The Ele­phant now has room

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes -

THE clus­ter of shiny new sky­scrapers at Ele­phant and Cas­tle is ev­i­dence that this is an area rapidly be­com­ing a smart dis­trict close to both the cap­i­tal’s po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial cen­tres — the Palace of West­min­ster and the Bank of Eng­land are both barely a mile away.

More than 10 new tow­ers are still to come, with Two Fifty One among the most at­trac­tive. It’s a sleek and un­fussy 41-storey build­ing with a slant­ing tri­an­gu­lar top clad in ter­razzo. The tower has 335 flats, many with dual-as­pect glazed win­ter gar­dens of­fer­ing great views, and on com­ple­tion will in­clude a wi-fi home-work­ing lounge, or en­ter­tain­ment space, a pri­vate cinema, gym and other ameni­ties.

Club­bers will know the Min­istry of Sound across the road, which is likely to re­lo­cate as the sur­round­ing plot is ear­marked for a re­de­vel­op­ment set to in­cor­po­rate a per­ma­nent home for the trendy gourmet food and drink pop-up foodie venue, Mer­cato Metropoli­tano. Next year the ugly pink Ele­phant and Cas­tle shop­ping mall is due fi­nally be bull­dozed to make room for more high-rise flats and a new cam­pus for Univer­sity of the Arts, bring­ing a cre­ative vibe to the area with ex­hi­bi­tions and gallery spa­ces. Two Fifty One apart­ments cost from £675,000, with stamp duty in­cen­tives avail­able. Call 020 3468 9251 for more.

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