London’s most Instagrammable balconies have been revealed — and they include a theatre box style, a jungle-themed space and a poolside retreat.
Residents of East Village in Stratford were inspired to make the most of their outside spaces during lockdown after their landlord launched a competition to find the UK’s best balcony.
Tenants at the former 2012 Olympics Athletes’ Village in east London — with homes now run by the Get Living residential owner and rental management company — shared some fun photos to inspire homeowners to try out their own balcony transformation.
One resident turned their balcony into a theatrical space, similar to a royal box.
Complete with red seating, a popcorn stand and velvet draped curtains, this particular balcony was inspired by classical singer Phoebe Haines, an East Village resident who took to her balcony to sing opera songs in April.
A neighbour turned an outside space into a Miami-themed poolside area, with parasol, chaise longue and paddling ball pool. There’s even a decorative flamingo to further add to the theme.
Meanwhile, a third balcony has a jungle theme. With plenty of greenery, rustic coffee table, a bird box and a pair of binoculars, it’s decked out in camouflage and shaded by palm trees and foliage.
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Get Living London is now offering a £1,000 prize to the winner of the competition to find the UK’s best balcony, after two thirds of Brits polled said they’d grown to love their outside space, having been given an extra 30 minutes per day to spend in it during lockdown.
Across the UK we’ve spent a total of £2.6 billion sprucing up our gardens, terraces and balconies during lockdown, with 35 per cent of those surveyed admitting that the enforced extra time at home had finally given them the time to get on with it.
Ian Gibbs, Director of Neighbourhoods at Get Living, said: “Our residents have well and truly made the most of their outdoor spaces, whether that’s their balconies or the communal outdoor spaces at Get Living neighbourhoods up and down the country.
“Seeing the creativity on display has been fantastic, and with many of us opting for staycations this summer, there’s never been a better time to spruce up your balcony and enter our competition.”
How to enter your own balcony or garden into the competition
The competition is open to anyone in the UK with a balcony or outside space at home.
To have a go with your own garden, and win that £1,000, post a carousel photo on your Instagram feed, tag @SimplyGetLiving and use the hashtag #BalconyMoment.
The competition is open until midnight on Tuesday, September 1. Find out more here.