Set in the Barbican Estate, overlooking Thomas More Garden, this superb one-bedroom flat is a modernist's dream and feels a million miles away from the city.

Thomas More House, Barbican, 1 Bed. Flat

£725,000

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THE OWNERS SAY

Moving to the Barbican Estate was the best decision we've ever made. Living in central London, with its world-class culture, entertainment and restaurants within walking distance, is a real privilege. And, of course, the commute is a source of envy. For us, London is a 15-minute city.

Looking out at the private residents' gardens from Thomas More House, it's easy to forget that you're in central London. The Barbican Estate is surprisingly quiet. It's almost a village in the middle of the City. We've enjoyed many slow afternoons with a bottle of wine in the gardens and strolls around the lake.

Residents are friendly and truly care about the Estate, and we have made great friends over the last few years. Although the time has come for us to move home, we have no plans to leave the Barbican Estate. We couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

THE LEGAL BIT

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BRICKWORKS SAYS

It's not every day you can move into a piece of London's architectural history, but this home offers just that opportunity. The Barbican Estate is perhaps the most well-known example of Brutalist architecture in the UK; a sprawling complex of concrete and glass juxtaposed with the natural beauty of the landscaped gardens. Once inside, the commotion of city life feels a world away.

Set on the first floor, the flat enjoys uninterrupted views of the Thomas More Garden, the largest green space on the Estate, framed through the picture window in the living room. As you would expect, modernist principles are at the fore, with open-plan interiors, pared-back design, and large windows creating an intimate relationship with the outside environment.

The owners have made sympathetic updates. The new kitchen, in keeping with the original design, is bespoke and made by Thomson Brothers (with Miele appliances and quartz worktops). The cool white and greys compliment the neutral tones throughout. But the interior design isn't simply visually appealing; it's shaped by function, with dining and living spaces that flow into one another, abundant storage and underfloor heating.

Bold, futuristic, and heritage-listed, the Barbican Estate deserves all the respect it has earned. But it's not just a London landmark; it's a multipurpose arts venue and cultural destination, with a conservatory full of foliage and botanical escapism right in the heart of the Capital. If you ever tire of the art and music, lake walks, and restaurants on the Estate (and why would you?), your local neighbourhoods –– Shoreditch, Islington, Clerkenwell and the City –– include a wealth of museums, markets and gastronomic treasures waiting to be explored.

POINTS TO CONSIDER

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC):
Exempt

Council Tax:
The property falls into Band E (£1488 in 2024/25) in the City of London.

Utilities:
Current monthly costs are approx: Electricity £92, Gas £0 and Water £30. These figures naturally change seasonally during the year.

Tenure:
Leasehold with 172 years remaining.

Service charge:
£1,681 each quarter and collected quarterly. The charge includes underfloor heating, building insurance, a 24-hour car park attendant, and private residents' gardens and estate maintenance.

Ground rent:
£10 per year.

Neighbours:
There are around 2050 homes in the Barbican Estate, with 155 in Thomas More House.

Recent work:
The current owners have installed a Thomson Brothers kitchen, new carpets and redecorated throughout.

Getting around:
Wherever you're headed, you're covered. The Barbican, with the choice of Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, is on your doorstep. Alternatively, head to nearby Moorgate for the Northern Line or St. Paul's for the Central Line. Better still, the newly opened Elizabeth Line flanks the Barbican Estate with the Barbican/Farringdon entrance at one end and the Moorgate/Liverpool Street entrance at the other. The Elizabeth Line gets you to Soho in only 3 mins via Tottenham Court Road. But of course, being this central, it's often a pleasure to take the scenic route and cycle or walk.

Onward plans:
The owners are upsizing for their growing family. They are actively looking.

Anything else:
The flat is a Type 16.

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Explore Central London
landmarks

1 St John

The home of nose-to-tail eating in London (and the negroni “as it should be”) is just around the corner from the Barbican Estate. The Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy is a classic that never leaves the ever-changing menu. An insider tip: sneak in before the lunchtime service to pick up St. JOHN’s famous doughnuts.

2 Brutto

This casual, low-lit trattoria is one of the best Italian restaurants in London. Serving Tuscan favourites on classic gingham tablecloths, it has fast become a local favourite. It's good value, too.

3 Whitecross Street Market

On weekdays, Whitecross Street—just across the street from the Barbican Centre—plays host to one of London’s best street food markets. There are so many flavours, just never enough time!

4 Rosslyn Coffee

Rosslyn’s three award-winning coffee shops in the Square Mile are fantastic and, according to the FT, among the world’s very best. Who are we to disagree?

5 Daunt Books

The local outpost of this independent chain of bookshops is home to all your literary needs, knowledgeable staff and, of course, the iconic Daunt tote bag.