Designer flats on the City fringe
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