Canary Wharf is a district characterised by glistening high-rises. And yet just a few minutes' walk away, Port East offers an entirely different experience. The imposing warehouses along the Canary Wharf dockside were reputedly built in the nineteenth century by French prisoners of the Napoleonic war. Converted in the late 1990s by the Manhattan Loft Corporation, and now Grade I listed, the historic buildings are divided into just 101 apartments with a galleried lobby and concierge. This one bedroom split-level apartment is a particularly charming example of warehouse living at Port East, with many of its historic architectural features carefully preserved and celebrated. The double-height living area features vast areas of exposed brickwork, aged timber beams and original arched warehouse windows. The solid wood floors and mezzanine further enhance the character of these original features. With an open kitchen to the back, the living area is an ideal space for intimate dinner parties. A timber staircase leads to the galleried double bedroom, which benefits from plenty of natural light provided by a skylight in the heavily beamed ceiling.
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