Our experience of people looking to buy or rent a loft in London is that they’re more concerned with the space on offer than the particular location. Most of London’s urban apartments and houses are within zones 1 & 2 (London’s Inner City) and, for most of the people we come into contact with, anywhere there is pretty much fine.
Of course, the explosion in contemporary and unconventional living spaces has brought the concept to the suburbs and beyond, but in the main, if it’s a loft you’re after, it’ll most likely be pretty central.
If you’re looking for a warehouse apartment then, perhaps unsurprisingly, you’ll find most of them draped along either side of the River Thames, where goods for import and export were stored on their way into, or out of, the country. Areas like Rotherhithe, Wapping, Borough, Bankside, Tower Bridge and Limehouse – all around the Pool of London where the capital’s docks once heaved with commerce – are an absolute treasure trove of warehouse apartments. If you’re a fan of grit-blasted brickwork, chunky timber and an all-round snugglesome interior, a warehouse is for you.
If you prefer a more hard-edged aesthetic, take a look at factory conversions. From Victorian red brick reminders of the industrial revolution to the eye-catching white render of art-deco monoliths, London has some magnificent examples of its manufacturing past. Hot tips include Shoreditch, Clerkenwell on the City Fringe; Bow and Hackney in East London; and Waterloo and Bermondsey south of the river. London’s industrial age was mainly focussed in the eastern half of the city but, if you look hard enough, you’ll find some rather fine examples in the West. Think big windows, concrete pillars, high ceilings and LOTS of light.
For the comforting environs of your formative years, schoolhouse conversions offer a sense of familiarity along with a winning combination of warehouse and factory traits. You get the high ceilings and big windows of factory conversion, while the polished herringbone timber floors bring the warmth of warehouse apartments. Clapham, Kennington, Battersea, Bermondsey, Bethnal Green and Islington have some particularly fine examples of converted school buildings in London, but almost every Victorian neighbourhood will have something on offer. So if you’d rather not choose between the urban interiors of loft living and the leafy greenery of residential streets, a school conversion should be top of your list.
Aside from these, there are loft apartments in many guises across the city, converted from a myriad of buildings. Libraries, workshops, churches, hospitals; you name it, it’s been converted. Keep an open mind over the postcode where you’ll live and you’ll find some extraordinary living spaces in London.
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