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.

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A converted warehouse in Camberwell, SE5

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.

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A rare converted factory in Chiswick, W4

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.

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A converted schoolhouse in Kennington, SE11

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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A converted church in Battersea, SW11

Now take a look at our current properties for sale and for rent to find your perfect loft!

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Bankside-Lofts-SE1Perennial favourite loft-dwellers’ riverside paradise, Bankside Lofts, was one of the first London loft developments south of the river and to this day continues to hold a very special place in the hearts and minds of anyone who lives there or pops round for tea.

Now wonder really. Just across the street from Tate Modern and mere seconds from the waterfront, the Piers Gough-designed mustard coloured cylinder sits at the heart of Bankside’s unique urban offering that is a delight to Londoners and visitors alike. The SE1 postcode is now London’s cultural and foodie epicentre with the best of markets, theatre, film and art. Nowhere does it as good or as much as SE1.

An early Manhattan Loft Corporation development, Bankside Lofts consists of three very distinct buildings, the most famous and recognisable being the yellow tower. And it is here that we are offering an excellent apartment to rent with particularly high ceilings and vast windows.

Bankside lofts inside

There’s a very large living and dining room, with a kitchen tucked away out of sight and a timeless black and white bathroom. Above it all, a super snug sleeping deck.

Bankside Lofts has 24-hour concierge, Japanese-style communal decked gardens a residents-only gymnasium. There is also a secure underground parking space available by separate negotiation.

The apartment is available at £460 per week from the end of February 2016 for a long-term rental.

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UMM-Jan-2016As well as December being the mildest on record, and despite heading into what is set to be a blisteringly cold January, things really heated up last month for people looking to buy and rent property.

It is certainly true that decent weather gets people out and about looking for a new home in a way that rain, snow, cold and grey skies do not. So instead of wondering where the next call or enquiry might come from, we wondered where the next spare moment might appear as buyers and tenants alike came out to play in surprisingly large numbers.

But the action wasn’t only limited to people looking for a property to buy or rent. Sellers and landlords took it up on themselves to join the party and we had some beautiful property come onto the market, including a couple of fabulous London lofts.

At The Paragon in Bermondsey, SE1, one of our favourite school conversions in the capital, we took on a beautiful double height apartment of 3,000ft2 for £1.795m . In need of a little bit of TLC to restore it to its former glory, or of course a total remodelling as Londoners are wont to do, the option to own this amount of living space in SE1 at this kind of price is rare indeed. Set on the top floor, the loft is flooded with natural light and currently arranged with 2 bedrooms on a mezzanine level and is bright and white throughout, having been lived in for years by dedicated minimalists. The apartment also has a private roof terrace along with one of The Paragon’s most seductive advantages, a share of the freehold.

Over in Battersea, a superb 2-bedroom loft converted from a former library, available to rent for £895 a week. The centrepiece of the apartment is a studio-style 26ft living room with double height ceilings and windows, open-plan to a kitchen with breakfast bar. Also on the ground floor is the second bedroom (or cinema/media room), a guest shower room, and a utility room on the ground floor. Up on the mezzanine are a study area and the Master Bedroom with its en-suite bathroom and dressing area. The specification is a stunning slice of contemporary lifestyle including a fantastic one-off staircase by Philip Watts, offset by wonderful natural light from the full-height windows. Outside, a terrace at the front of the apartment leads to a mature communal garden. A secure, allocated parking space is also included. Furnished to a high standard and available immediately.

These two examples of our December intake have helped us head into the new year fairly well stuffed with mews houses, loft apartments, converted factories, warehouses and schoolhouses, plus all manner of unusual and one-of-a-kind property not just in London, but across the UK.

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