Mr Clarke thinks :
This is the perfect city pad. You are in the heart of Shoreditch yet you feel serene and calm when you close the front door. The clever design, elegant finish and subtle combination of classic warehouse & contemporary vibes is a signature of Rients Bruinsma.
Rients Bruinsma has made a career of creating classic, yet contemporary spaces across the globe. This apartment, in the heart of Shoreditch, captures his signature style perfectly. Bruinsma has carved a beautiful home out of the second floor of a Victorian warehouse - retaining all of the stunning features of the original building and blending them with luxury modern touches like the heated polished concrete floor, walnut panelling, marble surfaces, steam shower and useful technology.
Now more than ever, a home needs to make you happy and provide serenity. Yet this desire for calm is balanced with an urge to be busy and to be amongst people and culture. This apartment embraces these moods perfectly by drawing you in and encouraging you to sit in front of the fire, whilst the busy Shoreditch neighbourhood calls for you to go out and play.
The apartment is divided into two wings, which are linked by a corridor that has been created by a walnut-clad central unit. One wing is for cooking, entertaining, working and living, the other wing is for sleeping and relaxing. The double-glazed sash windows throughout the apartment flood the interior with natural light and highlight the raw beauty of the exposed brick.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The view from the desk - the street is full of inspiration.
A study area and snug space has been cleverly conceived off the kitchen and dining space. From here you can sit at your desk and be inspired by the happenings on the street below.
On the other side of a pair of bespoke glazed doors there is a intimate living space centred around a wood-burning stove. Close the automated blinds and you feel far from the madding crowd. A large bed lies at the other end of this space surrounded by walnut-clad built-in wardrobes.
A stunning bathroom sits between the two wings and it stylishly completes the interior. Lined with marble and boasting a vast steam shower, this is a sanctuary within a sanctuary.
- Three words : Contemporary. Classic. Contrast.
Our favourite part
The luxury touches at every point.
Vibrant & Exciting
Sitting between Old Street and Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch is the playground for the thrill seeking Londoner. Lively hotspots are at the corner of every cobbled avenue and if you want to be part of everything that is hip in London then come to Shoreditch.
For busy workers who want a short commute the apartment is only a short walk to the Barbican Centre, Liverpool Street, The City of London & the tech offices on Old Street. A slightly longer bike ride (but nothing to arduous) you will be in Canary Wharf.
On a weekend days it is all about markets and the busy East End markets of Columbia Road, Brick Lane and Broadway Market are are close by. We love browsing the stalls inside Spitalfields Market and dipping into the covered street-food market on Brick Lane for a bite to eat. Mrs Clarke loves getting ghetto-fabulous nails at Imarni Nails and Mr Clarke likes an old-school shave by Jack the Clipper.
For foodies, Shoreditch offers everything, literally everything that your taste buds could dream of. Head to Boxpark’s array of bars and cafés – we like Voodoo Ray’s pizza for a cheap, delicious snack or the fabulous falafel café upstairs. Andina is one of London’s best Peruvian restaurants, a short stroll from Shoreditch High Street. Old favs like Hawksmoor and Dishoom are on your doorstep too. Stroll down Kingsland Road – aka Phở Mile – for some of the city’s best Vietnamese food. But our enduring favourite has to be St John Bread and Wine as we can't resist a white tablecloth and a a good wine list.
Shoreditch High Street operates London Overground services and Old Street is on the Bank branch of the Northern Line. Oxford Street is a 20-minute bus journey. Shoreditch is just outside the Congestion Charge zone.
Where everyone wants to live
- Pubs: We love The Redchurch Bar for a mean cocktails, a boogie at XOYO, and a pint at the Queen of Hoxton
- Walks: Head to the canal for a nice stroll
- Tenure: Leasehold with Share of Freehold
- Lease Length: Approx. 103 years
- Service Charge: Approx. £1,500 per annum