Fickle beasts that we are, our list of most-wanted living rooms changes almost with the wind – and certainly with our latest listings – but here’s a selection of our current favourites, two of which are available and two of which have gone. We’ve gone for variety, with lofts converted from a former library, college, workshop and factory. Read on, and enjoy!


Bolton Road, Willesden NW10
There’s something almost Parisian about this huge living room in Willesden. Converted from a Victorian warehouse behind a very unassuming façade, there really is little clue from the street elevation as to what lies beyond the front door. Normally with a warehouse or a factory you kinda know what you’re going to get, but this place is different. Triple width French doors lead out to the roof terrace and are accompanied by two sets of large casement windows and those double doors over in the corner leading to the rest of the accommodation add yet more to the European air. The rest of the accommodation includes 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 additional WCs, a kitchen/breakfast room, sauna and garage. £1,895,000

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Cormont Road, Camberwell SE5
It’s that aged, rustic feeling that we love about this loft that reaches up into the eaves of a converted teaching college. “Timber festooned” is how we described it and we weren’t joking: not only are there chunky beams arching overhead, but the underside of the pitched roof has also been exposed adding a rarely seen quality. Obviously anything double height always feels at least a little bit special but this room does have a certain something that makes you want to spend time here. Metal trusses are strung between the walls and a high level bank of windows across an entire wall encourages light into the room from above. There’s also acres of brickwork, three double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a mezzanine. £825,000

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Battersea High Street SW11
This one kinda screams ‘rockstar’! Three sets of floor-to-ceiling French windows accentuate the loftiness and lead out to a large patio and lawned rear garden. But it’s the pure whiteness of the space – not just walls and ceiling but also the white porcelain floor tiles – that delivers the almost heavenly atmosphere, while an extraordinary bespoke staircase by the designer Philip Watts evokes the lengthy backbone of a dinosaur:  timber open treads supported on a sculpted metal spine lead up to the mezzanine which holds a master bedroom that is nothing short of swanky, with an entire wall of mirrors behind the bed and an entire wall of concealed wardrobe space. There are plenty of curves too, softening the edges and lending a certain fluidity when moving from one zone to the next. GONE.

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New Inn Yard Shoreditch EC2
A pitched bank of slender panes forms a full width bank of glass across the entire north-facing wall, allowing extra light in from above and changing the fortunes of what is normally a dark and moody direction. In fact the whole feel of this open plan live/work Shoreditch penthouse is of light coming in from all angles, with big industrial windows running down the west and southern sides. This apartment harks back to before lofts hit the mainstream, with zero partitions between living area, kitchen/dining area and bedroom, merely simple zoning and a bit of hiding around corners. Challenging for some, perhaps, but a testament to how life doesn’t have to be a series of compartments and, with clever use of space, can offer a perfectly private environment. Absolutely lovely. But GONE.

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Whether you’re Gryffindor or Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, here’s a master class in loft living you won’t want to skip.

Constructed in the mid nineteenth century, this Grade II Listed gothic style building of flint and stone was once the William Gibb Grammar School. More recently it was converted into residential accommodation and is now a cluster of exceedingly fine lofts.


This one sits proudly in the middle and extends to 2600 sq ft of resourcefully utilised space where the entire first floor is given over to an incredible open plan living space. On the ground floor are 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a wonderful double height entrance hall.

Outside is a low-maintenance and nicely screened patio garden with a south-westerly aspect, and there’s also plenty of private parking beyond the front gates.

All this, for £600,000.

Now, it’s not really sounding like the sort of loft apartment you’ve got used to settling for in London, is it? Well, that’s because it isn’t.

Just over an hour by train from St Pancras and 2 minutes from the M2 motorway, the thriving market town of Faversham in Kent offers a cultural and culinary alternative to the capital with an active local scene of comedy, film and theatre garnished with a healthy helping of restaurants.

Dating back to pre-Roman times and mentioned in the Domesday Book, Faversham is one of England’s oldest towns and home to more than 500 listed historical buildings. You’ll also find some of the best walking in the country here with many marked paths across the South Downs.

Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a complete escape, but not at the expense of a lofty home and neighbourhood lifestyle, hop on a high-speed Javelin train and grab yourself an education.


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