Living in: London
London's housing stock runs the gamut from a modest converted Victorian flat to the most expensive apartments in the world at One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge (one bedroom starts at £6.5 million). Holcroft said that many foreign buyers prefer portered buildings, so they have the reassurance of security and maintenance, along with amenities such as a fitness/leisure centre, parking and someone to take deliveries. However, these come with high maintenance fees and without many of the period details of the Victorian or Georgian conversions.
Housing prices are headed back up on all fronts. "Everybody is pushing up the prices," said Holcroft. "There is only a finite amount of period properties and lots of demand." In west London, he considers North Kensington to still be quite good value for money, but for real bang for the Olympic buck, think east.
Transport for London (www.tfl.gov.uk): Do not leave home without checking your Tube or bus status.
Time Out London (www.timeout.com/london): The original and the best.
Metro (www.metro.co.uk): But only for Marina O'Loughlin's restaurant reviews.
The Evening Standard (www.thisislondon.co.uk): Homeward commute reading.
Walk London (www.walklondon.org.uk): Walking routes linking major sites and greenways around and through the city.
Rough Trade (www.roughtrade.com): The best place to find the best new bands and live shows.