In the heart of the East End, this inviting three-bedroom flat has been stylishly fitted out and has the added bonus of its very own garden sanctuary.
Old Market Square, Shoreditch, 3 Bed. Flat
Brutalist in design, this first-floor flat on Columbia Road is a celebration of modernity and urban living. It combines an architecturally-striking exterior with a minimalist and comfortable interior. The owners have created pared-back spaces through a medley of textures, from the parquet-effect floor to the vertical tiles echoed in the kitchen and bathroom.
There is cohesion to the layout thanks to the continuity of the floor in the three pristine bedrooms. While the living space is awash with natural light, which pours in through south-facing windows overlooking the balcony. And to top it off, you can enjoy your own personal retreat in the form of a delightfully green and enclosed garden, extending your socialising space and providing an oasis of calm smack bang in the middle of the city.
Old Market Square could scarcely be better located for anyone wanting to be in the centre of the East London action. The area marries East End charm with an artistic edge. Whether it’s the newest pop-up in town or, more classically, East End, head in any direction, and you won’t have to walk far before you stumble across a hidden gem –– soak up the street art, meander down Columbia Road Flower Market, or stroll along the canal towpath.
THE OWNER SAYS
The flat is set in a quiet neighbourhood, yet in an area thick with restaurants, coffee shops, vintage boutiques, live music, and green space. So much is accessible by foot, bike, or bus. I love meeting up with friends at that living relic that is the Art Deco greasy spoon E. Pellicci for a hearty breakfast, and then walking it off along the canal, peering into the boats and imagining a life on the water.
To vary the working week, I'll walk over to LSO St. Luke's on Friday for a free lunchtime concert. The flat is more than just a launchpad; it's also a retreat amid the bustle. On a Sunday, I'll often sip coffee and watch the Columbia Road Flower Market punters carry their leafy finds back home. It's a wonderful spot.
THE LEGAL BIT
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POINTS TO CONSIDER
Current Energy Rating C. Potential Energy Rating C.
In the borough of Tower Hamlets, the property falls into Band C (£1,405.35 in 2023/24).
92 years left on the lease.
Ground rent & service charge:
Ground rent is £10 pa (TBC). The annual service charge was £1,883 in 2021/2022. Payment is collected monthly.
Current monthly costs are approx. Gas £125, Electricity £82, Water £44.
As well as updating the flooring throughout, the owners have renovated the kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen has a ceramic worktop, induction hob, and a built-in combination oven/microwave in addition to the oven.
Old Market Square is perfectly positioned to access Hoxton, Shoreditch and the surrounding areas on foot. When you need to head further afield, you can either head to the nearby Overground in Hoxton (0.3 miles) or Old Street (0.8 miles), where you can pick up the tube. If two wheels are more your style, you can pick up the nearby Cycleway 13 for a safer and faster way to travel on a bike.
The estate is featured in Simon Phipps' Brutal London: A Photographic Exploration of Post-War London.
Explore East London
1 Columbia Road Flower Market
A bona fide institution, and by far the most colourful market in London, the flower market at Columbia Road kicks off at 8 every Sunday morning and wraps up around 3. (Pro tip: You can get fantastic two-for-£10 bunches towards the end of the day.) Browse stall after stall of beautiful blooms while popping into the shops along Columbia Road—all of which are independently owned. For pre-market fuel, hit World Barista Champion Gwilym Davies’s coffee cart on Ezra Street, just behind the market.
2 Campania & Jones
This small, family run Italian restaurant is just off Columbia Road and is AMAZING. Set within a beautiful old dairy it is easily one of the most special places in the area. Indeed – we think – anywhere in London. We won't say any more, just GO. OK?
Morito has served arguably the finest tapas in London since it first appeared as an offshoot of Moro in Exmouth Market in 2010, and in 2016, Hackney got its very own Morito—bigger, brighter, and perhaps even better, thanks to its unique fusion of Spanish and Northern African cuisine. Try a little bit of everything (that’s the beauty of tapas, right?!), then chase it down with a full flight of sherry from the extensive menu.
4 Fabrique Bakery
A great pitstop after a morning at Columbia Road market, this Swedish bakery use a stone oven to make amazing bread and even more amazing cinnamon and cardamon buns, they are seriously to die for. The sandwiches are pretty good too and the Mr & Mrs toast is highly recommended. Tucked away behind the Geffrye Museum in a railway arch, it's well worth a little detour.
5 Museum of the Home
A wonderful little museum set in a beautiful 18th-century almshouse. If you like nosing around other peoples homes, then you'll love this place. Oozing with history and fascinating room sets from the by-gone years of London's homes, from 1600 to present day. You can 'time travel' from one room to another and the absolute attention to detail, from the curtains to the flowers on the table, and the vintage newspaper on the table, is really pretty impressive. The front garden is open all year round and is a great green pitstop if you're in the area, plus the herb garden behind the house is really worth a wander with a very impressive collection of plants and a delightful smell!