Embargoed to 0001 Thursday July 17 Undated handout photo issued by Google of Tower Bridge as Google Maps launches 3D mapping of the capital city, using 45-degree aerial imagery.

Buyers flock to London development land

Foreign investors push dealmaking to highest since 2007

Edinburgh braced for big build-up

A new wave of development is set to change the face of the Scottish capital — but not everyone is impressed

Wooden buildings at Dungeness
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Dungeness: Britain’s only desert

The headland may be windswept, bleak and home to a nuclear power station but there is no shortage of buyers

Eaton Place, Belgravia, London
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Belgravia: London’s next retail hub?

Plans are under way to turn the district into a shopping area to rival Knightsbridge and Chelsea

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Property law: penalties for empty flats

Bid by London council to tackle buy-to-leave; charging tenants gym rent; and new rules for landlords in Wales

A view of Bishopsgate, looking south from Norton Folgate, 1910
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Battle for the heart of Spitalfields

Ancient enclave on the edge of the City is caught in the fight between conservation and development

A Martin Parr photograph of Blackpool, 1994
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Staying after the summer . . .

The varying fortunes of England’s seaside towns since their Victorian heyday

Tax changes aim to subdue buy to let boom

Estate agents warn that rents are likely to rise in response

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Property law: can I dig a basement?

Rules on excavating the ground under your home; Ramblers’ legal victory

Bournemouth basks in digital hotspot

South coast town given boost new lease of life as digital start-ups flock to universities

Which Ashes venue has home advantage?

House-buying prospects near the Test cricket venues

Leaving London for the ’burbs of Cobham

Surrey village is the poster child for prime suburbia

The Stoke Newington steeple chase

Good schools, an arty vibe and green space have made ‘Stokey’ the new Islington

Parsons Green roars back to life

West London enclave rides out slump in Fulham prices

Déjà views on the Isle of Man

British Crown’s self-governing dependency looks to lure buyers and entrepreneurs

The tides that bind in Cornwall

A growing number of buyers are looking beyond summer homes to live and work in the southwest

Seeds of a UK property crisis?

A housing shortage means villages risk being filled with identikit cul-de-sacs

Apsley House: a home fit for victory

The duke opens up the house that Wellington rebuilt after the battle of Waterloo

The Michelin-star effect on house prices

A fine-dining award will boost a restaurant’s business, but can it also lift the local housing market?

The price of riverside living in London

In some areas, a home within 100 metres of the Thames costs almost a third more than one in the next 900 metres

High fashion: Centre Point gets a makeover

London tower covered in artwork during residential conversion

London’s Fitzrovia hits the big prime

A series of new residential projects is set to give a lift to the bohemian neighbourhood — and its prices

Birmingham: one of Europe’s ‘hot’ cities

Britain’s second city has become a magnet for businesses, workers, investors and home buyers

Brakes off for Brighton and Hove’s market

With the election out of the way, the seaside city is expecting more London buyers to head south

King’s Cross, London: building a community

Tech offices and art school help attract a mix of people as part of major regeneration project

The rise of African buyers in London

Interest in the capital is growing, particularly from Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa

Property buyers circle London’s Square Mile

Interest in the City of London returns after last year’s mortgage slowdown

Canary Wharf: a place to call home?

The east London district’s cachet is growing with new developments and the arrival of Crossrail

House prices rise at fastest rate since June

Nationwide reports 1% April rise but warns on new home numbers

Miliband in pledge to scrap stamp duty

Labour makes starter-home tax vow

Bath draws buyers relocating from London

Demand outstrips supply in a city popular with movers and expats

Property law: family members and deposits

Insurance for house deposits from parents; regulating private renting in Wales; and health and safety for domestic building work

Stage set for Stratford’s housing recovery

A series of new developments shows that market confidence is growing in Shakespeare’s birthplace

Rebirth of Elephant and Castle?

A major £3bn regeneration plan in south London is not without its critics

London’s Shoreditch: hip or hype?

The district is outperforming prime central London, but is at risk of losing its edge

Oxford v Cambridge: how they compare for buyers

The two cities have enjoyed changing fortunes in recent years

UK property: Leeds in need of recovery

Could new high-speed rail links mobilise commuters and help end the city’s housing slump?

UK mortgage approvals hit 6-month high

Data point to housing market rebound as rates continue to fall

London’s Streatham loses ‘ugly sister’ image

Average property prices in the district have increased almost 64 per cent since 2010

BoE attacked over payments system failure

Report finds lack of effective back-ups in a crisis