London's warehouse conversions:inside the former factories that are being transformed into penthouses, flats and split-level city pads

From a collection of super-luxe apartments in a former Royal Mail sorting office in Islington, to a one-off penthouse conversion just off Wapping High Street, take a tour of the "warehouse chic" for sale in the capital... 

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Ever since the iconic Friends loft-apartment first filled our TV screens over 20 years ago, the popularity of warehouse conversions has gone from strength to strength on this side of the Atlantic, too. 

In recent years, London has seen an increase in the number of former storehouses and factories being transformed into sleek penthouse apartments and split-level city pads. Developers recognise the appeal of gritty, original architecture combined with contemporary, luxe fittings and buyers fall in love with the lofty proportions.

Exposed brickwork, large windows and an often 'arty' vibe undoubtedly add to their appeal to younger buyers, many of whom work in media, according to Martin Bikhit, managing director of Kay & Co.

But the market has also seen increased sales to "empty nesters", often drawn to the city's vibrant cultural scene after their children have left the family home. 

"The trend was begun by the Manhattan Loft Corporation’s Soho Lofts scheme on Wardour Street in the mid-Nineties and they quickly became extremely fashionable," Bikhit says.

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