Moments from Hoxton Square, in the heart of Shoreditch, this one-bedroom flat in a welcoming Victorian mansion block delivers on the dream of city living.
Fanshaw Street, Hoxton, 1 Bed. Flat
THE OWNER SAYS
I have loved living in this flat. It’s a quiet sanctuary in the centre of Hoxton. One of the best things has been the community in the Cloisters, we have summer BBQs in the courtyard, and residents host drinks indoors in the winter. I also loved taking a book and a drink outside to enjoy the sun.
New coffee shops and restaurants pop up regularly, and the brand new Curzon Hoxton cinema is just a minute away. I buy fresh vegetables on Hoxton Street, go for walks along the canal, to London Fields or the Barbican, and enjoy drinks in Hoxton Square.
I also really valued how easy it is to enjoy the rest of London. Between Hoxton Overground station, Old Street and Liverpool Street tube stations, and the innumerable buses running from the area, it is remarkably easy to get pretty much anywhere.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
Current and Potential Energy Rating C.
In the Borough of Hackney, the property falls into Band B (£1,246 in 2022/23).
Current monthly costs are approx. Gas £19, Electricity £15, Water £11.
The current owner purchased a share of the freehold in recent years.
£1,603.58 per year, collected in two instalments.
£60 per year, collected in two instalments.
The current owner has updated the electrics and fitted the bedroom wardrobe and living room shelves. The previous owners installed the boiler, so it is relatively new.
Transport options don’t get much better than this. Hoxton Square Overground is moments away, and Shoreditch High Street is not much further. For the tube, head to Old Street, where you can hop on the Northern Line. Meanwhile, nearby bus routes offer links to (virtually) every corner of the Capital.
There is a management company called Transparent Property Management. They maintain the property: clean the gutters, repaint the windows, and make repairs. As part of the management, a caretaker who lives in one of the flats takes care of the Cloisters day-to-day, cleaning, making minor repairs, checking security and CCTV cameras, etc. He is always available when you need him and is a wonderful presence in the Cloisters.
A refined and characterful flat smack bang in the middle of the city. Yet this property is much more than just a base – the warmth of the hardwood floors, the openness of the high ceilings – it’s a haven and a home. Features range from the decorative fireplace to the stylish and functional in-built alcove storage. Muted tones elevate the property’s natural elegance, complemented by original sash windows that give a view onto the communal courtyard. Each room offers just what you need. The kitchen has a sociable side, with room to dine and an abundance of cupboard space. Metro tiles in the bathroom give a clean, contemporary look, and the bedroom, complete with ample storage, is a snug just waiting to welcome you after a long day.‘The Cloisters’, as it’s affectionately known, is a private world away from the hubbub of the city, which lies right outside your front door. At the centre of one of the creative neighbourhoods London is famous for, take your pick of coffee houses, boutique shops and flavours from around the world in Old Street or nearby Shoreditch High Street, or just soak up the atmosphere in Hoxton Square.
Explore East London
1 Fabrique Bakery
A great pitstop after a morning at Columbia Road market, this Swedish bakery use a stone oven to make amazing bread and even more amazing cinnamon and cardamon buns, they are seriously to die for. The sandwiches are pretty good too and the Mr & Mrs toast is highly recommended. Tucked away behind the Geffrye Museum in a railway arch, it's well worth a little detour.
2 Museum of the Home
A wonderful little museum set in a beautiful 18th-century almshouse. If you like nosing around other peoples homes, then you'll love this place. Oozing with history and fascinating room sets from the by-gone years of London's homes, from 1600 to present day. You can 'time travel' from one room to another and the absolute attention to detail, from the curtains to the flowers on the table, and the vintage newspaper on the table, is really pretty impressive. The front garden is open all year round and is a great green pitstop if you're in the area, plus the herb garden behind the house is really worth a wander with a very impressive collection of plants and a delightful smell!
3 Columbia Road Flower Market
A bona fide institution, and by far the most colourful market in London, the flower market at Columbia Road kicks off at 8 every Sunday morning and wraps up around 3. (Pro tip: You can get fantastic two-for-£10 bunches towards the end of the day.) Browse stall after stall of beautiful blooms while popping into the shops along Columbia Road—all of which are independently owned. For pre-market fuel, hit World Barista Champion Gwilym Davies’s coffee cart on Ezra Street, just behind the market.
Morito has served arguably the finest tapas in London since it first appeared as an offshoot of Moro in Exmouth Market in 2010, and in 2016, Hackney got its very own Morito—bigger, brighter, and perhaps even better, thanks to its unique fusion of Spanish and Northern African cuisine. Try a little bit of everything (that’s the beauty of tapas, right?!), then chase it down with a full flight of sherry from the extensive menu.
5 Campania & Jones
This small, family run Italian restaurant is just off Columbia Road and is AMAZING. Set within a beautiful old dairy it is easily one of the most special places in the area. Indeed – we think – anywhere in London. We won't say any more, just GO. OK?