For the owners of this top floor apartment in a four storey warehouse in the heart of the City – looking out from the balcony at the skyline, spanning 900 years of architectural history, was a great way to re-connect with London after a chapter working abroad. The City’s historic charm, in amongst the shiny towers, the clean and well tended public spaces and quietness at weekends also struck a chord.
They set out to re-configure what was previously a pretty standard apartment into something that would not feel out of place in a boutique hotel. Removing walls, installing lots of practical and decorative touches, such as sliding screens and lots of hidden storage space, the end result is this truly chic pad. The south-facing large wrap-around windows bring in lots of light and the couple have created removable window seat banquettes for semi ‘al fresco’ relaxing.
The primary space is open plan. The stunning kitchen, whose muted wood tones complement the tiled grey floor, is partially hidden but connected with a floating breakfast bar. Clever use of large mirrors reflect light back into a living room that has a restrained elegance whilst the bedroom, accessed via an opening near the corner of the room, can be closed off with a set of sliding doors. It’s a beautiful place to be, the slightly raised bed with its decadent surround is the focal point of this room and there’s no hint of clutter: the practical side is taken care of in the walk-in dressing room-cum-closet that leads neatly through to the en-suite bathroom.
There is also a guest WC located by the front door as you enter the apartment and an office working area close to the front door, with privacy ensured via subtle sliding doors.
One absolute pleasure about living here is its peaceful setting… and that it’s just a short walk to Spitalfields and Shoreditch, not to mention the river, St Katharine’s Dock and Borough Market, plus everything that makes the City such a special place to be. Corner coffee houses, Leadenhall Market, rooftop restaurants and gardens and an armoury of transport links that include tube, bus, overground, DLR (and Crossrail next year), it is all on your doorstep.
Creechurch Lane | London | EC3A