In this three-minute read, we look at how the Eat Out to Help Out scheme can give struggling restaurants and cafes in Farringdon a much needed boost.
We’ve been asked to do many things in recent months: stay home, home school, wear masks, keep apart and wash our hands, to name but a few.
And now we’re being called to action again. But this time to dine out to help the hospitality industry get back on its feet after being hit for six by the lockdown.
As far as sacrifices go, this one is most definitely our favourite. After spending lots of time cooped up indoors eating our own half-baked sourdough and soggy souffle, eating out will be a welcome change.
So, we will be backing the Eat Out to Help Out scheme when it starts next month and urge you to do the same.
It’s not the most imaginatively titled initiative, but the idea – to help our high streets by supporting local eateries – is one we fully support.
We understand some people can’t eat out right now due to health or financial reasons, but if you can do your bit to keep businesses open and support jobs in Farringdon, then please do.
Here’s what you need to know about the scheme.
- It is running every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August.
- Eat out on these days at a participating restaurant, pub, or cafe, and you can get 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up (booze not included) to the value of £10 per person if you eat or drink in.
- The discount is applied straight away – no filling out of forms or waiting for refunds.
- You can take advantage of it as many times as you like.
- There’s no minimum spend and you don’t have to order food to be eligible, for example a £3 coffee would cost £1.50 under the scheme.
- A website will be up and running by 31 July giving you a list of eateries taking part in the scheme.
It’s worth noting that it’s not just restaurants, cafes and pubs that can take part. Work and school canteens and food halls can too, providing they have registered.
If you’re keen to take advantage of the scheme, always check that the venue is taking part before you order – to avoid any nasty surprises when the bill arrives.
Remember that many eateries can only serve a limited number of diners right now and ask that customers book ahead.
If you do make a reservation and can’t make it, let the venue know. No-shows cost businesses money, and things are tough in the hospitality industry.
Even before the pandemic, many food outlets, especially restaurants, were finding it challenging.
Between 2018 and 2019 almost 1,000 restaurants disappeared from UK high streets. (Overall numbers fell from 27,189 to 26,265. Source: Statista).
If we want Farringdon to have a thriving shopping and leisure centre and a warm neighbourhood buzz, it’s up to us to support it.
Here at AW Childs, we’re proud to be part of the community, and we are doing all we can to back it in these unusual times.
Unique Family Home In Bethnal Green
If you are looking for a home that has it all – large living space, a garden, great amenities and great transport links, then our newest instruction in St Peter’s Close, E2 may be ideal for you. Based in the leafy and highly sought-after area of Bethnal Green, this unique three-bedroom house offers plenty of room for a family and features an amazing patio garden that is a real summer sun trap, making it ideal for entertaining friends and family. As well as being an ideal home for a family, its location makes it a great option for commuters who work in the city. The great location also allows you to make the most of the great parks and amenities that surround the area, including the famous Colombia Road Flower Market.
The great location of this area is trumped by the fantastic, unique characteristics of the house. As you enter the garden, you feel very much like you’ve left the city life behind. The high walls and well-kept garden offer a feeling of privacy and peace that are remarkably difficult to find in a city location. This transition from city life is very much a feature of the property and continues as you enter through the traditionally styled front door.
The Front Room
On entering the property, you are likely to be taken aback by the unique styling of the home. The front room features a large window that has a door directly to the wonderful L-shaped garden, allowing you to create a very open feeling in the room and appreciate the beauty of the garden. There’s plenty of natural light to be had and the well-proportioned room feels more spacious than its dimensions.
The kitchen is a masterpiece! With space for a large dining table and very traditional decor, the room has the feel of a country kitchen. In a world full of modern, featureless kitchens, the charm of this room is very appealing to those who are more traditional in their tastes. From period-look taps to the stripped-back brickwork, the room really does have a very unique feel. The feel of the room is complemented by a large window that also features a view of the garden that surrounds the property.
As well as form, there is also function to the kitchen. There is ample storage available including a large pantry and space for all the appliances that you could need – such as a washing machine and dishwasher. There is also space for a range cooker (like the one currently in the property) for the chef of the house.
The last room downstairs is the traditionally-styled WC. The room features a classic WC and basin setup and its striking decor will be a big plus for those who appreciate it. The theme of the home is very much continued here.
As we move upstairs, the traditional theme is still very much here. As you come on to the landing you will notice the hardwood flooring and neutral tones. From here you access the bathroom and the three bedrooms.
The family-sized bathroom features a shower over bath set up, a WC and a basin. The room is light, clean and functional and continues the traditional theme with a stylized WC, and traditional bath and basin taps. The room also features stylish wall tiles and complementary flooring that will suit the majority of tastes.
The master bedroom is the most spacious of the three and features built-in wardrobes that maximise the use of available space. There is also a sizeable window in the room which have views of St Peters Church, allowing it to be light and airy while maintaining its unique styling.
The second bedroom is also relatively spacious and is ideal for adults and children alike. This room also benefits from a large window which keeps the room light. The room has been neutrally decorated and this very much complements the traditional wooden flooring that maintains the traditional theme of the home.
The third bedroom of this property is the smallest of the three. Ideal for use as a child/guest room, the room features plenty of space for a single/double bed and furniture to make a comfortable but compact bedroom.
One of the best features of this home is undoubtedly the garden. The unique L-shaped garden surrounds the property, and means that it can be enjoyed from almost every room in the house. It features a very traditional patio and lots of space for a variety of plants and shrubbery. There is also room for an outdoor seating area and even a barbecue. There is also a shed to store a variety of garden accessories. For those who value outside space, this house is absolutely ideal.
The property is ideally located close to Bethnal Green and Hoxton. This means there are great transport options for those who need to commute across the capital. It also means that there is a huge number of local amenities such as parks, shops and cultural options close by including Colombia Rd Flower Market which is a stone’s throw from the house, as well as Broadway Market, Regent Canal and London Fields. There is also some great nightlife on offer.
The property is close to some of London’s trendiest places. Hoxton, for instance, is London’s epicentre of cool and offers fantastic eateries, markets and bars. For those who enjoy going out and exploring the city around them, Bethnal Green is an ideal base.
With such a unique set of benefits, it is unlikely that this property will be available for long. If you wish to view the property or find out more about it, please call us on 0203 693 9444 or email [email protected]. We can offer contact-free viewings at times to suit you. So for more information, please get in touch.
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced sweeping changes this afternoon around Stamp Duty which is excellent news for anyone thinking of buying a home in Islington.
Stamp Duty is a tax applied when you buy a property and the announcement that there will be a payment holiday starting immediately means homebuyers will save thousands of pounds.
The Government has raised the stamp duty threshold to £500,000 for all buyers until March 31st, 2021.
That means property purchases below £500,000 will not need to pay ANY stamp duty.
On average that will save homebuyers at least £4500 according to the Chancellor, also meaning 9 out of 10 people will pay no Stamp Duty whatsoever while the holiday lasts.
The move has been welcomed by home buyers and across the property industry. It is being seen as a step on the path to getting Islington and the UK’s economy firing on all cylinders again.
What it Means to You
You’re most likely thinking ‘how much could I save when buying a new property now?’
Well, the more you pay for a property during the Stamp Duty Holiday – up to the new £500,000 threshold – the more you can save.
For example, according to the BBC, if you bought a house for £275,000 before today’s announcement, the Stamp Duty you’d have to pay would be £3,750.
What does it mean for the Islington property market?
We’ve already seen a lot of interest in the Islington property market since lockdown was relaxed.
This move by the Government will keep the positive momentum going and help the broader economy.
This is because when people move, they often spend thousands of pounds doing up their new home to suit their lifestyle and tastes.
The change also means now is a great time to put your property on the market as we’re expecting a surge of buyers looking to make their move while they can save a large chunk of cash.
What we’re doing to help buyers and sellers
We’re primed and ready to take your calls and answer any questions you have around the new Stamp Duty changes.
So, if you are thinking of selling in 2020 now is the perfect time thanks to this news.
We’re always here to help so if there’s something you want to know, call us now on 020 3693 9444.
Thanks for reading.
The team at AW Childs.
There’s a first time for everything, and in this 3-minute easy-read, we share advice on making your property buying debut in Islington a successful one.
Do you remember when you rode a bike without support for the first time?
Or when you learned to swim?
And who can forget the moment when the driving examiner turns and says ‘congratulations, you’ve passed.’
You also never forget your first love or the first home you buy.
That’s why at AW Childs we do all we can to make it an experience you remember fondly.
Because after all, your home is where some of your most magical memories are made.
But it can be a daunting first step entering the World of estate agent speak.
Fear not friends, as we’ve come up with a jargon buster to take the mystique out of buying your first place.
For the record, we don’t like or use the terms, below.
Vendor – No, it’s not a Harry Potter character. It’s the person selling a place.
The ‘applicant’ – This is you, the fresh-faced person buying the place, NOT a device for applying cream.
Sole agent – This has nothing to do with shoes or fish from Dover. It simply means the only agency selling the place.
Chain free – In theory (and in practice) any property that is sold without being involved in a chain should be an easier place to buy. This is due to fewer people, mortgage providers, agents, solicitors, and surveyors being involved.
Mortgage Offer – The confirmation you get from your mortgage provider saying you have the funds approved to buy the property. Having this in place puts you in an excellent position when making an offer.
Subject to Contract – You’ve made an offer, it’s been accepted, but there are still a few contractual hurdles to leap over first.
Conveyancing – The legal stuff that needs doing when you are buying a place. Solicitor jargon is another thing altogether.
Stamp Duty – The bad news is it’s a Government tax slapped on when you buy a home. The good news is there is relief offered to first-time buyers. Get in touch with us, and we can work out what you could be eligible for.
If you’re buying a property in Scotland, you will pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) and in Wales Land Transaction Tax (LTT) instead of Stamp Duty.
Exchange – The solicitors are happy. The agents are relieved, but most importantly, you’re delighted and the transfer of contracts means it’s now VERY unlikely the home will not become yours. This is the cue for a sigh of relief and perhaps a cheeky little celebratory drink.
Completion – This is D-Day when it comes to buying your first home. It simply means all the legalities and finances have been completed successfully. You will know your ‘completion day’ in advance as you’ll need to pack, arrange removals, and get super excited.
The first evening in your new home should be memorable. We’ll provide the champagne (and take away menus), so you can take a break from unpacking and celebrate in style.
And we have a dedicated advice service for first-time buyers where you can book in a 20-minute chat to go over any questions you have or jargon you need decoding.
Thanks for reading.
Three months is a long time when you’re in lockdown. In this three-minute read, we look back at some of the feelgood stories and snippets that cheered us up during this extraordinary period.
Clapping for the NHS
We Brits are usually quite reserved, so it was quite something to see so many people out on the streets clapping, cheering, and banging saucepans for the NHS. The first Clap for Carers took place on Thursday, March 26. It went on to become a regular fixture at 8 pm every Thursday for ten weeks.
Pandas finally mate
In early April zookeepers at Ocean Park Zoo, Hong Kong, excitedly revealed that after ten years of “trial and learning”, resident pandas Ying Ying and Le Le had finally mated. The notoriously shy creatures did the deed while the zoo was closed to the public. Staff now hope to hear the pitter-patter of little panda paws later this year.
Captain captivates the nation
Captain Tom Moore won the nation’s heart by walking 100 laps of his garden in mid-April to raise £37 million for the NHS. The Army veteran was later made an honorary Colonel and knighted for his efforts. In a sign of just how much he captured the public’s imagination, the all-around true gent received 150,000 birthday cards when he turned 100 on April 30.
Making something of a situation
We marvelled at the crafty types who rallied during the height of the PPE shortage and made all manner of useful items. A network of sewers called Scrub Hubs created hospital scrubs for NHS staff. Meanwhile, a group of 3D printer owners formed the 3D Crowd and made thousands of face masks for GPs, pharmacists, and paramedics. Blue Peter eat your heart out.
Down to earth volunteers
While we might have been in lockdown, nature wasn’t – leaving a Scottish environmental charity in a quandary. Trees for Life had 100,000 trees, all grown from seed in its Dundreggan nursery, ready for spring planting. But with the workforce out of action, this had to be put on hold, leaving the native plants at risk of drying out and dying. That was until six people volunteered to isolate together on the remote Glenmoriston Estate to look after the trees.
We felt for supermarket worker Mandy Hamling, who had to postpone her wedding due to Covid-19. Thankfully when she turned up to work at Asda in Leckwith, Cardiff, on what should have been her wedding day, her colleagues made one almighty fuss of her. They presented her with a veil and sash and cheered her on as she walked down the (supermarket) aisle to Chapel of Love. Nice work guys.
Random act of kindness
Thumbs up to the mystery man who washed the windows of 700 properties in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, for free. Apparently “Scott” wanted to do his bit for the local area by sprucing it up a little bit.
To keep busy while staying at home many of us turned to listening to the radio, getting out on our bikes, and doing the odd jigsaw. During the lockdown, listening figures for the BBC rose by 18%, cycling rose by 200% (on weekends), and demand for jigsaw puzzles rose by 43%. Let’s hope the enthusiasm for these activities doesn’t wane too much now that the shops are open, and the Premier League is back in action.
It’s been heartening to see, so many people across the country pull together to help those who are less fortunate. In one small part of north-west London, for example, charity Mutual Aid Willesden provided aid for 1,687 households over 12 weeks. This was delivered by way of parcels of food and other essentials, and books and toys. Fantastic work, but what’s even more amazing is there are thousands of similar groups out there making a difference. That’s true community spirit.
The power of kindness
New research from Harvard University has found that the benefits of volunteering are far-reaching. As well as strengthening communities it helps protect against loneliness, depression, and ill health. A study of 13,000 people over 50 found that those who volunteered for two hours a week had a reduced risk of death, less chance of developing a physical impairment and a greater overall sense of well-being.
The past few months have been unprecedented, and surreal at times, but we’re still standing and positive about the future.
Remember at AW Childs we’re here to help and proud to serve the people of Farringdon.
New Property In Stunning Wimbledon Village
If you are looking for an apartment that has the wow factor, coupled with a fantastic South-West London location, then our newest property instruction may just be ideal for you. Situated in the leafy and ultra-chic South West London area of Wimbledon Village, this property is ideal for those who want great transport links to London and a high-specification home, but also value the quality of life that is available here in one of London’s most sought-after suburbs. If you are looking for a stunning apartment in a highly desirable area, then this will fit the bill nicely and should be top of your viewing list.
While the main building looks appealing from the road, what is contained inside the apartment itself is on a whole different level. As soon as you enter the property, you are whisked into what feels like a different world. Your first steps are into a spacious reception room, which intentionally creates a smooth transition between the working areas of the home and the living area. These first steps will give you a clue as to what you will see in the rest of the home – as you will soon see, this luxuriously decorated, spacious home has been crafted with an exacting eye, and not a penny has been spared in creating a unique home that will please all tastes.
Open-Plan Dining Room And Kitchen
The open-plan dining area features an immaculately designed kitchen and an ideal space for two to dine. The room’s neutral tones and wooden flooring compliment the kitchen, which is light, spacious and modern. The kitchen features a clean white finish that is only enhanced by the unique porthole style window which allows natural light into the room. The kitchen also features stunning marble worktops which are beautifully illuminated by the under cabinet lighting above. The clean look is completed with the use of integrated appliances.
As well as the spacious kitchen, there is also a utility room with a sink, cupboards and plenty of room for additional appliances if required. This useful addition really adds space to what is already a nicely sized kitchen. There is also an additional space attached to the open-plan room in the form of a compact study, which is ideal for use as a small office for those who wish to work from home.
Dining Room / Reception Room
The second living area features a spacious, comfortable reception room that leads to a more formal, large dining room. This room offers a great option for entertaining and allows the use of a large dining table which can accommodate several guests. The dining room could also be used as a gym or home office, if desired, should you not need or want a formal dining room.
Both of these rooms are light and airy, featuring modern, stylish downlights. There is also direct access to the patio area from the reception room. The patio doors of the reception room allow large amounts of natural light into the property, adding to the spacious feel. The rooms have also been carpeted to create a comfortable space to relax and entertain.
The property features two well proportioned double bedrooms, both containing ensuite bathrooms. The spacious bedrooms are decorated neutrally to continue the light and spacious theme of the property and are carpeted to create a comfortable, cosy feel. The master bedroom additionally features two attached dressing rooms that only add to the grand design of the property and are a very elegant feature of the apartment.
Additionally, there is an inner hall between the two bedrooms, creating a unique feel and potential options for those who wish to maximise the use of space in the home with this unique feature.
The ensuite bathrooms of both bedrooms have been finished to an incredibly high specification. Both feature stunning marble tiling which offers a luxurious feel to both rooms. Both of the bathrooms feature high specification showers, basins and WCs. Of all the incredible design features of the property, the bathrooms really are a sight to behold.
The patio doors lead to a compact terrace with a seating area for several people. The terrace is the ideal place to spend a warm summer’s evening chatting with friends and relaxing with family.
There is also a large garden area to enjoy for those who live at the property.
Based at the top of Wimbledon Hill, the property is in the heart of gorgeous Wimbledon Village. This chic village is home to a wide variety of boutique stores and entertainment options, including several well-regarded pubs.
The property is also a short walk away from several large open spaces such as Cannizaro Park and Wimbledon Common.
As for transport links, you are a short bus ride away from Wimbledon town centre, which has travel options that allow quick journeys into London and Overground options for those who wish to travel away from the capital. There is also off-street parking.
The vibrant town centre which is only a few minutes away is also a fantastic place to spend an evening, featuring a variety of pubs, cafes, cinemas and nightclubs.
The property is available now for a guide price of £1,295,000 and non-contact viewings can be arranged as well as other viewing options.
If you are looking for a property in an idyllic suburban location, then don’t pass up this opportunity. Contact AW Childs estate agents on 0203 693 9444 or email us at [email protected] for more information or to book a viewing.
Fancy A New Build In One Of London’s Fastest Growing Locations?
While new builds seem to pop up all over London’s skyline, one area, in particular, has seen an explosion in growth: Stratford. Completely modernised after London’s 2012 Olympics, it has completely transformed Stratford from a tired East London industrial town into a modern, leafy and vibrant one. One of the principal reasons? Beautiful new homes, like our newest addition. If you are looking for a stunning new build that has a real wow factor, great transport links and fantastic local amenities, this property should be high on your viewing list.
Inside the property
Being a new build home created with a family in mind, this property is in amazing condition and is surprisingly spacious. With two well-proportioned bedrooms (both of which have an ensuite bathroom!) and a large open-plan kitchen/living room, there is more than enough space for a growing family.
Want to move in and not change a thing? This home definitely offers that option – with neutral tones and modern design cues throughout, the property is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional and spacious.
With form and function in mind, the open-plan kitchen/living area is stunning – with an ultra-modern, clean look that is complemented by under cabinet lighting and integrated appliances, the space is ideal for the chef of the home.
This clean, modern look carries on throughout the apartment with the addition of wooden flooring in the main living area and distinctive stone tiling in the two ensuite bathrooms. While both bathrooms match in decor, the master ensuite additionally contains a modern shower over bath set up. Both of the ensuite bathrooms have been carefully thought out and feature modern fittings that keep up with the form and function theme of the home. While the rest of the home has an ultra-modern look, the bedrooms have been decorated neutrally and carpeted to ensure a smooth transition between the living areas and the more comfortable surrounds of the bedrooms.
As well as striking detail, there are also copious amounts of natural light which can be enjoyed from the Juliet balconies in each bedroom or from the compact balcony that is accessed from the open plan living area. The balconies offer various views of the local area, and one even covers the play area below. For those who have children, the ability to watch them from your apartment is a big bonus.
Within easy reach of both of Stratford’s overground stations and its underground station, this property is only a 10-minute walk to one of London’s prime shopping destinations: Westfield Stratford. For those who love to shop and travel, there is surely no better place to live in all of London.
As well as the shopping and travel options, there a vast number of entertainment options. The property is located next to the Olympic Park, which offers many places to spend time. You can just take in the scenery, but there is also the option to use some remaining infrastructure from the 2012 Olympic Games to enjoy. Fancy swimming in a pool designed for the Olympics? Well, the London Aquatics Centre is a short walk and offers a great way to while away time with the kids. Also, you are close to some amazing outdoor spaces like Hackney Marshes if you are more of the outdoor type.
We think this new property in the heart of Stratford is ideal for those who need to travel to Central London but enjoy having more space and a huge number of amenities right on their doorstep. Ideal for families or professional couples, this home really offers something different. On the market for £550,000, this property offers great value in an area that will only continue to grow.
If you would like to talk to us about this new property, or arrange a viewing, get in touch today with AW Childs estate agents on 0203 693 9444 or email [email protected].
New Listing – Beautiful Suburban Apartment
Situated close to the centre of the vibrant and much sought-after South-West London town of Streatham is our newest property instruction. Located on a quiet, suburban residential street, this gorgeous split-level apartment offers all the benefits of living in London coupled with the much-needed peace that many people long for in their family home. The location is ideal: close enough to the town centre to enjoy the amenities but far enough away to enjoy some peace.
As well as the incredible location, the property itself is superb. Inside, the property has been renovated to a very high specification. With exceptional interior design throughout making use of the natural light that pierces through the combination of VELUX and period windows, the property feels light and spacious. The property also feels very modern – a contemporary kitchen and bathroom give the property a unique feel.
As for space, this one-bedroom apartment is, in essence, a two-bedroom affair. The spacious loft conversion can be used as a very spacious 3.76 x 2.9-metre bedroom, and benefits from ample storage and a VELUX window. Don’t need a second bedroom? The room could easily be converted into a home office for those who work from home.
If you are looking for a modern apartment in a wonderful, suburban location then this could be the ideal solution for you. Want to know more? Call AW Childs estate agents on 0203 693 9444 or email us at [email protected]
London’s Ultimate Penthouse Apartment?
It isn’t often that an apartment as special as our latest offering comes to market. This type 23 penthouse apartment – based within London’s finest brutalist architectural example, The Barbican Estate – offers an incredible quality of internal finish and a glorious vista of London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. Ideally located for convenient transport across Central London, this breathtakingly designed home is as exclusive as you could ever wish for.
Inside The Property
After being completely renovated in 2002, this stunning apartment graced the pages of Living Etc. in 2004. It isn’t hard to see why – while you are, of course, drawn to the beauty of the view from the stunning barrel-vaulted windows (which offer a south-facing view across Thomas More Gardens and a stunning cityscape background that features arguably London’s most iconic building, St Paul’s Cathedral), the property itself is a delight to the senses.
The large, vaulted windows of the living room and half-vaulted windows of both the kitchen and bathroom allow in enormous beams of natural light, creating a distinct sense of space that is rare in a one-bedroom property. As well as the sense of light and space, there is also the option of opening the sliding doors in the living room to the terrace, allowing an extension of the space which creates a smooth transition from the property to the spacious roof terrace.
To complement the light, there is limestone flooring laid throughout much of the apartment and a gorgeous American Oak furniture theme that is carried throughout the property. In the open-plan living room, there is a Carrara marble dining table which matches the kitchen work surface, which is ideal for entertaining. The kitchen itself is finished in the same American oak that features throughout the property. For the chef of the home, there are high-quality Siemens appliances on offer. An oven, microwave, dishwasher, induction hob, and under-counter fitted fridge and freezer all come from the master German appliance manufacturer and are incorporated into the design scheme to ensure that form and function are balanced. There is also an extremely useful utility room that contains a Siemens washer-dryer.
Moving to the other rooms of the property, we first pass the immaculately designed bathroom. Featuring high-quality fittings from Vola and Duravit, the bathroom features a basin finished in the same Carrara marble that takes centre stage in the living room. There is also the addition of hard-wearing, stunning white oak flooring and dimming lights that create a unique ambience that befits such a stunning bathroom. There are also stunning half-vaulted windows that introduce swathes of natural light into the room.
We then move on to the bedroom. The 4.2m x 3.7m room features sliding door entry and barrel-vaulted windows that bathe the room in natural light. There are plentiful storage options which help to add to the spacious feel of the room. The room also features a balcony for you to enjoy those glorious, sunny mornings. The room feels significantly larger than its footprint due to the sheer magnitude of the windows.
Location is, understandably, a vital part of a home’s desirability. For those who need to travel, Defoe House offers incredible transport links – Barbican station is a short walk and there are a number of local bus and train services within easy reach. If you work in the City of London, you may even be close enough to walk to work! The central location of the property means that much of London can be reached within minutes.
As you would imagine, the area is awash with amazing restaurants, nightlife, museums, and all of the amenities that you could wish for in a major city. There are also practical amenities close by such as a local Waitrose – an eight-minute walk away – and a number of well-regarded schools, colleges and universities that are all within walking distance.
Viewings and Enquiries
If you wish to view the property or would like more information on this stunning penthouse apartment, call AW Childs estate agents on 0203 693 9444 or email us [email protected].
In this two-minute read, we look at the ways technology could shape our homes after the lockdown and beyond.
Before the Coronavirus outbreak, there was a debate around whether technology was good or bad for society.
But thanks to online home-schooling helping our children, video conferencing allowing us to communicate with colleagues and Facetiming meaning we can stay in virtual touch with relatives the debate has waned. And technology has been embraced by more people than ever.
Below are five ways futurologists (people who look at future trends) are predicting our homes may change once the lockdown ends and the ‘new normal’ begins.
Even Faster broadband. More people will be shopping online than ever. Add that to streaming services and households will want and get faster internet services. 5G service is controversial with some people, but it’s expected to become mainstream quicker than any of its predecessors.
Hand driers. As people are now acutely aware of the importance of clean hands homes will begin to see more and more automated hand driers fitted, like the ones you see in hotels and restaurants. The convenience of the hand driers will replace the need for paper towels and the potentially unhygienic use of cloth towels.
Homeworking. As video conferencing replaces needless meetings, it’s predicted that a raft of new technology will make it even easier to work from home. The likes of Zoom, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple are all already investing in technologies to make the office place a thing of the past.
Delivery Pods. As online shopping booms, homes could have their own secure delivery pods as standard. The boxes could be unlocked with a phone by delivery drivers. So, you might never have another box dumped on the doorstep in the rain.
Smart Homes. As people become more technologically savvy, the rise of automated ‘smart homes’ will continue. Home automation systems will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. It may also include home security, such as access control and alarm systems.
We’re expecting the local property market to fizz back into life once the lockdown and social distancing measures end.
One thing is for sure, and that’s at AW Childs we will keep doing all we can to help our clients, colleagues and our community across the Barbican, Clerkenwell and Islington.