Since the dark days of the banking collapse in 2008, the pace of change on the City’s eastern fringe has accelerated beyond expectation. No longer in the shadow of the Square Mile, the area is in the spotlight, with smart residential and office towers rising around Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Aldgate.
Goodman’s Fields is a 10-minute walk from the Bank of England and even closer to the Tower of London. Before 2008 it was a fortress-like business estate, closed to the public. However, Berkeley, the new owner, has opened up the seven-acre site for 920 homes, equal to about 10 per cent of the entire number of homes in the Square Mile itself.
The development aspires to be part of the expanding City yet have its own identity — that of a new quarter, with glass-clad towers and low-rise buildings together with a top-notch hotel, shops and restaurants, parks, squares and lush, landscaped gardens.
Kingwood Gardens is the latest phase, a 24-storey tower with 95 apartments. Residents have 24-hour concierge services, access to a luxurious health club with a gym and a pool, plus a private cinema. Prices from £565,000. Call 020 3217 1000.