Join London's culture club: new homes with private theatres and arts centres

London is the cultural capital of the world. And now, theatres and arts centres come as part of the new homes package in exciting ventures across the capital. 

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There is an endless list of galleries, museums, concert halls, clubs and venues — plus the launch of cultural destinations alongside new developments.

One Tower Bridge will offer 376 riverside flats with its own 900-seat theatre, which is set to be London Theatre Company’s new flagship home. Established by former National directors, Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, developer  Berkeley Homes hopes it will gain international recognition. 

Few London theatres have been built in the past 100 years, but Hytner believes the time is right. He says: “We’ve been looking for the right  space in the kind of location that  could galvanise playwrights, directors and actors.” 


The auditorium is designed by Stirling Prize-winning theatre designer Steve Tompkins, whose past projects include The Royal Court Theatre. One-, two- and three- bedroom apartments start from £1,475,000. Call 020 7871 0011.

If you are searching for culture in the South Bank, Crest Nicholson is selling three new developments, including Valentine Place in Blackfriars Road. The scheme, offering 150 apartments, will be a short stroll from the Southbank Centre and The Old Vic. Crest Nicolson’s Julia Reynolds says they are seeing many more buyers moving into, rather than out of, London as they get older.

“They want culture, diversity and  all the fun of the city,” she says. One-bedroom flats start from £750,000. Call 020 3640 7577. 


From £5.95 million: a former office building in St James has been transformed into three lateral apartments, plus a duplex, and also has a ground-floor art gallery. Call Knight Frank on  0207 861 5195.

Also in SE1, two- and three-bedroom apartments are for sale at Newspaper House, with prices from £840,000 to £1,430,000. Call Acorn Property Group on 020 8341 2222.

St James Theatre has proved to be a huge success in the middle of Victoria, a major hotspot for new homes as it transforms itself from a soulless commercial zone back into a thriving community, with £4 billion-worth of regeneration. 

Close to St James, two-bedroom apartments at 12-storey The Hansom start at £1,435,000. Call Jackson-Stops & Staff on 020 7664 6649. 

A former office building in St James has been transformed into three lateral apartments, plus a duplex, and also has a ground-floor art gallery. Apartments at The Pall Mall Collection start from £5.9 million. Call Knight Frank on  0207 861 5195.

From £3.95m: boutique scheme Gatti House, next to the Adelphi Theatre in the Strand

A mile away in the heart of Theatreland, the Adelphi Theatre in the Strand is being transformed into boutique scheme Gatti House

Part of the Gatti Brothers’s theatre portfolio, the Grade-II listed building’s famous diners included Oscar Wilde and Nöel Coward. Two-bedroom apartments start from £3,950,000. Call  020 7629 8313.

The Barbican, the City’s gift to the nation, opened in 1982 and is the largest arts centre of its kind in Europe. It is embedded into the middle of a Brutalist housing estate, comprising three tower blocks and 13 terrace blocks of homes on many levels. 

From £715,000: Blake Tower flats, on the Barbican Estate in EC4, includes the renowned arts centre


Blake Tower, the fourth high-rise in the Brutalist estate, is undergoing a radical transformation, from a YMCA hostel into 74 Conran-designed studios, plus one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments starting from £715,000. Call Redrow on 0203 538 3719.

Hammersmith & Fulham’s Riverside Studios have housed cutting-edge plays, arty films and made TV history for 40 years. Now a major refurbishment will create three studios, a cinema and screening room, plus entertainment space when complete in 2017. 

Culture vultures can enjoy performing arts across four floors, with the rest of the building reserved for Queen’s Wharf, where studios start from £585,000. Call 0207 205 2973. 

Jon Hall, of developer Mount Anvil, says the improvements will attract buyers who appreciate the “unique luxury of having a world-renowned TV studio, theatre and independent cinema” on-site as well as the short walk to Hammersmith Apollo and Lyric Theatre.


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