Located within a few minutes walk from Shoreditch Park and New North Road, these are some of the best hidden gems of Hoxton…

The Barge House

The Barge House is a great little waterside venue, a best kept secret of Hackney’s locals. Located on Regent’s Canal, about a fifteen minute walk from Broadway Market in the direction of Islington. Or ten minutes from New North Road in the direction of Victoria Park.

In the summer, the semi-open air feel is perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon – turn up for brunch and coffee and stay for a cocktail or two, all while watching the world go by along the canal – it feels just like being on holiday. Open for breakfast and lunch, the food is carefully sourced and expertly prepared, all chic takes on brunch classics including haddock and fennel fishcakes, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and bavette steak sandwiches.

But the real draw is The Barge House’s famous Breakfast in Bread. They take a freshly baked sough dough loaf and load it with your choice of breakfasty deliciousness, from bacon and eggs to roast veggies, chorizo and chilli mushrooms. Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 – 5pm. Booking essential.

Find out more and book a table on The Barge House website HERE

Waterhouse Restaurant

The Waterhouse Restaurant offers a fantastic (and very reasonably priced) breakfast and lunch menu alongside a great wine list. For fussy eaters and those of us on diets, you can also mix and match proteins (such as jerk chicken or teriyaki salmon) with sides such as sweet potato or salad.

The best thing about The Waterhouse Restaurant is that it isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a social enterprise. Set up by the Shoreditch Trust in 2008, the Waterhouse offer inclusive training opportunities to young people. They are dedicated to giving young adults opportunities and reducing social and economic disadvantage by working with people including care leavers, and others struggling under personal or financial circumstances. Staff can train for careers as chefs, or in other areas of hospitality, all while earning more than London Living Wage.

Make a booking on their website HERE

Draughts

Are you a fan of board games? Whether you’re into Catan, 7 Wonders, or if you prefer an oldie classic like Connect4 or Monopoly, you’ll find them all at Draughts, London’s first board game café.

Located just off the Kingsland Basin on Regent’s Canal (as well as another venue in Waterloo) you’ll find big social tables and super knowledgeable staff (great for shutting down that friend who likes to make up their own rules).

For food and drink the offer includes tasty nibbles such as Korean chicken and lobster mac and cheese bites, as well as great burgers. And true to form for Hackney you can expect a great selection of craft beers as well as wines and cocktails. Advance to Go!

Find out more and book a table on their website HERE

Arepa and Co

Try something different at Arepa & Co, the canal side restaurant that wants to convert London to Venezuelan cuisine. Think cornbread, black beans, fried plantain, avocado, cassava, shredded beef, pork loin and roasted vegetables.

Brunch has some dishes you might not have tried before, such as breakfast criollo (Venezuala’s fry up!), tajadas (crispy fried plantain with cheese and spring onion) and pastelitos (beef turnovers with salsa verde). And if you’re not feeling very adventurous you can opt for smashed avocado.

The interiors are chilled and stylish, with an industrial vibe and plenty of greenery.

Find out more and book a table on their website HERE

The Narrowboat

A great little bistro pub with canal side balcony seating. Top quality pub grub, including fantastic roasts on Sunday.

The interiors are bright ans spacious, great for a big family meal or a chilled out Sunday afternoon with friends.

They also host occasional classy events including wine tasting.

Located next to Regent’s Canal and a five minute walk from Shoreditch Park.

Take a look at the menus and book and table on their website HERE

This week we’ve got three absolutely stunning homes in sought-after Hackney locations, as well as a beautiful terrace property in the heart of Islington…

Linton Street, N1

This beautifully presented two double bedroom maisonette is located in the sought-after Arlington Conservation Area, with easy access to Angel and the City.

The property has high ceilings, excellent natural light throughout and attractive period features including oak flooring.

The property is set over two floors and features a flat roof terrace and vault storage on the lower ground floor.

£795,000

Arrange to view or see more about this property HERE

Glaskin Mews, E9

This impressive modern town house is arranged over three floors with beautiful floor to ceiling windows that offer views of Victoria Park, which is just at the end of the road.

The large west-facing reception room on the first floor has fantastic natural light. There is a stylish modern kitchen/diner on the ground floor leading through to an attractive walled garden. There is also a home study (or possible guest room) to the front of the property on the ground floor.

The bedrooms are situated on the first and second floors and there are two bathrooms, one family bath and one shower room.

The property also benefits from off-street parking with electric car charging point.

£945,000

Arrange to view or see more about this property HERE

Brenthouse Road, E9

This beautiful three double bedroom house located right betwen London Fields and Victoria Park is bright and light and has been fabulously refurbished in modern style through out.

The house has two good sized double bedrooms, contemporary modern bathroom, a sunlit modern kitchen/diner and a south-facing rear garden.

The house also benefits from a basement for storage.

£1,050,000

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King Edwards Road, E9

King Edwards Road is one of Hackney’s most sought-after locations. A quiet residential street moments form bustling London Fields and fashionable Broadway Market with its award winning boutiques, independent book shops and great pubs, bars and restaurants.

Refurbished in a sleek modern style that seamlessly blends with the house’s original period features, there are large sash windows, exposed wooden floorboards, original fireplaces and high ceilings.

The house is spread over four floors. The ground floor features a bright and spacious kitchen/diner which leads through to the spacious south-facing rear garden. There is a second reception/dining room on the ground floor, with dual aspect views. The bedrooms are all very well proportioned and are spread over the first and second floors.

The house benefits from two large modern bathrooms and ample built in storage throughout.

£1,900,000

Arrange a viewing or see more about this property HERE

This week’s selected properties include an unusual semi-detached house and a contemporary home, both in Hackney and a sleek duplex apartment a stone’s throw from Farringdon…

Church Crescent, E9

This charming and unusual semi-detached three bedroom house is located in Victoria Park Village close to award winning pubs, restaurants, delis and boutiques.

The house has a spacious dual aspect reception room with original period features including sash windows and shutters, original floorboards and attractive vaulted ceilings with beams. There is a separate, recently refurbished, modern kitchen that opens directly onto a well maintained courtyard garden.

The first floor comprises two bedrooms (one of which is currently being used as a home study, but could also make a great child’s room or guest room) along with a large family bathroom. The very large master bedroom is located on the second floor.

£975,000

Arrange to view or see more about this property HERE

Theberton Street, N1

This stylishly refurbished Grade II listed four bedroom Victorian home was developed in collaboration with Robert Dye Architects. Towards the rear of the property on the lower ground floor, a fabulous open plan family room has been added, featuring a large glass ceiling into the garden, making for fantastic natural light.

There is a second double reception room on the raised ground floor, with direct access into the beautifully maintained garden – an ideal entertaining space.

The bedrooms are spread across the first and second floors and all bedrooms but one have built in storage.

The house is located in the heart of Islington, a stone’s throw from cultural highlights including independent cinema Screen on the Green, Almeida Theatre and the iconic King’s Head Theatre pub. The great restaurants, pubs and boutiques of Upper Street are also a few minutes walk away.

£2,100,000

Arrange a viewing or find out more about this property HERE

Britton Street, EC1M

This fantastically located two bedroom duplex apartment in Farringdon has recently been refurbished to a very high standard. The apartment features a spacious open plan reception and kitchen, with a stylish breakfast bar.

There is a private patio in addition to a full width balcony and the property also benefits from secure underground parking and a large amount of built in storage.

£1,100,000

Arrange to view or see more about this property HERE

Downham Road, N1

This contemporary three bedroom house in Hackney is split over two levels with fantastic use of space and great natural light throughout.

The ground floor comprises a beautiful open plan living/dining room and kitchen with large skylights. Downstairs are the three well proportioned bedrooms and a modern family bathroom with attractive freestanding bathtub.

There is a rear patio accessed via two of the bedrooms and the master bedroom also benefits from an en-suite luxury shower room.

Downham Road is located close to both Haggerston and De Beauvoir and a few minutes walk from a picturesque stretch of Regent’s Canal featuring many fantastic canal-side cafes and restaurants.

£1,095,000

Arrange to view or see more about this house HERE

You don’t have to commit to paint or wallpaper to add a bit of colour to a room. These tips will help you to brighten up any room quickly and easily…

Statement seating

Add a fun splash of colour with one piece of statement furniture. This could be a bold sofa or armchair, or if you’re on more of a budget, a bright rug.

Fun wall vinyls

Wall vinyls are a great way to add colour to a room without having to commit by painting. They can easily be removed too which makes them a great option if you rent your property. These confetti-style vinyls are by CasaSunshine, available on Etsy

Colourful cushions

Colourful scatter cushions really brighten up a room. You don’t have to worry about co-ordinating with cushions either, a clashy style can look like a deliberate choice. Or you could choose cushions that don’t match one another but fit to a theme, for example florals or fur.

Ferns and florals

Add a bit of colour to your room with some greenery and get the added benefit of cleaner air. Palms and succulents are really easy to keep and don’t need regular watering. Or if you’re feeling extra lazy, you can buy very realistic plastic plants online (nobody will be able to tell!)

Get bright with lighting

Brighten up a home office or living room with a bright and quirky lamp. Or, add a colourful lampshade to a ceiling light fitting. You could even change them to suit the seasons, with bright spring colours during the sunnier months and warmer shades during winter.

Colourful and cosy throws

Colourful scatter cushions are a great way to stop a room looking drab. In fact, they can even make your home stand out in online pictures when you’re trying to sell (so says Currell Senior Valuer David Gwinnutt)

Pick a theme colour

Adding touches of complimenting colours across a room can help the style to look more put together. You don’t have to over do it, perhaps just match a rug to some throw pillows, and then add in some flowers of a similar shade.

This week’s properties include a stylish apartment, part of an unusual Victorian school conversion and a beautiful home in the heart of Islington with some truly stunning interiors.

College Cross, N1

This beautifully refurbished three bedroom house features fantastic attention to detail throughout and has been transformed into a lovely modern home by the current owners.

Spread over five floors, the house comprises a huge kitchen/diner on the lower ground floor, which opens directly onto the rear west-facing patio and is flooded with natural light. The double through reception room on the raised ground floor also opens directly onto the garden via floor to ceiling bi-fold doors. Bright, airy, open plan spaces have been prioritised throughout, making this a family home that is also ideal for entertaining.

The bedrooms (all good sized doubles) are spread over the first and second floors. The large master bedroom is adjacent to the family bathroom which features an attractive claw-foot tub. There is also a luxury shower room on the first floor.

The third floor features a large roof terrace, a real sun trap, and an adjacent second reception room that opens out fully – a perfect spot for a summer drinks party or to relax during the evening.

The house is ideally located, running parallel to Upper Street with its fantastic boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Highbury and Islington and Angel stations are both a short walk away.

The property is offered chain free as the current owners have been relocated abroad.

£2,395.000

Arrange to view or find out more about this property HERE

Myddelton Square, EC1R

This beautiful four bedroom upper maisonette has a fantastic view over St Mark’s Church in Myddleton Square.

This spacious family property comprises 1,494 sq ft set over three floors of a Grade II listed Georgian terrace.

The first floor features a very large reception room, accessed by a bright wide entrance hall and a short staircase from the private entrance on the ground floor. With high ceilings and large windows, the room has fantastic natural light.

The second floor features the master bedroom with a large modern family bathroom to the rear of the property. Two further double bedrooms and a well proportioned single (that would also make an ideal home study) are located on the third floor.

The peace and tranquility of Myddelton Square combined with it’s close proximity to the fantastic amenities and transport links of Upper Street and Angel make this one of Clerkenwell’s most sought-after locations.

£1,500,000

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Buckingham Road, N1

This beautiful four bedroom semi-detached Victorian house has a lovely sunny south-facing garden, which is accessed directly from a bright and spacious kitchen/diner.

On the first floor are two good sized double bedrooms, one with access to a roof terrace. A modern family bathroom is also on this floor to the rear of the property.

The second floor comprises two further double bedrooms, one en-suite with a shower room.

The property is located close to Dalston Junction station and within easy reach of trendy De Beauvoir Village with its great pubs, restaurants and delis.

£1,550,000

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Chelmer Road, E9

This stylish three bedroom apartment is part of a beautifully refurbished Victorian school in Homerton and features fantastic south-facing views over London.

The property has a number of original features including double height vaulted ceilings and large arched windows. Slit over two levels, there is a very spacious living area with a fitted kitchen to one side – an ideal entertaining space – on the first floor, along with one double bedroom. On the upper floor are two further bedrooms and a large L-shaped decked terrace.

The property also benefits from off-street parking and is located close to the great amenities of Chatsworth Road and within easy reach of Victoria Park.

£899,950

Arrange a viewing or find out more about this apartment HERE

This week’s specially selected properties include a stunning family home in Hackney, with beautiful interiors, and a stylish modern apartment in one of London’s architectural icons…

Lauriston Road, E9

This beautiful three bedroom family home has been refurbished with stylish modern interiors throughout.

The diner-style kitchen leads directly to the spacious south-facing garden. On the raised ground floor, there is a large through reception room, an ideal entertaining space, with an additional study to the rear overlooking the garden.

The master bedroom has a luxurious marble en-suite with dual sinks and built in storage. On the top floor are two good sized double bedrooms and access to a large boarded loft space.

The house is located in the heart of sought-after Victoria Park Village with its award winning pubs, delis and boutiques and beautiful Victoria Park a stone’s throw away.

£2,000,000

Arrange to view or see more about this property HERE

Ziggurat Building, EC1N

Located in one of London’s most iconic art deco buildings, the architecturally outstanding Ziggurat Building, this two bedroom loft apartment is a unique find in the heart of Clerkenwell.

The property comprises a spacious open plan living space/dining area, a sunny south-west facing terrace, two well proportioned double bedrooms and a useful separate utility area.

The apartment is finished to a very high standard throughout, recently refurbished but maintaining a number of industrial features including large Crittall windows and concrete pillars.

£1,290,000

Arrange to view or find out more about this apartment HERE

Mildmay Park, N1

This spacious three bedroom upper maisonette comprises 1400 sq ft of accommodation and a landscaped west-facing garden.

The property boasts a beautiful reception room with fantastic natural light thanks to high ceilings and huge sash windows. Modern style has been blended with original period features, including wooden floors and fireplaces.

The property also benefits from a handy communal utility area on the ground floor and secure bike storage.

The house is located between Canonbury and Dalston Kingsland, offering great transport links into the City and across London as well as trendy boutiques, great restaurants and fantastic pubs.

£1,100,000

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St David’s Apartments, N7

This impressive two bedroom penthouse apartment has fantastic views over Paradise Park, with the large terrace and open plan reception/kitchen making for a great entertaining space to enjoy the view from.

The property is part of a boutique development that benefits from lifts, video entry and attractive communal areas. The penthouse offers 898 sq ft of high specification accommodation including a modern fitted kitchen with stylish breakfast bar and integrated BOSCH appliances.

Caledonian Road and Highbury & Islington stations are both a short walk away, with the great restaurants and boutiques of Upper Street also within easy reach.

£799,950

Arrange to view or learn more about this property HERE

It might seem that interior design trends come and go faster than you can say “what colour velvet sofa do I want?” But there are some solid tips and tricks that you can always rely on for elegant, timeless, style in your home…

Mix old and new

A great trick employed by interior designers is to incorporate old items, including antiques and inherited pieces, with newer furniture. The best way to approach this is to tailor your new purchases to the older items that you already have. Go for natural woods and simple designs in new furniture to compliment antiques without looking too mismatched.

Think about your bulbs

The lightbulb you choose makes a massive difference to the overall look of a light fixture. More than that, the type of lighting you have can alter the whole mood of a room. Do you want the room to be bright and bold, or snug and cosy? Lightbulbs themselves can be a great statement item – there are loads of interesting filament bulbs available and the prices have really come down since they first arrived on the market. A great filament bulb can even work in a bare fitting, with no need for a lampshade.

Clashing can be great

Carefully curated items that technically ‘clash’ can be a great style choice and help to give a room more personality. This works best in moderation. If your seating clashes, for example, go for a cohesive colour scheme for your walls and floors.

Keep it personal

Make your home really feel like your own by making personal items the central focal point of a room. Interesting interior design doesn’t mean turning your back on your own personality and going along with fads and trends. Put your favourite ornaments and mementos on display, or perhaps create a dedicated area for certain memories, like a shelf for holiday souvenirs or an area for wedding photographs.

Keep the kitchen classic

It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of a home. The kitchen is likely to be the room where your interior design choices feel more permanent. Installing a breakfast bar, shelling out for new cabinets and worktops, these are major decisions. As a general rule, keeping the kitchen simple and classic is always a good choice. For kitchens, go for something that will never go out of style.

Make it look lived in

Good interior design is forward thinking. Consider your lifestyle when making decisions about how to style your home. Got four dogs? Maybe not a white rug, then. Small children? Is a cream velvet sofa the best plan? You should feel relaxed in your home, and making interior design choices that are practical and suited to you doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style.

Think about taps and sinks

A small detail but one that can make a big difference to the overall look of a kitchen or bathroom. Spending a little more on a stylish sink and taps can really elevate the room.

Buy less but buy well

Whether you’re moving into a new home and need a whole set of furniture, or you’re looking to update your home, don’t shop without a plan. A good way to break down the task is room by room. Think about how you want the room to look, and start with a few essential pieces (like the interior design equivalent of a capsule wardrobe). Then you can gradually build on this. Don’t try to force your home to look perfect overnight – part of the joy of interior design is seeing how your living spaces evolve.

Play around with seating

Changing up your room’s seating arrangement can be a great way to refresh the look of a room. You could even have different arrangements for different seasons, creating a more cosy feel in winter and a more airy and open feel for summer. Having one statement piece of furniture is also a great way to add a splash of colour.

Think about areas, not rooms

Don’t make the mistake of thinking a room should only be used for one thing. Some of the best interior design utilises space in creative and multi-purposed ways. You can easily add a study to the corner of a living room, or make a beautiful dining room in a kitchen. Think about dividing spaces with clever use of furniture. For example, in the picture above, the combination of a corner sofa and a large rug clearly section off a cosy lounge area in a much bigger reception room.

This week’s selected properties include an impressive warehouse conversion in one of East London’s historic buildings and a spectacular family home in Islington…

The Tapestry Building, EC2M

This impressive warehouse conversion is a real part of East London history. The beautifully refurbished two bedroom apartment forms part of the Tapestry Building, formerly owned by the East India Trading Company and built in the 18th Century.

The property comprises a large dual aspect living/dining room, spacious master bedroom with luxury en-suite and an additional well proportioned second bedroom with modern shower room.

The apartment has been modernised to the highest standard, with state of the art fixtures and fittings including a cooling system, smart lighting and integrated entertainment system. There is bespoke joinery throughout and the kitchen is fitted with integrated Gaggenau appliances.

Liverpool Street station is a few minutes walk away, for unbeatable transport links across London and the UK, including fast trains to Stansted airport every 30 minutes.

£1,495,000

Arrange a viewing or find out more about this property HERE

Canonbury Lane, N1

This stylish four bedroom house has fantastic natural light throughout and features a very spacious kitchen/dining room in addition to a large reception room on the first floor – ideal for entertaining. The bedrooms are all bright and well proportioned and the house also benefits from three bathrooms and an additional WC on the raised ground floor.

The beautiful garden is accessed directly from the kitchen and there is a south facing study towards the rear of the property also overlooking the garden. The house has abundant storage throughout and allocated parking.

Highbury & Islington and Angel station are both within a short walk.

£2,400,000

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Bradstock Road, E9

This stylish and spacious loft conversion is spread over two floors, with fantastic natural light throughout and abundant built-in storage including a large walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom.

The property comprises a semi open-plan kitchen off the large reception, three bedrooms and two bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows.

The apartment has been finished to a very high standard, featuring under floor heating and quartz worktop in the kitchen.

Bradstock Road is located a few minutes walk from Green Flag Award winning Victoria Park and within easy reach of trendy London Fields and Broadway Market with its fantastic restaurants, pubs and boutiques.

Offers in excess of £725,000

Arrange a viewing or find out more about this property HERE

Tabley Road, N7

This large period family house has been refurbished to a very high standard, making for a modern and stylish home.

Spread over three floors (in addition to a large cellar) the house has five good sized bedrooms and two beautiful reception rooms. The bright modern kitchen opens directly onto the garden, perfect for entertaining.

In addition to a well maintained and very private rear garden, the property also benefits from a large roof terrace.

Tabley Road is a peaceful residential road located a few minutes walk from the great amenities and transport links of Holloway Road.

£1,550,000

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It’s Pancake Day! The one day of the year when it’s basically the law to eat breakfast for dinner, in the form of piles of yummy pancakes. But if you’re flipping skills aren’t up to scratch, or you just don’t feel like messing up your kitchen… here are some of East London’s famous pancake spots…

The Breakfast Club, Hackney Wick

At The Breakfast Club, Pancake Day is a really big deal. They release a special menu packed with savory and sweet options (and heaps of vegan options too) running from 5th – 8th March.

If you’re feeling extra hungry, you could even take part in their annual pancake challenge – eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes and they’re on the house. Don’t manage it and your bill will be donated to charity.

The Diner, Shoreditch

The Diner in Shoreditch is a classic American style eatery complete with booths and tall milkshakes straight out of the 1950s. So you might not be surprised to hear that they go big on Pancake Day too. Keep it simple with choc chip pancakes or go for something fruity or savoury… they also have an extensive vegan pancake menu. Yum!

Shane’s On Canalside, Hackney Wick

At Shane’s On Canalside you can munch through your stack of fluffy pancakes whilst watching the world go by along the pictureque River Lea. Their unique twist on brunch pancakes include goats cheese and butternut squash. If you’re feeling virtuous, you can work your meal off afterwards with a cycle or walk around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Trade, Spitalfields

Work up an appetite by doing some shopping around Spitalfields before heading to Trade. Expect all the classic pancake options including maple syrup, berries and mascarpone and bacon and egg.

Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park

Pavilion in Victoria Park is the local’s favourite brunch spot and it’s not hard to see why… with tonnes of outdoor seating beside the park’s boating lake, you can relax with their famous banana, syrup and mascarpone buttermilk pancakes. Delish!

This week’s stand out properties include a stunning Victorian home in Islington and a stylish house that was shortlisted in last year’s London Home Design Awards…

Garrett Street, EC1Y

This beautiful spacious two bedroom warehouse conversion is set in a former bed factory in the heart of Clerkenwell.

The property has been refurbished to a very high standard throughout with high specification fixtures and fittings, but retains a number of original features including huge Crittal windows, steel supports and exposed brickwork.

The bedrooms are both very good sized doubles, with the master also benefiting from two walk-in wardrobes.

Other features include secure underground parking and access to a communal courtyard.

£1,795,000

Arrange a viewing or see more details about this property HERE

Alwyne Road, N1

This impressive Grade II listed Victorian house is set over four floors and features fantastic entertaining spaces, a beautiful modern kitchen and large, bright bedrooms.

Modern design and original period features have been seamlessly blended throughout, with features including an oak paneled cloakroom and dining room, original fireplaces, a stunning La Cornue cooker, and sash windows. There is a very peaceful south-easterly facing rear garden which backs onto picturesque New River Walk.

Alwyne Road is set within the sought-after Canonbury Conservation area, with easy access to the great amenities and transport links of Islington and Angel.

£4,900,000

Arrange a viewing or download a brochure and floor plan for this property HERE

Driffield Road, E3

This stylishly refurbished Victorian house is set within the Driffield Road Conservation Area.

The house is set over three floors, with a light and airy open plan feel thanks to large windows and thoughtfully positioned skylights. There are high quality fixtures and fittings throughout including cherry wood flooring, under floor heating and original 1870s window shutters.

The house’s beautiful contemporary garden was shortlisted for the 2018 Houzz/Evening Standard home design awards.

£1,200,000

See more about this property and arrange to view HERE

London Lane, E8

This brand new three bedroom home is part of a new boutique development adjacent to trendy London Fields and a short walk from Broadway Market with its award winning restaurants, delis and boutiques.

The apartment has been finished to a very high standard throughout and boasts ample private outdoor space. The apartment is flooded with natural light an features ample built in storage and fully integrated kitchen with all Smeg appliances.

Show flat now open, arrange to view and download a full brochure HERE