Loft living in Stratford

Manhattan Loft Gardens has 248 new flats, a hotel and three open-air sky gardens.

Stratford meets Knightsbridge at Harrods, where a pop-up shop for a sleek new skyscraper being built at the Olympic Park in east London is turning heads of passers-by. The display occupies prime window space normally reserved for luxury jewellery at the famous department store in Brompton Road, SW1. 

It is the idea of developer Harry Handelsman, chief executive of Manhattan Loft Corporation and the “king of Clerkenwell cool”. Handelsman made designer loft livng a genre in the UK and saved and transformed the now-stunning St Pancras station.

Manhattan Loft Gardens, his latest project, is a shimmering, cantilevered 42-storey tower with 248 apartments, also incorporating a hotel and three open-air sky gardens. The object of the pop-up exercise is to infuse the development with some Harrods cachet and attract buyers to a  part of London they are unlikely to know well. The high-quality development raises the bar for Stratford. Apartments are priced from £615,000. Call 020 7225 6700.

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