Emily Canham shows us round her flat (Picture: Supplied)
Originally from Northamptonshire, the fashion and lifestyle influencer fell in love with E20 when she first moved to London aged 17.
She shares the home, which is by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with Cody, her ginger cocker spaniel (inset).
What exactly are you renting?
A one-bedroom flat in Get Living’s Portlands Place, a build-to-rent offering in East Village. It has an open-plan kitchen and living area, one bathroom and amazing views across wetlands and the capital.
What drew you to the area?
East Village is a home away from home for me, as it was the part of London in which I first rented. I still have good friends here.
What made you choose this particular flat?
Emily loves the space (Supplied)
It’s really spacious for a one-bedder, and has a surprising abundance of cupboard and storage space – so important if, like me, you work in the world of fashion or a creative industry.
As I need to share my home with Cody, a pet-friendly rental neighbourhood was high on the checklist.
How much do you pay in rent?
I pay £2,350pcm, plus £95pcm for private parking.
How have you made it a real home?
Emily loves the freedom to decorate in her own style (Picture: Supplied)
It has been brilliant having the freedom to decorate the place to my own personal style.
I’ve chosen to collaborate with Soho House and painted the walls dark green, which has created a really cosy, homely feel.
What has the development itself got to offer?
Portlands Place is linked by a 23-metre skybridge (Picture: Supplied)
Portlands Place’s two residential towers are linked by a 23-metre skybridge on the 10th floor.
Residents get to use nearly 8,000 sq ft of colourful amenity space, designed by Conran And Partners, with a bookable open-plan kitchen, dining area and even a wine dispenser.
The co-working spaces are brilliant. The Technogym fitness space means there are no excuses for not exercising.
No excuses for skipping the gym (Picture: Supplied)
What do you get up to in the local area?
There are so many coffee shops, but my favourite is artisan Italian bakery Signorelli. I make use of the free events within the East Village community, many of which are design and fashion-focused.
The Lab E20, a creative space in partnership with Christopher Raeburn, emphasises sustainable fashion and a circular economy.
Shopping at Refill Therapy, in E9, helps me reduce single-use plastic in my everyday life.
How are the transport connections?
Cracking views of the city (Picture: Supplied)
Brilliant. It’s such a quick commute in and out of the city, and of course there’s the DLR and the newly opened Elizabeth Line. London St Pancras is an eight-minute train ride away, and City Airport is 14.
Where do you and Cody spend quality time?
Cody the dog loves his owners choice of rental (Picture: Supplied)
Living on your own can be quite daunting, so having opportunities to meet my neighbours has been vital.
The local dog club has been a great way to meet with other dog-lovers, and we regularly go for group walks. There are so many open, green spaces on the doorstep.
Is there anything you would change about the flat?
The bathroom has a heated mirror (Picture: Supplied)
Not a thing. It’s been a great way of seeing what works for me in a home. Unexpected luxuries such as a heated mirror in the bathroom, so it doesn’t steam up when I shower, has been a game changer.
I’ve also come to realise that I really thrive in a place where I can achieve everything I need to without leaving the building.
What would your dream home look like?
Emily is working on designing her dream home (Picture: Supllied)
I am actually working on creating it right now! I have been stripping out and renovating a Victorian terraced property – my own little slice of London – and hope to move in this March.
She shares the home with her giant cocker spaniel Cody