The River Café has helped to put a west London backwater on the map.
Turn off Fulham Palace Road towards the Thames and you will discover an orderly grid of roads between Bishop’s Park and a once-unloved commercial zone with warehouses and wharves — one of which is now occupied by the renowned restaurant.
It is run by Ruth Rogers, wife of architect Richard Rogers, whose adjacent headquarters will soon be redeveloped into a block of 57 flats and work studios.
The Lanchesters, a resourceful remodelling of a low-rise Eighties business estate, is part of this neighbourhood. It provides well-designed, spacious flats with large terraces for buyers who cannot afford a home in one of the area’s swish riverside developments.
Prices start at £675,000. Call Hamptons International on 020 7384 1001.