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.
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.