Northwest London – An Underrated Tourist Hub

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Wembley

A name synonymous with football, Wembley is a great place to connect with sport. The newly constructed Wembley Stadium and recently renovated Wembley Arena are great attractions to visit for the atmosphere they provide and the memories they invoke. The lb35 million Wembley Arena renovations were eventually completed on 2nd April 2006. As well as this strong sporting tradition, the venues are also famously involved with popular artists such as Abba, Barbra Streisand, The Cure, and many more.

Wembley Stadium

The second largest football stadium in Europe, narrowly beaten by FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou, the new Wembley Stadium is worth a visit just for the stunning architecture. This was built to replace the Empire Stadium demolished in 2003, and is now the national stadium of England.

Cricklewood

When moving from the bustling Cricklewood Broadway to the Victorian era residential streets you could be forgiven for believing that you’ve suddenly stepped back in time, since the gorgeous Victorian buildings are a throwback to a time before this former rural village was enveloped by gigantic London. Due to the presence of Cricklewood Studios, opened in 1934, Eric Morecambe famously said that “life’s not Hollywood, it’s Cricklewood!”.

Hampstead

A gorgeous 790 acre heath within the expanse of London provides a breath of fresh air when driving through the urban sprawl. Hampstead heath contains a variety of water features to provide a reservoir for wildlife and interest any hill walker. The assortment of water features allows a perfect space to relax.

Little Venice

Little Venice, situated where London’s Regent’s Canal meets the Grand Union, accommodates a large amount of water-borne activity from all over London. The picturesque views across the tree lined waterways can be enjoyed from one of the caf’es or restaurants along the edge of the canal. The canals spurting from Little Venice are all as gorgeous as the location itself, making the area perfect for evening walks.

Maida Vale

Among the redbrick mansions and Edwardian apartments, Maida Vale is home to a BBC Studio, running since 1946. This studio was used by John Peel, the longest serving BBC Radio One DJ, in his early career and is now the location of a wide range of classical music recordings.

St. John’s Wood

London’s NW8 area, of which St. John’s Wood is a part, is an especially affluent area and a popular celebrity residence. The Lord’s cricket ground is found in St. John’s Wood, and well known artists such as Cliff Richard, The Beatles and Pink Floyd have recorded at the historic Abbey Road Studios.

Abbey Road Studios

After recording their album at this iconic studio, the Beatles snapped the Abbey Road album cover at the crossing nearby, naming the famous album for this road. Tourists are often seeing snapping similar pictures to try and mimic the Beatles’ efforts.

Willesden

Home to the Willesden Cycling Club, London’s largest cycling club, host to a large Irish population, the setting of Zadie Smith’s novel White Teeth, and receiving more and more investment every year, Willesden has been described as an up and coming area of London.

West Hampstead Life

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London Renting

People are flocking in several rented properties in London to taste a variety in areas before deciding to buy one. Due to change in their job location they prefer moving to London to stay close to their work place. London is a patchwork city with immense potential. All the places are knitted together with short distances of separation. Tourist attractions, vivacious streets, chic pubs, classic parks are very close to each other.

Renting in West Hampstead

West Hampstead area is not as costly as Hampstead and is well knit with various transportation systems. This makes young professionals choose West Hampstead over Hampstead. The attractive pubs, various shopping areas and the thriving nightlife of the area make it popular amongst the young group.

West Hampstead

West Hampstead is located in the north-west London and it is just 4 miles from the West End. The alluring shopping mall stands tall on the former railway land of the area. It houses many lavish shops, cinemas and other social niceties of the area. The smart bars, the pleasant coffee shops and the posh restaurants give the West End locality a hamlet like feel and are very well supported by the locals. The area is immensely well knit with underground transportation and rail.

Property

Hampstead’s skyrocketing property prices has made West Hampstead the most preferred residential area amongst young professionals and bachelors. There are myriad accommodation choices available in West Hampstead. The enchanting Edwardian castles are of the greeting variety, while the Victorian terraced houses are equally attractive. Needless to mention the neat 2 bed and 3 bed terraces and semis with small gardens are wise choices for those who prefer compact accommodation. The wide gracious streets bordering Hampstead “proper” is strewn with large 7 bedroom detached constructions. The Maryon Wilson Estate boasts of classy properties namely red-brick mansion blocks with spacious communal gardens, purpose-built and converted flats as well as whole complete houses. There are also some 20th century council blocks and upcoming modern flat projects.

West End Lane

The West End Lane is the nucleus of the West Hampstead area. It’s rich greenery and its hamlet like aura is not smothered by the tall Victorian constructions. The enchanting village feel is still retained by its numerous shops, restaurants and lively bars. The area has a prominent night life.

Transportation

West Hampstead is very well knit with the public transportation system. It is directly connected with the airport in Luton and the city with the Thameslink. Its Jubilee line connects it to the West End and to the South Bank and the Canary Wharf. The over ground station connects east-west from Stratford to Richmond.

The Abbey Road

Broadhurst Gardens in West Hampstead are famous for Decca records. David Bowie and the Rolling Stones also recorded their early albums in these studios. Even the X Factor TV show’s contestants were once housed in this area.

The wonderful residential area in West Hampstead is flocked by young professionals because of its good transportation and its close proximity to several attractions.

Leasehold enfranchisement explained by Courtney Manton from Best Gapp



Leasehold enfranchisement is a tricky business. The very terms leasehold and freehold date back to the Magna Carta, which was issued in 1215.  Today when buying property, often if you are buying a flat or conversion, you will be buying it as a leaseholder, which means that the freeholder still owns the land and building- you are actually buying a lease which gives you the right to live in it for a certain length of time

The Leasehold Reform Act of 1967 gave tenants the right to acquire the freehold of their home. The Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act of 1993 gave rights to tenants who hold original leases of longer than 21 years to extend them for 90 years. Many tenants seek to lengthen their lease or buy the lease from the freeholder and this right to buy is the enfranchisement.

To buy a lease you need to fulfil various requirements, which is why it’s best to seek advice. In an article on the Best Gapp blog, property expert Courtney Mantonexplains some of the terms and complications involved in leasehold enfranchisement. Best Gapp are estate agents in Belgravia, and Courtney has over thirty years of experience in the property market in central London. He’s worked on some key leasehold enfranchisement cases on the Grosvenor, Cadogan and Stanhope estates.

If there are a group of tenants wishing to buy or extend the lease, this is known as collective enfranchisment. Courtney Manton said on the blog that one of the requirements is that you need to have at least 50% of the tenants joining together for this to proceed.