celebrities, sports stars and Disney Princesses have kicked off the festive season by switching on London’s lights.

The London Film Festival is set for October.

London Film Festival previews

TRAILERS: The BFI London Film Festival kicks off in October for 12 days of cinematic sights and sounds. The event is the biggest of its kind in the UK and despite it being smaller than the famous Cannes or Venice festivals there is still a lot happening around the city.

The dragonfly light by Ingo Maurer.

Simply red for design show

Designers and all things the colour red are combining for the RED exhibition to be held during the London Design Festival. The exhibit is running from September 14 until September 23 at The Conran Shop to mark the showroom’s 25th anniversary in the Michelin Building.

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Melbourne Australia tops list of most liveable cities

Melbourne in Australia has beaten out all UK and worldwide cities to be labeled the most-liveable. Despite its excellent performance during the Olympic Games London has dropped further down the list of most liveable cities, now coming 55th.

What family attractions make London a great place to live?

What family attractions make London a great place to live?

London is a great place to live whatever your age, but most people think it is best suited to young professionals and students. In fact, the city is ideal for bringing up children, as it offers plenty of attractions to keep them busy during the school holidays. Here are just a few.

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Treasures of the world

Bring your wanderlust back to your home.

Wanderlust seems to be a trend in home décor this year with pieces from all over the globe making it into UK sitting rooms. The look requires items to be from many different locations and have an eclectic feel.

Go retro with an iPhone handset

Plug in your iPhone for an old-fashioned chat

We love new technology but sometimes, at home, wouldn't it be nice to ditch the touch-screen for a phone with a traditional handset? Now, you can plug in your Apple iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches and enjoy a good old gossip Lady Gaga style.