Developer:Manhattan Loft Corporation
Bankside Lofts is an iconic residential development of loft-style apartments, built in the early 1990s by Manhattan Loft Corporation, on the South Bank of the River Thames, adjacent to Tate Modern.
There are 120 apartments with every apartment's interior being individually designed, giving the development a unique style.
Designed by award-winning architect Piers Gough, the heart of the development is a former Victorian cocoa warehouse. To the north is a converted 1950s office building of similar height, curving round the street line. This has been extended upwards and sideways to form a distinctive, yellow ochre terraced tower.
Bankside Lofts is possibly the most famous building in London and is the standard-bearer for New York-style loft living in London. The spaces here were sold as 'shells,' meaning that no loft here is the same. As a result, an eclectic mix of residents makes this building almost unique now in SE1. Although these apartments were newly built, there is a thoroughly industrial theme running throughout, helped hugely by the famed double-height ceilings and exposed trunking.
Bankside Lofts is adjoined to the south by Gallery Lofts, glass-fronted to make the most of its views across to St Paul's Cathedral and the City.
A large raised, Japanese-style garden on the roof of the residents' car park overlooks Tate Modern and the river.
In 1999, the development won both an Award for Best Restoration and Conversion of an Existing Building and a Civic Trust Award.
Southwark is one of the oldest parts of London, its large selection of converted warehouses and wharves showcase the borough’s history as the industrial centre for London, which grew rapidly during the 19th Century. The area has a historic association with the arts and entertainment industry. Situated on Hopton Street, SE1, it is a short stroll to national and local attractions, such as Globe Theatre, National Theatre, Festival Hall, BFI, Southbank Centre, and Borough Market. The City and West End are within easy walking distance across the Millennium Bridge.
There are numerous good primary schools and a wide choice when it comes to private and state secondary schools. Two of the best primaries are St Patrick's Montessori and the Charles Dickens Primary School, where pupils get to study with the cast and crew of Shakespeare’s Globe. Other notable schools include St Clements Danes, C of E Primary School, the City of London School, and the London Nautical School. Kings College Waterloo campus is also within walking distance.
FACILITIES:Twenty-four-hour concierge service
Secure car parking
Japanese-style roof garden
TRANSPORT:Southwark underground - 0.3 miles - Jubilee line
Blackfriars underground - 0.4 miles - District & Circle lines
Waterloo underground - 0.7 miles - Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern & Waterloo & City lines
Blackfriars overground - 0.1 mile
London Waterloo East overground - 0.6 miles
Waterloo overground - 0.6 miles
Bus within 0.1 miles - 45, 63, 381, 388, N63, N89, N343, N381, RV1
LOCAL AUTHORITY:London Borough of Southwark
65 Hopton Street
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