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The Free Money Advice Service has been setup by the government to provide impartial advice on most financial matters but is particularly good on Equity Release. 

Equity Release is a minefield but a necessary minefield! Get it right and older people can raise money on their property - potentially allowing them to afford to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives. Get it wrong and they can accumulate an enormous debt and effectively disinherit their children as the finance company claims their home in order to repay the accumulated loan when they die. The link below may help you decide whether this might be a useful route to go down. However just as importantly consider using a financial adviser.
This is a simple AgeUK Equity Release calculator which will help you find out how much an equity release loan would allow you to raise on your house.

Independent Financial Advisers - IFAs Whitehall

Find Financial Advisers - Independent Financial Advisors London

3rd Floor, 14 Hanover Street, Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1YH, UK – 07540 801811

I was assisted by Maryanne on a credit score matter. The advise she gave me was very valuable. Great customer service and very professional. Thank you so much

Having never used a Financial Advisor before I honestly never expected to get such fantastic advice and support. Every inch the professional I would recommend Find Financial Advisors to anyone and everyone.

MONEY WISE INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISERS LTD

1st Floor, 20 Little Britain, London EC1A 7DH, UK – 020 7065 2740

I have been with Money Wise for many years and would not hesitate to recommend them. They are professional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. They deal with my Pension, Investments and ISAs and I feel confident with their advice and recommendations. In addition they are very approachable and they take a personal interest. Perhaps the strongest recommendation I have is the trust I have with them.

Have been a customer with MONEYWISE for some months now and have found them very helpful, always have my interests at heart. The Advisor and the other staff have very valuable and detailed knowledge and all my pension plans were fashioned to suit me and everything about me. I would recommend MONEYWISE to anyone thinking about their financial position and in need of advice. Thanks

Plutus Wealth Management

Bridewell Gate, 9 Bridewell Pl, London EC4V 6AW, UK – 020 7871 5200

I'm pleased to have got involved with a professional company like Plutus. Georgina & Ross have been excellent.

I cannot speak highly enough of Plutus Wealth Management and in particular Georgina Partridge. I have been a client with them for several years and their personal approach definitely separates them from their competition. They are a dynamic and engaging team with a strong focus on their purpose, which has always made me feel that I’m in very safe hands. Georgina constantly takes the time to understand my financial goals from a holistic perspective which we regularly review together, and it’s her honesty, professionalism and objectivity that I truly value and trust. I have recommended friends and colleagues to speak to Plutus about any of their financial concerns or objectives and I have no hesitation in continuing to do so. Fantastic service from a fantastic team!

Click for excellent Money Saving Expert advice on choosing an Independent Financial Adviser (or IFA) around Whitehall.
This is a revolution! We are used to going to a bank with a business plan and been lent money on very high rates of interest - but only under increasingly demanding conditions. Crowd funding is the public investing directly to the businesses - at all stages of their development. Crucially there is a huge range of projects and Crowd Funders. You could do worse than just read and then click some of the WiKi link below.

Crowd Funding and Business Loans

Funding Circle

71 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4AY, UK – 020 7401 9111

Several years ago the Funding Circle provided First Technology Transfer with a loan to help develop our next generation real time programming courses. This year we approached them for a further loan to fund the development of a series of distance learning programs. We obtained a further loan. The whole process was dealt with courteously and professionally. Many thanks to all concerned.

Excellent service and perfect fit for our Company. We needed a short term loan to buy a property. The loan was set up and in our account within 2 weeks of making contact with Funding Circle. No obtrusive and irrelevant questions, just a straight forward approach with a very positive outcome - thank you

Business Expert Invoice Discounting and Factoring

71-75 Shelton St, London WC2H 9JQ, UK – 0800 024 2451

Business Expert's website is incredibly easy to use and I quickly found the funding options best suited to my business. With expert guidance from their team, I managed to secure a great deal.

Great platform! Works better than expected.

Rockstar Mentoring Group

1 Relton Mews, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1ET, UK – 0845 652 2905

These guys are brilliant. I got funding for my company as a result of their help and mentoring. I never would have met the individuals I met, without Rockstar mentors! Thank you guys

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Lloyds Banking Group Offices

Red Lion Court,, Red Lion Court, 46-48 Park St, London SE1 9EQ, UK

Nice building but needs some flowers as well a good cleaning Light fixtures look 60s

Brown Shipley

Founders Court, Lothbury, London EC2R 7HE, UK – 020 7606 9833

Very nice people.

Love working with the people in Brown Shipley

C Hoare & Co

32 Lowndes St, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9HZ, UK – 020 7245 6033

Hoare's Bank provides outstanding customer service, backed by the highest levels of integrity and security.

Banks

SEB

1 Carter Ln, London EC4V 5AN, UK – 020 7246 4000

Best bank in the world

Good service

GTBank UK

60-62 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8TF, UK – 020 7947 9700

A good restaurants and safety.

C Hoare & Co

37 Fleet St, London EC4P 4DQ, UK – 020 7353 4522

The best and reliable bank ever, security strong and best customer relationship .

I feel blessed to be able to bank with C Hoare & Co., a wonderful company to say the least.

Building Societies

Building Societies Association

York House, 23 Kingsway, London WC2B 6UJ, UK – 020 7437 0655

Decent rooms for hire

Nationwide

101-107 Finsbury Court, Moorgate, London EC2A 1RS, UK – 0800 554 0216

very friendly and helpful Nationwide branch, has 3 cash machines inside. swapped from a Natwest account holder to Nationwide and its been great.

The service here is always friendly

Nationwide Building Society

415 Strand, London WC2R 0NS, UK – 0800 554 0460

Excellent service today from Tom! I tried to switch over my account on the phone for the past 2 hours - no luck! I pop into the branch 10 minutes before closing and Tom was on hand to help. Did it all within 15 minutes and didn't mind staying late. Thank you!

Excellent service today! Just moved over from HSBC and the staff who helped me with an internet card reader were fantastic. The branch itself has just been redone and looks great! Thank you!

Mortgage Brokers

Capital Fortune - Mortgage Broker London

128-, 129 Cheapside, London EC2V 6BT, UK – 020 7710 0400

I cannot thank Capital Fortune enough. Even though we only required a 50% mortgage, run our own business, incomes and credit histories - due to a recent company sale I wasn't able to get a mortgage from a high street lender. I was really shocked and couldn't understand. I found Capital Fortune online and after a telephone call with Peter Bartlett they said they thought they could arrange a mortgage - and at a normal interest rate. From that point forward they quickly followed through, the decision in principle was in within a few days. Then a full and comprehensive list was sent through of the documents required, our administrator Alex Fryday updated us at every stage, he was always available when I called - I didn't have to leave a message or wait in a hold system queue! The final stages were managed through by Stephen Marsh and we had the same level of support and great service as the other guys in the team. I run my own business and I have been totally impressed by the service. They did exactly what they said they would, they were on the telephone when needed, kept us fully updated and we are really grateful to Peter, Alex and Stephen and cannot recommend them highly enough.

Excellent communication skills and attention to detail. Rob Killeen, Stephen Marsh and Garry Skimins all excellent

Trinity Financial

4th Floor, 1 Lumley St, Mayfair, London W1K 6TT, UK – 020 7016 0790

Oliver has been absolutely fantastic all the way through the process. He’s extremely knowledgeable, helpful and super-efficient. I actually began with another broker but switched after they never got back to me even after repeated phone calls. I couldn’t have been any more impressed with Oliver and Trinity Financial.

Absolutely outstanding service from a team of consummate professionals. I have dealt with Trinity on several occasions and their honest advice and military efficiency are invaluable. They are great with client communication and management, keeping you fully informed and up to date throughout the application and approval process. I would use them again and again - cannot recommend Trinity highly enough.

Enness

12 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London W1J 8NR, UK – 020 3758 9393

Professional brokers, quick turn around, extremely impressed with the level of service received, thank you

An extremely professional process and team - recommend highly

Mortgages

Fox Davidson Mortgage Brokers

45 Pont St, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 0BD, UK – 020 3519 5590

Excellent service from very knowledgeable brokers. We thought that we were consigned to the offshore market when we remortgaged, but Sarah Fox-Clinch found us a deal on the onshore market that was better than the options we had been looking at but which we had been told by various banks were not available to us. Prompt communication and quick to understand our needs. Efficient administration support. Good remote working (all communications by email or phone) so no issues with not being in the same location as the firm. Highly recommended and worth paying the broker fee.

After speaking to many mortgage advisers we were told it was almost impossible to get a mortgage with a stipend income. Pete and the team at Fox Davidson have made the process look easy! We are so happy with the service we have received, which has been prompt, friendly and well informed

Trussle

Trussle, 300 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4PA, UK – 020 3884 1660

I've never applied for a mortgage before, and the endless comparison sites, fine-print, and conflicting services were a headache before I began. Should I get a mortgage broker and pay £500? Should I just strike out and go with the nearest bank? Then I hard about Trussle on Radio 4, tried it out and it's been amazing. For starters, the interface is very well designed. You sign up and answer questions about your planned purchase. These questions are clear and easy to answer, unlike the market comparison sites. Once you're done, one of the team calls you and makes sure all the answers are complete, and your questions are answered. Documents are uploaded to the service easily, and the history of your account od kept online for you to check in on if needed. Over the course of the mortgage process, the team keeps in contact - often doing a far better job of keeping you up to date than the mortgage provider or the estate agent themselves! And they stay on the ball effortlessly, not needing prods and follow-ups like solicitors, mortgage providers or estate agents do. Also, they maintain your account information properly, meaning they don't keep asking you the same questions over and over, like everyone else in the process does. The whole process took maybe 5 weeks in total, including the home valuation and background checks that organizations have to perform. And the kicker? The service is entirely free! I would never use another method of getting a mortgage, these guys are simply the best.

I was dealt with efficiently from the outset and given a choice of potential lenders without having to trawl through multiple sites. Once my lender was selected there were a few subsequent issues with documentation and the total amount that could be borrowed. However Joe and Giacomo provided suitable advice at every stage and helped move things forward to a successful completion. I've already recommended Trussle to other friends looking for a new mortgage deal.

Alexander Hall Clerkenwell Mortgage Broker

50-54 Clerkenwell Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 5PS, UK – 0800 038 3736

It felt as though my mortgage arrangements were settled in moments. Will and the team were infinitely helpful, supportive, and clear. I know nothing whatever about mortgages, but the options were laid out comprehensively and transparently, making it very easy for me to make an informed choice. Not only have I found a tremendous deal, but all the extras (like protection) have been sorted too. I really can't fault the service: quick, friendly, painless. I look forward to working with Alexander Hall again in the future.

I cannot recommend Alexander Hall (and Patrick Hulse in particular) enough. They have simplified a rather daunting and scary process into a walk in the park. Solid, substantiated advice coupled with bespoke customer service and proactive approach makes Alexander Hall the go to mortgage broker. Their knowledge and understanding of the market and links to the industry makes them an invaluable asset. I would really not ever consider arranging for a mortgage without their help and advice.