De­signer flats on the City fringe

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NEXT to the Square Mile’s an­cient walls, the patch around Sun Street is as City fringe as you can get. This mi­cro area is where the pin­striped City meets the hip­ster bor­oughs of Hack­ney and Is­ling­ton — where old and new Lon­don come to­gether. It is a stone’s throw from Broadgate of­fice com­plex and his­toric Bun­hill Fields burial ground where Wil­liam Blake and John Bun­yan are among the prom­i­nent laid to rest.

This was a low-key, nine-to-five com­mer­cial district for gen­er­a­tions, a mix of old-style Ge­or­gian of­fices, Vic­to­rian pubs and ware­houses feed­ing off the nearby bank­ing com­mu­nity. Now it is an area in tran­si­tion, re-en­er­gised by new forms of com­merce and the Clerken­well-Shored­itch-Spi­tal­fields creative hub on its doorstep. City work­ers who pre­vi­ously headed west to live now want to be here. They have big­ger bud­gets, which is push­ing up prices and rais­ing the qual­ity of new builds.

One Crown Place, op­po­site UBS’s swish head­quar­ters, com­bines a ter­race of Ge­or­gian town­houses, soon to be­come a bou­tique ho­tel and mem­bers club, with two gleam­ing sky­scrapers hold­ing 246 apart­ments.

The lat­ter are stylishly and ex­pen­sively in­te­rior de­signed, with kitchens and wardrobes by B&B Italia. Res­i­dents can make use of the on-site gym, a pri­vate din­ing suite, cin­ema room, treat­ment rooms and roof ter­race. Com­ple­tion is in 2020. Prices from £788,000. Call CBRE on 020 7205 2697 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Nearby Long & Water­son takes its name from the site’s lo­ca­tion at the in­ter­sec­tion of two Shored­itch

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