If you want a central waterside home but cannot afford a place overlooking the Thames, your next best option is an inner-city canal basin.
Walk along Regent’s Canal towpath west from Limehouse and you will soon get to Wenlock Basin in Hackney. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant and Gainsborough Studios, an arty enclave of flats and workspaces where Alfred Hitchcock made six movies, are among the neighbourhood’s attractions.
City Wharf, above, comprises a group of warehouse-style apartment blocks with communal roof terraces and courtyard gardens on the water’s edge. Kitchens in the 327 flats have a wine fridge as standard, plus there is storage for 300 bikes. Prices start from £500,000. Call Fabrica on 0800 083 3199.