It is 2012, a pivotal time for both monarchy and nation. A truly important yet overwhelming moment in our nations' history, the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubliee and the Olympic Games. In the run up to these events there has been much investment in the city of London and over and above the public developments across the city residential development has also benefited.
In North London, to match the internationally innovative transport interchange at Kings Station, sitting at 8 million square feet, Kings Cross Central is a hub of mixed use space, full to the brim with offices, retail spaces, and residential homes and by the end of the year the stunning development is set to be occupied by a university.
In nearby City Road is a site redeveloped by Islington Council after remaining closed off for 100 years, the revitalised City Road Basin is truly the 'best kept secret of Islington' which beautifully follows the stretch of Regents Canal. One of London's 'most stylish waterside residential quarters' designed by world renowned design company, UNStudio.
At the East End in the Olympic 2012 games host borough of Hackney is one of the most ground-breaking redevelopment projects - the development of Dalston Square boasts a much deserved regeneration of the Dalston area. The £160 million development will leave a lasting impression on visitors and makes a formidable link between Transport for London's new station, Dalston Junction and Hackney Council's aspirations to provide more homes, retail spaces and a learning centre.
In close proximity to the City and the financial hub of Canary Wharf, No 1 the Plaza situated in Bow, offers luxury attractions including art galleries, trendy boutiques, landscaped courtyards, large fitness suite, health clinic, underground car park and an all-day concierge.
The new face of Dickens Yard has recently been unveiled to be gracing the West End of London, in Ealing. Boasting a collection of 700 new apartments, surrounded by stylish boutiques, three piazzas perfect for markets and events - the exquisitely designed Dickens Yard is set to be the contemporary gem of Victorian Ealing. West London estate agents are reporting continued growth in the housing market despite the Olympic development making such a large impact in the East.
Located in plush Marylebone is Crabtree Place - an exquisite inner city location with gated mews, offering a range of not only apartments but also delectable townhouses. This stunning new development is perfectly situated to explore the many wonders of Oxford Street and for a day out in Madame Tussauds on nearby Baker Street.
In the heart of the City, designed by the celebrated Richard Rogers is the Cheese Grater which is set to join The Shard and The Gherkin - as one of the most amazing and dramatic changes to the London skyline. The steel structure has already attracted tenants, a trend which will continue as the development comes to an end, later this year.
From the South of the Thames, comes three of the most stunning hotspots, which could be best described as London's best kept secrets. Battersea Reach boasts a beautiful development of luxury apartments overlooking amazing riverside views. Battersea Reach is perfect for the local cafes and amenities of Wandsworth Town and neighbouring Clapham Junction.
Another beauty of the South comes in the form of Mast Quay, situated at the edge of the Thames, and is wonderful for those looking for one, two or even three bedroomed apartments or flats.
Last but by no means least is the new Osiers Lane riverside-friendly development, designed with a contemporary eye and surrounded in a beautiful landscaped courtyard, this part of Wandsworth also offers stylish one and two bedroomed living spaces.
These developments are a sure sign that the London property market remains as strong as ever and the Olympics is sure to attract further foreign investment.