Are you a true Londoner?

Newcomers probably will not score high, but for those living in London for more than 6 months, we dare you to complete this quiz and see if you could be considered as a true Londoner, knowing ins and outs about this lovely city, its tricks, famous places and memorable dates.

Ready?

1) Click on the image below to answer the questions.

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2) Click here to see the results

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Share with us your score!

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A service you can trust

We are proud of being a multicultural team, working day-by-day to improve our services and offer an integrated solution to our clients. We always encourage our tenants to share their experience with us, so we can always have an accurate feedback on how we are doing and if the outcome is matching with our client’s high standard requirements.

Mikael Faro

Mikael Faro, TLS client

 

Mikael Faro is a TLS client for over two years. He has been living in a flat near to all amenities he needs on a daily basis, as well as good connections to buses and tube station. The Italian young guy came to our office in Old Street last week in order to renew his contract and share how satisfied he is: “I am very pleased with everything TLS is offering me. As I am very busy or working most part of the time, when I needed, I’ve easily reported the issue through your online system, which saved me a lot of time”.

He is also more than happy with his flatmates: “My flatmates are amazing. Whenever I can, I enjoy spending a good time or relaxing with them, it’s such a nice experience.”

Thanks to clients like Mikael, Mariana, Victor, Patrick and so many others, we feel excited to continue improving the quality of our services. And you? Would you like to share your experience with us? Let us know!

2014 World Cup: Support your team

After sixty four years, the 20th FIFA World Cup returns to Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. With twelve host cities of the five regions of Brazil, thirty two top teams from all five continents will confront each other in pursuit of a single goal, to be known as the best team on the planet.

Only eight teams have won the World Cup across the years including Brazil, the greatest world champion with five titles who will be hopeful of lifting the trophy again. But other surprises could come as well; Spain and Germany are strong bets.

Where to watch the matches?

Nothing has yet been confirmed, but it’s likely that main spots such as Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square or Victoria Park will screen the big games – fingers crossed!

Although the tournament will be also be screened on terrestrial TV – BBC and ITV – we have created a list of places willing to provide you with a mini-world-cup environment to support the favourite teams. Fancy beer bets, a mini-carnival or a food festival?

So answer the question:

Which club are you supporting? 

I am supporting…

1. BRAZIL

Where to watch: Guanabara

Brazilian food, Brazilian Music and Brazilian football. Guanabara will be screening every Brazil match and most England matches, re-creating a Brazilian carnival spirit with live entertainment from samba dancers, capoeira performers, football freestylers, and other Brazilian entertainment- with 6 large screens & 2 60’ LED screens projecting all the action and amazing surround sound Guanabara promises to be one of the best places in town to enjoy the World Cup this side of Rio.

2. GERMANY

Where to watch: Bavarian Beerhouse

Football nights, with matches shown on giant screens, with Steins of German beers and generous plates of Sausages and Pork Shanks served by charming Fräuleins. Just to show that Germans are also supporting English football, Bavarian Beerhouse will run a 5 -1 beer promotion, if England reaches the World Cup final.

3. ITALY

Where to watch: Bar Italia – http://www.baritaliasoho.co.uk/

This lovely bar is a fantastic social centre for the Italian community. Watch the world cup while you enjoy the best caffe’ espresso in London!

4. PORTUGAL

Where to watch: Estrela pub 

Stockwell has long been the capital’s Little Portugal, and this charming local bar is the community’s hub. An authentic Portuguese bar, as proven by the predominantly Portuguese clientele. (They will show matches until midnight)

5. SPAIN

Where to watch: Camino Kings Cross branch

Capturing the real essence of Spain was always the aim (and still is!).

6. ENGLAND and all the other teams (pubs/restaurants with particular entertainment during the World Cup)

Where to watch: Jetlag Bar

There is food and drink from participating countries with a special emphasis on their signature menu of international street food and craft beer. From the coxinhas (Brazilian pastry with chicken, cream cheese, jalapeno in pastry with breadcrumbs) to Choripan (Argentinian hot dog with Chorizo sausage and chimmichurri sauce) you can support your team with the finest food from home and abroad. They serve only premium craft beers and cocktails from Around the World so the adventurous can tickle their taste buds with a host of hops and fine spirits. Specialist cocktails include the Boris’ Breakfast, vanilla vodka shaken with strawberries and fresh lemon juice and the Ipanema Thong, a delightful concoction of Cachaça, chambord and fresh blackberries.

Where to watch: The Grand

The biggest screen in the UK for live matches. It seems that their mantra is “bigger is better” because the screen measures in at 24×15 feet!

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Buy-to-let: Is it still profitable as an investment?

Buy-to-let

Back in 1997, the ‘buy-to-let’ mortgage initiative revolutionised the market. It did not take too long for people and advisors to realise that it was a flexible way of saving linked to property purchase with bricks & mortar considered a more stable form of investment. Consequently buy-to-let mortgage products grew in popularity in the years following the millennium and thousands were seduced by the idea of buying a second property and making money from it.

London is currently one of the best locations for a buy-to-let investment in UK. Experts say it will continue to drive the UK rental market in the coming years. In fact in January 2014 buy to let lending increased 11% in volume compared to December. It has produced returns of over 1,200% since 1996, and it has been the outstanding investment of the past years, providing average returns that easily outstrip those of other major asset classes.

As well as a large supply of tenants and higher than average rents, buy-to-let landlords in London can take advantage of the opportunity that living outside of London may mean cheaper rent, but can easily amount up to thousands of pounds in commuting costs. Buy-to-lets in London can exploit their unique position in the capital for quicker commutes.

So the scenario for buy-to-let investors is still positive, as the market still proves itself an outstanding investment with high profits guaranteed.

More Stats: Deloitte  

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Avoid your property being empty

Source: London Evening Standard

The number of empty homes across London in 2012 was 72,457 for a total worth of £3 billion and most of them in the process of being sold. Selling a property can take several months and sometimes years giving you nothing but losses and costs with maintenance, taxes and lost rental income.

To make the situation even worse, last month Islington Council announced a serious positioning considering the introduction of fines up £60,000 upon owners and landlords that buy new build homes and do not rent out or live in them. This action could be adopted across the city significantly decreasing the number of empty homes, being the council the first to propose this policy to end “buy-to-leave” in new build homes in the borough.

It’s time to act! Sell your property faster by occupying in the meantime

Empty houses sell typically slower and for less money than occupied houses. Our product Sales + is designed for landlords wishing to sell their properties but, at the same time, can’t afford to lose rental income. We can avoid your property being empty by letting it in the meantime and dealing with tenants relocation within our portfolio if you sell your property.

We have special offer designed for you. Contact us today for a FREE valuation!

Picture:  London Evening Standard

City Battle: London x Paris

Did you know that Napoleon III wanted to give the Parisians, particularly those in the outer neighbourhoods, access to green space for recreation and relaxation? He was inspired by Hyde Park in London, which he had often visited when he was in exile there.

London? Paris? It really doesn’t matter once both cities boast some of the most recognisable attractions in the world without a shadow of a doubt (not to mention architecture and cuisine) – and here at TLS we really love both because of its particularities.

We’ve decided to condense all of this into a lovely infographic so you can check it out by yourself.

Let the battle commence!

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How to save money living in London?

London is one of the greatest cities in the world, but it’s certainly not one of the cheapest. Many people wonder how to save money living in London and indeed there are essential tips you can follow.

  • Accommodation

For many people, it’s very difficult to arrive in London and start living in their own flat right away. In this case would be a solution to find a nice flatshare with friendly flat mates. It is often a great way to save some cash and meet cool people within days. Choose for all bills included contracts and don’t worry about further expenses apart from your monthly rent.

  • Travelling & Commuting

Walking is a fun and eco-friendly way to get around London! But if you need to use public transport then consider using an Oyster card with a season ticket rather than buying daily or weekly travel card. Or rely on TLS Group to show you how to save up to 80% of your monthly expenses.

  •  Having fun

There are so many things to do in London and it might seem that all of it is expensive, but having fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Searching on the web you can find a lot of museums, parks, events and activities that are either cheap or totally free.  TLS Clients can also enjoy London with TLS Support.

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