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

Original Source: www.sheerluxe.com

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!

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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 

 

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London, it’s a Rentysomething capital

Young professionals make up a significant proportion of London’s workforce. 60% actually, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) this year. This highly important group of young, intelligent and skilled group of people is helping drive the capital’s economy, yet when it comes to housing they are underserviced and underappreciated.

Missing the boat to home ownership, the majority of young professionals have to rent and you only ever hear about two options available for the work-hard, play-hard generation when it comes to renting in London:

1)      ‘Hutching up’ with friends, girlfriends/boyfriends, randoms, in small, poorly conditioned rooms in small, poorly conditioned shared houses but in fairly central locations.

Or,

2)      Live further afield in decent housing but have a long, expensive and emotionally painful commute to work everyday.

 If these are the only options then it is clearly evident that the capital is lacking adequate housing for people on median salaries who can’t afford to buy a home or rent in the central zones of London. This seems unfair for the group who pay more on rent than anyone else.

Market renters pay an average of 40% of their take home salary on rent. Homeowners pay 30% on their mortgage and social renters pay 20% on social rent. Social tenants benefit from government subsidy, home owners benefit from low interest rates (and their own actual home) but market rent tenants don’t benefit from anything, it appears.

Clearly there needs to be a significant increase in supply of rental housing to the calling demand – young professionals, who we call ‘the rentysomethings’. Like home owners, rentysomethings should also enjoy benefits or perks, such as professional and efficient property management, free WIFI, and conveniences such as spring cleans, parcel signing and collection and door-to-door laundry.

Rentysomethings should also have the ability to make your home your own and not be affected by landlords deciding to evict and sell-up. After all we’ve all realised that renting is here to stay thanks to rising house prices, so renters deserve security and flexible lease options, including long term tenancies for however long they need.

Fizzy Living, one of the UK’s first operating PRS (private rented sector) schemes delivers this and a lot more. We’re a professional landlord offering quality rental accommodation to rentysomethings in London and an unparalleled service aimed to compliment the hectic lifestyles of young professionals. Currently we have four Fizzy blocks; Canning Town, Epsom, Poplar and City (Stepney Green) all within 5 minutes of the nearest train or tube station. And good news…we’re growing.

Roll on the growth of the PRS into the UK, it’s well overdue and needed in a growing market. And as it is too evident that based on what rentysomethings are paying they deserve a lot more than they are getting.

Dan Read, Operations Manager and ‘Super Bob’ at Fizzy Living.

Follow Dan on Twitter: @danielcread 

 

Fizzing up the UK housing market

Fizzy Living is featured in the Financial Times in an article about how niche developers are shaking up the UK housing market.

The article talks about the private rental sector and highlights the generational shift towards private renting in the UK. As a result, this shift has raised calls for a ”properly regulated, professionalised private rental sector” where “Essential Living and Fizzy Living, two rental property specialists, are at the centre of this drive.”

Susan Emmett, director of residential research at Savills says, Fizzy and Essential are good examples of how purpose-built, professionally managed blocks for rent can increase supply and raise the standard of rental homes.” 

Please click here to read the full article.

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Original source – Financial Times, Monday 11th August 2014 

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Fizzy Living’s picks for the best al fresco spots in London #eatintheheat

After a woeful English season of sport, thank heavens and its shining rays that we can finally enjoy summer due to a heatwave lasting two weeks. The sun has finally got its hat on, and it’s glorious! With temperatures soaring beyond 30C this weekend who needs to go on holiday? London will be hotter than Hawaii, Seychelles and Barbados!

Did someone say BEER GARDEN? Fizzy Living asked you for your favourite places to eat and drink al fresco in London and this is what you said –

Rachel @rachelbirchmore from @AreBeMarketing recommends @thealbionpub in Islington, @southplacehotel in the City and @eastonpub in Clerkenwell.

Our friends at @Rentonomy suggest @cratebrewery in Hackney Wick. They said you can eat amazing pizza from a moored boat on the canal. We are completely sold.

Fizzy tenant Andy @andybaker05 says head to the Southbank to enjoy al fresco dining. Las Iguanas is good with nice views of Embankment Bridge.

Aceil @aceilhaddad from @twobluepr loves going to the Hilton Double Tree in London Bridge to enjoy great views over London with a glass (bottle) of vino. She also recommends the Spring Tavern in Ewell – a great local for Fizzy Epsom tenants!

Team Fizzy member and Poplar bob Laura tells us @sodopizzacafe in Clapton do great pizzas and has a cute little back garden. Sourdough Pizza Café also does takeout so Laura suggests ordering a takeaway and enjoying it in the nearby park.

Sophie @SophieLau_ from @twobluepr enjoys dinner on terrace at @NorthbankLondon by Millenium Bridge. “Amazing British food with a beautiful view.”

Do you have a favourite al fresco dining spot in London? Let us know, tweet us @fizzyliving using the #eatintheheat or Facebook us facebook.com/fizzyliving 

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Meet the Fizzy Bobs – Ha Doan

One way Fizzy Living delivers exceptional service to all our tenants is by having a dedicated property manager at each of our developments. We call them ‘Bobs’, some tenants call them Fizzy angels and it’s not difficult to see why. In our recent customer survey, a whopping 98% of Fizzy tenants agree that having a Bob improves your rental experience and that you love or like having a dedicated property manager around.

Because we and you love our Bobs, we thought it was best to introduce them. In this blog post, we meet Ha Doan – the pocket rocket Bob from Fizzy Epsom!

What do Bobs do?

We look after our building and everything to do with our building. We are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the property and ensure everything runs smoothly. We find tenants, move tenants in and out, and deal with all their issues. We are here to make their lives easier – so we accept deliveries and give access on tenants’ behalf to handymen for minor repairs, or the SKY installation guy, when they are at work.

What’s the best thing about being a Bob?

I’m the first port of call if tenants need and want help. I like the responsibility in helping people!

What’s the nicest thing a tenant has done for you?

My tenants are so lovely. One tenant cooks lovely homemade meals for me when I’m very busy and have no time for lunch! Another tenant went to Costa coffee and bought me a latte and a Panini when I was rushing around.

Name a example where you have gone the extra mile for a tenant/s?

One tenant left his keys at work. He called me on the way back from work and couldn’t go back to pick them up as his office was shut. I stayed until the evening to let him back into his flat.

What were you doing before Fizzy?

I’ve always worked in housing. Before this I worked for Thames Valley Housing (sister company of Fizzy Living) as a Sales Consultant dealing with Shared Ownership. I’ve been working for Fizzy for one and half years now. Gosh time flies when you’re having fun!

What do you like most about Epsom?

Epsom is great! It’s a lovely area and has the convenience factor. Fizzy Epsom itself is close to everything; 2 minutes from the train station and 2 minutes to the high street.

If you could live in any Fizzy block, which one would it be and why?  

It would have to be Fizzy City (apart from Epsom of course!) The building itself is magnificent and the specification of the flat is top class quality. The location is also great, being so close to the City of London, and also trendy areas like Shoreditch and Hoxton.

When you’re not being Bob, what are your hobbies and interests?

I love travelling, not just because it’s relaxing, but I also like meeting new people and learning new things in life.

Who are you supporting in the World Cup now that England is out?

Brazil!

Follow Ha Doan on Twitter – @Hadoan121 

“The new way to live for London’s young professionals”

We’re featured in the Evening Standard in an article on London’s new villages built for renters, and WOW Fizzy City has made front cover of Homes and Property!

“With tens of thousands of people in the 20-40 age bracket priced out of home ownership in the capital — and lifestyle changes boosting the number of private renters looking for decent-quality, fair-priced accommodation from a landlord they can trust — developers are switching their focus from building homes to sell to building them to let, with the help of Treasury cash. ”

“Fizzy Living, another young rental company, with developments in Poplar, Stepney, Canning Town and Epsom, targets the Facebook generation and markets properties through social media rather than estate agents. ”

Read the full article here

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Original source – Evening Standard, Wednesday 18th June 2014