The Great British Bake Off has returned to our screens, bringing with it its unique "GBBO effect'. From a rise in the sale of ground almonds to an increased demand for inside-outside kitchens (yes, people have been requesting kitchen designs that make them feel like they're in a tent), the show's influence is undeniable.
Whether you have a serious case of cabinet envy or want a cooker capable of roasting a turkey for 20, buying a new property presents the perfect opportunity to secure the kitchen of your dreams.
Here's London Residential's advice for those in the market for a new kitchen:-
A kitchen for bakers - if you like nothing more than creating a quiche or rustling up a ganached gateaux, your choice of kitchen work surface will be crucial. Marble is perfect as its keeps cool when working with pastry and is the surface of choice among professionals tempering chocolate. The Neff Slide & Hide oven and a bread 'proving' drawer are also 'must-haves', as seen on the baking show.
A kitchen for cooks - if you host lots of dinner parties, your dream kitchen should revolve around appliances and serving space. Side-by-side ovens, a plate warmer, an integrated coffee machine, a 14-place setting dishwasher, a steam oven and a teppanyaki hob complemented by a run of uninterrupted work surface will please the keenest of cooks.
A kitchen for entertaining - they say the best parties take place in the kitchen so why not opt for a convivial layout that brings people together? An island makes a great gathering point, while an L-shaped cupboard configuration with an oversized work surface and bar stools can become a cocktail centre.
For kitchen inspiration, browse London Residential's properties sale and to rent across North West London. We've got examples that would make even Paul and Mary jealous.
The Great British Bake Off attracted an average of 10.4 million viewers as it returned for a seventh series - a record opener for the BBC One show. The episode was watched by 47.5% of all television viewers with a peak audience of 11.2 million at 20:50 BST.