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Average London house prices rise to £499,000

House prices in London have continued to rise around twice as quickly as those across the UK, with the capital seeing a 19.3% jump in prices in the 12 months to June.

Today's figures have been released by the ONS Credit: PA

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the average house price in London is now just shy of half a million pounds, at £499,000.

London house prices 'to rise by 16% in 2014'

London's house prices are expected to rise 16% in 2014, putting the price of a home in the capital at £466,000, £224,000 more than the average UK home, according to new Cebr forecasts.

A shortage of housing in London coupled with high demand to live in the capital is resulting in a boost to house prices.

London house prices 'to rise by 16% in 2014' Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

New how that a typical house in the UK is expected to cost £242,000 in 2014, rising by 6.9% compared to 2013.