THE London high streets worst hit by the recession were revealed today. Figures showed the effect of the slump on 16 streets where more than one in 10 shops is empty. Worst hit is Yiewsley, West Drayton, where nearly one third of local shops have closed. A year ago, the vacancy rate was less than four per cent. Lee Green, Hanwell, Ilford, Balham and Dalston high streets are also struggling. Bucking the trend are Crouch End, Canary Wharf, Hackney and Barnes, where the vacancy rate is almost nil. London Lite Monday, 3 August 2009 15 Slump takes toll on high streets Jude Law looked relaxed on a drink out last night as his pregnant ex-lovers family said he will support their daughter. The actor, who will be a father again after his brief fling with american model Samantha Burke, had drinks at the Koha Bar in Leicester Square. Ms Burke, 24, is due to give birth to the girl, to be named Sophia, in October. despite reports that Law, 36, had received an angry phone call from her father denis, the family believe he will be a good parent. Speaking at the home of Samanthas mother Lea in Pensacola, Florida, their lawyers said: Jude has been supportive and the family know he will remain so once Sophia is born. Averagepricetofallby16%thisyear Dad-to-be Judehas atoast... Housebuyers in capital told: Wait till 2011 LONDONERS should wait at least two years before buying a house as the market will not recover until 2011, an industry report has said. Prices will continue to fall in 2010, before bouncing back the following year, according to independent analysts Oxford Economics. The average price in London will drop by 16.1 per cent this year, then a further 3.4 per cent next year. Property values will then recover by 2.1 per cent in 2011, 8.9 per cent in 2012, 10.7 per cent in 2013 and 7.4 per cent in 2014. The report to the National Housing Federation claims the average price will boom to 354,900. This is an overall rise of 27.7 per cent from today, but more than 40 per cent up on prices expected in late 2010. The NHF warns that some homeowners in the capital who bought during the peak of the market are likely to remain in negative equity throughout the duration of the period covered by the research. An average London property bought last year for 331,500 will still be worth less in 2013, at 330,600. The report notes that the capital is expected to go from being the strongest performing UK region in 2007 and 2008 to the worst in 2009 and 2010. However, the research says Londons workforce should prove adaptable as growth returns. It expects the 2012 Olympics to provide a welcome boost. The NHF said five million people could be on council housing waiting lists by 2010. Its chief executive David Orr said low income families would struggle to get credit. by georgina littlejohn Family law: Jude out at Koha last night What a babe: Samantha Burke, left, and mum Lea in Florida H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html