Gordon and Becks add to the SE1 factor
Union Street Café, the Gordon Ramsay/David Beckham-backed Southwark eatery due to open in September, will entice even more fashionistas to SE1. The new restaurant is in a warehouse next to a black cab garage in a fast-changing area between Bankside and Borough.
For years this commercial district was judged the wrong side of the tracks: too close to grubby railway viaducts to be desirable. But it is smartening up. Workshops and railway arches are turning into smart bars, studios and galleries. Derelict parking sites and redundant factories are being redeveloped into homes.
Southside, in Union Street, launches next week, with 85 apartments priced from £525,000. Call estate agent Stirling Ackroyd on 020 7559 5165.
Waterside Park: 777 new quayside flats at Royal Docks
Royal Docks in east London has 13 miles of river and dock frontage and is home to London Regatta Centre, an international-standard facility. Waterside Park (pictured) with 777 flats, is one of the new quayside developments in this up-and-coming location, one of the Mayor’s enterprise opportunity areas. Prices from £265,000. Call Barratt on 020 7055 1743.
Stoke Newington: 4,600 new homes next to giant reservoirs
Opportunities for water sports in London are more plentiful than many people realise. As well as the Thames, there are inland docks, lakes, canal basins and reservoirs where regeneration projects are opening up access to the water for recreational use.
One of these is Woodberry Park in Stoke Newington, a 64-acre site bordering two giant reservoirs with boating clubs. The reservoir’s former filter house is now a visitor centre with old hydraulic machinery on display, while the Victorian pumping station, a distinctive castellated design, has been converted into a popular climbing centre.
Up to 4,600 new homes are being built alongside the open water. Apartment blocks will be linked by a series of “linear parks” converging on a new town square. New River Gardens, the latest phase, is on the banks of East Reservoir and includes penthouses. Prices from £570,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. Call Berkeley Homes on 020 8985 9918.
Marylebone High Street: 19 new apartments
Barely 15 years since rat-infested stables on Marylebone High Street were transformed into a Conran store, a remarkable retail revival has helped to turn the area into one of the capital’s most coveted neighbourhoods.
Residential development followed the retail openings, and with much of the area listed, new-builds are rare. BBC Radio London used to broadcast from 35 Marylebone High Street, and its relocation has freed up this prime site for redevelopment into 19 apartments plus five townhouses in a mews at the rear.
The Thirties façade fronting the high street is being retained and there will be new shops and more parking. Call Montagu Evans on 020 7493 4002.
Marylebone buyers are now having to push west past Baker Street and east of Great Portland Street to find homes. One major new-build scheme in the pipeline is Galliard’s redevelopment of Chiltern Street car park into 99 apartments. To register, call 020 7620 1500.