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Expensive homes in Campden Square, eco-cheese in Bermondsey and wash it down with a homegrown pint an Hackney

Published on January 12th 2012.

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Home Is Where The Money Is
The most expensive street in London is…Campden Hill Square in Notting Hill, according to Lloyds TSB research. The average price for a house is a cool £4.8 million. In fact, Kensington and Chelsea bagged seven of the top ten streets in the survey including Drayton Gardens with an average price of £4.4m. Get a mortgage on that, if you can.

Meanwhile, another survey has shown that London’s allotments are also the most expensive in the country. According to a Which? survey, the cost of an allotment in Islington is £3.50 a square metre – 23.3 times the national average. The cheapest is in Bolsover, Derbyshire.


Eco-Friend(lier Than Usual)
Not that this has discouraged London’s new eco gardeners and food producers. Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen restaurant is selling almost local Bermondsey Frier cheese while St Mungo’s homeless shelter is selling its vegetables to the Table Café in Southwark. And Dalston has the pioneering farm in a shop which is rather more enterprising than your average Tesco – check it out here.

There may be some new swelling of the ranks of eco gardeners as protesters announce they are to abandon their occupation of the former Old Street Magistrates’ Court – the Grade II-listed property will be handed back developers Mastercraft on January 23.


One Last Stand
The future is a little less clear for one of David Cameron’s beacons of the new economy – Last.fm who set out to change the way “music is delivered and enjoyed.” The annual loss grew from £2.89million in 2009 to £5 million in 2010 while administrative expenses rose to £8 million according to company’s house. Although with £280 million of US-backed funding from CBS it is not quite everyone’s idea of a green shoot start-up. More stats on Old Street’s Silicon Roundabout though suggest the original founding 25 companies has now grown to 600, including Last.fm and TweetDeck which have recently been sold to Twitter.


London-Fields-Brewery_1 Something’s Brewing In Hackney
Should you need to drown your sorrows about the economy, Hackney’s newest and hottest businesses are microbreweries. The London Fields Brewery opened under the arches in Helmsley Place near London Fields in August, the first of its kind for twenty years. It has thirteen different beers on the go as we write, most of which are sold out to live music events. Production is currently halted as they move to bigger premises. But a second microbrewery is opening in the Kingsland Viaduct in Hackney next month by two friends who got the bug working in the Charles Lamb in Islington. Peter Hills and Jon Swain launch their golden ale, a best bitter and an American pale ale in March.

Down in Bethnal Green, the Redchurch Brewery, owned by former lawyer Gary Ward, is also looking to expand while in Leyton, the East London Brewing Company is already supplying 30 pubs. Stuart Lascelles took up brewing instead of dentistry and among his customers is the much loved and now saved from developers Wenlock Arms.


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