For sale: London properties near culture hotspots


Calling all art connoisseurs, theatre savants and music buffs. The good news is, you live in the right city. London is the arts capital of the world; casts, curators and troupes flock here to ply their trade, from heavy-hitters in the National Gallery and British Museum to all manner of fringe shows and spectacles. But where are the best places to live for those who can’t get enough of London’s erudite offering? If you’re interested in property near culture, we’ll do you one better – we’ve compiled a list of on-the-market homes that put you right in the thick of it.

Cheyne Row, SW3

This family-sized property resides on one of Chelsea’s most sought-after streets, inside one of its iconic red-brick mansions. The historic façade conceals a recently-refurbished interior with a neutral palette; the perfect canvas for owners to put their mark on. Being in Chelsea, the Cheyne Row property is near culture-rich institutions including the King’s Road – which was the centre of the fashion universe in the ‘60s – and the Saatchi Gallery, HQ of contemporary art and spiritual home of the YBAs. When the Chelsea Flower Show comes around, you couldn’t be better placed than here.


Hyde Park Gate, SW7

This traditional white stucco home is unusually wide, spanning approximately 36 ft – and its interior is just as expansive. The raised entrance hall leads to a sprawling 43 ft drawing room; elsewhere, discover grand entertaining rooms, a passenger lift, five spacious bedrooms, and a further self-contained flat with a bedroom in the mews house. The Hyde Park Gate property is near to all the cultural landmarks of central London, but music Mecca the Royal Albert Hall, in particular, is just down the road.


Onslow Square, SW7

The home of three of London’s most famous museums – the Natural History, Science and V&A – South Kensington is synonymous with culture. Look out of the window of this Onslow Square property and you’ll see two out of three, putting you in direct proximity to the many artefacts, heirlooms and educational resources housed there. As well as its privileged viewpoint, this home also boasts four bedrooms, two reception rooms and an abundance of natural light.


Southbank Place, SE1

If you’re looking for property near culture, the South Bank is home to edgy arts venues like the National Theatre, BFI and Southbank Centre. Not traditionally a residential destination, finding beautiful property here isn’t easy, which is why this development is so special. Situated right by the London Eye (no, like… right next to it), the five buildings of Southbank Place are each designed by a different architect, and encircle the existing landmark Shell Tower. And it’s not just culture on your doorstep; the development also brings with it a slew of restaurants, bars, and leisure amenities.

From £880,000,

Principle Tower, EC2A

Naysayers will argue that Shoreditch has had its moment – that the countercultural cool kids have been turfed out by hipsters with trust funds. But head over to the East London hotspot and you’ll still feel it – the fashion, the art, the clubs. Shoreditch is cool, and it always will be. If you agree, this may be the property for you: Principle Tower is a 50-storey-high, uber-modern development with amenities that include an infinity pool, spa, sauna, gym, cinema and residents lounge.


Cadence, N1C 

If you’re looking for property near culture, don’t discount King’s Cross; the area has been radically regenerated over the last ten years with 50 new and repurposed buildings, including shopping, foodie and events hotspot Coal Drops Yard. A new Google HQ and Central Saint Martins campus has also helped lure the creative crowd. Cadence, which completes in 2023, will comprise 103 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with interiors by Conran and Partners.


One Crown Place, EC2A 

The City isn’t a place that one typically associates with the arts, but rather suits, skyscrapers and the Stock Exchange. But you’d be wrong to write it off as a cultural wasteland: there’s Guildhall Art Gallery in Moorgate, the Museum of London on the London Wall, and, of course, the Barbican Centre – the largest performing arts centre in Europe. One Crown Plaza resides on the city fringes, in close proximity to all of these resources. 11 apartments crown two prism-shaped towers rising 28 and 33 storeys into the air; while each residence has its own personality, they’re all inspired by Georgian architecture.

From £1,050,000,

Television Centre, W12 

Between 1960 and 2013, Television Centre in White City served as the headquarters of the BBC; when it moved to Portland Place, the iconic West London building was transformed into residences. And what better home for a culture vulture than this former powerhouse of creative broadcasting? Television Centre consists of a collection of apartments situated in the circular Helios building, which was once home to the BBC’s production offices and overlooks the circular courtyard where Top of the Pops performances were recorded.


New Cavendish Street, W1G

If your idea of the perfect Saturday is perusing the Wallace Collection, then why not consider living in Marylebone – this chic neighbourhood is also home to attractions such as Madame Tussauds and the Sherlock Holmes Museum, and the West End is just a stone’s throw away. The New Cavendish Street property is a recently-refurbished first-floor flat located just off Marylebone High Street, featuring a double reception room with sash windows and three double bedrooms.


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