Cathy Hawker experiences the seamless blending of old and new in this spacious Thames-front apartment

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As The River Thames flows through the capital, passing iconic buildings and celebrated sites, it tells the story of London past and present. That theme is echoed in the intoxicating location of this loft-style apartment in Clink Wharf which perfectly combines the city’s historic and contemporary character.

Clink Wharf is in the Borough High Street Conservation Area, one of the oldest parts of London, yet its atmospheric cobbled streets and industrial warehouses provide a vibrant and central lifestyle. Borough Market, one of London’s most celebrated foodie destinations, is on the doorstep, along with both historic pubs and acclaimed restaurants - Padella and Le Pont de la Tour for example.

The cultural highlights of Southbank, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tate Modern and the Royal Festival Hall are all within one mile, London Bridge, the oldest in the capital, is immediately to the east and within sight across the water are the tall towers of the City including 20 Fenchurch Street, star-architect Rafael Vinoly’s curvaceous “Walkie Talkie” building.

The apartment capitalises fully on its riverside setting thanks to an artful redesign of the former warehouse. Accommodation includes four ensuite bedrooms, a galleried area that makes an ideal working-from-home office and a scene-stealing, dual aspect reception room of 2,000 square feet. With exposed brickwork and beams, double height ceilings and two waterfront balconies, the apartment celebrates the building’s history while offering a light and generously spacious home. It doubles as both a spell-binding entertaining space and a calm retreat from city life.

It’s the rare combination of the apartment’s size, 4,047 square feet in total, high quality finishes, the riverfront location and those views that make this so special says Mark Ruffell of Knight Frank: “It’s a remarkable opportunity to own a vast conversion perched over The Thames with sumptuous views over The City. One additional special feature is the davit which allows residents to explore the capital by boat.”

Add in a private sauna, secure bicycle storage, the opportunity to acquire a parking space by separate negotiation and good public transport connections nearby and the allure is complete.

“There will always be demand for homes directly on the river like this,” says Mr Ruffell. “The skyline might change over time but they will never build in front of you. That is such a big plus and another reason why properties on the water have an enduring appeal.”

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