Work in the City and walk home to Artillery Lane

Homes at Armoury Court are just a short walk from Bishopsgate and the buzz of Spitalfields.
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Artillery Lane is where the City meets Spitalfields. It is where shiny new global bank offices loom over early-Georgian townhouses and terrace artisan cottages, where many of the Huguenot silk merchants lived. The conservation area wrapping around the ancient market has a medieval street pattern, a network of winding lanes and narrow passageways, once forlorn but now buzzing with activity as office lights stay on late in the Square Mile.

Planners keep a tight rein on residential development. Conversions of old buildings provide most new homes, but measured against the number of workers, properties are always in short supply. Armoury Court (above) is a small yet sensitive refurbishment of an 18th century building that is now seven apartments and two shops, next to listed Raven Row, a stunning art gallery owned by the Sainsbury family. 

Jason Moody, the developer, grew up in the neighbourhood. “My first job was as a French polisher in my uncle’s factory,” he says. “I’ve seen this area change many times over the years. We need to move forward, but at the same time ensure its unique character is not lost, and that starts with protecting the heritage of buildings.”

A new in-keeping mansard roof has been added. They are compact, well-planned apartments for singles, and couples prepared to sacrifice space to live centrally. One flat has a roof terrace, another a small garden. Prices from £445,000 to £959,500. Call Tarn & Tarn 020 7377 8989. Moody has another local scheme in the pipeline — four new townhouses in Calvin Street. To register, call 01702 230308

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