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.”
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1/9 Tower Bridge
Residents of One Tower Bridge will have the added luxury of their own 900-seat theatre, designed by theatre designer Steve Tompkins. Prices start from £1,475,000. Call 020 7871 0011 (Scroll right)...
2/9 St James
Two-bedroom apartments in the Hansom Building, close to St James Theatre in the heart of London start at £1.435.000. Call Jackson-Stops & Staff on 020 7664 6649.
3/9 St James
St James continues its £4 billion regeneration into a thriving cultural community with The Pall Mall Collection, former offices transformed into luxury lateral apartments starting at £5.9 million. Call Knight Frank on 0207 861 5195.
Blake Tower, the fourth tower that completes the famous Brutalist estate, has been transformed into luxury apartments, starting at £715,000. Call Redrow on 0203 538 3719.
The boutique apartments of the Gatti House have been converted from the spaces within the historic Grade-II listed Adelphi Theatre, with two-bedroom apartments from £3,950,000. Call 020 7629 8313.
6/9 Hammersmith & Fulham
The famous Riverside Studios are adding studio, one- , two- and three-bedroom apartments to their repertoire of performing arts spaces, following a major redevelopment, Queen's Wharf, set to be completed in 2017. Call 0207 205 2973.
Queen's Wharf developers Mount Anvil are also responsible for Keybridge, set to be Britain's tallest residential tower, close to Damien Hirst's latest venture, Newport Street Gallery. Studios start at £595,000. Call 020 7205 4152.
Newspaper House offers contemporary apartments in the creative hub of the Southbank, close to the National Theatre, with prices from £840,000. Call Acorn Property Group on 020 8341 2222.
As the East End of London becomes the capitals latest cultural hub, the Stratosphere Building by Telford Homes offers luxury living in the heart of the action. Call: 020 3538 8265
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.
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.
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.
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.