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We’re valuing property in your area, Your Highness.

By Sophia Wood-Burgess

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When canvassing to bring new homes to our house hunters, we might have gotten a bit ambitious.

We are always on the lookout for good homes to bring to our house hunters. According to a piece of research carried out by Currys PC World and home security firm Ring, Tower Hamlets is the most affordable London borough for those looking to buy a property, with Havering coming in second, and Croydon taking third place.

The study found that the average price for a three-bedroom home in Tower Hamlets is £550,000, and while it is by no means the cheapest borough - that accolade belongs to Barking and Dagenham - its relatively central location, the average weekly earnings of a resident, the abundance of amenities and access to transport links all, according to the study, make it a more attractive buying proposition than elsewhere in the Capital.

So, we’ve been canvassing Tower Hamlets to broker some of these fantastic properties for our customers… In fact, to one Beefeater’s surprise (and to ours as well), one of our valuation letters went to his home in the Tower of London.

Spike Abbott

To our horror, the valuation letter we sent did not go to the legal property owner, so we replied:

Foxtons response: would you mind passing this on to the legal owner? WE

Spike Abbott served for 35 years in the RAF Aircrew before trading in his wings to don the state dress uniform as a Yeoman Warder for the Tower of London. He is living out his retirement as a custodian and tour guide – which is an opportunity reserved for ex-servicemen with over 22 years of service. He gives insightful tours of the history of the Tower, which receive glowing reviews on tripadvisor. His twitter @spike_abbott, as we’ve experienced first-hand, is a fantastic glimpse into Beefeater life.

In a 2015 interview with Oxford Mail, he discussed moving into the Tower, “It’s great to continue serving the sovereign and it’s fantastic living in the heart of London in such a vibrant area. I’m living in a two-bedroom flat in a converted hospital block with all the other Beefeaters. It’s got a village feel. We even have our own pub, the Yeoman’s Club.”

Vibrant is right – it is an incredible area full of rich history, culture and plenty to do. We actually have an impressive penthouse available that shares the benefits of this great location. Looking for culture? Check out one of many theatres right over the bridge. How about history? Take an ambling three-minute stroll to Tower of London. Not quite near enough to the water? Two minutes’ walking will get you to Tower Pier for a lunch cruise.

2 bed penthouse | River and City Views | Tower Hamlets

Living in a city with an iconic skyline, you’ll want to make the most of it. This 8th floor riverside penthouse offers plenty of window seats to take it all in. Who wouldn’t want to entertain when you can serve drinks against the London skyline in a gorgeous open plan kitchen with herringbone floors, marble counters and perfectly positioned ambient lighting?

Stunning marble floored sitting room with a view of the London skyline
Sleek modern kitchen with harringbone floors and a view of the London skyline
view over London from a penthouse balcony

We are sorry to hear that Spike Abbott is currently battling Covid-19. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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