Cookery class: 10 unique homes with inspirational kitchens

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Paul Travers

Do you like a hot side of architecture and design with your mains? Then feast your eyes on these ten inspirational kitchens at ten equally arresting and unique homes in London, Surrey and Sussex, from warehouse to penthouse to cottage and beyond.


Electric Blue

Bevelled granite worktops appear to float above the electric blue cupboards of this striking statement kitchen at a glorious 1,700 sq ft duplex Clerkenwell penthouse on the City Fringe.

Living in London’s creative quarter is its own kind of special, and being up above the roofs and looking out towards the Barbican’s skyscrapers from the private terrace is a real treat.

great sutton street penthouse for sale

For sale at £2,000,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans.



Going green

There’s an unmistakable whiff of Danish hygge about this sage green kitchen at a freehold live/work house in Forest Hill, mixing rustic Victorian floorboards, farmhouse furniture and shaker-style cabinets with stainless steel appliances.

With a cobbled location in what’s become a real artist’s mews with a fabulous community spirit, this 4,000 sq ft former Victorian workshop also has a 2,250 roof terrace with the potential to add even more space.

£1,850,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans


Wood works

Blond oak worktops and birch ply cabinetry work in perfect harmony and give the rich warmth of timber to the kitchen at this converted stable house in Ealing – crowned ‘the queen of the suburbs’ back in 1902, and still wearing it well.

As well as 1100 sq ft inside, there’s a detached garden studio of almost 250 sq ft, which means you can keep work and home life separate without ever leaving the house.

st judes cottage ealing for sale
courtayrd at st judes

£1,000,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans


Openly calm

There’s a relaxed purity to this open-plan kitchen, with crisp white worktops paired with misty grey cupboards and stainless steel appliances, including a streamlined cylinder hood descending from above.

Tall sashes up to the ceiling and plantation blinds in pure white maintain a heavenly elegance that continues throughout the 2,100 sq ft over two floors of a converted asylum in a parkland setting near Coulsdon in Surrey.

£700,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans


Industrial influence

Massive French doors fill this kitchen with light and make a fine Victorian contrast with the soft-industrial styling of the fittings. Beech-faced cabinets, granite tops, grey island and industrial lighting.

The property is a converted coroner’s court and separate coach house in Clapham with no less than three street addresses, making it perfect for multi-generational living, receiving business clients discreetly, or having an on-site rental investment.

Offers over £3,500,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans


Victorian rustic

Down on the Sussex coast in lovely St Leonard’s, this rustic kitchen in a three-storey Victorian cottage is open-plan to a fabulous living room that opens onto a 48ft south-facing garden.

Off-white cupboards are paired with brass handles, taps and accessories alongside a Belfast sink, glossy textured tiles, woodblock counter tops and an oak floor.

north street st leonards for sale

£599,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans


Citrus fresh

The bright and breezy mix of kitchen finishes at this duplex loft in Holloway includes lemon and oak-faced cupboards, thick white countertops and large-format porcelain floor tiles that make it a distinctly cheery place to cook.

The 1,800 sq ft apartment is at the Beaux Arts Building, an Edwardian masterpiece that used to be the central money office of Royal Mail. Today it’s a wonderful place to live and a firm favourite in North London’s loft litany.

£1,450,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans


Cook’s paradise

Sitting along the back wall of a classic 2,200 sq ft wharf conversion on a dock in Limehouse, the kitchen’s white steel and glass finishes look fabulous against their backdrop of grit-blasted bricks, iron columns, and crittal windows and chunky timber beams and floorboards.

There’s a real chef’s style to the set-up, so if you’re an enthusiastic cook who loves to entertain without being hidden away while you whip up a storm, this waterside warehouse is for you.

£1,850,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans


Island life

This sleek and sexy kitchen in a former West London film studio has a suitably dramatic setting under a huge industrial window, flanked by a statement open-tread staircase and curved timber wall.

Converted from the Woodstock Studios in Shepherds Bush that used to be used by the BBC, this 3,000 sq ft loft has a luxurious specification and sublime spaces across three floors, along with two private terraces.

£2,500,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans


Made of steel

At around 2 metres long, the freestanding stainless steel peninsula unit at a freehold warehouse in Peckham claims a corner of the vast living space for an open kitchen that somehow combines eye-catching style with blending the kitchen into the background.

Elsewhere, there’s over 2,000sq ft to play in, with a vast living area on the first floor and a similarly huge creative space on the ground. And there are windows seemingly everywhere, breaking up the walls with large swathes of natural light.

Rye lane warehouse for sale

£1,350,000 – click here for the image gallery and plans


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