Property round-up: Cool conversions

There’s something very satisfying about showing someone around your home and being able to drop in a casual “oh, it actually used to be a pub”. Or a warehouse. Or a textiles factory. There’s a great sense of history and pride in the story of a building’s past, particularly if it’s an interesting one....

Crosby Road   

Once the grizzly Whitesmiths Arms, this property, just behind The Shard, couldn’t be more different today. The beer barrels have been swapped out for an ultra-cool wine cellar. You’ll also find a steam room, cinema and private terraced garden with views towards the London skyline.


Bermondsey Street

This building was once part of East London’s thriving textiles industry. The area is still a creative hub, with artists, galleries and leading a local renaissance. After inspired renovation, the property has been reborn to match. With spiral staircases, a hot tub terrace, and high-spec finish throughout, this is six floors of living at its most luxe.


City Road

A former pub in a great location, this property is unique – the living area sits directly on top of an enormous retail space. So where there were once pints of beer ringing through the tills, now there’s the chance to sell anything you like. At the moment, it’s being used to sell antique fireplaces and restored antique and industrial lighting. With lots of the pub’s original character throughout and many of the features in the living space lovingly restored by the current owners (and a private roof terrace), it’s a true one-off.


Metropolitan Wharf

Set on the banks of the Thames and used to store all sorts of cargo, this Victorian warehouse is now an incredible set of converted apartments and lofts. This particular example has everything you’d expect from a high-end loft, but with a little extra on top, including metal work in the open-plan kitchen and dark-framed windows. Then step out onto your very own roof terrace for uninterrupted views of the Thames and Canary Wharf. What. A. View.

Metropolitan Wharf