New homes in London: Regent Apartments, City Wharf

Wenlock Basin in N1 has duplex penthouses and warehouse-style apartment blocks with communal roof terraces.
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If you want a central waterside home but cannot get a place overlooking the Thames, your next-best option is an inner-city canal basin. Walk along the Regent’s Canal towpath west from Limehouse and eventually you will get to Wenlock Basin, right on the cusp of Hackney and Islington boroughs with commercial wharves and light industrial factory premises making way for new homes.

A faded old street plaque denotes that in 1861 this patch was part of the parish of Middlesex. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant and redeveloped Gainsborough Studios, an arty enclave of flats and workspaces where Alfred Hitchcock made six movies, are among the neighbourhood’s attractions. Creative companies such as architects, designers and digital start-ups are also settling into the quiet backstreets. 

Regent Apartments at Wenlock Basin has a striking blue brick-and-glass façade that incorporates a mural, which depicts the story of local residents trapped beneath Wenlock Brewery during the Blitz and how they made a human pyramid to escape. A so-called Platinum Collection of apartments, including duplex penthouses, has been unveiled. Prices from £600,000. Call 0344 8099159.
From £500,000: flats at City Wharf in N1. Call 0800 083 3199

Nearby City Wharf comprises a linear group of warehouse-style apartment blocks with communal roof terraces and courtyard gardens on the water’s edge. The 327 flats are designed with wine fridges in the kitchens and there’s storage for 300 bikes. Prices from £500,000. Call Fabrica on 0800 083 3199.

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