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Some warehouses are gated communities in their own right.

Some have security, on-site shops, bars, a gym and their own restaurants, such as the Bryant and May match factory, Bow Quarter. Some folks love this convenient living, while it might remind others of university halls.

More central warehouses, however, such as London Wharf, will have fewer facilities in the building but are close to amenities.

The connections

Busy, smoggy warehouses were deliberately positioned further away from central London and along waterways, but not necessarily near the Tube.

They are often in unusual locations, such as the Royal Victoria Docks and the canals (around Broadway Market, for example), meaning transport links can be few and far between.

The verdict

Warehouses are a bit like fashion – impractical but irresistibly cool. Plus, when would you normally get to live in such historically fascinating digs?

Your view

Harriet Sinclair
From: Crouch Hill

“Warehouses are becoming popular – you get to meet arty people in them. There are also converted warehouses in some interesting areas of London.”

Becs Morice
From: Stroud Green

“They’re drafty and I assume they would be teeming with spiders. Though you could probably get a skate ramp in them – that would be quite cool.”


Sam Reese
From: Forest Gate

“I love warehouses. I’m a drummer so there’s plenty of space for my kit in them. I’ve been to tonnes of sessions in mates’ warehouses, and always wished I lived there.”

From: Angel

“I’d choose a canal boat over a warehouse any day, but would definitely live in one. The high ceilings and big windows are
the ideal setting to pen a book.”


Marigold Russell
From: Wanstead

“I think warehouses are all style and no substance. I would prefer to live in a cosy flat, rather than a warehouse that never gets warm.”


Photos: Blake Stanley


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