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- Motion, Lea Bridge E10
- Parkside West, Blackwall Reach E14
- Peckham Place, Peckham SE15
- Leaside Lock, Bromley-by-Bow E3
- Lazenby Square, Bermondsey SE1
- No 4 Oxford Road, North Maida Vale NW6
- How to get your Metro newspaper fix
Turns out you’re not priced out of the capital’s coolest spots (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
Now that London has (mostly) reopened its doors, we’re falling in love with the world’s greatest city all over again.
Whether rediscovering the attractions that hooked us in to begin with or enjoying the thrill of the new, it really does have something for everyone – from museums, markets and musicals to rooftop bars, pop-up restaurants and drive-in movies.
And we still want to be close to the action: according to Nationwide, the pandemic hasn’t affected the desirability of living near a Tube or station, and Rightmove reports that demand for inner London homes has jumped by 30% since the start of the year.
Fancy being up close to the heart of the big city action?
Here’s a selection of affordable city-centre pads…
Motion, Lea Bridge E10
From £110,000 for a 25% share of £440,000
Ultra-modern Motion is available at a super low price
These sunny two and three-bed shared ownership apartments are finished to a high spec, incorporating high-gloss kitchens, integrated appliances, hotel-style bathrooms and balconies.
Selected homes look out over the Lea Valley or towards central London.
On your doorstep: The development prides itself on its connectivity and is yards from Lea Bridge station and Mini-Holland’s network of cycle paths and pedestrianised routes.
God’s Own Junkyard is a funky local art spot (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)
Westfield shopping centre and the Olympic Park are all within easy reach, and Walthamstow’s delights include the William Morris Gallery, neon art at God’s Own Junkyard and an assortment of great pubs, coffee shops and delis in Walthamstow Village.
Parkside West, Blackwall Reach E14
Apartments at Parkside West have been designed with work-life balance in mind
This weekend (June 26-27) sees the launch of the second phase in this large-scale regeneration scheme from NU Living, which will provide 1,575 homes arranged around a landscaped park.
The 268 one, two and three-bed apartments and duplexes are spread across four blocks, designed to accommodate WFH, hobbies and wellness areas, and each has a balcony or winter garden.
Blackwall DLR is a five-minute walk.
On your doorstep: Eight minutes to the O2 for concerts, comedy and shows, and 11 minutes to Westfield Stratford City.
Summer Lights and family festivals are currently on at Canary Wharf, where you’ll find an Everyman cinema, public art, an amazing roof garden at Crossrail Place and 300-plus shops, bars and eateries.
Peckham Place, Peckham SE15
Trendy apartments in Peckham with their own outside space
Ready to move into now, these one, two and three-bed apartments and duplexes from Notting Hill Genesis are located in the heart of this trendy neighbourhood and just a five-minute walk from Queens Road Peckham station.
Each has a bright, open-plan kitchen/living area with white flat-fronted cupboards and light grey worktops plus a balcony or terrace – and some of the larger apartments have both.
On your doorstep: Residents are spoilt for choice.
How about having the coolest rooftop bar in London on your doorstep? (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)
Highlights include art and yoga studios, a legendary rooftop bar and outdoor cinema in the Bussey Building, London’s cheapest cinema, the Peckham Plex, a microbrewery with a big reputation, Brick Brewery, and contemporary art at South London Gallery.
Leaside Lock, Bromley-by-Bow E3
From £84,375 for a 25% share of £337,500
Over 900 homes are newly available in East London (Picture: Shaun Walker SAW Photography)
Guinness Homes has unveiled the first 48 shared ownership apartments at one of East London’s most important regeneration schemes since the Olympics, set to deliver more than 900 homes.
235 will be available for shared ownership, featuring light-filled, open-plan layouts, fully-fitted kitchens and superfast broadband, and Help to Buy and private sale homes will be offered in the future.
Residents will have use of a courtyard garden and riverside park, a games room, workspace, lounge, yoga studio and independent café, and there’s pedestrian access to Bromley-by-Bow tube station.
On your doorstep: Music and festivals at historic Three Mills Island, on the southern edge of Lee Valley Park and just around the corner.
Three Mills Island often holds unique festivals and gigs (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a short walk, and Hackney Wick’s indie cafés, pop-ups, galleries and studios are ten minutes by bike.
Lazenby Square, Bermondsey SE1
From £135,000 for a 25% share of £540,000
Industrial chic in Bermondsey
There are 42 one, two and three-bed shared ownership apartments, designed to reflect the area’s industrial past, arranged around a landscaped garden.
All have large windows, and contemporary open-plan layouts, and some have the bonus of views of the Shard and other London landmarks.
A concierge, co-working space, gym and car club are among the many amenities.
On your doorstep: A short walk to buzzy Bermondsey Street’s Fashion & Textile Museum, White Cube Gallery and indie bars and restaurants.
Grab lunch in Borough Market (Picture: Pietro Recchia/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Borough Market is just 15 minutes away and the Southbank – where you can take your pick from the London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, National Theatre, Hayward Gallery, Tate Modern, scenic riverside strolls, open-air markets and a parade of street entertainers – is a gentle 20-minute bike ride away.
No 4 Oxford Road, North Maida Vale NW6
From £118,750 for a 25% share of £475,000
Classic looks with a modern interior
A classic stucco-fronted building on the edge of Kilburn High Road has been converted into three spacious one-bedroom apartments (one sold, two still remaining) combining period charm with contemporary comforts.
They’re fitted with sash windows, oak-effect wooden flooring, mirrored bedrooms wardrobes, matt grey handleless kitchen units and Bosch integrated appliances and there’s an external cycle store, too.
On your doorstep: Kilburn High Road is renowned for its pubs, music scene and innovative productions at the Kiln Theatre, winner of the Best London Theatre title at The Stage Awards 2021.
You could spend your weekends walking through Little Venice (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)
Head south to explore the canals, restaurants and pubs of Little Venice – enjoy a drink at The Elgin or The Warwick Castle then stroll to the Summerhouse for superb seafood right on the water.
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