Jose Often what seems like a cheap eat turns out to be a rather expensive one by the time you’ve added the price of the obligatory drinks. In the case of Jose in Bermondsey, the tables are turned somewhat, or at least they would be if there were any tables. This tiny tapas bar is true to its name in that it’s a bar first and foremost. It just happens to be one that serves delightful and affordable plates of tapas. Meat Liquor This carnivore heaven caused a bit of a stir when it first opened in 2012 with London’s burger trend in full swing, MeatLiquor had some stiff competition to contend with. The chili cheese fries remain a massive favorite amongst regulars (and create many new ones) and burgers are consistently succulent and juicy expect to eat your fill for under 10 pounds(about $16 USD). Negril It’s often the neighborhood places without a PR team that offer the best options for cheap, filling food so is the case with Negril in Brixton. Portions are massive, food is tasty and spiced, and thoroughly, authentically Caribbean, especially their jerk chicken. They score extra points with many Londoners for having a BYOB policy. The Bowler If you can catch these guys around at one of their street stall or pop-up events, you’ll soon be one of the legions who faithfully follow their Twitter feed to see where they’ll be next. These ain’t just any old meatballs, these are creative concoctions try the ExciThaiBall, which is a blend of pork, chili, ginger and garlic, with a generous coconut curry sauce. The Bridge Cafe While the price of a cake here isn’t particularly cheap, it counts as an interesting alternative to spending the afternoon in the pub a huge slice of cake and a cup of coffees might set you back 8 pounds (around $13 USD), but you’ll be quite welcome to mull over them for a couple of hours or so. With jewel colors, tented ceilings and bright cushioned furniture, The Bridge feels a bit like a sultan’s bedroom.

U.K. House Prices Rise to Record on London Surge

House Prices Rise to Record on London Surge By Fergal OBrien – 2013-09-13T08:23:17Z (Corrects to say trough instead of peak in second paragraph.) U.K. house prices rose to a record last month as government measures boosted demand and Londons property market continued to surge, Acadametrics said. Values increased 0.4 percent from July to an average 233,776 pounds ($370,000), the London-based real-estate researcher and LSL Property Services Plc (LSL) said in a report today. In London, prices have risen 40 percent from their trough in April 2009, compared with 16 percent nationally. The Bank of England-run Funding for Lending Scheme has helped to cut mortgage costs, while Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne s Help to Buy program allows people to purchase a home with a deposit of as little as 5 percent of the value of the property. The BOE has downplayed speculation that a bubble may be brewing, saying activity is still at a low level relative to its pre-crisis peak. The property market has turned over a new leaf after years of restrained activity, said Richard Sexton, director LSL unit e.surv. The government has been pivotal in providing the aid that the market has been craving for many years. Eight of the 10 regions tracked by LSL recorded price gains in the latest three months compared with a year earlier. In the southwest and Wales , where values fell, the declines eased, according to the report. Acadametrics estimates that completed housing transactions exceeded 70,000 in August for a second month. That would mark the first time that sales over two consecutive months have been above that level since November-December 2007, when transactions were 104,486 and 84,524. Market Improvement BOE Governor Mark Carney said yesterday that while the market is improving, activity levels, mortgage applications and valuations are still low.