LONDON’S BEST CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Hi again! December is upon us and the festive season has well and truly arrived, so here’s our picks for the best Christmas markets in London this year. Make sure you check out some of these craft markets and log cabins to spice up your Christmas shopping in 2014!

Southbank Centre Christmas Market

November 11, 2014 – January 14, 2015

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Head down to the riverside where the Southbank Centre’s mini chalets will be selling hot chocolate, mulled wine, crafts and festive foods. There’s also a winter festival taking place here, including gigs, child-friendly shows and even cabaret.

You’ll find plenty more than baubles and gingerbread to tempt you in the 50 wooden chalets that will make up the Southbank Centre Christmas Market this year; sheepskin rugs, local mead, door wreaths and even lobster mac ‘n’ cheese will all be among the goodies on sale along Queen’s Walk. The market is just one part of the Southbank Centre Winter Festival, and there will be special editions of the Real Food Market on various weekends in the run up to Christmas, too.

 

Winter Village, Hackney

December 5 – December 7, 2014

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The crafts market at Winter Village, Hackney will offer vibrant designs from a selection of artists, illustrators, fashion and jewellery makers. There will also be food supplied by Anna Mae’s Mac n Cheese, Chef de Poutine and Colonel Tom’s Gumbo, among others. Fever Tree’s Cocktail Bar will have a stall in the Winter Village too.

Even those who find Christmas shopping more fun than opening their own presents will have one person on their list they find a challenge, so markets full of contemporary crafts, locally made art and unique edible treats like this one are a gift in themselves. On top of the shopping opportunities the event will feature live music and local choirs to keep everybody feeling truly merry.

 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015

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This giant fun fair filled with frivolity returns to Hyde Park, and it’s bigger and louder than ever before! Hand-crafted Christmas presents will be on offer here as well as novelty hats and neon glowsticks. With a huge sparkly ferris wheel, circus tent, skating rink and Magical Ice Kingdom, it really will be easy to spend the whole day out at the Winter Wonderland!

The Magical Ice Kingdom is your chance to get up close to some real ice and snow, meeting some mythical frozen beasts as you explore a chilly forest. Along with the 60-metre observation wheel, rollercoasters and fairground rides will keep thrillseekers happy. A good alternative for those who prefer to stay on solid ground are the selection of themed bars where even the glasses you drink from are made of ice.

 

Winterville, Victoria Park

December 2, 2014 – January 1, 2015

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Take a horse-drawn carriage into the park for a magical wintry day out. There will be little huts in the park selling crafts, snacks and stocking fillers. Winterville is new this year and will have easily enough to keep all involved amused! You can ride on the fairground, enjoy the street food, dance to DJs, watch cabaret acts and visit the drinking lodge with a heated terrace for some après-ski vibes.

Plus there will be a Santa’s grotto, romantic horse-drawn carriage rides taking in the park’s lake and pagoda, and fairground rides including a huge Ferris wheel. For those who like a surge of adrenaline with their Christmas spirit, vintage motorcycles will be performing daring stunts.

LaundryRepublic’s exclusive offer for ALL Fizzy tenants!

We are pleased to announce that LaundryRepublic, the super convenient dry cleaning and laundry services company, is running a special November offer for all Fizzy Living tenants!

LaundryRepublic is giving all residents of the Fizzy buildings a 10% discount on any order over £30.00*. To take advantage of the offer, simply visit www.laundryrepublic.com and enter the following voucher code when you submit your order: FIZZY10PC

Lockers accessible 24/7 have been fitted into all London Fizzy schemes, so residents wanting to use Laundry Republic simply have to find a free locker, put in their items in and order by text message for their washing to be collected. Speak to your Bob to find out where the LaundryRepublic lockers in your building have been installed.

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(*T&C’s: Not valid in conjunction with other offers. Offer expires 30/11/14.)

FIZZY’S PICK OF THE WEEK:

 The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014

Sunday 9th – Sunday 16th November

 

 

Hi again! After all the spookiness of Halloween and Bonfire Night, we thought we’d give you all yet another event to look forward to!

For all the Sports fans out there, make sure you check out the end of year final showdown at The O2 Arena, London, for the culmination of the tennis calendar. Over the past few years this has been the most vibrant and pulsating tennis event of the year and it’s exploding into life this weekend! The Finals will feature both the top 8 singles and doubles players in the World, including our very own Andy Murray.

As a total contrast to The All England Lawn Tennis Club, the O2 will plunge its audience into a theatrical affair, under the bright arena lights accompanied by pumping music in between points and matches. The incredible atmosphere will be enjoyed by crowds nearing 20,000 people who will arrive in their droves to see the final showdown of the year between the best players in the World. Last year, a capacity crowd witnessed defending champion Novak Djokovic defeat Rafael Nadal for the title in a match full of drama and excitement.

All eyes will once again be on Djokovic, the defending champion and current World Number One, as he bids to end the year as the World’s top player. The way the draw as turned out will leave most fans expecting a clash between Djokovic and his main rival Roger Federer in the final. With the unfortunate absence of Rafael Nadal due to appendicitis, the draw does however also open up for Andy Murray. The Brit has picked up his form dramatically in recent weeks, proven by his victory in Valencia, in a marathon match against Spain’s Tommy Robredo. The match not only showed Murray’s return to form, but also reminded us all of his sheer determination and refusal to thrown in the towel when his back’s against the wall.

Either way, the atmosphere inside the O2 and the electrifying tennis on display in the eight-day tournament should be more than enough to entice you into joining the action, starting this Sunday.

Tickets can be found here to the brightest and loudest tennis event of the year!

BONFIRE NIGHT & FIREWORKS EVENTS AROUND LONDON

Hi all! This week we’ve decided to talk you through our favourite Bonfire Night & Fireworks events across London. Wherever you’re living  in London we have a fantastic suggestion for firework-based frivolity for you over the coming couple of weeks! If you’re out of ideas for what to do then check out our hand-picked events below to make sure your Bonfire Night goes out with a bang!

 

Central London: Lord Mayor’s Show & Fireworks (Waterloo/Blackfriars)

5.15pm on Saturday 8th November

The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of London’s most spectacular annual displays, with the best views found between the Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges, either on Victoria Embankment or on the South Bank. The display will mark the beginning of a new mayoral year, London’s newly confirmed Lord Mayor will launch a splendid fireworks display over the river. There will also be marching bands leading up to the display and is a fantastic atmosphere for all involved. The event usually brings around half a million people down to watch it and will be sure to entertain you if you are looking for Bonfire Night plans!

North London: Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

7.30pm on Saturday 1st November

The Alexandra Palace Fireworks have returned following a four-year hiatus. With incredible background views, the impressive firework display won’t fail to impress! Entry also includes funfair rides and other such entertainment, with street food and a craft beer village. Discounted tickets for the indoor ice rink can be purchased when booking, too. For those that can start early and fancy a drink or two, there will also be a German Bier Festival taking place in Alexandra Palace’s Great Hall (3pm – 11pm). Lederhosen are not compulsory but definitely encouraged! Bier Festival tickets include access to the South Terrace for a superb view of the fireworks! You can book tickets here.

South London: Blackheath Fireworks (Shooters Hill Road)

8pm on Saturday 1st November

The Blackheath Fireworks night is one of the city’s few major displays that remain free to attend, so it’s no wonder as many as 100,000 people turn up each year. Though Lewisham Council are happy to treat us to it, donations towards the costs of running the event are welcomed, with collections on the night should you forget to donate online. The display kicks off at 8pm, but the event also features a funfair (from 4pm) and food and drink stalls (from 6pm). It’s free and is one of the biggest fireworks displays in the South London so don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

East London: Hackney Firework Display (Clissold Park)

5pm on Saturday 8th November

There hasn’t been a public fireworks display in the borough of Hackney for over a decade, so this evening of pyrotechnics in Clissold Park should be a real treat for local residents. The display itself will be set to music, and experts have specially chosen the fireworks that will not cause any distress to the animals that live in the park. Fire-walkers, an aerialist and illuminated stilt-walkers will add to the fun, and there’ll be food and drink stalls on site. The Hackney Fireworks will be like no other Bonfire Night event  in the London area as it will be accompanied by some awesome tunes and a mini circus! This really will be one of the most original and exciting events this November so make sure you reserve your tickets from Hackney Empire!

West London: Richmond Family Fireworks (Richmond Athletic Ground)

6pm on Sunday 2nd November 

This family-friendly event is the biggest in the borough and its fireworks display will be choreographed to Michael Jackson’s greatest hits this year, so the crowds can moonwalk while they watch! They’ll also have a bonfire, sparklers, live entertainment and a funfair, with mulled wine and hot food to warm up with. Head down to Richmond Athletic Ground this Sunday so as to not miss out on all the fun and frivolity!

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FIZZY ACQUIRES FORMER POLICE STATION SITE IN NORTH LONDON

Our MD, Harry Downes, has recently spoken to Property Week to confirm Fizzy’s acquisition of the former Police Station site in North London. The press release can be read below:

Fizzy is delighted to announce that it has completed on the purchase of the Former Police Station site at Ballards Lane, Finchley. The site, which was being marketed by Knight Frank for circa £4.5m was deemed surplus to requirements by the Metropolitan Police.

Harry Downes, Managing Director of Fizzy said, “This is a particularly significant acquisition for Fizzy as it will be the first development that we will design and build ourselves.”

“It has always been our aim to deliver buildings that are specifically designed for purpose and which reflect the specific needs of our tenants. We will now be preparing a pre application for the local authority to show them our ideas for a PRS development on the site, which will deliver much needed rental apartments in an area of London that is directly within our target market.”

Earlier this year, Fizzy announced its fifth acquisition in Lewisham, which joins its rapidly growing portfolio of units at Canning Town, Epsom, Poplar and Stepney Green. In the next 5 years, Fizzy aims to expand its portfolio to 5,000 units.

Halloween Events & Attractions in London 2014

 Hello all! Today we are revealing our top 5 picks for events coming up in London for Halloween that will both spook and entertain you! Here are our Halloween recommendations that simply can’t be missed…

1.     Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival

 Friday 31st October

Original Source: Time Out London – www.timeout.com/london

More than 4,000 people turned up to Vauxhall’s fiery spectacular last year, and this year’s festivities promise to put on an impressive show once again. Once the bonfire’s lit (6.30pm) the crowd will be treated to ‘A Tale to Raise the Spirits’, a rock opera packed with songs, dancers, fire performers and fireworks. Food, ale and mulled wine will be on sale all evening.

 This event is free and all are welcome! In the run up to the main event there will be some fantastic events at Tea House Theatre as part of the wider Fire Festival. Please find them on Facebook for details and tickets.

2.     Chills in the Chapel: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho

 Friday 31st October

Original Source: Time Out London – www.timeout.com/london

What spookier place to spend Halloween than a Gothic-revival chapel? This film screening at the Union Chapel will be accompanied by a live performance of the classic score to make the whole thing even more terrifying, so better soothe those nerves with a creepy cocktail, or distract from the atmosphere with some fancy dress. The brave may like to stay for The Bates Motel Ball after the film.

Discounts for members are available, and all proceeds will go towards the redevelopment of the chapel’s toilets, which apparently are ‘rather frightening’ themselves. Booking recommended.

3.     Boo at the Zoo at ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park

 Saturday 25th October – Sunday 2nd November

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There will be some spooky happenings between 25 October and 2 November at ZSL London Zoo, where the zoo will come creeping into life with Halloween-themed special events, animal demonstrations and hands-on activities. Visitors can also enjoy special Halloween versions of the zoo’s popular animal talks, feeds and demonstrations. Boo at the Zoo will offer visitors a packed week of ghoulish animal treats that will see them howling with delight as they get up close and personal with mighty owls, enter the Black Widow’s Lair and face a mystery feely-box challenge.

 Putting on an extra brave face, visitors will travel through hair-raising activity stops, meeting rats, bats, spiders and owls, using their Boo at the Zoo activity passport to gain stamps. On their journeys visitors can stop by the Zoo’s Victorian Grim Curiosity Shoppe, full of creepy and eccentric objects from the Zoological Society of London’s historical collections, and join in with fun spells with a surprise reptilian guest.

4.     Ghostly Tours & Ghoulish Supper

 Thursday 30th & Friday 31st October

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Hear some terrifying tales of the Old Royal Naval College’s spooky history on this special lantern-lit tour for Halloween. Explore areas of the historic site not usually open to the public, on the most terrifying night of the year. Those brave enough to stick around after all the haunting stories will be rewarded with dinner and a glass of wine in the stunning early eighteenth century Painted Hall.

Halloween Menu: Main – Ghoulish chicken goulash served with rice and pumpkin, spinach and parmesan salad. Dessert – Blood red orange posset.

Dressing up will be very much encouraged and for more information or to book tickets call 020 8269 4799.

5.     The Mexican Death Disco

 Friday 31st October & Saturday 1st November

Original Source: Time Out London – www.timeout.com/london

Ease your way into the Mexican underworld by way of Hackney Wick this Halloween. This truly spooky night promises not only top DJs going hell-for-leather behind the decks on an alter (including US house hero Chez Damier, crate-diggers Dungeon Meat – aka DJs Brawther and Tristan Da Chuna – and Fritz Wentink) but also various weird and wonderful areas in which to lose yourself and start your journey to the spiritual afterlife! Demons shall be exorcised in the courtyard to ensure safe passing to the other side and there’s even Room 101 for those brave/foolish enough to seek it out.

Expect giant piñatas and ‘spectacular happenings’ throughout the night, say organisers. You really should put in some fancy dress effort for this one, so get your best Day of the Dead outfit together (as in the Mexican festival, not the film), complete with facepaint or mask, a sombrero and a sparkler, apparently. Chez Damier will hand out a prize for the best costume.

 

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Your Fizzy Living lifestyle gets easier with LaundryRepublic’s 24/7 dry cleaning service

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Guest blog from Laundry Republic

A quick hello from the LaundryRepublic team, as we approach the one-month mark at Fizzy Living!

We’re really proud to be offering our award-winning dry cleaning service in all of Fizzy London buildings, accessible 24/7 through secure lockers.

When it comes to the future of the private rented sector, Fizzy leads the way, and LaundryRepublic’s own ethos is a perfect fit for the Fizzy philosophy! Just like renting with Fizzy, we believe laundry and dry cleaning should be straightforward, easy and painless.

Our approach was born out of the frustrations of the busy London professional, with way too much to do and not nearly enough time to do it.

Back in 2009, our founders David and Ian were fed up with taking valuable time out of crammed schedules to haul suits and shirts to high-street dry cleaners, only to face inflexible opening hours, unreliable quality and surly service.

There was only one thing to do – launch a laundry revolution!

Before long, LaundryRepublic lockers were installed in high-end residential buildings and offices across London, bringing a new standard of quality and convenience to London’s laundry scene.

Our lockers are available 24 hours a day in all Fizzy London buildings, and placing an order couldn’t be easier – just drop your clothes in an available locker, and send us a text.

No filling out forms, no finding change or fighting card machines – every step of the process can be taken care of automatically.

It’s all about providing a service you can trust. Just like Fizzy Living, we believe in a hassle-free process – so you can get on with your life without worrying about your laundry!

With our charity partners, Scope, we can even take the hassle out of recycling unwanted clothing. We provide a clothes-donation bag to every customer – just drop your Scope bag in a locker, and we’ll collect it for Scope next time we visit.

So far we’ve raised over £25,000 through sales of donated clothing – 100% of proceeds go straight to Scope.

Don’t forget, there’s a 25% discount for all first-time Fizzy tenants! Just sign up for an account at LaundryRepublic.com to get started.

Follow LaundryRepublic on Twitter – @laundryrepublic

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READY, SET…ACTION!

It’s been an exciting week for Fizzy Living as we descended to the small screen on Wednesday! Fizzy was featured not once but twice on the Evening Standard’s exciting new TV channel, London Live.

“It is far more affordable and flexible renting, you just need a landlord who’s in it for the long term” - Harry Downes

Our MD Harry Downes had a very early morning start on as he appeared on the Wake Up London programme. He talked to Gavin Ramjuan about the rapidly growing rental market in London, and how companies like us are finally giving renters what they deserve – control back to tenants, and a reliable and responsible landlord! Watch Harry’s full interview here - Wake Up London

“We’ve got a patio which you could probably play cricket on” - Dom, Fizzy Poplar tenant

The second episode of property series Place Invaders, presented by Radio 1 DJ Charlie Sloth, graced our screens on Wednesday evening. After exploring around two multimillion pound houses in prime central London and seeing how the other half lives, the programme turned its attention to Generation Rent and showcased Fizzy Poplar and “its trendy concierge-serviced apartments” as a solution to housing the rentysomethings.

There’s a fantastic MTV-styled “Cribs” tour of a typical Fizzy flat from our lovely tenant Dom (thanks Dom!), and great interviews with Poplar ‘Bob’ Laura and Harry Downes. Click here to watch the episode (watch Fizzy from 18:00 minutes)

Click here to see a Laura, Fizzy Poplar ‘Bob’ in action!

behind the scenesBehind the scenes with Ricochet and Harry Downes at Fizzy Poplar

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FIZZY OFFERS NEW SERVICES TO ITS TENANTS

Fizzy, the leader in the field of PRS, has announced two new partnerships making more services available for its tenants. Dry cleaning and laundry through Laundry Republic and home cleaning through HouseKeep.com will now be offered as optional services at all London Fizzy apartment blocks.

Harry Downes, MD of Fizzy said, “We are delighted to announce our partnerships with Laundry Republic and Housekeep. We have a shared goal – making life easier for hard working Londoners.  We know from experience our customers work hard and play hard and chores like cleaning and washing feature last on their to-do list. From now on our tenants will have easy and secure access to these services”.

Laundry Republic was founded in 2009 and has since won numerous awards. It aims to eliminate the hassle of dry cleaning and laundry for busy Londoners. Lockers accessible 24/7 have been fitted into all London Fizzy schemes, so residents wanting to use Laundry Republic simply have to find a free locker, put in their items in and order by text message for their washing to be collected.

Housekeep is an award-winning professional home cleaning service. All cleaners go through rigorous training, pass a practical cleaning exam and are experts at making homes sparkle. For extra peace of mind, all cleaners are English-speaking, have been background-checked and are insured. Cleaning can be arranged by booking and paying securely online or calling their hotline. Cleans are tailored to the tenants requirement and it’s easy to add extras, like ironing or oven cleaning.

Ian Walker, Co-Founder of Laundry Republic said, “We are pleased to partner with Fizzy Living. Our service suits their residents’ lifestyles perfectly, as time-poor professionals who want the hassle of dry cleaning completely eliminated through a 24/7 locker service in their building.”

Avin Rabheru, CEO of Housekeep added, “Housekeep and Fizzy are both innovative property services so we complement each other perfectly. We share a common vision of providing hard-working young professionals with a simple, superior service. We’re looking forward to providing Fizzy tenants with fresh, clean homes so they can enjoy their precious spare time.”

Laundry Republic and Housekeep are operating at our East London Fizzy developments: Canning Town, Poplar and City (Stepney Green). To find out how to use these services, please speak to your property manager (aka ‘Bob’) or email us at hello@fizzyliving.com

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Fizzy Living boss calls on government to give PRS real backing

Harry Downes, Managing Director of Fizzy Living calls for “real backing” of the PRS.

Speaking to Property Week, Harry is calling on the government to legislate for the PRS, give it a planning classification of its own and include it within the 106 agreement, alongisde affordable housing.

Read the full article on Property Week property week david parsley

Original source – Property Week, Friday 5th September