London is no longer a magnet for real estate investors, now that the credit crunch has put the brakes on easy lending and threatened the fortunes of the financial sector.
According to the latest annual real estate trends survey from PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute, which collates opinions from 485 industry professionals, London has fallen out of the top 10 European cities for both investment and development prospects for the first time.
The British capital was ranked 15th out of 27 European cities for investment prospects, while for development prospects it was ranked 13th. Last year, London made second place for investment and fourth place for development.
Moscow and Istanbul are now the new darlings of the sector, ranked first and second respectively for both investment and development prospects. Whereas London is facing a slump similar to America’s, with house prices declining and consumer confidence down, Russia and Turkey offer strong economic growth prospects and buying opportunities across residential, office and retail.
Currently there is a real appetite for emerging markets, with high oil prices boosting Russian spending power in particular. And even as Western markets suffer from an end to the days of cheap credit, some of the survey respondents believed it would help bring distorted real estate markets back to normal. (forbes.com)
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London’s hotels are racing to accommodate the millions of tourists that visit the city each year. In 2006, a record 15.2 million people traveled to the U.K
A wide range of chic options from the traditional to the trendy, and rooms for those on a budget as well as those with money to spare.
London’s chicest hotels enhance these experiences by offering a breadth of extras from unique in-room amenities to distinctive decor.
These details, says Alden, define how guests remember the hotel. The most successful London hotels have used accents like Lucite tables, vintage cognacs and pear-wood paneling to create a memorable atmosphere.
The hippest hotels in London according to Herbert Ypma:
Haymarket Hotel – Best Distinctive Decor
Threadneedles -Top Spot For The Executive
Metropolitan – Best Place For A Celebrity Sighting
The Berkeley– Most Family-Friendly
Lanesborough – Best Old-World Luxury
Blakes Hotel – Most Decadent Design
They stand on opposite corners of the west window of St Andrews Church, St Andrews Hill. They started out life in Hatton Garden on the wall of a 17th century school. It must have been a craze at the time as there are two almost identical ones in Greycoat Place, in Victoria. The boy holds a bible in his right hand and a cap in his left. It is said the Charles Dickens who lived and worked locally, would look at the statue and used it as a model for a new novel he was writing Oliver Twist. The girl has a bible in her right hand and what appears to be a shopping bag in the other. She stand looking at the new Sainsbury’s head office at Holborn Circus, which has an express shop inside. She has a look of surprise in her eyes as though she has forgotten to buy something that she needed.
Londonist has a case of the spookies – deathly headstones in deathly places. More specifically, Sutton Cemetery.
According to This is Local London, bereaved relatives frequenting their loved one’s resting place have been confronted by not-so-subtle wooden support stakes and yellow post-its informing them of the instability of the headstones, which must then either be shored up or replaced. A spokesman from Sutton council explains these actions are a response to the rising number of accidents, including deaths, which have recently resulted from these falling felons. In fact, the issue is so paramount the national Health and Safety Executive has urged all local councils to carry out similar surveys.
Such action has provoked the wrath of relatives though, who contend that nothing is wrong with the headstones. To add further insult to, ahem, injury, those without the correct insurance policy must foot the bill. Unhappy times.
Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel is a place where the atmosphere of quiet, calm, and efficient service is more reminiscent of a private club than an international 4 star luxury hotel in Central London.
The guest rooms and deluxe suites combine superb facilities with relaxing surroundings: the Library, Butlers Restaurant, the light and airy Conservatory and the intimate bar cater for every culinary whim or inclination; make a restaurant reservation online.
All, in the vibrant centre of town just a short stroll from Bond Street, the perfect location from which to experience London.
Rooms are very comfortable with a great air conditioning. Restaurant is worth recommending as well, delicious meals plus the silver service, presentation and attention to detail can make this a truly enjoyable evening.
If you’re interested in London’s history then this is the place to visit. The museum has seven permanent galleries displaying just some of the amazing wealth of material in their collections. You can learn about London from the days when the whole population would fit on one double decker bus! Make sure you see the Lord Mayor’s Coach, which was built in 1757 and is still used every year for the Lord Mayor’s Show. Museum of London consist of:
* Museum of London Visitor Information
* Museum of London Photo Gallery
* Museum of London: Medieval London AD410-1558 Photo Gallery