You can’t get more City fringe than Aldgate East. It butts right up against the City borderline but the ancient walls are no longer visible and with the drift of office development from the heart of the Square Mile, this lively patch has to all intents and purposes become part of the financial district.
Views from the higher flats at One Commercial Street, a shiny apartment tower above the Tube station, are proof of this indeed, with modern-day skyscrapers such as the so-called Walkie Talkie building and the Cheesegrater feeling almost within touching distance. Four penthouses have been unveiled by developer Redrow. These large, lateral apartments of up to 2,800 square feet have a light-filled open-plan main space, pictured, featuring a sleek Bulthaup kitchen. Each home also has two underground parking spaces. Prices start from £3.4 million. On the South Bank, the same sort of space would be twice the price. Call DTZ on 020 3296 3895.