London Blog

Which nationalities pay the most rent?

By rentonomy on July 23, 2012

In this analysis we gave each nationality in London a score based on their distribution across London. We then weighted this score by the average rents paid in places where they live. The number one highest paying folk were those born in the USA. This is hardly surprising seeing as the US is still the…

Boys and girls: gender patterns in London

By rentonomy on July 23, 2012

According to data hot-off-the-press from the 2011 census, women in London outnumber men by 107,400 or 3%. In inner London, the gap is much smaller, less than 1% but in outer London it is close to 4%. We wanted to see what the picture looked like at borough level in London, and particularly which London…

The London map of fun

By rentonomy on July 15, 2012

Different parts of London serve specific purposes. For example much of the outer rim of London is purely residential, the City is for jobs in financial services, south-west London popular with young families etc. Some areas, however, are made for fun. Using the Timeout website, we worked out how much there was currently to do…

Rents and supermarkets

By rentonomy on July 8, 2012

Last week in Rentonomy HQ, we were discussing the various merits of certain parts of London – our favourite past time. Then someone said “well this area is better because it has a Waitrose”. This supermarket, part of the John Lewis Group, is widely seen as the poshest mainstream supermarket. It got us thinking about…

Rents in London: 2012

By rentonomy on July 6, 2012

Rents in London are some of the highest in the world. The are many reasons for this, but in essence it comes down to the massive pressure on land, the relative shortage of housing and the attractiveness of renting as a flexible tenure. Rents are highest in prime central London, the area around Hyde Park…

Introducing Battersea 2.0

By rentonomy on June 29, 2012

Battersea and Nine Elms, on the south bank of the Thames, just west of the centre are undergoing massive changes. The area has been identified as an opportunity area by the government. The Mayor of London’s planning framework envisages up to 16,000 new homes and 25,000 new jobs. The council is determined that these far-reaching…

Olympic lets – a tortoise and hare story?

By rentonomy on May 13, 2012

With the London Olympics, or more precisely the “Games of the XXX Olympiad” just weeks away, the city is bracing itself for a huge influx of visitors, and thinking about where to put them. The exact net increase in visitors we can expect is unknown, but a UK Department for Transport briefing note last December…

Village life in the city

By rentonomy on April 29, 2012

You might think that to live close to a good farmer’s market, a fine delicatessen and a traditional pub you need to live in the heart of the countryside. Well, that’s not always the case. ‘Urban villages’ can offer the rural lifestyle just as well, and with the recent demise of pubs and post offices…

A graduate budget in London

By rentonomy on April 26, 2012

UPDATE We have released our London graduate renting guide – Download the graduate guide It won’t come as a surprise that London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. According to a recent global cost of living survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit London was ranked 17th on the list. But this…

Live central, keep safe

By rentonomy on April 23, 2012

The purpose of this article is to determine how crime rates across London differ depending on proximity to the centre and to ultimately find out which central / well connected areas have lower than average crimes. Areas further from the busy city centre are dominated by families and unsurprisingly have lower crime rates. More central…