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Spilling the beans: How safe is your food?
Ever had a bout of food poisoning or had to take an item back to a supermarket...
best brunch in Greenwich
Where to Find the Best Brunch in Greenwich
If you’re not in the mood for breakfast or lunch, there’s only one answer: brunch. Fortunately, if...
Best Brunch in Bethnal Green
Where to Find the Best Brunch in Bethnal Green
When breakfast isn’t quite enough, and lunch is too far away, why not get yourself some brunch?...
What documents do I need to rent a flat?
What Documents Do You Need to Rent a Flat?
Renting is on the rise in London. By 2025, around 60% of the population will rent their home, which...
best cafés in Islington
Where to Find the Best Cafés in Islington
The coffee shop economy is booming in London. Visit any trendy neighbourhood in the capital, and you’ll...
Best Chinese in Islington
Best Chinese in Islington: Our Top Restaurants
If you’re looking for the best Chinese in Islington, then you’ve come to the right place. The...
Best Pub Food in Islington
Our Guide to the Best Pub Food in Islington
There is nothing quite like sitting in a classy pub while enjoying a Sunday roast with a...
Best Bars in Islington
9 of the Best Bars in Islington for Your Next G&T
North London’s borough of Islington is home to a lively selection of bars. From delicious cocktails to...
Best Rooftop Bars in East London
8 of the Best Rooftop Bars in East London
From Shoreditch to Bethnal Green, there’s no shortage of rooftop bars in East London. This corner of...
Best Rooftop Bars in North London
8 of the Best Rooftop Bars in North London
There’s no denying that cocktails and pints taste better when you can enjoy them outdoors. North London...
Best Rooftop Bars in South London
8 of the Best Rooftop Bars in South London
There’s nothing quite like soaking up the British sunshine with a cocktail in hand. Pair your drink...
Rented Properties That Allow Pets
Rented Properties That Allow Pets in London
The demand for rented properties that allow pets has seen a surge in recent years. Finding pet-friendly...
Best Pubs in Islington
10 of the Best Pubs in Islington
There’s no shortage of pubs in the North London borough of Islington. Whether you’re looking for somewhere...
Places to Eat in Islington
8 of the Best Places to Eat in Islington
Islington is a foodie’s dream with its eclectic selection of restaurants that will delight your taste buds....
Best Italian Restaurants in Islington
8 of the Best Italian Restaurants in Islington
Italian food has become one of the most popular cuisines here in the UK. Practically every neighbourhood...
Dog Grooming in South London
Regular dog grooming is an important step in keeping your pet happy and healthy. From a simple...
Dog Grooming in North London
Dog Grooming in North London
Whether your dog is in need of a new haircut, a pampering spa treatment or simply a...
Dog Grooming in East London
Dog Grooming in East London
When you live in and around Bethnal Green, Hackney or Stratford, you’ll have some of the best...
pet friendly landlords
The Best Pet-Friendly Landlords in the UK
In growing years, the demand for pet-friendly rental apartments across the UK has skyrocketed. Finding a selection...
Dog Friendly Restaurants in South London
Dog Friendly Restaurants in South London
Living with a dog in South London, you’ll have plenty of scenic riverside and park walks to...
cycle routes in south london
5 of the Best Cycle Routes in South London
With so many green spaces, South London is a great place to hop on a cycle and...
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12 of the Best Restaurants in Islington That You Need to Try
It won’t come as a surprise to learn that Islington has some of the best restaurants in...
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Where to Find the Best Brunch in Islington
When there’s no time for breakfast, and it’s too early for lunch, you know what to do....
Archway Food That You Need to Try ASAP!
Head to Archway for a wide range of dishes that will leave you both completely satisfied and...
The Best Dog Friendly Pubs in South London
Home to an abundance of leafy parks and scenic riverside walks along the Thames, South London is...
Dog Friendly Restaurants in North London
Dog Friendly Restaurants in North London
When you live in North London, you and your dog will have no trouble finding somewhere to...
Dog Friendly Restaurants in East London
Dog Friendly Restaurants in East London
Home to some of the most stylish hangouts in the whole capital, there’s also an abundance of...
The Best Dog Friendly Pubs in North London
After a trek across Hampstead Heath, a stroll along Regent’s Canal or a walk around your local...
The Best Dog Friendly Pubs in East London
East London is home to some of the trendiest hangouts in the whole capital. If you’re a...
5 of the Best Cycle Routes in North London
The UK became a nation of cycle enthusiasts after the first lockdown, with more than 42% of...
5 of the Best Cycle Routes in South East London
South East London has some of the greenest areas in the capital, making it an ideal location...
5 of the Best Cycle Routes in East London
East London is full of stylish neighbourhoods, great vibes and top-notch cycle routes. So if you’re a...
Best Gyms in South London - Essential Living
10 of the Best Gyms in South London
If you happen to reside south of the river, then you’re in luck – the South London...
10 of the Best Gyms in South East London
Over five-million Brits hold a gym membership, so it’s safe to say we’re becoming a nation of...
10 of the Best Gyms in East London
There are plenty of gyms in East London to choose from, whether you’re a fitness fanatic or...
10 of the Best Gyms in North London
North London has some of the city’s most in-demand neighbourhoods, including Hampstead, Camden and Islington. It also...
10 of the Best Gyms in Greenwich
Greenwich is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in South London, thanks to its snazzy apartments, travel...
8 Dog Friendly Pubs in Islington to Visit With Your Pooch
After a brisk walk along Regent’s Canal or a long trek across Hampstead Heath with your dog,...
Dog in pet-friendly pub
8 Dog Friendly Pubs in Greenwich That Will Welcome Your Pets
Situated along the banks of the River Thames and home to the expansive Greenwich Park, Greenwich is...
Where to Adopt a Dog in London - Essential Living
Where to Adopt a Dog in London | #AdoptDontShop
Choosing to get a dog is a big responsibility. You’ll need to make sure your lifestyle is...
The Bedroom Colours to Boost your Relationship
Has your relationship started to falter in lockdown? We’ve revealed how the colours in your bedroom could...
10 of the Best Gyms in Bethnal Green
The beginning of the year is a time when we promise to become our best selves. And...
10 of the Best Gyms in Archway
If you’re looking to find the best gyms in Archway, then you’ve come to the right place....
Cat in a Flat
Blog Community 04.02.21
Keeping a Cat in a Flat: Things to Know
Living with pets brings numerous joyful moments. It’s an easy assumption to make that cats cannot live...
Keeping a dog in a flat
Blog Community 03.02.21
Keeping a Dog in a Flat: Things to Know
There’s something special about being a dog owner. From the enjoyment of playing fetch in the park...
Resident Series | Alex from Union Wharf
One of the biggest decisions we make is about moving home. Wouldn’t you love to have the...
Living in Canary Wharf
Living in Canary Wharf: East London’s Trendy Riverside District
With its picturesque setting along the Thames riverside and its cosmopolitan city skyline, living in Canary Wharf...
Living in Surrey Quays: A Stylish Dockland Neighbourhood
With London’s biggest marina, picturesque riverside views, the sprawling Stave Hill Ecological Park and Surrey Quays shopping...
Resident Series | Roshni from Union Wharf
Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to live in an Essential Living building? Well now...
Living in Maze Hill: A Historical Side of Greenwich
Bordering the stunning Greenwich Park and closely located to the River Thames, Maze Hill is a green...
Resident Series | Catalina from Union Wharf
Fancy a sneak peek into a resident’s apartment? We spoke to Catalina about how she’s made her...
Dog Friendly Pubs and Restaurants in East London
Wondering where to eat and drink with your pup in tow in East London? These dog-friendly spots...
Blog Insight 19.10.20
The Hottest Homeware Brands Every Renter Needs
Whether you’re looking for a home revamp, craving Scandinavian simplicity or fancy creating an AW20 inspired cosy...
Living in New Cross
Living in New Cross: South East London’s Creative Hub
Bursting with creativity and independent businesses, New Cross is one of South East London’s prime social neighbourhoods....
Where to Live in West London
Home to some of the most beautiful and affluent areas in the capital, West London offers many...
Living in West London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play
Living in West London you’ll benefit from a vibrant social scene and some of the trendiest spots...
Living in North Greenwich: London’s Modern Neighbourhood
Bringing together a creative community, buzzing social scene and innovative architecture, North Greenwich is a truly modern...
Living in Kentish Town: An Arty Spot in North London
Only a few miles outside Central London, Kentish Town is an arty northern neighbourhood that brings together...
Living in Westcombe
Living in Westcombe Park: Greenwich’s Quiet Suburb
If you’re seeking the quieter side of London life, living in Westcombe Park could be for you....
Living in Seven Sisters: A Multicultural Hub
Weaving a route from South Tottenham all the way down to Holloway, Seven Sisters Road is flanked...
Living in Finsbury Park: Community Spirit in North London
Named after its renowned park, Finsbury Park offers a strong sense of community spirit in North London....
Living in Twyford: Village Vibes in the Heart of Berkshire
Unrivalled access to London and scenic village settings means that living in Twyford is a popular choice...
Living in Shadwell
Living in Shadwell: Maritime Delights in East London
You can’t help but notice the maritime history from the moment you step foot in Shadwell. Historic...
Living in Poplar
Living in Poplar: A Neighbourhood Worth Celebrating
Poplar is synonymous with celebration, and it has been ever since hosting the Festival of Britain in...
Living in Dalston: A Neighbourhood for Every Taste
From late-night parties to excellent comprehensive schools, living in Dalston certainly does offer a little bit of...
Living in Limehouse
Living in Limehouse: From Docking Area to Prime London Postcode
Neatly nestled between the financial hubs of Canary Wharf and The City is where you will find...
living in charlton
Living in Charlton: South-East London’s Sporty District
Currently undergoing regeneration plans, Charlton is becoming an exciting side of south-east London. The Royal Borough of...
living in tufnell park
Living in Tufnell Park: A Relaxed Neighbourhood Charm
Located at the crossroads of Kentish Town and Archway, Tufnell Park is not a district to overlook....
Blog Insight 19.08.20
The Greenest Cities Mapped
In an increasingly urbanised world becoming more environmentally friendly is a worldwide effort. But which UK and...
living in slough
Living in Slough: International Flavour in Berkshire
Once the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) goes live in Slough, residents will enjoy quick and convenient access to...
living in reading
Living in Reading: A Bona Fide Berkshire Hotspot
Just 40 miles west of central London is where you’ll find Reading, a Berkshire town with plenty...
living in whitechapel
Living in Whitechapel: A Neighbourhood With a Vision
If you’re thinking of living in Whitechapel, there’s never been a better time, thanks to the Whitechapel...
living in canada water
Living in Canada Water: A New Riverside Neighbourhood
A once sleepy Docklands neighbourhood is transforming into a lively waterside hub. Living in Canada Water means...
living in wapping
Living in Wapping: Historic Riverside Living
With plenty of maritime history, converted warehouses and a scenic marina, living in Wapping is your chance...
Small Living in a City x Topology
Living in some of the world’s most popular cities brings excitement, hustle and bustle, and amazing life...
living in brockley
Living in Brockley: A Vibrant Community Surrounded by Open Spaces
Leafy and relaxing are two words often associated with Brockley. And, while true, they don’t do the...
15 Indoor Plants Perfect for Apartment Dwellers
We know that greenery in our homes can provide a wealth of both physical and mental benefits....
living in windsor
Living in Windsor: A Royal Town by the Thames
Windsor is wrapped in royal roots and is the hometown of the Queen. Yet, to think that...
living in high wycombe
Living in High Wycombe: A Lively Town Surrounded by Outstanding Beauty
The Chilterns often rival the Cotswolds for one of the UK’s best countryside escapes. Yet, this area...
Living in Belsize Park: A Pocket-Sized Delight in North London
You’ll find Belsize Park neatly nested between Hampstead and Camden. Blink, though, and you might miss it....
living in rotherhithe
Blog 06.07.20
Living in Rotherhithe: A Historic Riverside District
Located to the west of Tower Bridge and opposite the Isle of Dogs, Rotherhithe is a historic...
Living in Lewisham: Old Meets New in This South London Hotspot | Essential Living
Living in Lewisham: Old Meets New in This South London Hotspot
Regeneration is the name of the game in Lewisham. Modern new builds, more public spaces and excellent...
Living in Holloway: North London’s Latest Hotspot
If you’re thinking of living in Holloway, now is the time to move. The last decade has...
living in marlow
Blog 03.07.20
Living in Marlow: A Picture-Perfect Riverside Escape
Marlow sits high on the list when it comes to picturesque towns. Alongside Henley-on-Thames, it’s a favourite...
living in hackney
Living in Hackney: A Community of Creativity
If you’re living in Hackney, you can expect to call one of the city’s most in-demand areas...
living in golders green
Living in Golders Green: A Traditional London Neighbourhood
The eclectic mix of housing on offer to those living in Golders Green reflects the NW11 postcode’s...
living in vanbrugh park
Living in Vanbrugh Park: South London’s Quiet Retreat
Earning its name from the architect and playwright, Sir John Vanbrugh, Vanbrugh Park has a broad history....
Living in Lockdown: Islington Coming Together | Essential Living
Living in Lockdown: Islington Coming Together
There’s nothing quite as heart-warming as the local community coming together during difficult times. News stories up...
Living in Lockdown: Greenwich Coming Together
The global pandemic has changed the world around us, switching up our daily routines and ‘business-as-usual’ lifestyles....
living in peckham
Living in Peckham: South London’s Trendiest Neighbourhood
Shoreditch and Soho usually steal the limelight as London’s most vibrant areas, but Peckham shouldn’t be forgotten....
living in muswell hill
Living in Muswell Hill: North London’s Best Kept Secret
In most cases, a lack of transport options would hinder an area. For those living in Muswell...
How Maidenhead Businesses Have Adapted During Coronavirus
Covid-19 has forced all of us into many changes, from adapting to working from home to sacrificing...
How Bethnal Green Businesses Have Adapted During Coronavirus
The Covid-19 pandemic caught the world off guard, forcing us to change our way of life overnight....
Living in Bermondsey: Bohemian Delights on The Riverside
Bohemian Bermondsey might not be the official name for the SE1 postcode, but it does have a...
living in aldgate east
Living in Aldgate East: City Charm & History Rolled Into One
Aldgate East is just a few steps away from The Square Mile; a London marvel where old...
living in crouch end
Living in Crouch End: An Undiscovered North London Gem
Thanks to a lack of transport links, the leafy neighbourhood of Crouch End is somewhat of an...
How to Maintain Healthy Boundaries Within the Family During Lockdown | Helen Burke
Essential Living a private rental property company based in London who are essentially the landlord to a portfolio...
Revealed: Most Popular Tube Routes You Can Cycle
Avoid the Tube With These Top Cycle Routes in London Following the government’s recent changes to its...
living in henley on thames
Living in Henley on Thames: A Picturesque Town in Oxfordshire
Some people are living in Henley on Thames for its scenic riverside settings. Others live there for...
living in hampstead
Living in Hampstead: An Idyllic North London Village
Some say that living in Hampstead means you’ve reached the pinnacle of London life. The NW3 postcode...
Build-to-Rent vs Buy-to-Let
Build-to-Rent vs Buy-to-Let
We explore which style of renting in London is the best fit for you.   There are...
How to Style Up Your Bed | Sophia at Home
Apartments at Essential Living have been designed perfectly for city life and busy individuals. The layout, the...
Blog Community 06.05.20
Boredom Busters for Pooches Great and Small | Bangers and Mash
The residents at Essential Living are lucky enough to be allowed pooches in their pads. It’s tough...
living in globe town
Living in Globe Town: A Quieter Side to East London
With its origins lying in silk weaving, Globe Town has since transformed into a vibrant corner of...
living in stepney green
Living in Stepney Green: Quintessential East End Living
There is an international flavour here. Over the past 100 years, many have immigrated from places like...
living in bracknell
Living in Bracknell: A Commuter Hotspot
Living in Bracknell is a great choice for commuters, as it’s just 30 miles from London while neighbourhoods...
Living in Nunhead
Living in Nunhead: South East London’s Hidden Gem
Sandwiched between the ever-trendy Peckham and suburban East Dulwich, it’s easy to overlook Nunhead. This south-east London...
The Resident Series | Fiona from Union Wharf
Fancy a sneak peak into a resident’s apartment? We stopped by at Fiona’s beautiful home and asked...
Living in Bow
Living in Bow: Where Old Meets New | Essential Living
Charming riverside settings and picturesque squares only tell half the story of Bow. The East London neighbourhood...
Simple Tricks to Make Your Home Feel Bigger | Topology
Us Londonders know only too well that space is precious and comes at a premium! So naturally,...
living in bromley by bow
Living in Bromley by Bow: A Historical Riverside District
Following recent property developments and transport investments, Bromley by Bow has been transformed into an up-and-coming rural...
living in blackheath
Living in Blackheath: Village Lifestyle in South London
Living in Blackheath means residents can experience the village lifestyle right in the heart of South London....
How to Keep Healthy When Working From Home | Food Fitness Flora
It’s no secret that there are many perks to working from home. Rolling out of bed into...
5 Reasons Why House Plants Are Good for Your Home and Health | Swoonworthy
The 1970s have had a huge influence in home trends for a few years now and it...
Interior updates you can make without spending a penny | Hayley Stuart
Essential Living know the importance of transforming a house into a home which is why their developments...
Turning your Living Room into a Stylish Work Space | French For Pineapple
Working from home has become an unexpected new normal for so many people due to the extraordinary...
How to Make your Storage Space work for you | Sophia At Home
Storage space comes at a premium with apartment living. It’s a luxury not all apartments offer, that...
How to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall
Here at Topology we, like Essential Living, thrive on beautiful design and know the importance of every...
living in shoreditch
Living in Shoreditch: A Vibrant East London Neighbourhood
If a vibrant creative culture, a plethora of choice for great restaurants, bars and shops as well...
living in deptford
Living in Deptford: A Town Full of Creativity & Culture
While East London neighbourhoods like Shoreditch and Hoxton are awash with creativity, the south-east of the capital...
living in wood green
Living in Wood Green: A Multicultural North London Spot
With its mix of multicultural hangouts, living in Wood Green lets you enjoy the diverse side of...
living in cambridge heath
Living in Cambridge Heath: An Overlooked East London Gem
Weaving a route through Bethnal Green to Regent’s Canal, Cambridge Heath is dotted with a pleasant mix...
living in mile end
Living in Mile End: An Up-and-Coming East London District
Young professionals love living in Mile End for its vibrant atmosphere and buzzy neighbourhood settings. The E9...
Living in Highbury: A Leafy North London Suburb | Essential Living
Living in Highbury: A Leafy North London Suburb
The leafy suburb of Highbury is not without its own selection of breweries, sleek restaurants and cosy...
living in stoke newington
Living in Stoke Newington: North London’s Vibrant Neighbourhood
With its mix of leafy parklands, vibrant social scene, and array of independent businesses, Stoke Newington is...
living in east finchley
Living in East Finchley: A Leafy North West London Neighbourhood
East Finchley is a leafy north-west London neighbourhood that’s home to a pleasant mix of trendy cafés,...
living in hoxton
Living in Hoxton: A Prime East London Neighbourhood
Home to funky vibes, bohemian wonders and an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, Hoxton is a...
City Living: Getting The Most Out of a Small Space | Essential Living x Topology
Living in a city usually means that space comes at a premium. Perhaps you’re familiar with having...
The view whilst living in Highgate
Living in Highgate: A Rural Retreat in North London
If you’re looking for a leafy rural retreat in North London, then living in Highgate could be...
Blog Insight 12.02.20
The World’s Best Subway Systems, Revealed
How many of these subway systems have you travelled on? We’ve revealed which of the busiest metro...
Creative Interiors Tips for Decorating Your Rental Apartment
You don’t have to completely transform your rental apartment to make it more unique and more suited...
Flats to Rent in Maidenhead
If you’re looking for flats to rent in Maidenhead, then look no further than Berkshire House. The...
flats to rent in bethnal green
Flats to Rent in Bethnal Green
If you’re looking at flats to rent in Bethnal Green, you’re in the right place. Before you...
American moving to London
American Moving to London? Essential Living is For You
If you’re an American moving to London, then Essential Living is for you. And here’s why. If...
Why Renting is NOT Dead Money
The UK is obsessed with homeownership. For decades now, homeownership has been seen as the only acceptable...
Living in Bethnal Green
Living in Bethnal Green: Where to Go & What to Do
Home to an eclectic mix of vibrant bars, restaurants and venues, you’ll never struggle to find a...
Living in Greenwich
Living in Greenwich: Where to Go & What to Do
Steeped in history and rich in culture, Greenwich is one of South London’s most attractive places to...
Days Out in Berkshire
Days Out in Berkshire: Our Top Ten
Berkshire is renowned for its royal heritage, historic towns, and rural beauty. Situated in the South of...
Living in Archway
Living in Archway: Where to Go & What to Do
From classic pubs to brunch spots, there’s no shortage of cosy hangouts to visit when you’re living...
Living in Maidenhead
Living in Maidenhead: Where to Eat, Drink & Play
Maidenhead and its surrounding villages offer no shortage of Michelin star restaurants and riverside pubs. So living...
Living in East London
Living in East London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play
East London’s reputation as the cool, artsy area of the capital is truly justifiable. With trendy hangouts...
What Amenity Spaces are Important to You?
If you’ve kept up to speed with the growing build to rent market in the UK, you’ll...
Living in South London
Living in South London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play
A haven for fine dining restaurants, stylish cafés, and hidden bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice living...
Moving Day Advice
Essential Moving Day Advice
Moving day can be something to get excited about but also something to dread! It’s exciting to...
Living in North London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play | Essential Living
Living in North London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play
Bustling with plenty of chic bars and fine dining haunts, North London has no shortage of stylish...
3 Easy Tips for Styling Your Home | Restoring Lansdowne
Judging by the 3.5 million times #shelfie has been used on Instagram, shelves just might be the...
How plants instantly uplift your rented home | Patch
In cities, we are living lives that are more and more busy, stressful and disconnected from nature....
How to Improve a Dull Rented Home with a Splash of Colour | Thirteen Interior Design
‘Your home should tell the story of who you are and be full of things you love.’...
Shopping List for Renters | Little London Home
Before I owned my home, I rented for many years. I learned very quickly that just because...
Essential Living scoops a number of HomeViews Awards
We’re excited to announce that we’re officially HomeViews award-winners! The new review site for residential developments has...
How to Find a Place to Rent
How to Find a Place to Rent
London’s a big city. It’s filled with close to 4 million homes, many of which are available...
Best places to live near London
Best Places to Live Near London
Living in the heart of London isn’t for everyone. Luckily, there are a number of idyllic places...
Best places to live in East London
Best Places to Live in East London
With its vibrant creative scene and electic social calendar, East London has a reputation for being the...
Essential Living is in the top 5 for Build to Rent with HomeViews
The results are in. In our first ever whitepaper, HomeViews explored the tenant experience in Build to...
pet friendly flats to rent
Pet Friendly Flats to Rent
Anyone who rents their home with a dog or cat will know that finding pet friendly flats...
Rent vs buy: the benefits of renting
Rent vs Buy: The Benefits of Renting
For too long renting in the UK has been living under a smog of negativity. In the...
Where to live in North London
Best Places to Live in North London
With its bold mix of multicultural hangouts and a lively social scene, North London is a well-connected...
Best places to live in South London
Best Places to Live in South London
South London is one of the best places to live if you want to balance the buzz...
What is Discounted Market Rent?
What is Discounted Market Rent?
Discounted market rent (or DMR for short) is a new type of affordable housing for the rental...
Creekside Wharf Construction Update | Essential Living
Blog 07.01.19
Union Wharf Construction Update: January
Happy New Year all, this is the year we will see our newest build Union Wharf operational!...
Creekside Wharf Construction Update | Essential Living
Union Wharf Construction Update: October
Four months on from the last Union Wharf update and there has been a huge amount of progress....
How can build to rent combat lonliness
How Build-to-Rent Can Combat Loneliness
Loneliness in our society It’s a feeling that can affect us all. Over nine million adults say...
Creekside Wharf Construction Update | Essential Living
Union Wharf Construction Update: June
The construction at Union Wharf is coming along quickly, so here’s an update on the build so far....
How to Rent: Checklist for Renters Moving to the UK
If you’re moving to the UK for the first time, it might be that the rental process...
What is Multi-Family? | Essential Living
What is Multi-Family Housing?
The sharing economy has been responsible for a number of things, most notably the culture of people...
The New Way to Rent in London: Rent & Bills in One Payment
We London-dwellers like to be good to ourselves and live life to the fullest. Whether it’s going...
What Is a Right-to-Rent Check?
Early in 2016, the British government introduced a new rule by which landlords have to check that...
#CaptureBerkshire winners
Blog Community 26.04.18
#CaptureBerkshire
Last year we tasked the local community around our newest development, Berkshire House, with capturing the feel of...
Moving to London: What You Need to Know | Essential Living
Moving to London: What You Need to Know
So, you’re thinking of moving to the capital, the big smoke, London Town? Well, here’s a few...
What to Look for in Your Tenancy Agreement?
Whether you’re a first-time renter or have been renting for years, it’s essential that you read through...
What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement
What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement?
There are various tenancy agreements that are available when renting, but it’s important to know which one...
How to Bring 2018’s Top Interior Trends to Your Rented Apartment
How to Bring 2018’s Top Interior Trends to Your Rented Apartment
Think you can’t personalise your rented apartment? Think again. Updating your interiors doesn’t have to involve making...

Your house becomes a home when you fall in love with it.

— Erin McLaughlin
What is Build-to-Rent?
Build-to-rent (BTR) is an exciting, emerging new sector in the UK housing market. Inspired by what’s available...
London's Best Parks for Dog-Walking
London’s Best Parks for Dog-Walking
London’s Best Parks for Dog-Walking A dog is more than just a pet: it’s a companion, a...
What is Co-Living?
What is co-living? Well, in the broadest sense it’s a lifestyle centred around sharing, whether that’s space...
5 Ways to Make Use of Your London Roof Terrace This Spring
As the temperatures rise and the clouds begin to clear up, it’s about time we all started...

There’s no place like home.

Union Wharf Construction Update: February
The construction at Union Wharf is coming along quickly, so we thought it was high time to...
Why Build-to-Rent Makes London Living Easier for You | Essential Living
Why Build-to-Rent Makes London Living Easier for You
The London housing market is undergoing a period of great change, and for the better. As the...
What is tenant referencing?
What Is Tenant Referencing and Why Is It Needed?
Finding the perfect property can be a challenge, because everybody has different needs and requirements in their...

Let’s stay home.

Flat-Sharing Etiquette 101
The housing market in London has undergone plenty of changes – both out of style and necessity....
Essential Tips for Moving to London | Essential Living
Essential Tips for Moving to London
If you’re considering making the move to the capital, you probably already know that London is an...
Checklist for first time renters
Checklist for First-Time Renters
Finding the right property can be a daunting task. With so many things to think about, it...

The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave and it feels even better to come back.

The Best Ways to Meet New People in London | Essential Living
The Best Ways to Meet New People in London
There’s nothing scarier than moving to a new city and worrying about making friends. London may seem...
Hipster Renting | Essential Living
Hipster Renting
The hipster has perhaps occupied more column inches than any other group in human history. From Brooklyn...
Renting as the Norm in Europe - Essential Living
Changing the Face of the British Rental Market
For decades, homeownership has been a widespread aspiration across Britain. It has been a deeply ingrained desire...

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The Benefits of a Furry Friend
A dog is a man’s best friend. It’s a common adage, and with good reason. For centuries,...
Best Tips for Working from Home
As more and more of us are able to do our jobs with little more than a...
Reasons to Rent Rather Than Buy
‘Generation Rent’ is a phrase that was coined with negative connotations, but, with the rise of property...

May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.

— Mary Anne Radmacher
Keeping Your Security Deposit - Essential Living
Hanging On To Your Deposit
From rip-off fees before you’ve even moved in to dodgy landlords ignoring your calls to fix the...
5 Things To Look Out For When Renting An Apartment - Essential Living
5 Things to Look Out for before Renting an Apartment
Renting is a great option for millions of the people in the UK, especially those moving to...
Exploring London's Best Green Spaces - Essential Living
Exploring London’s Best Green Spaces
London is a vibrant city, where there’s always a new show to see or a unique bar...

Home is the place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to.

— John Ed Pearce
Things to Consider When Renting: Location | Essential Living
5 Reasons Why Location Is So Important When Looking for a Rental Apartment in London
When looking for a rental apartment, there are so many things you’ll want to consider. Location is...
London Instagrammers You Need to Follow - Essential Living
7 London Photographers You Need to Follow on Instagram
London is one of the best places to live. It’s a thriving capital with plenty to see...
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Spilling the beans: How safe is your food?
Ever had a bout of food poisoning or had to take an item back to a supermarket...
best brunch in Greenwich
Where to Find the Best Brunch in Greenwich
If you’re not in the mood for breakfast or lunch, there’s only one answer: brunch. Fortunately, if...
Best Brunch in Bethnal Green
Where to Find the Best Brunch in Bethnal Green
When breakfast isn’t quite enough, and lunch is too far away, why not get yourself some brunch?...
What documents do I need to rent a flat?
What Documents Do You Need to Rent a Flat?
Renting is on the rise in London. By 2025, around 60% of the population will rent their home, which...
best cafés in Islington
Where to Find the Best Cafés in Islington
The coffee shop economy is booming in London. Visit any trendy neighbourhood in the capital, and you’ll...
Best Chinese in Islington
Best Chinese in Islington: Our Top Restaurants
If you’re looking for the best Chinese in Islington, then you’ve come to the right place. The...
Best Pub Food in Islington
Our Guide to the Best Pub Food in Islington
There is nothing quite like sitting in a classy pub while enjoying a Sunday roast with a...
Best Bars in Islington
9 of the Best Bars in Islington for Your Next G&T
North London’s borough of Islington is home to a lively selection of bars. From delicious cocktails to...
Best Rooftop Bars in East London
8 of the Best Rooftop Bars in East London
From Shoreditch to Bethnal Green, there’s no shortage of rooftop bars in East London. This corner of...
Best Rooftop Bars in North London
8 of the Best Rooftop Bars in North London
There’s no denying that cocktails and pints taste better when you can enjoy them outdoors. North London...
Best Rooftop Bars in South London
8 of the Best Rooftop Bars in South London
There’s nothing quite like soaking up the British sunshine with a cocktail in hand. Pair your drink...
Rented Properties That Allow Pets
Rented Properties That Allow Pets in London
The demand for rented properties that allow pets has seen a surge in recent years. Finding pet-friendly...
Best Pubs in Islington
10 of the Best Pubs in Islington
There’s no shortage of pubs in the North London borough of Islington. Whether you’re looking for somewhere...
Places to Eat in Islington
8 of the Best Places to Eat in Islington
Islington is a foodie’s dream with its eclectic selection of restaurants that will delight your taste buds....
Best Italian Restaurants in Islington
8 of the Best Italian Restaurants in Islington
Italian food has become one of the most popular cuisines here in the UK. Practically every neighbourhood...
Dog Grooming in South London
Regular dog grooming is an important step in keeping your pet happy and healthy. From a simple...
Dog Grooming in North London
Dog Grooming in North London
Whether your dog is in need of a new haircut, a pampering spa treatment or simply a...
Dog Grooming in East London
Dog Grooming in East London
When you live in and around Bethnal Green, Hackney or Stratford, you’ll have some of the best...
pet friendly landlords
The Best Pet-Friendly Landlords in the UK
In growing years, the demand for pet-friendly rental apartments across the UK has skyrocketed. Finding a selection...
Dog Friendly Restaurants in South London
Dog Friendly Restaurants in South London
Living with a dog in South London, you’ll have plenty of scenic riverside and park walks to...
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5 of the Best Cycle Routes in South London
With so many green spaces, South London is a great place to hop on a cycle and...
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12 of the Best Restaurants in Islington That You Need to Try
It won’t come as a surprise to learn that Islington has some of the best restaurants in...
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Where to Find the Best Brunch in Islington
When there’s no time for breakfast, and it’s too early for lunch, you know what to do....
Archway Food That You Need to Try ASAP!
Head to Archway for a wide range of dishes that will leave you both completely satisfied and...
The Best Dog Friendly Pubs in South London
Home to an abundance of leafy parks and scenic riverside walks along the Thames, South London is...
Dog Friendly Restaurants in North London
Dog Friendly Restaurants in North London
When you live in North London, you and your dog will have no trouble finding somewhere to...
Dog Friendly Restaurants in East London
Dog Friendly Restaurants in East London
Home to some of the most stylish hangouts in the whole capital, there’s also an abundance of...
The Best Dog Friendly Pubs in North London
After a trek across Hampstead Heath, a stroll along Regent’s Canal or a walk around your local...
The Best Dog Friendly Pubs in East London
East London is home to some of the trendiest hangouts in the whole capital. If you’re a...
5 of the Best Cycle Routes in North London
The UK became a nation of cycle enthusiasts after the first lockdown, with more than 42% of...
5 of the Best Cycle Routes in South East London
South East London has some of the greenest areas in the capital, making it an ideal location...
5 of the Best Cycle Routes in East London
East London is full of stylish neighbourhoods, great vibes and top-notch cycle routes. So if you’re a...
Best Gyms in South London - Essential Living
10 of the Best Gyms in South London
If you happen to reside south of the river, then you’re in luck – the South London...
10 of the Best Gyms in South East London
Over five-million Brits hold a gym membership, so it’s safe to say we’re becoming a nation of...
10 of the Best Gyms in East London
There are plenty of gyms in East London to choose from, whether you’re a fitness fanatic or...
10 of the Best Gyms in North London
North London has some of the city’s most in-demand neighbourhoods, including Hampstead, Camden and Islington. It also...
10 of the Best Gyms in Greenwich
Greenwich is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in South London, thanks to its snazzy apartments, travel...
8 Dog Friendly Pubs in Islington to Visit With Your Pooch
After a brisk walk along Regent’s Canal or a long trek across Hampstead Heath with your dog,...
Dog in pet-friendly pub
8 Dog Friendly Pubs in Greenwich That Will Welcome Your Pets
Situated along the banks of the River Thames and home to the expansive Greenwich Park, Greenwich is...
Where to Adopt a Dog in London - Essential Living
Where to Adopt a Dog in London | #AdoptDontShop
Choosing to get a dog is a big responsibility. You’ll need to make sure your lifestyle is...
The Bedroom Colours to Boost your Relationship
Has your relationship started to falter in lockdown? We’ve revealed how the colours in your bedroom could...
10 of the Best Gyms in Bethnal Green
The beginning of the year is a time when we promise to become our best selves. And...
10 of the Best Gyms in Archway
If you’re looking to find the best gyms in Archway, then you’ve come to the right place....
Cat in a Flat
Blog Community 04.02.21
Keeping a Cat in a Flat: Things to Know
Living with pets brings numerous joyful moments. It’s an easy assumption to make that cats cannot live...
Keeping a dog in a flat
Blog Community 03.02.21
Keeping a Dog in a Flat: Things to Know
There’s something special about being a dog owner. From the enjoyment of playing fetch in the park...
Resident Series | Alex from Union Wharf
One of the biggest decisions we make is about moving home. Wouldn’t you love to have the...
Living in Canary Wharf
Living in Canary Wharf: East London’s Trendy Riverside District
With its picturesque setting along the Thames riverside and its cosmopolitan city skyline, living in Canary Wharf...
Living in Surrey Quays: A Stylish Dockland Neighbourhood
With London’s biggest marina, picturesque riverside views, the sprawling Stave Hill Ecological Park and Surrey Quays shopping...
Resident Series | Roshni from Union Wharf
Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to live in an Essential Living building? Well now...
Living in Maze Hill: A Historical Side of Greenwich
Bordering the stunning Greenwich Park and closely located to the River Thames, Maze Hill is a green...
Resident Series | Catalina from Union Wharf
Fancy a sneak peek into a resident’s apartment? We spoke to Catalina about how she’s made her...
Dog Friendly Pubs and Restaurants in East London
Wondering where to eat and drink with your pup in tow in East London? These dog-friendly spots...
Blog Insight 19.10.20
The Hottest Homeware Brands Every Renter Needs
Whether you’re looking for a home revamp, craving Scandinavian simplicity or fancy creating an AW20 inspired cosy...
Living in New Cross
Living in New Cross: South East London’s Creative Hub
Bursting with creativity and independent businesses, New Cross is one of South East London’s prime social neighbourhoods....
Where to Live in West London
Home to some of the most beautiful and affluent areas in the capital, West London offers many...
Living in West London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play
Living in West London you’ll benefit from a vibrant social scene and some of the trendiest spots...
Living in North Greenwich: London’s Modern Neighbourhood
Bringing together a creative community, buzzing social scene and innovative architecture, North Greenwich is a truly modern...
Living in Kentish Town: An Arty Spot in North London
Only a few miles outside Central London, Kentish Town is an arty northern neighbourhood that brings together...
Living in Westcombe
Living in Westcombe Park: Greenwich’s Quiet Suburb
If you’re seeking the quieter side of London life, living in Westcombe Park could be for you....
Living in Seven Sisters: A Multicultural Hub
Weaving a route from South Tottenham all the way down to Holloway, Seven Sisters Road is flanked...
Living in Finsbury Park: Community Spirit in North London
Named after its renowned park, Finsbury Park offers a strong sense of community spirit in North London....
Living in Twyford: Village Vibes in the Heart of Berkshire
Unrivalled access to London and scenic village settings means that living in Twyford is a popular choice...
Living in Shadwell
Living in Shadwell: Maritime Delights in East London
You can’t help but notice the maritime history from the moment you step foot in Shadwell. Historic...
Living in Poplar
Living in Poplar: A Neighbourhood Worth Celebrating
Poplar is synonymous with celebration, and it has been ever since hosting the Festival of Britain in...
Living in Dalston: A Neighbourhood for Every Taste
From late-night parties to excellent comprehensive schools, living in Dalston certainly does offer a little bit of...
Living in Limehouse
Living in Limehouse: From Docking Area to Prime London Postcode
Neatly nestled between the financial hubs of Canary Wharf and The City is where you will find...
living in charlton
Living in Charlton: South-East London’s Sporty District
Currently undergoing regeneration plans, Charlton is becoming an exciting side of south-east London. The Royal Borough of...
living in tufnell park
Living in Tufnell Park: A Relaxed Neighbourhood Charm
Located at the crossroads of Kentish Town and Archway, Tufnell Park is not a district to overlook....
Blog Insight 19.08.20
The Greenest Cities Mapped
In an increasingly urbanised world becoming more environmentally friendly is a worldwide effort. But which UK and...
living in slough
Living in Slough: International Flavour in Berkshire
Once the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) goes live in Slough, residents will enjoy quick and convenient access to...
living in reading
Living in Reading: A Bona Fide Berkshire Hotspot
Just 40 miles west of central London is where you’ll find Reading, a Berkshire town with plenty...
living in whitechapel
Living in Whitechapel: A Neighbourhood With a Vision
If you’re thinking of living in Whitechapel, there’s never been a better time, thanks to the Whitechapel...
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Living in Canada Water: A New Riverside Neighbourhood
A once sleepy Docklands neighbourhood is transforming into a lively waterside hub. Living in Canada Water means...
living in wapping
Living in Wapping: Historic Riverside Living
With plenty of maritime history, converted warehouses and a scenic marina, living in Wapping is your chance...
Small Living in a City x Topology
Living in some of the world’s most popular cities brings excitement, hustle and bustle, and amazing life...
living in brockley
Living in Brockley: A Vibrant Community Surrounded by Open Spaces
Leafy and relaxing are two words often associated with Brockley. And, while true, they don’t do the...
15 Indoor Plants Perfect for Apartment Dwellers
We know that greenery in our homes can provide a wealth of both physical and mental benefits....
living in windsor
Living in Windsor: A Royal Town by the Thames
Windsor is wrapped in royal roots and is the hometown of the Queen. Yet, to think that...
living in high wycombe
Living in High Wycombe: A Lively Town Surrounded by Outstanding Beauty
The Chilterns often rival the Cotswolds for one of the UK’s best countryside escapes. Yet, this area...
Living in Belsize Park: A Pocket-Sized Delight in North London
You’ll find Belsize Park neatly nested between Hampstead and Camden. Blink, though, and you might miss it....
living in rotherhithe
Blog 06.07.20
Living in Rotherhithe: A Historic Riverside District
Located to the west of Tower Bridge and opposite the Isle of Dogs, Rotherhithe is a historic...
Living in Lewisham: Old Meets New in This South London Hotspot | Essential Living
Living in Lewisham: Old Meets New in This South London Hotspot
Regeneration is the name of the game in Lewisham. Modern new builds, more public spaces and excellent...
Living in Holloway: North London’s Latest Hotspot
If you’re thinking of living in Holloway, now is the time to move. The last decade has...
living in marlow
Blog 03.07.20
Living in Marlow: A Picture-Perfect Riverside Escape
Marlow sits high on the list when it comes to picturesque towns. Alongside Henley-on-Thames, it’s a favourite...
living in hackney
Living in Hackney: A Community of Creativity
If you’re living in Hackney, you can expect to call one of the city’s most in-demand areas...
living in golders green
Living in Golders Green: A Traditional London Neighbourhood
The eclectic mix of housing on offer to those living in Golders Green reflects the NW11 postcode’s...
living in vanbrugh park
Living in Vanbrugh Park: South London’s Quiet Retreat
Earning its name from the architect and playwright, Sir John Vanbrugh, Vanbrugh Park has a broad history....
Living in Lockdown: Islington Coming Together | Essential Living
Living in Lockdown: Islington Coming Together
There’s nothing quite as heart-warming as the local community coming together during difficult times. News stories up...
Living in Lockdown: Greenwich Coming Together
The global pandemic has changed the world around us, switching up our daily routines and ‘business-as-usual’ lifestyles....
living in peckham
Living in Peckham: South London’s Trendiest Neighbourhood
Shoreditch and Soho usually steal the limelight as London’s most vibrant areas, but Peckham shouldn’t be forgotten....
living in muswell hill
Living in Muswell Hill: North London’s Best Kept Secret
In most cases, a lack of transport options would hinder an area. For those living in Muswell...
How Maidenhead Businesses Have Adapted During Coronavirus
Covid-19 has forced all of us into many changes, from adapting to working from home to sacrificing...
How Bethnal Green Businesses Have Adapted During Coronavirus
The Covid-19 pandemic caught the world off guard, forcing us to change our way of life overnight....
Living in Bermondsey: Bohemian Delights on The Riverside
Bohemian Bermondsey might not be the official name for the SE1 postcode, but it does have a...
living in aldgate east
Living in Aldgate East: City Charm & History Rolled Into One
Aldgate East is just a few steps away from The Square Mile; a London marvel where old...
living in crouch end
Living in Crouch End: An Undiscovered North London Gem
Thanks to a lack of transport links, the leafy neighbourhood of Crouch End is somewhat of an...
How to Maintain Healthy Boundaries Within the Family During Lockdown | Helen Burke
Essential Living a private rental property company based in London who are essentially the landlord to a portfolio...
Revealed: Most Popular Tube Routes You Can Cycle
Avoid the Tube With These Top Cycle Routes in London Following the government’s recent changes to its...
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Living in Henley on Thames: A Picturesque Town in Oxfordshire
Some people are living in Henley on Thames for its scenic riverside settings. Others live there for...
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Living in Hampstead: An Idyllic North London Village
Some say that living in Hampstead means you’ve reached the pinnacle of London life. The NW3 postcode...
Build-to-Rent vs Buy-to-Let
Build-to-Rent vs Buy-to-Let
We explore which style of renting in London is the best fit for you.   There are...
How to Style Up Your Bed | Sophia at Home
Apartments at Essential Living have been designed perfectly for city life and busy individuals. The layout, the...
Blog Community 06.05.20
Boredom Busters for Pooches Great and Small | Bangers and Mash
The residents at Essential Living are lucky enough to be allowed pooches in their pads. It’s tough...
living in globe town
Living in Globe Town: A Quieter Side to East London
With its origins lying in silk weaving, Globe Town has since transformed into a vibrant corner of...
living in stepney green
Living in Stepney Green: Quintessential East End Living
There is an international flavour here. Over the past 100 years, many have immigrated from places like...
living in bracknell
Living in Bracknell: A Commuter Hotspot
Living in Bracknell is a great choice for commuters, as it’s just 30 miles from London while neighbourhoods...
Living in Nunhead
Living in Nunhead: South East London’s Hidden Gem
Sandwiched between the ever-trendy Peckham and suburban East Dulwich, it’s easy to overlook Nunhead. This south-east London...
The Resident Series | Fiona from Union Wharf
Fancy a sneak peak into a resident’s apartment? We stopped by at Fiona’s beautiful home and asked...
Living in Bow
Living in Bow: Where Old Meets New | Essential Living
Charming riverside settings and picturesque squares only tell half the story of Bow. The East London neighbourhood...
Simple Tricks to Make Your Home Feel Bigger | Topology
Us Londonders know only too well that space is precious and comes at a premium! So naturally,...
living in bromley by bow
Living in Bromley by Bow: A Historical Riverside District
Following recent property developments and transport investments, Bromley by Bow has been transformed into an up-and-coming rural...
living in blackheath
Living in Blackheath: Village Lifestyle in South London
Living in Blackheath means residents can experience the village lifestyle right in the heart of South London....
How to Keep Healthy When Working From Home | Food Fitness Flora
It’s no secret that there are many perks to working from home. Rolling out of bed into...
5 Reasons Why House Plants Are Good for Your Home and Health | Swoonworthy
The 1970s have had a huge influence in home trends for a few years now and it...
Interior updates you can make without spending a penny | Hayley Stuart
Essential Living know the importance of transforming a house into a home which is why their developments...
Turning your Living Room into a Stylish Work Space | French For Pineapple
Working from home has become an unexpected new normal for so many people due to the extraordinary...
How to Make your Storage Space work for you | Sophia At Home
Storage space comes at a premium with apartment living. It’s a luxury not all apartments offer, that...
How to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall
Here at Topology we, like Essential Living, thrive on beautiful design and know the importance of every...
living in shoreditch
Living in Shoreditch: A Vibrant East London Neighbourhood
If a vibrant creative culture, a plethora of choice for great restaurants, bars and shops as well...
living in deptford
Living in Deptford: A Town Full of Creativity & Culture
While East London neighbourhoods like Shoreditch and Hoxton are awash with creativity, the south-east of the capital...
living in wood green
Living in Wood Green: A Multicultural North London Spot
With its mix of multicultural hangouts, living in Wood Green lets you enjoy the diverse side of...
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Living in Cambridge Heath: An Overlooked East London Gem
Weaving a route through Bethnal Green to Regent’s Canal, Cambridge Heath is dotted with a pleasant mix...
living in mile end
Living in Mile End: An Up-and-Coming East London District
Young professionals love living in Mile End for its vibrant atmosphere and buzzy neighbourhood settings. The E9...
Living in Highbury: A Leafy North London Suburb | Essential Living
Living in Highbury: A Leafy North London Suburb
The leafy suburb of Highbury is not without its own selection of breweries, sleek restaurants and cosy...
living in stoke newington
Living in Stoke Newington: North London’s Vibrant Neighbourhood
With its mix of leafy parklands, vibrant social scene, and array of independent businesses, Stoke Newington is...
living in east finchley
Living in East Finchley: A Leafy North West London Neighbourhood
East Finchley is a leafy north-west London neighbourhood that’s home to a pleasant mix of trendy cafés,...
living in hoxton
Living in Hoxton: A Prime East London Neighbourhood
Home to funky vibes, bohemian wonders and an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, Hoxton is a...
City Living: Getting The Most Out of a Small Space | Essential Living x Topology
Living in a city usually means that space comes at a premium. Perhaps you’re familiar with having...
The view whilst living in Highgate
Living in Highgate: A Rural Retreat in North London
If you’re looking for a leafy rural retreat in North London, then living in Highgate could be...
Blog Insight 12.02.20
The World’s Best Subway Systems, Revealed
How many of these subway systems have you travelled on? We’ve revealed which of the busiest metro...
Creative Interiors Tips for Decorating Your Rental Apartment
You don’t have to completely transform your rental apartment to make it more unique and more suited...
Flats to Rent in Maidenhead
If you’re looking for flats to rent in Maidenhead, then look no further than Berkshire House. The...
flats to rent in bethnal green
Flats to Rent in Bethnal Green
If you’re looking at flats to rent in Bethnal Green, you’re in the right place. Before you...
American moving to London
American Moving to London? Essential Living is For You
If you’re an American moving to London, then Essential Living is for you. And here’s why. If...
Why Renting is NOT Dead Money
The UK is obsessed with homeownership. For decades now, homeownership has been seen as the only acceptable...
Living in Bethnal Green
Living in Bethnal Green: Where to Go & What to Do
Home to an eclectic mix of vibrant bars, restaurants and venues, you’ll never struggle to find a...
Living in Greenwich
Living in Greenwich: Where to Go & What to Do
Steeped in history and rich in culture, Greenwich is one of South London’s most attractive places to...
Days Out in Berkshire
Days Out in Berkshire: Our Top Ten
Berkshire is renowned for its royal heritage, historic towns, and rural beauty. Situated in the South of...
Living in Archway
Living in Archway: Where to Go & What to Do
From classic pubs to brunch spots, there’s no shortage of cosy hangouts to visit when you’re living...
Living in Maidenhead
Living in Maidenhead: Where to Eat, Drink & Play
Maidenhead and its surrounding villages offer no shortage of Michelin star restaurants and riverside pubs. So living...
Living in East London
Living in East London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play
East London’s reputation as the cool, artsy area of the capital is truly justifiable. With trendy hangouts...
What Amenity Spaces are Important to You?
If you’ve kept up to speed with the growing build to rent market in the UK, you’ll...
Living in South London
Living in South London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play
A haven for fine dining restaurants, stylish cafés, and hidden bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice living...
Moving Day Advice
Essential Moving Day Advice
Moving day can be something to get excited about but also something to dread! It’s exciting to...
Living in North London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play | Essential Living
Living in North London: Where to Eat, Drink & Play
Bustling with plenty of chic bars and fine dining haunts, North London has no shortage of stylish...
3 Easy Tips for Styling Your Home | Restoring Lansdowne
Judging by the 3.5 million times #shelfie has been used on Instagram, shelves just might be the...
How plants instantly uplift your rented home | Patch
In cities, we are living lives that are more and more busy, stressful and disconnected from nature....
How to Improve a Dull Rented Home with a Splash of Colour | Thirteen Interior Design
‘Your home should tell the story of who you are and be full of things you love.’...
Shopping List for Renters | Little London Home
Before I owned my home, I rented for many years. I learned very quickly that just because...
Essential Living scoops a number of HomeViews Awards
We’re excited to announce that we’re officially HomeViews award-winners! The new review site for residential developments has...
How to Find a Place to Rent
How to Find a Place to Rent
London’s a big city. It’s filled with close to 4 million homes, many of which are available...
Best places to live near London
Best Places to Live Near London
Living in the heart of London isn’t for everyone. Luckily, there are a number of idyllic places...
Best places to live in East London
Best Places to Live in East London
With its vibrant creative scene and electic social calendar, East London has a reputation for being the...
Essential Living is in the top 5 for Build to Rent with HomeViews
The results are in. In our first ever whitepaper, HomeViews explored the tenant experience in Build to...
pet friendly flats to rent
Pet Friendly Flats to Rent
Anyone who rents their home with a dog or cat will know that finding pet friendly flats...
Rent vs buy: the benefits of renting
Rent vs Buy: The Benefits of Renting
For too long renting in the UK has been living under a smog of negativity. In the...
Where to live in North London
Best Places to Live in North London
With its bold mix of multicultural hangouts and a lively social scene, North London is a well-connected...
Best places to live in South London
Best Places to Live in South London
South London is one of the best places to live if you want to balance the buzz...
What is Discounted Market Rent?
What is Discounted Market Rent?
Discounted market rent (or DMR for short) is a new type of affordable housing for the rental...
Creekside Wharf Construction Update | Essential Living
Blog 07.01.19
Union Wharf Construction Update: January
Happy New Year all, this is the year we will see our newest build Union Wharf operational!...
Creekside Wharf Construction Update | Essential Living
Union Wharf Construction Update: October
Four months on from the last Union Wharf update and there has been a huge amount of progress....
How can build to rent combat lonliness
How Build-to-Rent Can Combat Loneliness
Loneliness in our society It’s a feeling that can affect us all. Over nine million adults say...
Creekside Wharf Construction Update | Essential Living
Union Wharf Construction Update: June
The construction at Union Wharf is coming along quickly, so here’s an update on the build so far....
How to Rent: Checklist for Renters Moving to the UK
If you’re moving to the UK for the first time, it might be that the rental process...
What is Multi-Family? | Essential Living
What is Multi-Family Housing?
The sharing economy has been responsible for a number of things, most notably the culture of people...
The New Way to Rent in London: Rent & Bills in One Payment
We London-dwellers like to be good to ourselves and live life to the fullest. Whether it’s going...
What Is a Right-to-Rent Check?
Early in 2016, the British government introduced a new rule by which landlords have to check that...
#CaptureBerkshire winners
Blog Community 26.04.18
#CaptureBerkshire
Last year we tasked the local community around our newest development, Berkshire House, with capturing the feel of...
Moving to London: What You Need to Know | Essential Living
Moving to London: What You Need to Know
So, you’re thinking of moving to the capital, the big smoke, London Town? Well, here’s a few...
What to Look for in Your Tenancy Agreement?
Whether you’re a first-time renter or have been renting for years, it’s essential that you read through...
What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement
What is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement?
There are various tenancy agreements that are available when renting, but it’s important to know which one...
How to Bring 2018’s Top Interior Trends to Your Rented Apartment
How to Bring 2018’s Top Interior Trends to Your Rented Apartment
Think you can’t personalise your rented apartment? Think again. Updating your interiors doesn’t have to involve making...

Your house becomes a home when you fall in love with it.

— Erin McLaughlin
What is Build-to-Rent?
Build-to-rent (BTR) is an exciting, emerging new sector in the UK housing market. Inspired by what’s available...
London's Best Parks for Dog-Walking
London’s Best Parks for Dog-Walking
London’s Best Parks for Dog-Walking A dog is more than just a pet: it’s a companion, a...
What is Co-Living?
What is co-living? Well, in the broadest sense it’s a lifestyle centred around sharing, whether that’s space...
5 Ways to Make Use of Your London Roof Terrace This Spring
As the temperatures rise and the clouds begin to clear up, it’s about time we all started...

There’s no place like home.

Union Wharf Construction Update: February
The construction at Union Wharf is coming along quickly, so we thought it was high time to...
Why Build-to-Rent Makes London Living Easier for You | Essential Living
Why Build-to-Rent Makes London Living Easier for You
The London housing market is undergoing a period of great change, and for the better. As the...
What is tenant referencing?
What Is Tenant Referencing and Why Is It Needed?
Finding the perfect property can be a challenge, because everybody has different needs and requirements in their...

Let’s stay home.

Flat-Sharing Etiquette 101
The housing market in London has undergone plenty of changes – both out of style and necessity....
Essential Tips for Moving to London | Essential Living
Essential Tips for Moving to London
If you’re considering making the move to the capital, you probably already know that London is an...
Checklist for first time renters
Checklist for First-Time Renters
Finding the right property can be a daunting task. With so many things to think about, it...

The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave and it feels even better to come back.

The Best Ways to Meet New People in London | Essential Living
The Best Ways to Meet New People in London
There’s nothing scarier than moving to a new city and worrying about making friends. London may seem...
Hipster Renting | Essential Living
Hipster Renting
The hipster has perhaps occupied more column inches than any other group in human history. From Brooklyn...
Renting as the Norm in Europe - Essential Living
Changing the Face of the British Rental Market
For decades, homeownership has been a widespread aspiration across Britain. It has been a deeply ingrained desire...

Home is where the WiFi connects automatically.

The Benefits of a Furry Friend
A dog is a man’s best friend. It’s a common adage, and with good reason. For centuries,...
Best Tips for Working from Home
As more and more of us are able to do our jobs with little more than a...
Reasons to Rent Rather Than Buy
‘Generation Rent’ is a phrase that was coined with negative connotations, but, with the rise of property...

May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.

— Mary Anne Radmacher
Keeping Your Security Deposit - Essential Living
Hanging On To Your Deposit
From rip-off fees before you’ve even moved in to dodgy landlords ignoring your calls to fix the...
5 Things To Look Out For When Renting An Apartment - Essential Living
5 Things to Look Out for before Renting an Apartment
Renting is a great option for millions of the people in the UK, especially those moving to...
Exploring London's Best Green Spaces - Essential Living
Exploring London’s Best Green Spaces
London is a vibrant city, where there’s always a new show to see or a unique bar...

Home is the place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to.

— John Ed Pearce
Things to Consider When Renting: Location | Essential Living
5 Reasons Why Location Is So Important When Looking for a Rental Apartment in London
When looking for a rental apartment, there are so many things you’ll want to consider. Location is...
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7 London Photographers You Need to Follow on Instagram
London is one of the best places to live. It’s a thriving capital with plenty to see...