Tucked away moments from the Thames, the former Dominican priory of the Blackfriars is now a mainly commercial quarter, its historic narrow lanes leading to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Here, too, is splendid, 17th-century Apothecaries’ Hall — the oldest livery company building in the City — and beside it is 33 Blackfriars, a rare residential development of 15 flats.
Now that the City is a place to live as well as work, these homes in the Square Mile are where owners can put down roots. Apartments at the scheme have a minimum of two bedrooms and several come with outside space. A generous-size penthouse-type flat with a crescent of windows even offers a glimpse of the river.
Interiors are functional rather than luxurious, which reflects in the prices, from £835,000. Call Hurford Salvi Carr on 020 7250 4950.