Wilkes Street, London E1
The house originally dates from the early 18th century, but was remodelled during the Victorian era. As a result, it is not listed by Historic England, which has enabled its transformation into an exemplary modern home.
The ground floor opens to wide corridor and leads left, through reclaimed sliding glazed doors, to a sweeping dining room. Beyond it, is a distinctly contemporary kitchen with a marble island and stainless-steel worktops, all lit from above by large skylights. At the rear, there is a utility room and guest WC.
The main reception room occupies the entirety of the first floor, with French doors to a west-facing roof terrace that has a wonderful view down the run of neighbouring gardens. There are large double bedrooms on each of the upper two floors, both open-plan with en-suite bathrooms.
On the lower-ground level there is a versatile space, used as a guest bedroom and art studio, with a WC and shower room in the old vault.
Wilkes Street belongs to the collection of handsome Huguenot terraces that make up the conservation area surrounding Hawksmoor’s Christ Church in Spitalfields. Following the Edict of Fontainebleau in 1685, France suffered an exodus of Huguenots, many of them skilled craftsmen. A large number settled in London, especially Spitalfields, with its already burdgeoning textile trade, and the area became synonymous with an expertise in the weaving of silk.
The house is within walking distance of the City and the shops, galleries and restaurants of Shoreditch. On its doorstep is Spitalfields Market, and Brick Lane and Columbia Road are both within easy reach. The stations of Liverpool Street (Circle, Metropolitan, Central lines and National Rail), Aldgate East (District and Hammersmith & City lines) and Shoreditch High Street (Overground) are all a short walk away.
Wilkes Street, London E1
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Shoreditch High Street Station0.3 miles
- Aldgate East Station0.3 miles
- Liverpool Street Station0.4 miles
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