It’s all about Poplar!

It’s so good to see Poplar being recognised as a commuter hotspot and an all-round great place to live! Fizzy is delighted to be featured in an article about this booming neighbourhood in the Metro newspaper:

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 Original source – Metro, Friday 27th February 2015

Our lovely tenants at Poplar have kindly shared some hidden gems and their tips on this thriving East End hub:

Ayo Afolabi 

“Poplar has fantastic public transport links that will take you from one side of London to the other. – DLR, Jubilee Line and several bus routes (15, 135). We are a 10 minute walk from Canary Wharf which is great, as there are plenty of interesting places to eat and drink there too.

My favourite restaurants nearby are Noodle Street in Poplar, Royal China and Scoff & Banter. Rum & Sugar, between Poplar and Canary Wharf serves a good drink or two…!

There are loads of things to do in Poplar –we’ve got quite a few parks nearby for a run or kick around, weather pending of course! Bartlett Park is directly opposite Fizzy Poplar which is really convenient. Walking or cycling along the Limehouse Cut is really relaxing and it takes you all the way up to Victoria Park and the Olympic Park!

Fizzy tenants are lucky to have free access to the New Festival Quarter gym onsite but there are loads of gyms in the vicinity to choose from; LA Fitness, Virgin Active, or for something a bit tougher there is a Diesel Gym!”

Lawrence Jones

“The Chrisp Street market in Poplar is excellent. I buy all my fruit and veg there are as they’re great quality and you’ve got a wide variety to choose from. It’s also half the price than supermarkets and grocers. The market stall sellers will often throw in more exotic items like Pomegranates if you buy a lot.

We enjoy walking along the canals on a Sunday afternoon.There’s a great family run place called Palmers restaurant that do an amazing roast Dinner, the Pork Belly & crackling was incredible & the portion size was ridiculous.”

Laura Stannard, “Bob” at Fizzy Poplar 

“The Museum of London Docklands is just a 10 minute walk from Fizzy Poplar. It has some really interesting exhibitions on the history of the local area. It’s lovely, peaceful and serves delicious coffee! A hidden gem in Poplar I’d say!”

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#ShareTheLove to win tickets to The View From the Shard

Our tenants received a sweet treat in their mail boxes last week from the Cupids at Fizzy (their Bobs!) to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Canning Town residents were even treated to some pick’n'mix for when they returned home from work:

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Fizzy has been sharing the love this Valentine’s Day and we’d love for all our tenants to share the love too. Follow the instructions on your love note and upload all entries on Fizzy’s Facebook page, your designated Facebook group or our Twitter account (@fizzyliving) to be in with a chance to win our incredible #ShareTheLove prize – 2 tickets to The View from The Shard!

We have two tickets to The View from The Shard for each Fizzy development up for grabs! 

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Tell us what you love about living in Fizzy, or living in Epsom

Deadline for entries: Thursday 19th February

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Tell us what you love about the local area or share one of your favourite East London hot spots (a picture of you enjoying your fave place would be even better!)

Deadline for entries: Thursday 19th February

Fizzy City (Stepney Green)

Share a picture of you or your valentines sweets in your flat or Fizzy block with hashtag #ShareTheLove

Deadline for entries: Thursday 19th February

Fizzy Canning Town

Tell us what you love about Fizzy, what you love about the area, or what you love about your flatmates

Deadline for entries: Thursday 26th February

Terms & Conditions:

  • Deadline for entries from Fizzy Epsom, Fizzy Poplar and Fizzy City (Stepney Green) is Thursday 19th February 
  • Deadline for entries from Fizzy Canning Town is Thursday 26th February 
  • Winners from Epsom, Poplar and Canning Town will be announced on social media. Winners to contact their property managers (“Bob”) to claim their prize.
  • Winners from Canning Town will be announced at the Canning Town party on Thursday 5th March. Winners must be present at the party to claim the prize.
  • There are two tickets for each Fizzy development available to win.
  • Fizzy Living reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the #ShareTheLove competition and/or the terms and conditions without notice.
  • In the event of any dispute regarding the competition, the conduct or results of the #ShareTheLove competition, or any other matter relating to the competition, the decision of Fizzy Living shall be final and unchallengeable and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into, comment issued, or reason given in respect of any decision made by Fizzy Living.
  • Fizzy Living accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, injury (other than our liability for personal injury or death as a result of our negligence) or disappointment of any kind suffered by any entrant in entering the Competition and/or claiming and winning the prize.
  • You agree that Fizzy Living may use your Entry (whether or not it wins the Competition) for any promotional purpose.
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Don’t make PRS schemes compete with build-to-sell

“While PRS competes head to head for opportunities with the build-to-sell market, it will always come second” says Harry Downes.

In his latest column in Property Week, our MD Harry Downes has called on a policy to rapidly increase the availability of new homes across the country, “by allowing professional PRS landlords to trade section 106 affordable allocation in return for a 10-year commitment to PRS.”

Read the full article in Property Week 

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WHO WILL BE CROWNED AS SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONS 2015?

Hi all! In the build up to the Rugby World Cup taking place on home turf later this year, we’ve decided to offer our invaluable opinions on who we think will come out on top in the Six Nations over the coming six weeks.

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The last time the Six Nations took place in a World Cup year, England triumphed against their European counterparts but could only muster a place at the quarter-finals at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. However, this time around England may struggle to claim the Six Nations title in the first place, due to the form of the Irish and Welsh teams. Either way, the Six Nations always serves up some fantastic rugby and will be a good gauge for what’s to come at the World Cup later in the year.

 

Many of the pundits have chosen Ireland as their early favourites for the Six Nations, but here’s Team Fizzy’s picks as to who they’ll be supporting and the team they have chosen to come out as victors on March 21st:

Harry (Managing Director) – “As I had to sign an oath to support Queen and country when I was commissioned I’ll have to stick with England, or risk being shot for treason…”

Stephen (Acquisitions Analyst) - “Despite being English, all my uni pals are Welsh and I quite enjoy their crazy fanaticism. We are each hosting a game and the theme is whoever Wales is playing against. I am hosting Wales v France, so lashings of Kronenbourg and some cheeky escargot sandwiches for half time.”

Hannah (Fizzy Canning Town ‘Bob’)-I suspect the Irish will just edge it and while I am English (and root for them) I guess I can switch allegiance with my Irish surname!”

Ha (Fizzy Epsom ‘Bob’) - “I like the Irish accent, is that good to say go with the Irish?” 

Dan (Operations Manager) – “Although I’m English, I have a soft spot for the welsh.”

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Niall (Investment Manager) -I think Ireland will win it but no grand slam, I’ll be supporting England and though we may not win the tournament I certainly think the Calcutta Cup is in the bag (sorry Adam!)” 

Kassy (Fizzy Stepney Green ‘Bob’) - “I actually had to google Six Nations, although I played rugby at school. I’ll be sticking with good old England probably, because I don’t know any better.”

Laura (Fizzy Poplar ‘Bob’) – “Seeing as no one has mentioned them and in line with the multi-national vibe at Poplar, I’ll go Italy. Google also led me to see that they have a women’s squad so power to that too.”

 

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The tournament kicks off this evening at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff for the showdown between Wales and England. The atmosphere will be as phenomenal as usual in the 74,500 capacity arena, but in case you didn’t get tickets, here are our tips for the best places to watch the game if you’re a Fizzy resident:

Fizzy Poplar – The Cat & Canary, 25-27 Fisherman’s Walk, Canary Wharf. 

Fizzy Epsom – The Vestry, 2 Church Street. 

Fizzy Canning Town – The Henry Addington, 22-28 Mackenzie Walk, Canary Wharf.

Fizzy City (Stepney Green) – Bar Kick, 127 Shoreditch High Street. 

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our incredibly insightful comments and views on the upcoming Six Nations and all that’s left to say is let the games begin!!

FIZZY LIVING IN THE METRO

Great to see both Poplar and Canning Town in the Metro, in an article about the London rental market but we are so thrilled with all the kind words that Seb said…

“The service at Fizzy is just brilliant, it really is better than a hotel. You can’t really compare my previous rental experience, it’s so much better here” And speaking about his Bob (aka Hannah), “she’s amazing, she takes care of everything.”

Thank you so much Seb! We’re happy that you’re happy, and we hope to keep delivering on our promise in providing great rental accommodation with great customer service to match!

Metro Seb Giroux

 Original source – Metro, Friday 9th January 2015 

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FIZZY LIVING BOOSTS ITS ACQUISITIONS TEAM

Fizzy Living marks the start of 2015 with two new appointments. Niall Malone and Stephen Young have joined the acquisitions team and will work alongside Acquisitions Manager Adam Russell, who joined Fizzy last year.

14-05 - Niall Malone - high res - NM-69Niall Malone, Investment Manager, joins Fizzy from Mill Group Residential where he was responsible for the purchase of a £45m PRS portfolio from Bovis Homes. Prior to this, Niall spent three years at Deloitte Real Estate and has also worked as an analyst for IPD.

Stephen YoungStephen Young, Acquisitions Analyst, joins Fizzy from Deloitte Real Estate where he acted as a chartered surveyor within the Residential Valuations team, specialising in development viability. Stephen acted for a variety of private and public sector clients, advising on the delivery of private and affordable units and larger regeneration initiatives. Stephen was also responsible for portfolio valuations and investment valuations for student accommodation blocks.

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Adam says “Our new recruits join as the company aims to grow its rapidly expanding portfolio. The past two years have seen Fizzy grow from being the first branded private rented sector landlord to becoming an established, institutionally backed company with a portfolio of 450 apartments. A further 450 apartments are in the pipeline and Fizzy has aspirations to grow this to 1,000 by the end of the year.”

Adam Russell joined Fizzy Living from Savills Residential Capital Markets where he was an Associate Director advising clients on residential investments and funding solutions. As one of the founding members of the Funding & Development team, Adam advised on over £350m of forward funding transactions, particularly in the emerging Private Rented Sector. 

The Fizzy acquisition team aims to build a national portfolio of 5,000 units by 2020 by developing its own product and through partnerships with developers, house-builders and local authorities.

Welcome to #TeamFizzy Niall and Stephen!

Read the news story on Estates Gazette here 

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!

(Images courtesy of Time Out London).