Guy Meacock on the very real threat to London’s urban villages

London’s idiosyncratic ‘villages’ – from Barnes to Marylebone High Street – contribute a large part to London’s international appeal, says Guy Meacock of buying agency Prime Purchase. But the homogenisation of British high streets is threatening the heart and soul of the capital’s local neighbourhoods…

New York is billionaires’ favourite city

The Big Apple is home to 85 billionaires, say Savills and Forbes. Singapore, in second place, has 79 resident billionaires, while Moscow, Beijing and London have 71, 61 and 55 respectively

Ranked: The world’s most expensive cities to live in

Hong Kong tops the Mercer Cost of Living Survey for a second year running, as Asian cities dominate the top ten; meanwhile, European centres tumble down the rankings as currencies weaken against the dollar, with London slipping out of the top 20…

On the increasing trend for rural diversification

Country buying agent Jess Simpson reports on an upsurge in demand for farms and land with the opportunity for diversification, and explains the impact of the Agricultural Bill’s new system to reward farmers and landowners for ‘public goods’ – including better air and water quality, improved soil health, higher animal welfare standards, and public access to the countryside…