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STREETS and gar­den squares of Ge­or­gian houses, tucked-away mews houses and Ed­war­dian and later blocks of man­sion flats char­ac­terise Blooms­bury, but there are more mod­ern flats, too.

Stu­dios, in plen­ti­ful sup­ply, are of­ten snapped up by wealthy over­seas buy­ers for their chil­dren study­ing at Blooms­bury’s uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges. Many lo­cal pe­riod con­ver­sions are above shops but this is not seen as a par­tic­u­lar dis­ad­van­tage. A three-bed­room flat above shops in Mu­seum Street is for sale at £2.75 mil­lion.

The most ex­pen­sive prop­erty cur­rently for sale is a large Ge­or­gian place in John Street, pre­vi­ously of­fices, but with plan­ning per­mis­sion for a five-bed­room house or five flats, priced at £4.5 mil­lion.

The Brunswick Cen­tre is a listed bru­tal­ist early Seven­ties hous­ing de­vel­op­ment next to Brunswick Square with a shop­ping cen­tre at its heart. A two-bed­room flat there is cur­rently for sale at £850,000.

The area around Tot­ten­ham Court Road is get­ting a makeover thanks to the El­iz­a­beth line, with the first trains rolling through the new £1 bil­lion sta­tion in De­cem­ber next year. On the cor­ner of Char­ing Cross Road and New Ox­ford Street, Derwent Lon­don has plans for a 350-seat theatre to re­place the As­to­ria, which was de­mol­ished for the sta­tion.

Con­sol­i­dated De­vel­op­ments’ £142 mil­lion St Giles Cir­cus scheme be­tween Den­mark Place and An­drew Borde Street is up­dat­ing Tin Pan Al­ley with a new “ur­ban gallery” for brand launches and ex­hi­bi­tions, an 800ca­pac­ity mu­sic venue and a smaller venue to re­place the 12 Bar Club.

One of Lon­don’s most fa­mous land­marks, Cen­tre Point, the now listed 34-storey 1966 of­fice block de­signed by Richard Seifert, is be­ing con­verted into flats by ar­chi­tects Con­ran and Part­ners and de­vel­oper Al­macan­tar. A new pub­lic space at the bot­tom of the tower has been cre­ated with seven new cafés and restau­rants open­ing soon.

The 7,200sq ft pent­house on the top two floors is for sale for a mind­bog­gling £55 mil­lion. One-bed­room flats start at £1.8 mil­lion, with twobed­room flats from £3,125,000. Three-bed­room flats on floors 11 to 17 start at £4.8 mil­lion, with larger three-bed­room flats on floors 17 to 30 from £7,225,000. The first res­i­dents move in next month and the whole de­vel­op­ment will be fin­ished by May next year. Visit cen­tre­point­lon­don. com or call CBRE and Knight Frank on 020 7535 2826.

St Pan­cras Place on the cor­ner of Grays Inn Road and St Chad’s Street is a Re­gal Homes de­vel­op­ment of 60 one-, two- and three-bed­room flats de­signed by Ma­te­rial Ar­chi­tects. Only three three-bed­room flats re­main and prices start at £1.7 mil­lion with the first phase fin­ish­ing soon. The sec­ond phase is sched­uled to be fin­ished by the end of the year. Call 020 7328 7171 for more in­for­ma­tion.


Blooms­bury is pop­u­lar with for­eign stu­dents, mainly from very wealthy south-east Asian fam­i­lies. Pri­vate WC1 landowner The Bed­ford Es­tates lets homes, and a two-bed­room man­sion flat in Bed­ford Court Man­sions is cur­rently avail­able at £550 a week.

Pe­riod pride: the area has some of the finest town­houses in the cap­i­tal, as here in grand Cartwright Gar­dens

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