Moments from Bermondsey Street, Borough Market and London Bridge, this stylish two-bedroom, loft-style apartment is the ultimate urban retreat. The building’s industrial past combined with unconventional angles and curves have resulted in a property with rare character and soul. And with views to the Shard from your window – this wonderful space is as individual as the people within.
Weston Street, London Bridge, 2 Bedroom Flat
We are all a little besotted with the expansive open-plan living area. It's the centre of the home with the remaining rooms connecting directly from this point. Industrial elements hinting at the building’s origins bring warmth: exposed brick walls, wooden beams and trusses, wide, worn-in floorboards and large metal windows that draw in an abundance of light year-round. But what makes this room particularly compelling for us are the beautiful curved walls at one end, something that is quite uncommon for this type of conversion – they soften the whole space.
The references to the building's industrial heritage continue throughout and into both double bedrooms. We love the salvaged door in here, a striking focal point, as well as the fact that there is a large ensuite with bath. A pocket door into the master bedroom maximises space, and there is a decent amount of storage. Always a bonus.
A special mention goes to the shower room, which has been recently updated by the current owners. Accessed via a convenient and functional walk-in storage space, a peek of exposed brick contrasts against sleek petrol-blue walls. Again, the curvaceous walls are on display, giving this room a fantastic sense of drama.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: C & Environmental Impact Rating: C
Part of the borough of Southwark, the apartment falls into Council Tax Band E (£1,400 for 2018/2019).
There are eight apartments within the building, all varying in size and layout. The service charge is £745 per quarter, with a property management group taking care of building maintenance, including for general wear and tear. Ground rent is £38 annually.
The handsome building is very secure. At street level, there are iron grills on the windows and the communal front entrance requires a code or intercom access to get in. Noise is also not an issue despite the proximity to the hustle of town, or even from neighbours.
While perfectly usable as a guest bedroom, the fact that it doesn't have external windows means we can't define the third bedroom as such. That said, it is a versatile and useful extra space; an ideal study (as it is currently configured) or even a nursery. With the internal glass brick windows, it gets a fair amount of natural light.
THE OWNERS SAY
We love the area! Bermondsey Street gets a new restaurant or bar every month and has a great feel on the weekends. Then there are the pubs, tennis courts and proximity to central London – you can get most places in London in half an hour.
The flat has a large entertaining space, great for having people around, and gets plenty of light all year. We’ll miss the flat terribly.
THE LEGAL BIT
While we endeavour to maintain accurate photographs, floor plans, and descriptions, these are intended as a guide and purchasers must satisfy themselves by personal inspection. Total floorplan measurements have been rounded for ease. Distances are also provided as an approximate.
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