If the number of agencies opening in a given borough is a guide to the buoyancy of the property market in that area, Docklands is bobbing quietly along where other areas of the capital are bursting forth from the deep on waves of activity.

Research from online operator Housesimple.com reveals a mixed picture in London with year-on-year increases in the number of firms opening in 2016 reaching 27.4% in some areas.

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Docklands, however, remains relavtively quiet with rises for Tower Hamlets (3.1%), Newham (2.7%) and Greenwich (9.4%) all in single figures.

Lewisham (11.3%) and Hackney (13.8%) were busier but lagged behind more affluent areas such as Islington (26.1%) and Westminster (27.4%), which helped pull the average London increase up to 8.3%.

A total of 135 agencies have a branch in Tower Hamlets making it the borough with the fourth highest number of property firms in London. This figure was up from 131 12 months ago.

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The only borough to record a drop in the number of agencies was Enfield, which lost six offices, leaving it with 86.

Barking And Dagenham had fewest offices in 2016 (28), while Westminster had the highest number at 228 by a margin of 91 over closest rival Kensington And Chelsea.

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