Property hunters swap London for the south coast as demand soars after market reopens

The situation for the agents selling property is bleak: agency Foxtons’ sales commissions between March 23 and May 15 were 61pc down year-on-year, while those for lettings dropped by 40pc.

The new surge in demand that has emerged since lockdown is unlikely to maintain momentum. Richard Donnell, of Zoopla, said: “The Covid crisis and 50 day lockdown have created an unexpected one-off boost to housing demand.”

People have been spending more time at home and have had time to re-evaluate what they want, he added. But he does not expect the growth to continue. “The scale of the rebound …

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living in the busiest part of London under lockdown

Many of these new arrivals opened shops and restaurants serving native cuisine, while the rooms above were subdivided to such an extent that by 1851 Soho was the most densely populated area of London, with 327 inhabitants per acre. In The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy described Soho as “untidy, full of Greeks, Ishmaelites, cats, Italians, tomatoes, restaurants, organs, coloured stuffs, queer names [and] people looking out of upper windows”. 

The population declined during the Second World War but kept a cosmopolitan atmosphere, spiced by drinking clubs, dance halls, theatres, music venues and, increasingly, the sex trade. The sex trade has

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Crossrail objects to plan for London mega-venue

Crossrail’s operator is seeking to block plans for a “second O2” in London, over concerns flashing lights from the proposed entertainment venue could cause crashes, with trains travelling at up to 80mph. 

US events company Madison Square Gardens wants to build the 21,500-seat MSG Sphere London in Stratford, across the river from the O2 Arena. 

The entertainment and music complex, 120 m wide and 90 m high, will be almost as tall as Big Ben and also house shops, restaurants and a nightclub. If the venue gets the go-ahead, it would be the largest concert arena in the UK. Some

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