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Your Community Needs You – The Power of Volunteering Locally

The irony of our technology-driven world, where we’re constantly connected, is that many people have never felt more disconnected from others – including their neighbours and community. One social commentator described modern life as suffering from ‘an epidemic of loneliness’. One simple yet potentially life-changing solution to this problem is volunteering. Offering your time, energy and...

5 Smart Home Gadgets for Better Health and Wellbeing

Pretty much all of us use some degree of smart technology every day. And it’s not just our omnipresent mobile phones – intelligent technology can be found everywhere. From smart speakers to thermostats, doorbells, watches, sleeping aids and many other clever devices. These can all make our lives a little easier (apparently), but what are the best smart gadgets for helping to improve our health...

Energy Saving Week: A Guide for London Households

Energy Saving Week is taking place this week from 17 – 23 January. But what is it, and why should you care? Well, it’s a campaign encouraging UK households to become more aware of their energy use. It’s an annual campaign started in 2012 by the Citizens Advice Bureau and government departments. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to get more energy-smart, financially savvy and...

Brewing Positivity: How Brew Monday is Combatting Blue Monday

Blue Monday, often labelled as the most challenging day of the year, falls on the third Monday of January.   But what exactly makes this day particularly blue?   Well, a travel company originally coined the name, and Blue Monday is thought to be the day when the festive cheer has faded, resolutions have hit the rocks, and these cold, dark days seem never-ending.   But, it’s not all doom,...

Top Interior Design Trends to Look Out for in 2024

Is your London home ripe for a refresh?   Are you itching to ditch dated décor and breathe new life into your property?   If so, take inspiration from these top interior design trends.  Texture   Don’t just think about how your home looks; consider how it feels. Bobbly cushions, plush rugs and fluffy throws help create a cosy atmosphere. Bouclé, velvet and leather are just some of the...

How to Avoid Festive Burnout This Christmas

It’s supposedly ‘the season to be jolly’, a once-a-year chance to experience comfort and joy with your nearest and dearest.  But many people (51% of women and 35% of men, to be precise*) find the Christmas period stressful.  The reasons for this anxiety can include the pressure to socialise, the strain of hosting family and the cost of buying presents.  So, how can you ensure you make it...

Greedy Landlords? Don’t Believe the Hype

In today’s climate, it’s easy to paint landlords with the same brush – viewing them solely as money-grabbing opportunists.   As a letting agency that’s part of a network of like-minded agents, we get to see the rental business’s good, bad and ugly side.  Yes, there are some unscrupulous, greedy landlords. We do our best to avoid these.  However, many landlords strive to do the right...

An Alternative Guide to Bonfire Night for London Residents

Remember, remember, Bonfire Night celebrations don’t always have to go off with a bang. There are lots of ways to have fun on the 5th of November without letting off noisy fireworks (which can cause distress to small children, pets* and wildlife).  Here are five ways to have a quieter Bonfire Night this year.  Marshmallow fun  Nothing takes the chill off the November night air quite like toasted...

How to Deal with the Change in Seasons

If you’re feeling tired, grumpy and an overwhelming urge to hibernate as the autumn days get shorter and cooler, you’re not alone. Many people experience a dip in mood and energy at this time of year. But before you dive for cover under the duvet, here are some tips to help you deal with – and maybe even enjoy – the seasonal changes we face at this time of year. Embrace the elements “There's...

How Government Plans May Be Good News for London Landlords 

Over the last few years, landlords have faced many changes. Tax reforms, rental reforms and energy efficiency measures have meant renting out properties is more complex (and expensive) than ever. But with changes to Government plans announced last Wednesday, is good news on the horizon?   Last week, controversial (and costly plans) for improved EPC targets by 2025 were scrapped by Prime Minister Rishi...

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