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Exmouth Market Businesses Support The Homeless


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Local businesses in Exmouth Market have clubbed together to help the area’s homeless people with a “Take One Leave One” coat rail. The idea will help to provide the area’s homeless people by providing warm clothes, hot meals, oyster cards and even haircuts to give them some much needed support during the cold winter months. A move which we at AW Childs estate agents are keen to support in our local areas of Barbican, Clerkenwell, Farringdon and the wider Islington area. We ourselves are huge supporters of charitable endeavours in the local area and will be supporting this drive.


Placed outside the Holy Redeemer church, the “Take One Leave One” rail has been left so members of the business and wider communities can leave warm clothes out for those desperately need it in the area. In an interview with the Islington Gazette, organiser Stefan Simanowitz described how the idea hit him a little over a year ago. Describing the idea as “a simple, beautiful idea”, he got the idea from Twitter where he had seen someone using a rail as a way of leaving clothing for the homeless.


It isn’t only clothes that are available to the homeless. There has been the introduction of “pledge cards” that allow people to donate all manner of items that are supplied by local businesses. These include haircuts, hot drinks and even a hot meal. These are all supplied by local businesses that have signed up to help make a difference to those who are suffering in the local area.


The idea was for the rail to be in place for a week to start with, but there has been significant support from the business community that will help to keep the rail in place for the foreseeable future. Certainly with the support of not only the business community, but also the wider local community, the “Take One Leave One” rail has the possibility to make a real difference to the homeless in the Islington area. The future of the project is bright; as those behind the scheme look to extend it with their local business partners – a future we at AW Childs estate agents will be delighted to assist with.


The Rising Problem Of London’s Homeless


The sad news from last year that four men had died while rough sleeping in Islington brings sharply into focus the problem of homelessness in the capital. With approximately 1,297* homeless sleepers in Islington, and a steep rise of 18% in the previous 12 months, it is clear that homelessness is a growing problem. There are all manner of reasons that people become homeless, principally these revolve around mental health issues and drug use (which are unfortunately often interlinked to produce devastation to people’s lives). For these reasons the building of more shelters does not often fix the problem. While this may seem counterintuitive, rough sleepers often take to the streets because of the dangers that shelters bring.


So what can be done? Homelessness is a complicated problem that has an innumerable number of causes – a silver bullet cure is simply not feasible. The reason that the “Take One Leave One” rail offers such a help is that it simply helps to solve one of the myriad of problems of homelessness. While it is clear that the government needs to do more on homelessness, the kindness of the wider community, as displayed in the introduction of this rail, can make a huge difference to those who need it most. So if you want to help, pop down to  Holy Redeemer church and offer whatever you can – it will be most appreciated.


*Source Islington Gazette – click here for news story

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Conveniently situated in the heart of the City of London, our new property for sale in the Atlas Building development promises to deliver a premium living space in what is bound to become a striking and highly desirable feature of London’s sprawling skyline. The imposing yet understated design by acclaimed architect firm MAKE is intended to install the dramatically designed building mindfully into its surroundings. We at AW Childs Estate Agents – specialists in Barbican, Clerkenwell and Islington are proud to bring to the market an exclusive spacious two bedroom apartment in the soon to be completed development.


The Property


The property itself is remarkably spacious – with two well proportioned bedrooms – one of which (master bedroom) boasts a stunning ensuite – the space will be comfortably big enough to house a small family or professional couple. Featuring a high-spec open plan kitchen/living room that boasts integrated Siemens appliances, the property’s living space will be a joy to behold – designed to an amazingly high standard, the living space also features a private balcony that promises a dramatic and breathtaking view of the cityscape that surrounds this remarkable building.


The high standard of finish is continued into the main bathroom that has been completed in full-body tiles, and features chrome fixtures and fittings to ensure a modern and contemporary look. The bathroom does not only look stunning, the baths and showers of the property have thermostatic valves which help to ensure a consistently perfect temperature bathing experience every time. The bathroom is just one of the stunning rooms that this incredible property offers.


The bedrooms continue the modern look and also feature helpful design ideas such as custom designed built-in wardrobes that even have internal lights to help you to pick the right outfit every time. The master bedroom also has a superb ensuite bathroom, and the room continues the contemporary and high-spec look of the property with luxury broadloom carpet  fitted in both bedrooms.


All in all this is an extremely high-specification property that features beautiful design and excellent features all with the stunning backdrop of the City of London available from your own private balcony. It is the ideal home for those who wish to live in the city, but also want to live in an amazing space to appreciate it.




As you can imagine, a home in this prime area of the city is going to be surrounded by amazing amenities – you are not wrong. Located between Shoreditch, Islington and Clerkenwell, the property is ideally located for London’s transport system. It is also right on the doorstep of the City of London – making it an ideal property for city workers. As well as being surrounded by excellent transport links, the property is also surrounded by some of London’s most interesting and culturally significant areas – there is much exploring to be done in the local area.


It is all well and good being surrounded by amenities, but what about the amenities inside this incredible building? The building boasts an amazingly useful 24/7 concierge that is on call to help when you need it. The building also features the kind of leisure amenities that would put most health clubs to shame featuring the following:


  • Spa area
  • Swimming pool
  • Hydra pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • State of the art gym


There is also a screening room and even retail space for a unique experience all inside the very building that you live in – you may never need to leave!


Find Out More

With 80% of the apartments already sold, it is clear that the Atlas building is going to quickly become one of London’s most sought after addresses. So to find out more, or to register your interest in this unique opportunity, get in touch today with AW Childs Estate Agents on 0203 693 9444 or email us [email protected] and speak to a member of our team about this once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of London’s most unique and sought after addresses.

Islington City Pavilion estate


If you are looking for the perfect apartment for either a professional couple or growing family in Islington then you are in luck. AW Childs estate agents – specialists in Barbican, Clerkenwell, Farringdon & Islington are proud to present this stunning property to the rental market.


Ideally located for city workers who need close proximity to the City of London, City Pavilion offers a practical and stylish living space in an amazing central location. A rare 2 bedroom 2 bathroom property, this apartment also comes with amazing amenities such as a 24 hour concierge to help you whenever you may need it.


The Property


As for the property itself, it features a stunning contemporary style and makes maximal use of its space with thoughtfully designed touches that make this property feel roomy – a rarity in Islington!


Living area


The living room features an open plan design which allows for maximal use of space. There is plenty of room for all of the furniture that you need and the apartment offers a cosy space to relax or entertain. You can also make use of the private balcony which comes off of the living space, for a stunning view of London. The kitchen area is fully-fitted and comes with integrated appliances built into the kitchen to keep them out of sight. It also features stunning fixtures and fittings to complete the high specification finish that will please even the toughest of critics or aspiring chefs.




With two nicely sized (master and double) bedrooms, the property is big enough for the growing family – this is also a rarity in the Islington area, as designers move towards increasingly smaller properties. There is even a window between the rooms so that you can keep an eye on the little ones!


With two bathrooms, you can avoid the morning scrum and get ready for work and school in relative tranquility! While we cannot promise complete harmony, the addition of a second bathroom is always very welcome in a family home!


With wooden flooring throughout and an ultra modern fit and finish, this property will be a delight to live in for a professional couple or a growing family. It’s location is ideal for those who work in the city, but the property offers an ideal place for relaxation away from the hectic pace of the city.




Being located in the vibrant Islington area of Clerkenwell, the property benefits from amazing local amenities. Not only do you have an onsite concierge 24 hours a day, you have all of the benefits that come with being so centrally located – these include an unbelievable number of transport options that can get you anywhere you want in double quick time.


There is also an incredible number of options for entertainment and leisure in the area – among these are some of the UK’s finest restaurants. There are also cultural icons everywhere! With The Barbican and Smithfield on your doorstep, you will never be lost for something to do! The property is also ideally located for many local schools – also a huge benefit for growing families.


The property really is an ideal home for a professional couple or growing family looking to live in an ideal city location. It’s smart and contemporary and has enough room for a family to live in comfortably. If this ticks your boxes, you better be quick as it will not be around for long.


Call or email to view


If you would like to find out more about this or any other of our amazing Islington properties then please get in touch. Call today on 020 3693 9444 or email us at [email protected] and we can arrange a viewing or answer any queries that you may have.


New Property at New River Head


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It is not everyday that remarkable properties come onto the market. With a drive to build quickly and cheaply, much of the design of modern housing is about function over design. So when a property that has bags of character comes onto the market, you can be sure that we are going to be delighted to offer it for sale. With this in mind, we offer this property at the stunning New River Head building. This building was the former home of the Metropolitan Water Board (which later became Thames Water), and has been lovingly transformed into apartments that are full of character and charm. Indeed the property is so remarkable, it has Grade II listed status.


So what about the apartment itself? Well this delightful two bedroom apartment is ideal for a couple or small family. With literally no expense spared, the overall design and specification of the apartment is of the highest order. Exposed brickwork creates the design narrative, combined with wood flooring, light decor and plenty of natural light, the property is stunning from every angle.


The Rooms


The Living Room


Entering the property from the grandeur of the hallway and sweeping staircases you come into the living space. With the exposed brickwork framing the room, the contemporary design makes use of the available natural light. There is room for everything you need, including a dining table. All of the other rooms lead off from the living area which is most certainly the hub of the apartment.


The Kitchen


The kitchen has everything you need, from entertaining a group, to a weeknight dinner, the kitchen can handle it. The kitchen is light and features a stunning fully fitted kitchen. The room has all that you need to unleash your inner chef. There is an enormous amount of cupboard space which is rare for a London apartment and the kitchen features integrated appliances to provide a clean and tidy look. The room is also bathed in light from the flush downlights that are fitted to the ceiling to complement the contemporary look.


The Bathroom


What can we say about the bathroom but wow! Featuring a stunning walk in shower and beautiful basin, the bathroom has been designed for the ultimate wow factor. Tiled from floor to ceiling, it is a beautifully crafted room that befits the overall design feel of the apartment. The specification of this room really is of the highest order and literally no expense has been spared in creating it.


The Bedrooms


With two bedrooms – a master and a second bedroom, you have all the space that you could need for a couple or small family. Both rooms continue the light and airy feel of the property and have been carefully designed to make use of the space and natural light that has been afforded to them. Both rooms feature gorgeous traditionally styled windows that help to keep you connected to the character of the building while enjoying the natural light.




Being in EC1, this property puts you right in the heart of the City of London – so everything you could ever need is right on your doorstep. The property is surrounded by transportation options that can deliver you around the city and further afield in a matter of minutes. There is also a plethora of shops, gyms and even cultural icons such as Sadler’s Wells that are right on your doorstep. Talking of being on your doorstep, the apartment building comes with an astonishing communal garden (a real rarity for this area of London), and even a residents gym for those who are looking to get in shape.


All in all New River Head is an amazing apartment in the heart of the City of London. It comes with everything a professional couple or small family could ever need. It is ideal for those who work in the city and is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. If New River Head ticks all of your boxes, get in touch today with AW Childs Estate Agents – specialists in the Barbican, Clerkenwell and Farringdon to find out more about this absolutely stunning character apartment. For more information or to book a viewing, please call us today on 0203 693 9444 or email us at [email protected].

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It’s that time of year again. The evenings are drawing in and temperatures are dipping. This can only mean one thing: Christmas is almost here! Christmas time really is the most wonderful time of the year, and the Barbican in the City of London celebrates it better than anywhere. To celebrate the start of the festive period, AW Childs estate agents are proud to present this year’s essential guide to Christmas in the Barbican and the local area. Our guide features the very best in markets and entertainment for those in and around the City of London this Christmas.




Ah the traditional Christmas market. In London, the number and scale of Christmas markets has exploded in recent years. The opportunity to buy a unique gift, take in the festive feel and have a glass or two of mulled wine means that Christmas markets are extremely popular. Here’s our list of London’s must-visit Christmas markets.


London Bridge City


Taking on the tried and tested format of other successful Christmas markets by using wooden cabins and a vast selection of sellers offering unique wares, London Bridge City brings a festive feel that coupled with the stunning backdrop of the City of London skyline, offers a unique experience. Perfectly situated for city workers, the market brings a truly unique feel to the area and the option to pick up one-off items that you can’t buy on the high street.


South Bank


If you’re willing to venture a little further afield (or at least a couple of tube stops), then the Christmas market on the South Bank is another great option. This market also features the traditional wooden cabins that you expect to see, but as a market that’s been going for several years, attracts a huge number of vendors selling a huge array of unique treasures (not to mention lots of food stalls – nom nom). The Christmas market on the South Bank is now a huge deal and if you can’t find a unique gift there, you really will struggle to find it anywhere!  


Winter Wonderland


Yet further again (though still within Zone 1!) in the world famous Hyde Park we have Winter Wonderland. Winter Wonderland is a huge deal and attracts an incredible number of visitors each year. Like the other two markets mentioned, Winter Wonderland also features a host of vendors selling unique wares – but it also has much much more! Jam packed with events, a bar and even funfair rides, there is so much to do at London’s premier winter destination.




Of course as much as there are fantastic Christmas markets in London, there is also a huge array of entertainment options. Many of London’s cultural icons and performing venues have busy schedules over the Christmas period and 2018 is no different.


Barbican centre


Christmas season at the Barbican Centre this year is bound to be a classic. From the 20th of December to the 1st of January, the Barbican Centre has its very own Christmas festival. The festival features a different option every evening; from Christmas classic concerts to amazing orchestras playing music from world famous movies, there is something for every type of music lover at this amazing cultural icon on our doorstep.


Ice Skating at Somerset House


The ever popular ice skating rink is back again at Somerset House. With an alpine lodge and unique shopping experience from Fortnum & Mason, the option of late night skating with music from a DJ and a the stunning backdrop of the house itself, this is a unique experience that Londoners make a beeline for year after year. And for those who are not exactly the next Torvill & Dean, there is even a skate school with cute polar bears to help you on your way!


Royal Albert Hall


Talking about cultural icons, there are few in London that have patch on the Royal Albert Hall. This Christmas season features a full schedule of variety at the landmark venue. From a 30th anniversary live Whose Line is It Anyway to Christmas classic concerts and even special shows for Children, the Royal Albert Hall has something for all the family this Christmas.


As you can see, London offers a huge array of options at Christmas and we’ve barely scratched the surface. If you would like to move a little closer to the action this Christmas and rent or buy a property in the Barbican or the surrounding areas then please get in touch. Here at AW Childs, we are local experts in the Barbican and we absolutely love our local area. To find out more about what we do, or to see our properties, please call today on 0203 693 9444 or email us at [email protected]


Exmouth market estate agents


In a recent article, we looked at Exmouth Market and its amazing selection of boutique shops and artisan restaurants that pepper the area. Well, we are now proud to announce that AW Childs – expert estate agents in Barbican, Clerkenwell and Farringdon, have a property to rent in the area! For just £550 per week, this amazing property, as described below, can be yours. The property offers you the opportunity to live in one of London’s most desirable areas in a thoughtfully and stylishly designed property with a view to die for.


With an idyllic Islington base, the property is ideally located for city workers. Surrounded by transport links (Angel tube is a quarter of a mile away), the property is located in one of London’s most desirable areas – Exmouth Market. The area is one of the most vibrant in all of London and is surrounded by all of the quaint charm and artisan deliciousness you could ever want. The area is a Mecca for foodies and you could have all of this on your doorstep!


What about the property itself? Well it is a charming and intriguingly designed property that is based inside the former home of the Metropolitan Water Board. The conversion has been carried out to the highest specification and has resulted in a property that is ideal for a single professional or couple. The interior of the property has been tastefully designed with art deco cues that fit perfectly with the architecture of the building. There are high quality finishes all over the property and the overall specification is very high. With parquet flooring throughout and neutral decor, each room has been designed to the highest specification and the property really does need to be seen to be believed.


Moving outside, the property benefits from a beautiful private terrace that offers fantastic entertaining opportunities or perhaps even just an oasis of calm for reading a good book on a summer day. The building also has a large landscaped communal garden that is rare in the city and allows a little taste of the countryside in the middle of the city. The whole package is very appealing for city professionals who want to live in a stylish home with lots of external space.


As well as a stylish property in a fantastic part of town, the property also comes with access to a residents only gym. This perk is also a rarity and helps to cap off a fantastic package that is an excellent option for city workers looking for a charming and stylish home that is close to all the local amenities but still has the peace and quiet of open spaces and a gym to boot. All in all, for city professionals, it really does offer everything.
If you would like to find out more about this fantastic property, or would like to arrange a viewing, please call us today on 0203 693 9444 or use the contact form on our contact us page and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible. Don’t sit on the fence with this property – it will not be around for long!


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It’s not often that the perfect property comes up for sale. Indeed perfect is, of course, subjective. But for workers in the City of London, we believe that here at AW Childs estate agents – specialists in Barbican, Clerkenwell and Farringdon, we have the ultimate city apartment for those who want the benefit of living in the City of London, with the tranquil calm of a garden view, all within the frame of a high specification apartment that has it all.

The apartment in question is based at Thomas More House – part of the brutalist marvel that is the Barbican Estate. The site was constructed as a centrepiece of the reconstruction of the City of London following the Second World War, and is a testament to Britain’s need to produce housing that was of good quality and placed in an ideal location. In 1973, the estate was the pinnacle of architecture and design and over the years has become one of London’s most desirable places to live. This is due to not only its design, but also its idyllic location and green spaces.

But what about our apartment in particular? Well, this one is a one bedroom apartment that has a garden view from the living room! It has been refurbished to some of the highest specification that we have seen and it is clear that this home has been lovingly cared for and curated by someone with a keen eye and a high-quality taste. The sheer level of thought that has been put into this home means that even the fussiest of buyers could happily move in tomorrow and not change a single thing!

So let’s look at the property in a little more detail.


The hallway


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As soon as you walk into the property you will be hit by the stunning quality of the place. Oak flooring complements the large windows of both the living room and the bedroom and the whole space has an airy feel to it. It is this maximal use of light and space that is the guiding principle to the way that this apartment has been designed. As you turn right into the living room you will see a stunning set of shelves that will hold enough books to house a small library!


The living room


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Continuing the theme of open space, the living room features a large split window that allows in lots of natural light and continues the feeling of airiness that enhances the atmosphere of the property. The living room window has a garden view for a little slice of peace and tranquility in the heart of the city. There is also more shelved storage and plenty of room for a large corner sofa. The oak flooring also continues into the front room and it perfectly complements the light that comes in from the window. The room is perfectly sized for the minimalist and has state of the art lighting for an ultra modern and clean look.


The kitchen


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The kitchen continues the theme that runs through the property of light and space. It features a white kitchen that has an enormous amount of storage space and an incredible set of integrated appliances that are functional, but help to maintain the clean look of the room. There is also a direct view into the front room due to a space that is shared between the two rooms, which makes serving dinner, or staying in touch with your guests an excellent option if you choose to entertain.

With a Neff integrated oven and seperate hob, there is all the cooking options available to please even the most stringent of chefs and the apartment is ideal for those looking to entertain. The high-quality tiled flooring also gives a clean professional look that is easy to maintain and aesthetically pleasing.


The bathroom


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Much like the kitchen, the bathroom is also a nod to form and function – the room is just stunning. With high-quality tiled floors and walls, the room was designed and built by acclaimed builders West One Bathrooms. It features a chrome heated towel rail matching Monsoon shower head and a stunning bath / sink set. It also has storage and a huge mirror that adds to the spacious feel of the room.


The bedroom


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Last but not least we move on to the bedroom. With built in wardrobes and storage galore, the room is able to house an unbelievable amount. More than big enough for a professional couple, the room is light and airy with another large split window that has a stunning view and allows in plenty of natural light. The oak flooring also continues into the room giving the apartment a unifying theme of oak flooring and light that is aesthetically pleasing and maximises the use of the available space.

As you will appreciate from the photos, our property at Thomas More House is an amazing space for a City of London professional. Built to an extremely high standard, everything other than the kitchen and bathroom was installed by Thomson Brothers, we believe that you will struggle to find a higher specification apartment in the Barbican. So, for more information on this, or any of our other amazing properties in Barbican, Clerkenwell or Farringdon, please get in touch on 020 3693 9444 or email us at [email protected], and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have or to arrange a viewing so that you can come and see this outstanding property for yourself.

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Here at AW Childs we are proud to do some good as well as being estate agent in Barbican, Clerkenwell and Farringdon. With this in mind our Director Alex recently gave an interview to ADC College about our role in developing European student interns in the London property market. We strongly believe in offering opportunity and to help people to grow and ethics is a strong driver of our brand. We have a proud history of helping European student interns to make the most of their time and London and we hope the interview helps to get that message across.


Below is a transcript of the interview or you can click here to read the article on ADC’s website.


Why have you decided to take on European students for work experience?  


We feel that European students offer a different perspective than perhaps we would find locally and can add significant value to our team. Their perspectives and skills can be put to good use in our business and we can give them a superb grounding in the fundamentals of running a business. 

The students get to spend a lot of time with our staff and can get a real feel for how the business operates from day to day. This experience is a way for the students to gain practical work experience in a fast-paced environment. 


What kind of work do the students do at your company?  


Depending on the students confidence level we will try to ensure they get to experience as much of the London property industry as possible. Their tasks will usually include accompanying property viewings, photography shoots, writing property descriptions and engaging with our company’s social media channels. They also help to update our website at


What do you think the students gain from doing work experience in London? 

We are never sat behind a desk for longer than a few hours a day. We visit beautiful homes in different locations across London and every day is different. 

London is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and is very different culturally to any other capital in Europe. Working here enables our student interns to travel and gain experience in a professional capacity and also to improve their English language skills. 

In what way has it benefitted your company? 


Our interns have been very valuable in terms of helping us with administrative tasks, allowing us more time to focus on other duties. They have even helped us to improve our social media offering which will benefit the business significantly moving forward. Our interns have the opportunity to learn and also become a part of our success story, we feel it is a mutually beneficial relationship. 


What makes a great intern? Do you have any examples? 


A good intern is one that is happy to get stuck in and learn as we go along. Our business is extremely fast-paced and it requires critical thinking and a keen eye for detail that doesn’t come natural to everyone, it can be a steep learning curve but very rewarding. 

We also like people that are friendly and helpful. They need to be willing to improve as they go along and we will push them to always hone their skills. 


What are the most common mistakes in your line of work? 

In our customer-facing role, it can be easy to become frustrated, so it is a blunder when we don’t pay full attention to our clients. Often our clients have a very good idea of what they need and learning to ask the right questions and be empathetic to their needs will ensure that you don’t go too far off the mark. 


Do you have any advice for students preparing for their first day at work? 


Yes! Come in with an attitude of wanting to learn and a helpful disposition and everything else will likely fall into place. You will be amazed at what you can learn if you bring the right attitude and are prepared to put in the work. 



Exmouth Market – London’s foodie haven


Take a look at London’s most magnificent market


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Amazing food? Check. Quaint boutique bookshops? Again check. What about some of London’s best artisan fashion and gifts? Yes, there’s that too! We are of course talking about the wonderful Exmouth Market based in London’s fashionable Clerkenwell. The market is a central part of the modern culture shift that has come to define this amazing corner of London, it also happens to live on our doorstep! Exmouth Market symbolises Clerkenwell and the surrounding areas diverse charm. The market beautifully displays why the area is such an amazing place to live (which we can help with – our choice of amazing properties in Barbican, Clerkenwell and Farringdon offer amazing access to the area).


The market itself has exploded in the last twenty years. An influx of young and vibrant city workers has helped to drive the growth of the area and has had a profound impact on the market itself. The distinct charm of the area, combined with excellent transport links and closeness to the City of London makes it an ideal spot to live for city workers. Sprouting from a small fruit and vegetable market – Exmouth Market today has become a go-to destination for foodies looking for amazing global cuisine in the heart of London. For those lucky enough, they do not even need to leave their postcode to sample the amazing award-winning cuisine.


Time Out gave the market its prized Love London award in 2016. The magazine was complimentary of the area and its cultural significance as a foodie haven. They speak highly of the street food available and many note that it is some of the best available in London. From coffee supremo’s Caravan to the amazing Moro restaurant which is a regular on London’s best restaurant listings.


The area is amazing to take in and is proof that the much-maligned urban gentrification of London can offer amazing results when done well. Exmouth Market rose from disused warehouses and an area that desperately needed lifting. It has become an artisan lovers dream by its amazing setting and chilled vibe.


If you don’t live in the area it is well worth a visit for a chilled weekend breakfast or weekday meal. Exmouth Market is a treasure waiting for exploration and an awesome place to live close to.


For more information on Exmouth Market click this link.


If you want to live in Barbican, Clerkenwell or Farringdon then please get in touch. Here at AW Childs we are local area specialists and can help with lettings and sales all over the City of London. We pride ourselves on providing an amazing service to our clients and as you can see from our reviews; we have many happy customers. So for more information or to discuss a property contact us on our contact form or call us on 020 3693 9444.


New Landlords Guide To Buying Their First Investment Property


A get started guide for new landlords



If you are looking to invest in property for the first time then you are in the right place – This guide to investing in property is aimed at new landlords who are trying to figure out where to start with a buy to let property. Here at A.W. Childs we have years of experience in helping new, and more experienced landlords and can help you to find, buy and manage your first buy to let property in Barbican, Clerkenwell, Farringdon and the surrounding areas in the City of London.


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Why Property Investing?

Before diving into the meat of the process, it is worth taking a look at why it is still a great time to invest in property. With interest rates still low (though now slowly beginning to rise) there is still an opportunity to to borrow money cheaper than you have been able to historically, inversely, savings accounts have rarely returned so little to investors. The stock market is also fairly flat and speculators are expecting a “correction” in the near future and it may not be the best time to commit to shares.

It seems counterintuitive, but property investment may indeed be one of the safest investment options available, especially if you are a cash buyer. The property market in London offers a unique environment, especially for landlords, as many young professionals are now choosing to rent homes rather than buy, the returns for landlords have continued to rise.


The Buying Process

Clearly to become a landlord you will need to buy a property. Check out our properties for sale here for a look at the properties that we currently have available for sale. We try to provide as much detail as possible on our property listings but if you have a question about any of our properties then please get in touch – we will be happy to help you in any way that we can. We learn as much as we possibly can about the properties that we sell and manage and can offer extended detail as required. We also offer area guides that can help you to understand and get a feel for the areas in which we operate. We can also offer you viewings to our properties and provide you with all the information that you need to make an informed decision.

OK, so you have located your buy to let property, what next? At this stage you will need to make an offer on the property and if accepted be able to finance the transaction. From this point we will do all that we can to facilitate the sale and act as the go between for you and the vendor. Upon completion, we will make sure that everything is in place to ensure that the transaction progresses as smoothly as possible. You will notice that we take our customer service seriously, it is the common theme in many of our reviews, so please, if you need anything at any time, call us, we will be more than happy to assist you.


Landlord Management

So now you have the keys to your first buy to let property – it is decision time, manage the property yourself or use landlord management to take the strain out of being a landlord. From our years of experience in the industry, we understand that managing a property can be a real headache. That is why we offer an industry leading suite of options that allows you to delegate some, or most of the property management to us. This allows you ultimate flexibility and means that you can tailor the package to suit your needs.

So what are the benefits of landlord management:

  • Full range of marketing to ensure maximum visibility for prospective tenants

  • Vetting of the would-be tenant to ensure that they have a good credit history and can afford the rental payments

  • All of the administration taken care of, including referencing, tenancy paperwork, collection of monies and more

  • Collect and remit monthly payments, allowing you to not need to worry about having to collect the money yourself and be paid promptly every month

  • We can also chase non-payment, giving you peace of mind that even if the worst case scenario does happen, we give you the best chance of getting your money

  • Provide a point of contact for both you and the tenant and ensure a smooth flow of communication

Our services are designed to offer peace of mind to our landlords and is one of the reasons why our landlords choose to use our services year after year. We offer ultimate flexibility and peace of mind, so if you would like to discuss your specific requirements further please click here.


How we can help

In the current climate of poor returns from high street savings and the stock market, property investment remains an excellent way to invest your money. Property investment offers regular fixed returns for investors and the option for diversification for those who have other investments. Here at A.W. Childs we can assist you every step of the way, from viewing your first property, to handing the keys over to your first tenant, A.W. Childs offers an unbeatable service that can help you enjoy the fruits of your investment without the day to day hassle of managing the property. We make the process of becoming a landlord for the first time easy. So, for more information on our service contact us here.