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    www.mypropertyspy.co.uk

    Get access to property sale prices in London, some dating back to 2000. It’s compulsive reading, and great ammunition when haggling with estate agents who ‘are not at liberty’ to disclose how much your dream house went for when it was gazumped from under your feet.

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    The detail includes house numbers, taking nosing on your neighbours to new heights.

    www.crockattandpowell.blogspot.com

    Crockatt and Powell is an independent bookshop behind Waterloo station, and a nicely old-fashioned purveyor of interesting tomes a world away from the likes of Borders. Through its site you can make enquiries about stock but the chatty and passionate blog is the real draw.

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    The authors are clearly (and expectedly) voracious readers, so keep an eye out for their tips on the next big thing. Currently, it’s Jennie Walker, author of print-on-demand book ‘24 for 3’.

    www.streetsensation.co.uk

    Take a virtual tour of London’s busiest shopping streets. With photos and links to more than 3,500 shops, restaurants and bars, the idea is that you’ll always know what to expect when you stumble out of the tube station.

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    Streets are presented as a scrollable set of photos of shop fronts, so you really will be able to find them.

    www.lynku.com

    This is a designer fashion and furniture sales website specifically for London. It offers free weekly update emails and alerts on sales and promotions and lists them all by category.

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    The sample sales calendar is one to check if you’re thrifty as well as well-dressed.

    www.londoncyclesport.com

    A huge online resource for anyone looking to take cycling beyond the functional commute to a more competitive level. There are comprehensive guides to gear, upcoming events and race reports.

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    The forums where London’s two-wheeled demons swap advice (it’s also a great place to buy or sell a high-quality bike).

    www.theratandmouse.co.uk

    Presented in the form of a blog, this site sifts through the endless (and often conflicting) reports on the state of the London property market and tries to present an expert digest, giving you both useful information and an excellent source of dinner-party gossip.

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    Search the archive by postcode and find out exactly what’s been muttered about your street.

    www.londonrate.com

    This is a neat resource for busy Londoners: a growing collection of service-industry contacts, rated and searchable. You’ll find everything from computer experts to cleaners, hairdressers to housekeepers and babysitters to builders.

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    The clearly laid-out prices. None of that ‘ring for a quote’ malarkey.

    www.propertysnake.co.uk

    Yet another house-obsessed site, but the twist here is that the prices are laid out in a ‘Top of the Pops’ format, so you can see at a glance who’s up, who’s down, and by how much. The name is a cheeky twist on ‘Property Ladder’, obviously.

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    The easily digested stat on the homepage that tells you how London house prices have gone down recently, and by how much (possibly bringing more joy to first-time buyers than property owners).

    www.dalstonoxfamshop.blogspot.com

    The genius of this idea is its simplicity: the author (a DJ, admittedly) heads to Oxfam in Dalston, buys up a load of music cassettes, and then digitises them so that they can be played online. The result is a resurrection of nostalgic old tapes that might otherwise have been lost. It also features the sleeve art and other charity-shop finds.

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    Where else online will you find ‘Disco Beach Party 2’, complete with the ‘Birdie Song’ and ‘Una Paloma Blanca’?

    www.londonnoisemap.com

    As it sounds – a digest of official goverment measurements of volume levels across the capital, presented in colour-coded map form. You can search by postcode and instantly see how much racket there is on your street relative to the rest of the capital.

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    It goes into so much detail you could even use it to plan a tranquil picnic – the lowest noise areas, not surprisingly, tend to be bang in the middle of parks.Blogs | History | Going out | Shopping and services | Communities

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This is a designer fashion and furniture sales website specifically for London. It offers free weekly update emails and alerts on sales and promotions and lists them all by category. The sample sales calendar is one to check if you’re thrifty as well as well-dressed.A huge online resource for anyone looking to take cycling beyond the functional commute to a more competitive level. There are comprehensive guides to gear, upcoming events and race reports. The forums where London’s two-wheeled demons swap advice (it’s also a great place to buy or sell a high-quality bike).Presented in the form of a blog, this site sifts through the endless (and often conflicting) reports on the state of the London property market and tries to present an expert digest, giving you both useful information and an excellent source of dinner-party gossip.Search the archive by postcode and find out exactly what’s been muttered about your street.This is a neat resource for busy Londoners: a growing collection of service-industry contacts, rated and searchable. You’ll find everything from computer experts to cleaners, hairdressers to housekeepers and babysitters to builders.The clearly laid-out prices. None of that ‘ring for a quote’ malarkey.Yet another house-obsessed site, but the twist here is that the prices are laid out in a ‘Top of the Pops’ format, so you can see at a glance who’s up, who’s down, and by how much. The name is a cheeky twist on ‘Property Ladder’, obviously.The easily digested stat on the homepage that tells you how London house prices have gone down recently, and by how much (possibly bringing more joy to first-time buyers than property owners).The genius of this idea is its simplicity: the author (a DJ, admittedly) heads to Oxfam in Dalston, buys up a load of music cassettes, and then digitises them so that they can be played online. The result is a resurrection of nostalgic old tapes that might otherwise have been lost. It also features the sleeve art and other charity-shop finds. Where else online will you find ‘Disco Beach Party 2’, complete with the ‘Birdie Song’ and ‘Una Paloma Blanca’?As it sounds – a digest of official goverment measurements of volume levels across the capital, presented in colour-coded map form. You can search by postcode and instantly see how much racket there is on your street relative to the rest of the capital. It goes into so much detail you could even use it to plan a tranquil picnic – the lowest noise areas, not surprisingly, tend to be bang in the middle of parks.Blogs | History | Going out | Shopping and services | Communities

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