Gazing down on a sea of green from its first-floor perch in Whitechapel, this one-bedroom flat has its own balcony and is walking distance from just about everything from the City to the Thames to the heart of the East End.
Damien Street, Whitechapel, 1 Bed. Flat
In a quiet modern block surrounded by a communal garden, this one-bedroom flat has been cleverly arranged around an open-plan layout and sunny balcony.
The large living/kitchen/dining area offers room to work, cook, entertain or just enjoy the morning light from the full-width, east-facing balcony. It's a unique feature that makes the flat feel larger and loftier than most. There's a mid-century calm to this space—particularly the quiet bedroom with its built-in wardrobe—but with a few fanciful details: the bathroom floor with its seaside tilescape or the little book nook in the big room. Cheerful and inviting, it's a peaceful hideaway in a buzzy bit of town.
Both Shadwell and Whitechapel stations are five minutes from the flat, but there's not much need for transit options with so much close at hand. That includes all the shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and nightlife from Shoreditch to Bethnal Green to Spitalfields. Spend weekends in the East End market of your choice, or just stroll along the riverbank to Tower Bridge, the City and beyond.
THE OWNER SAYS
I’ve lived in Damien Street for nine years altogether—and almost eight in this flat. It’s been an absolute joy waking up here every day. I love the neighbourhood. It’s incredibly central; the best city farm in London is less than 15 minutes’ walk away and the Thames is around 15-20 minutes away as well. There’s a real sense of community in this street, with lots of friendly neighbours and families.
I’ve loved seeing beautiful green trees out of every window, and the huge balcony is the best I’ve seen for this type of flat in all my years in London! You get the sun until after lunch and beautiful late afternoon/evening light through the bedroom window. The living space is brilliantly laid out. I treat the big room as four distinct spaces: kitchen and dining, office, living room and library. The flat is extremely warm and energy efficient, too.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impact Rating: C.
In the Borough of Tower Hamlets, the flat falls into Council Tax Band B (£1,149in 2021/22).
One of 18 in the block, the flat is leasehold with 92 years remaining and an annual service charge of £1,917, which includes hot water, heat, ground rent and buildings insurance.
Over the last seven years, the current owner has updated the wiring and plumbing, fitted a new hot-water immersion tank, replaced the kitchen worktop and installed a new toilet, sink and vanity in the bathroom. The council has also installed new double-glazing in the bedroom and resurfaced the balcony.
Explore East London
1 Genesis Cinema
Independent, arthouse cinema showcasing a broad spectrum of film, from Hollywood to independents. There is a gallery space for local artists to hold exhibitions and the recent addition of a foyer cafe has added a welcoming touch.
2 Stepney City Farm
This rural oasis set in the heart of Tower Hamlets, is not only for children. This impressive farm is set over 3 acres and offers opportunities to not only learn about animals, but also lessons on growing healthy food plus loads of great craft courses from pottery to stain glass making, to woodworking.
3 Wilton's Music Hall
A really wonderful historic old music hall dating back to 1859, running a mixed programme of live music and theatre. The building is a stunning mix of atmospheric faded grandeur and charm. After being on the edge of demolition for years, it has now been finally restored and opened up to its full potential, all a labour of love which has finally paid off. Last year the project was awarded Building of the Year 2016. This place is really worth a visit, even just for a drink in the magnificent Mahogany Bar and a delicious pizza from the resident Gatherers menu.
4 Whitechapel Gallery
Exhibitions at this wonderful gallery space are always a bit more on the challenging and risque side, which makes it a fab place to experience art, from the great masters to emerging new talent. For more than a century this beautiful gallery has premiered exhibitions from world-class modern masters such as Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo, to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucien Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger. Always welcoming, with great talks and gatherings going on as well. The bookshop is small but there's always a gem to find and after that you can have a very decent coffee and bite to eat in the cafe...oh and its free entry.
5 Brick Lane
Well-known for being the place to go for a good curry, there are also countless bars and restaurants lining the bustling street which runs from Whitechapel all the way to Shoreditch. There is a weekly market with an eclectic mix of goods for sale, street food vendors, vintage clothing shops and street art. Something for everyone, we think.