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London can quite rightly lay claim to the title 'Culture Capital Of The World'. With an unparalleled selection of museums, art galleries, concert halls and theatres London continues to attract the world's most creative cultural talent, as well as creating and nurturing new cultural ventures across the arts.

You could engage all day, every day with the cultural events and venues in London and never see and experience everything that is on offer. It's a bubbling, melting pot of activity that's always producing something new and exciting. But to get a taste of the offerings of the moment we recommend booking tickets to one, or all, of these five amazing London shows.

  1. Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing. The beautiful reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (www.shakespearesglobe.com) is located on the vibrant South Bank and plays host to the very best renditions of The Bard's plays. From the 28th of April you can see one of his most popular comedies: Much Ado About Nothing. The play has been adapted numerous times for cinema and television, as well as being turned into an opera. The fast flowing wit and banter between Benedick and Beatrice, and the universal themes of gender differences, deception and infidelity, make this classic as fresh today as it was during its debut performances at the original Globe.
  2. Ballet: The Winter's Tale. Sticking with Shakespeare for a moment, if your tastes lean towards dance then this new ballet by The Royal Opera House's (www.roh.org.uk) Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon is a must see. Running from the 10th of April to the 8th of May 2014 this ballet has all the hallmarks of Wheeldon's stunning modern choreography, married to the timeless tale of love and loss that has proven to be one of Shakespeare's most debated texts, with seams of comedy, romance and drama running through it.
  3. Musical Theatre: Les Misérables. London's West End is home to the absolute cream of musical theatre. You'll find a huge variety of shows on throughout the year, from the big classics to family-oriented shows and cult musicals.  The Queen's Theatre (http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/Theatres/queens_theatre.asp) is currently running one of the all-time great musicals, Les Misérables until 25th of October 2014. This musical has been the longest running in the world for good reason: epic themes of love and redemption, drama and incredible songs all combine to make Les Mis the pinnacle of musical theatre.
  4. Orchestral Concert: Steven Isserlis Performs Elgar. When it comes to orchestras London can lay claim to the world's best, with several internationally acclaimed orchestras resident in the city. What better way to spend an evening in London than listening to renowned cellist Steven Isserlis (www.stevenisserlis.com) performing the Cello Concerto by England's most celebrated composer Elgar. Put on by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (www.rpo.co.uk) this concert, taking place on 22nd of April, promises to be an emotionally charged evening. Elgar composed the concerto in the aftermath of the First World War and it was his last major work. Suffused with a haunting desolation, the concerto is the perfect platform for Isserlis' deeply emotional playing.
  5. Opera: Thebans. Murder, incest, loyalty, love, hatred and revenge are the order of the day in this compelling retelling of Sophocles' Theban tragedies. Award-winning composer Julian Anderson and famed playwright Frank McGuinness take the tale of doomed Oedipus and his daughter Antigone to new heights. A special commission by the English National Opera running from the 03rd of May until the 03rd of June (www.eno.org), this opera is accessible yet richly complex, and promises to be a night to remember.

This is a tiny selection of the wonderful shows and events that occur throughout the city, every day the whole year round. You're never more than a moment away from a cultural revelation in London.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Urban Escapes

Although we all savour our lengthy summer holiday, stress and wellness experts are increasingly convinced having regular short breaks woven into our working life are just as beneficial to our wellbeing. The city break has become the de facto short break for many people. By choosing a luxury London apartment you put yourself in easy striking distance of dozens of cities to enjoy for a few days.

The usual culprits of Paris (by air or rail), Barcelona and Berlin will always be perennial favourites, and for good reasons. But sometimes it's nice to try an alternative, one that doesn't have the big name pull of the heavyweights but has unique qualities that are sure to enchant you.

  1. Baden-Baden, Germany. Berlin will always be the number one destination for city breaks in Germany. With its cosmopolitan atmosphere and rich history and culture Berlin is fantastic for a short trip. However, the spa town of Baden-Baden should be high on your list. Nestled at the foothills of the Black Forest, the location is nothing short of stunning with rolling greenery as far as the eye can see. As a spa town you'll find no end of relaxation opportunities, from the Friedrichsbad thermal baths to palatial Brenners Park Spa. When it comes to dining you're spoiled for choice with both Michelin-starred restaurants and fine local eateries on offer. The town also has a full and varied calendar of events from vintage car rallies, horse racing, music concerts and, of course, a German Christmas market.
  2. Gothenburg, Sweden. While Stockholm holds the glamour crown in Sweden, it's Gothenburg that attracts the cool cats. With its cultural roots tied to the sea, trade and industry, Gothenburg has a unique blend of the cultural and industrial that permeates every part of it. Gothenburg is a cultural hub for the country, with the Gothenburg International Film Festival and Gothenburg Book Fair the largest events of their type in Sweden. But if you're just in town to relax and indulge yourself be sure to dine at Restaurang 28+ for fine Swedish cuisine and an unparalleled wine selection. Then head to the Haga district and wander down its quaint cobbled streets and explore the range of designer boutiques.
  3. Baku, Azerbaijan. Here's one for the more adventurous. Still largely unexplored by tourists, Baku is set to be the next big destination for those looking for a city break with a difference. It's a city that sees luxurious and modern new buildings butting up against the historic architecture of the old city, which is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Book a room in the Four Seasons and enjoy sweeping views over the Caspian Sea before exploring the city and uncovering its plethora of hidden jewels. Be sure to pay a visit to a local tea house for a truly authentic Azeri experience.

So the next time you're thinking of a brief city escape from your luxury London apartment, try somewhere a little bit off the beaten path. You're sure to be delighted with what you'll find.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, 5 Incredible Restaurants

London offers some of the best cuisine in the world, from unique twists on traditional English food to the finest Michelin-starred restaurants and incredible global culinary delights. But you don't have to sit down for a 5 course meal to experience some of the city's finest food and drink, pop up style experiences are also a great way to spend and evening in London.

Here are 5 examples of fun, pop up style bars and restaurants that you simply must try when you're in town:

  1. Basement Galley. This multi-location supper club started as a weekend project for two friends who wanted to host dinner parties using their new recipe ideas. Head Chef Alex Cooper graduated from Le Cordon Bleu School in Paris, and the food on offer is truly sumptuous. The Basement Galley is now a centre for social interaction and networking and operates at several locations across the city. Find out more at www.grubclub.com/basement-galley
  2. Quinto Quarto. Adha Battaglia brings Italian cuisine to the streets with this exciting new dining experience. You'll find him at select street markets in the city serving up the finest Italian dishes with the pizzazz and flair of a true showman. Eating at Quinto Quarto is an unforgettable experience. www.quintoquarto.co.uk
  3. The Shop At NW10. This funky little café shop sells pretty much everything that isn't nailed to the floor. The art, the furniture, it's all up for grabs. During the day you can relax here and enjoy the coffee and food and at night The Shop At NW10 becomes a vibrant bar that's perfect for social gatherings. www.theshopnw10.com
  4. The Dolls House. If you're after a unique and fun dining experience The Dolls House is for you. Set over three floors of a Hoxton house, this groovy restaurant offers snacks and drinks through to a full fine dining in London experience. They also play host to a series of pop-up restaurants where a revolving cast of guest chefs lay on food from around the globe. www.thedollshouse.org
  5. Kitchen Party. Describing itself as "an ever-changing orgy of drinking, dining and weird culture", Kitchen Party brings together London's most avant garde chefs and culinary experts in one space, with the installations changing every four to six weeks and the location changing every two to four months. You get a constantly changing, but always delicious, range of food and drink. Be sure to check their website www.kitchenpartypopup.com to see what's on the menu when you're in London.

So next time you're looking for fine dining in London, why not try something different to the usual establishments. Variety is the spice of life after all.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, A Rose Is A Rose, Luxury Apartments

There was a time when flowers were seen as purely the preserve of special occasions in the UK. Birthdays, weddings, christenings, anniversaries, these were the times you found flowers about the house. Yes people might have a few potted house plants, but these tended to the low maintenance and un-showy (spider plants anyone?).

But these days the game has changed and a sumptuous bouquet is now the ideal decorative flourish and seen with increasing frequency in luxury London apartments.

Flowers have become central elements of major events such as fashion shows and press launches. This has seen them move from the preserve of aged housewives to the next stage in interior décor for the young and happening. Chrissy Price of iFlorist believes flowers are the ultimate in decoration. "They are much easier than redecorating, and you can change them weekly," she explains.

If you're thinking of using flowers to complement the stunning interior of your luxury London apartment, here are a few pointers:

  1. Natural Is Best. Vic Brotherson of Scarlet and Violet believes there is a growing trend away from the contrived arrangements once so popular to a more organic look. "Customers want flowers to reflect nature. We use boughs of cherry or armfuls of delphiniums. They bring natural shapes and colours into living areas." Look to use plants that work with the flow of the space in your apartment as opposed to making them an unnatural focal point.
  2. A Season For Everything. Because flowers and plants can be easily replaced consider changing them with the movement of the seasons. Price has customers who change their arrangements with the seasons, not only because it makes for a beautiful and natural environment, but it creates a talking point for visitors.
  3. Get Creative. Don't think of arranging flowers as only something a trained florist can do. It's now common for many floral arrangers to come from design and art backgrounds as opposed to traditional florists. As Kally Ellis of McQueens Flower Shop notes: "Almost anyone can learn the skills of a florist, but creativity cannot be taught." Don't confine yourself to traditional arrangements, the same old species pairings or those fusty ceramic vases. Use bespoke pots to house your creations and think outside of the box to really bring your creations to life. Modern floristry is about pushing the boundaries as much as any other art form. Don't be afraid to experiment.

Flowers can be the perfect way to lift the interior of your luxury London apartment. You can use them to draw the eye to particular areas, or just to create a lush oasis of nature in the heart of the big city. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but the art is in the placement.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, 6 Incredible New Designers

Few countries have as rich a history of design as the UK. From the towering industrial beauty of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's creations to the delicate lines and inlay work of Thomas Chippendale's furniture, some of the world's most iconic designers have found their fame here.

It's a tradition set to continue in 2014 with a new wave of British-based designers already setting the design world alight with their work. We've pinpointed six new designers whose work is the ideal complement to luxury London apartments.

  1. Ceramics. Reiko Kaneko was raised in Japan until the age of eight before moving to the UK. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins, she's become one of the UK's best new ceramicists - noted for her exquisite blending of traditional Japanese fine china and quirky British design. Her 'Driptease Collection', features gold and platinum tea drips on pure white ceramics, the ideal way to enjoy tea or coffee while relaxing in your luxury London apartment. www.reikokaneko.co.uk
  2. Products. For some designers inspiration doesn't come at the drawing board but in the actual making. French-Canadian Phillipe Malouin finds his best work comes through experimentation: "I try things out. When I find an interesting process or material, I start designing." The clean lines and modern sensibilities of Philippe's work makes them perfectly suited to luxury London apartments. His products have a utilitarian beauty that marries form and function in perfection. www.philippemalouin.com
  3. Sculpture. Selling their beautiful architectural sculptures under the name Chisel & Mouse, brothers Robert and Gavin Paisley have seen their work in Paul Smith stores, Liberty and Whitechapel Gallery. After creating a model using a 3D printer, they make refinements to create a master mould and attach the frontage and fixings including metal doors and windows. What better focal point in the lounge of a luxury London apartment than a precise miniature rendition of one of the city's major landmarks? www.chiselandmouse.com
  4. Lighting. When Josie Morris designed her handle pendants for her final year project at university, it was unlikely the 22-year-old realised how successful they would become. The minimal, copper lights won the 2013 Foundry Award for Lighting Design and 6 months later are being stocked by outlets such as Conran and Heal's. "When I walk into a bar, the first thing I do is raise my head. Lighting can completely change a room," Josie says. And she's expanding from lights with her range tables that are now being stocked by Made.com. www.josiemorris.com
  5. Furniture. Oliver Hrubiak's passion is creating furniture that isn't just throwaway product, but instead the kind of items that can be cherished and past down the generations. Hrubiak's designs use simple shapes and natural finishes without the kinds of fancy decoration which could quickly render his creations out of fashion. After winning a slew of awards Oliver now designs furniture for John Lewis, &Then, and a range of other clients. www.oliverhrubiak.co.uk
  6. Textiles. Tori Murphy's approach to design follows classic, timeless principles, making them the ultimate finishing touches to luxury London apartments. She also designs her products to be long lasting with her patterns integrated into the fabric as opposed to printed onto the material. Her cushions, throws, poufs and accessories are stocked across the country in Selfridges and other high end outlets. www.torimurphy.com

To give your apartment that final finishing touch, you need to select products that will stand the test of time. The work of these designers will ensure that your luxury London apartment always looks incredible.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Changing Track

The London Underground is one of the city's most iconic creations. The first underground railway, the Tube has grown from a single line joining Paddington and Farringdon to a complex interconnection of underground and over-ground lines that service the majority of Greater London, as well as parts of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

But like any growing and changing entity sometimes parts of it are no longer required and were shut down. But London is a city of growth and regeneration, and the numerous disused Tube stations dotted around the city have been put to surprising uses over the years.

  1. On Film. There's something visually arresting about underground tunnels and Tube stations, so it's little wonder they've been used regularly for filming locations over the years. The latest Bond film, Skyfall, featured a breathtaking chase scene through the abandoned Jubilee Line platforms at Charing Cross. But it's Aldwych that's seen the most impressive use. As a self-contained section of the network, and one that was closed at weekends and also for periods on weekdays, Aldwych was a popular shooting location even before it closed in 1994. It's been featured in numerous films, either as itself or other stations, including The Krays, Atonement, Patriot Games and 28 Weeks Later.
  2. Arts Venues. Many Tube stations are more than just engineering marvels, they often have beautiful architectural features and materials. Old Shoreditch Station has now been transformed into a café/bar and music venue and the grey stone and Victorian styling gives it a perfect ambiance. Although it's a small site, the abandoned station now plays host to lively pop-up shops, product launches, fashion and design exhibitions and arts events.
  3. Bunkers. Given their location under the streets of London, it's no surprise abandoned stations were used by Churchill and his war time cabinet as an air raid shelter and command centre. Active stations were regularly used throughout the conflict to shelter citizens during the Blitz. Some disused stations were even used to house important works of art.
  4. Homes. A couple of disused stations have also been put to use for residential purposes. The original entrance to Chancery Lane was briefly used as a parade of shops but has since been developed into the lobby for an exclusive apartment block. Blake Hall station was widely known as the least used on the entire system. At the time of its closure in 1981, it was carrying just six passengers a day. It has since been converted into a private residence, although the station building is over ground.

London's ability to regenerate and find uses for the old and unwanted is a testament to the energetic spirit of the city. Next time you're in town be sure to explore its hidden nooks. You never know what you'll find.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, 5 Exclusive London Boutiques

We think London can lay claim to being the shopping capital of the world, especially when it comes to fashion. Every major retailer has an outlet here, but it's the smaller independent shops that really set London apart from its international rivals. Peppered across the city you'll find hundreds of these eclectic stores that not only stock big names from the city and around the world, but are also where you'll find the next big thing in fashion.

You could fill a magazine with a list of these shops, but we've selected 5 exclusive London boutiques that are the places to go when hunting for your latest fashion addition.

  • OTHER/shop. Tucked away in the heart of Soho, OTHER/shop is a new addition to the London boutique scene, opening in 2012, but it has a wealth of experience at the helm in the shape of former b store directors Matthew Murphy and Kirk Beattie. OTHER/shop continues Matthew and Kirk's hard work fostering and nurturing emerging talent in the fashion world, but you'll also find more established labels here. A trip to OTHER/shop, with its inviting atmosphere and personal touch of its staff, is a whole other world to the big name outlets. www.other-shop.com
  • Opening Ceremony. Starting out as a small store in New York, Opening Ceremony now boasts outlets in Los Angeles, Tokyo and London. You'll find big labels like Kenzo and Proenza Schouler alongside new labels. One unique aspect of Opening Ceremony is its tradition of stocking labels from different countries on a changing basis each season. Over the years they've highlighted cutting edge brands from Brazil, Sweden, Japan and South Korea amongst others. www.openingceremony.us
  • LN-CC. This ground breaking store combines leading men's and women's fashion with a library, record store, art gallery, bar and club for private events. You'll find labels like Margiela and Jil Sander sitting alongside the latest hot young things from the leading fashion schools. Areas are linked through wooden tunnels and indoor forests making this a genuinely arresting shopping experience. If you want to experience LN-CC it's by appointment only and as it's currently closed for refurbishment and due to reopen on the 1st of September you'll need to make your booking now. www.ln-cc.com
  • Primitive London. Hunkered down under a railway bridge, Primitive London curates the best in new fashion from around the world. The initial focus of this boutique was in selling one-off pieces, but has since grown into various mind blowing labels such as Balmung and Ava Catherside. The global nature of their labels has also led to Primitive London hosting travelling pop up shops in Berlin, Tokyo and most recently LA. This London boutique also launched its very own label in 2012, designing and producing their own merchandise in conjunction with other designers. www.primitivelondon.co.uk
  • 11 Boundary. This deluxe boutique has rapidly established itself as one of the most exciting in East London, and has garnered many celebrity fans during its relatively short existence. And no wonder, with quality brands like American Vintage, Wildfox, Tom Ford and House of Harlow adorning its shelves and racks. From basics with a luxurious twist to eye-catching accessories you can go from understated cool to extravagance in one step. www.11boundary.com

For the discerning shopper London boutiques offer the very best combination of established labels and leading newcomers, and that's why it's the ultimate destination when you want to indulge your passion for fashion.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Style & The City

When it comes to fashion and style, few cities can match the might of London. Paris and New York consistently vie with it for the top spot on the international fashion capitals list, but whether it's number one, two or three, London is the place to find the latest fashions and trends long before they hit the high street.

Matthew Williamson moved to London from Manchester 25 years ago at the tender age of 17, and has never looked back

Love At First Sight

'It's an iconic city - I fell in love with it as soon as I arrived,' explains the fashion designer. At first he found digs in a small flat in King's Cross while studying at Central Saint Martins. He soaked up the buzzing creativity of the Young British Artists Movement, assimilating his experiences into his own designs.

King's Cross has become a more respectable and less bohemian area since then but the energy and vitality that so enamoured a young Matthew still exists. 'London is still full of energy,' he says, 'and it continues to breed new creativity.' Which is why it's a global centre for more than just fashion; London is a hotbed of creativity in all sectors and a beacon that attracts the top talent from around the country and the world.

Great Expectations

After graduating in 1994, Matthew founded his own fashion house in 1997 and debuted his 'Electric Angels' collection at London Fashion Week the same year. His reputation was made, and a few years later he opened his own store in Mayfair in 2004. 'Opening my store on Bruton Street was the realisation of a dream. Mayfair had always been the destination for luxury shopping.'

From 2005 to 2008 Matthew served as Creative Director at Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci and spent a lot of time flitting between his beloved London and Milan, and although he loved the Italian city, which he describes as having a 'sense of drama and faded romance' it was always London he longed for. The chance to unwind with a good cup of tea and walking his dog on Hampstead Heath were just two of the little things that made him feel at home here.

Still leading the British fashion scene, Matthew is committed to London and the vibrant creative community it fosters. With new work in the interior design field in partnership with Osborne & Little, we ask Matthew what he feels is important in a living space. 'I've often said if I wasn't in fashion I would love to have worked in interiors. For me, it's important that the spaces where I live and work are both functional and personal. It's the little details - like books, pictures and trinkets - that make each space unique."

And it's the little details, the unique energy and quirks, that lifts London above other global capitals.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Off To Market

Borough Market, situated an easy walk from One Tower Bridge, has become a destination of choice for discerning foodies in London. Since 1756 it's been providing quality produce to Londoners, although its origins can be traced as far back as 1276, and there are even claims dating it back to 1014.

Thanks to its location near the wharves of the Pool Of London, Borough Market became the most important food market in London. Along with Covent Garden it supplied the vast majority of fruit and vegetables to retailers in London, and it offered both local goods as well as imported delicacies.

These days the market specialises in selling organic and authentic foods from around the globe direct to consumers. This shift was prompted by cheese specialists Neal's Yard setting up shop in the market during the 1990s, swiftly followed by other niche food producers such as Brindisa, a Spanish deli.

Wandering around Borough Market is a delight for the senses as the smells and flavours of wildly different foods mingle in the air: luxury ice creams, exotic fruits, herbs, spices, charcuterie and cheeses are just a few of the delights on offer. It's a gourmand's paradise, and somewhere it's easy to spend a little more than you intended to on ingredients for supper.

The market has also been championed by TV chefs who find the range and quality of what's on offer to be beyond compare. And just to add a bit of glamour, Borough Market has also been used as a shooting location for several high profile films including Bridget Jones's Diary and Harry Potter.

If you're a passionate amateur cook, or simply love to indulge your taste buds, Borough Market will become your playground when living at One Tower Bridge.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, One Night In The City

London is a city that never sleeps. From dusk till dawn the energy and excitement that draws millions to the city everyday continued to bubble away as those that have worked hard all day hit the town to relax and unwind, often into the small hours.

If you want to find those hidden jewels that offer a relaxed and refined atmosphere with an intoxicating mix of delectable drinks and quality music and entertainment you don't need to stray too far from One Tower Bridge. The eastern portion of London is full of cool cocktail bars and luxurious jazz cafés for you to explore.

  • Nightjar. If you want an ultra-cool cocktail bar, you'll find one of London's best lurking behind a blank door by a newsagent. The Nightjar is highly regarded not only in London but also internationally, having won awards and been ranked highly in a huge range of "Best Of" features. With comfortable seating and table service giving this speakeasy an air of glamour and decadence you can while away the evening with delicious cocktails and listening to incredible jazz and blues.  www.barnightjar.com
  • The Golden Heart. If you want to experience something more akin to a typical East End pub, but with an extra touch of class then this fixture of the London pub scene is the place to go. With a Tracy Emin neon sculpture hanging on the walls, it should be no surprise that The Golden Heart has been the centre of the local arts scene for years.
  • Lounge Bohemia. The fact that this cocktail bar is entry by appointment only, and its website simply lists the address and phone number only, should let you know to expect a unique experience. The cocktails are out of this world, and totally unique with experiment the order of the day. www.loungebohemia.com
  • Callooh Callay. This luxurious cocktail bar offers an extensive network of secret rooms and mysterious passages, with beautiful décor that keys into its Alice In Wonderland inspired name. You can enjoy drinks in the vibrant bar area or step through a wardrobe and into the Lounge where you'll receive table service and be assured of a relaxing and fun evening. And members get exclusive access to the Upstairs Bar.  www.calloocallaybar.com
  • Shoreditch House. This exclusive members' only club offers a night out that few other venues can match. Opened in 2007 it occupies the top three floors and the roof of a renovated factory. Inside you'll find flawless décor and stunning staff who attend to your every need. But this is more than a place to have a few cocktails or glasses of champagne. There is also a fully-featured spa and gym, plus a rooftop gardens and pool. A unique evening experience like no other. www.shoreditchhouse.com
  • The Golden Bee. This beautiful bar offers an incredible night out. A huge range of cocktails, from old favourites to unique creations and twists, are accompanied by a huge wine list. And in the summer you can enjoy your drink up on the rooftop terrace bar and drink in the London energy.   www.goldenbee.co.uk

So when you're getting ready to hit the town drop into one of these trendy bars for a unique and fun night out.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other.Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Shopping In The Square Mile

We all know that the square mile that marks The City of London is a financial powerhouse. This is where international business deals are brokered, where fortunes are won (and sometimes lost) and where money talks.

Of course London's reputation as a luxury shopping mecca is as longstanding as its financial one. The world's biggest labels such as Chanel, Versace, Burberry and Barbour have had flagship stores in London, but the majority people looking for a spot of retail therapy wouldn't automatically head over to The City. However, that's all starting to change.

The Royal Exchange has long held the monopoly in The City, and for good reasons. In this delightful collection of more than 30 luxury stores you'll find exclusive outlets for brands such as Gucci, Omega, Paul Smith, Montblanc and Tiffany & Co. Peppered throughout you'll find a small but delectable selection of quality restaurants and cafés so you can make a day of your foray.

But there's now a new player in The Square Mile, one that's appealing to the increasingly influential younger market: One New Change. This incredible new shopping centre opened in 2010 next to St. Paul's Cathedral and has begun to draw more and more shoppers from outside the local area. Designed by Jean Nouvel, One New Change has a distinctive visual aesthetic with its smoked glass windows and sweeping lines earning it the nickname 'The Stealth Bomber'.

Inside One New Change you'll find 60 fabulous outlets ranging from designer fashion and accessories to quality dining establishments. You've got your usual big high street suspects: Guess, Oliver Bonas, Calvin Klein Underwear and Reiss for the ladies, Hugo Boss, All Saints and Superdry for the gents, as well as many more. And the centre is just a short walk from some of London's leading cultural institutions such as the Tate Modern.

So when you're in London for some shopping don't just visit the big hitters in the West End, try The City for something a little bit different.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, A Taste Of The South East

As a culinary capital London is right at the top of the tree alongside Paris, New York, Melbourne and Kyoto. While English cuisine may come in for criticism for being bland and unadventurous, it's a viewpoint that has undergone major reassessment in recent years thanks to efforts by chefs like Gary Rhodes. Meanwhile London continues to produce and attract some of the world's top talent in the food world.

Just a stone's throw from One Tower Bridge you'll find some of the best restaurants in London, all nestled in the vibrant South Bank area. We've selected the finest for you to enjoy.

  • Restaurant Story. If you fancy something that pushes the gourmet envelope the restaurant of British cuisine's bright young thing Tom Sellers is for you. Located right near Tower Bridge Restaurant Story is all about telling stories and sharing memories through food, and the menu doesn't disappoint. There is a 6 and 10 course variation containing incredible twists on classic British food. www.restaurantstory.co.uk
  • Le Pont De La Tour. With chic art deco style décor and a stunning view of Tower Bridge to enjoy while you wait for your food, Le Pont De La Tour is one of the South Banks's most popular restaurants. Top quality French cuisine infused with subtle flavours is the order of the day, and be sure to check out their award-winning 90 page wine list. Yes, 90 pages. www.lepontdelatour.co.uk
  • The OXO Tower Restaurant. Right on the banks of the Thames, this exquisite restaurant at OXO Tower serves up modern British dishes with an emphasis on seasonal produce and flavours. This is also highly recommended for vegetarians and vegans thanks to the extensive options. And to make sure you get the right wine their expert sommeliers are on hand to give advice. www.harveynichols.com/restaurant/the-oxo-tower/restaurant
  • Oblix At The Shard. You'll be hard pressed to find a restaurant anywhere with a more impressive view. Situated on the 32nd floor of the iconic Shard, you can see the whole city spread out before you in all its glory. The ambience of the restaurant is incredible with a slick and luxurious New York feel. And the food is out of this world with an enormous range of dishes from sea bass and Dover sole to veal and suckling pig. www.oblixrestaurant.com
  • Skylon. Another restaurant that makes the most of the beauty of the South Bank, a table at Skylon lets you gaze out through huge floor-to-ceiling windows on the third floor of the Royal Festival Hall. You'll get modern British cuisine such as squab pigeon and glazed beef served with a fresh twist. And the cocktails at the bar are renowned for their incredibly inventive flavours. www.skylon-restaurant.co.uk/

Dining out in London is always an incredible experience, full of delicious aromas and mouth-watering flavours. But the next time you hit the town enjoy what's on offer along the South Bank, you won't be disappointed.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Brudge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Climate change is more than just an attention grabbing headline. Although some debate exists the consensus is that it's a reality and is already happening. We can't stop some of the changes but we can minimise them and deal with their impacts effectively through choices we make.

At Berkeley we've made a commitment to design all our homes for adaptation to the unique challenges that climate change brings. We'll be designing all new homes to be compliant with at least Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. This is the national guideline for design and construction of homes and its rigorous standards are aimed at reducing carbon emissions and promoting higher standards than current building regulations.

The Code assesses homes on a 9 point system:

  • Energy/CO2
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Surface water runoff (flooding and flood prevention)
  • Waste
  • Pollution
  • Health and well-being
  • Management
  • Ecology

The construction industry has made real inroads in the areas of sustainable design and construction, but at Berkeley we want to take this further while also delivering homes that offer high levels of comfort.

To minimise the impact of our developments we will continue to complete over 90% of developments on brownfield land, and in locations close to public transport links.

We are also installing rainwater harvesting systems on all new developments so that rain can be captured and used within the development. The average person in England and Wales uses a 150 litres of water a day, which is a 50% increase compared to 25 years ago, which is why such schemes are vital for the future.

We always take care to invest in the space between buildings. We know that access to quality outdoor space is vital to not only individual wellbeing but also to the success of a community. That's why we strive to develop beautiful landscapes that people can enjoy as part of the Berkeley experience. And for those who live in apartments we create 'living roofs' on suitable apartment rooftop spaces.

It's these deeper issues that we've also incorporated into our new One Tower Bridge development in London.

One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons:  Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London.  It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.  This is a London Address like no other.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'.

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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For most people the South Bank says culture. Art expos, concerts and theatre are what spring to mind. But the South Bank is also an incredible area for indulging in some retail therapy.

Although shopping in London has always centred around the upmarket and luxurious outlets on Oxford Street, Bond Street, Mayfair and Knightsbridge the South Bank provides a wonderful alternative with cool boutiques and independent shops.

  • OXO Tower Wharf. Located at the eastern end of the South Bank, OXO Tower is an immediately identifiable landmark. Once a cold store for the manufacturers of Oxo beef cubes, the building has since been developed into a vibrant cultural centre. On the ground and first floors you'll find a wonderful collection of shops. If you're looking for something to beautify your apartment then browse shops such as Sotis Studio Ceramics who create gorgeous handmade ceramics, or Archipelago Textiles whose hand-woven throws, linen and hangings use the finest natural products. Or if you fancy some tasteful personal accessories there's Mr. Jones Watches, Alan Vallis and Jedeco.
  • Gabriel's Wharf. Shopping at this delightful artistic enclave is always a fun experience. An extensive range of independent craftsmen and traders have set up shop here. From the beautiful handmade knitwear of Funki Fresh, which can even be custom made based on your own design, to the interior ornaments and jewellery of Elf, there's an endless stream of creativity pouring from every shop. Gabriel's Wharf is the place to go if you want a truly unique product.
  • Southbank Centre Shops. At the Southbank Centre you'll find a selection of shops selling artistic goods, including individual commissions by the Southbank Centre which have been created by some of the nation's most talented designers. And for those of you looking for some literature there's the iconic Foyle's book store, home to over 30,000 titles, and the quirky Southbank Centre Book Market tucked away under Waterloo Bridge.

With so much to browse right on your doorstep, and with its reputation as an artistic and cultural centre, there's no wonder the South Bank is quickly becoming the place to go for a different and exciting shopping experience.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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What makes a house a home? It’s the small details, the little things that make it personal, and importantly the people within it. It’s the same for communities. Without paying attention to important details and without thinking about how people will build relationships without each other a development can become a soulless collection of houses and apartments and nothing more.

At Berkeley we seek to build sustainable communities. It starts, of course, with high quality buildings. We always emphasise safety and security in our designs and also in our community layouts. When planning a new development we consult directly with a Crime Prevention Design Advisor or Police Architectural Liaison Officer. This means that we create a safe and secure environment for people to enjoy.

From there we also plan our developments to have good public transport links and access to jobs, healthcare, shops and other services as well as outdoor spaces to enjoy. All of these aspects are vital to the creation of a community.

By placing an emphasis on social sustainability we ensure that our developments promote a high quality of life now and in the future, making them genuine homes for people.

At our new luxury development One Tower Bridge we’ve applied our sustainable community ethos throughout. The whole development is built to exacting construction and energy efficiency standards including low carbon and renewable energy sources, water efficient fittings and white goods, green roofs to attract wildlife and it’s located close to excellent transport links. There will also be shops, community and cultural space and a gym and spa onsite to encourage healthy living.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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The South Bank has long been one of London’s most exciting and vibrant districts. Renowned the world over as a fertile breeding ground for the arts the area is always thrumming with activity and offers endless possibilities to residents.

One Tower Bridge is the latest addition to this burgeoning area which has been bolstered in recent years with the creation of the More London development. Designed with a deep understanding and sensitivity to the area’s past and present, One Tower Bridge is an elegant development worthy of its surroundings.

The City’s Beating Heart

Estate agents and property developers know that what’s really important about a property is location, location, location. That’s what makes One Tower Bridge so special.

Sitting at the meeting point of culture and commerce, One Tower Bridge is opposite the financial powerhouse of the City of London and alongside the cultural centre of the South Bank.

A short walk will take you to incredible theatres, art galleries, restaurants and bars. And the rest of London’s most desirable destinations are within easy striking distance. Shopping in the luxury boutiques on Bond Street, socialising in the upmarket bars of Mayfair or catching a moment of peace in the Royal Parks, all are easily accessible.

Room With A View

City views along the Thames are nothing short of breath taking. The imposing majesty of Tower Bridge, the sharp ultra-modern lines of The Shard and the dynamic skyline of the City Of London across the river. These are classic and inspiring urban views that rival those found anywhere in the world.

It’s these incredible vistas that have been central to the design and layout of One Tower Bridge’s penthouses. Right from the initial design sketches and blueprints the grand vision for the development has been guided by the power of these views.

Each penthouse combines traditional quality craftsmanship and contemporary styling to create uniquely beautiful spaces. With an emphasis on attention to detail the finishing is exquisite and the views are the jewels in the crown.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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We want to ask you a question: What do you want in a home?

The answer is different for everyone of course but our experience building high quality homes is that people want more than just a beautiful building. They want a place they can truly call home and that means a community around them that fulfills certain needs.

That’s why we focus on building neighbourhoods and communities, and not just houses. Placemaking not house building.

It all starts with acquiring land in the right places. We know that people want certain things when they choose a home: access to jobs, good transport links, amenities and public spaces. So we acquire and develop land that we know offers access to these essentials and we help develop them too.

By building homes in an area we bring new investment and facilities to the community, driving job creation and wealth generation. If the UK housing shortage was met each year, an estimated 240,000 homes per annum, the following effects would happen:

  • 420,000 new jobs would be created in the construction industry
  • 28,000 permanent jobs would be created in local communities as a result of the development
  • £44 billion a year would be added to the UK’s GDP

More specifically, each home built by us creates an average of 3.5 jobs, offering high quality employment that directly benefits communities. And in the last five years we’ve injected £3.3 billion into the UK economy through our investment in land and construction, as well as contributing over half a billion pounds to the public purse in taxes.

But we go even further than this. We’ve also contributed £260 million towards the building of community facilities such as schools, youth clubs and wildlife centres; the kinds of projects that bring real value to our neighbourhoods.

And we don’t just build luxury accommodation. Over the last ten years we’ve built 11,273 affordable homes to meet the huge and ever rising need for social rented housing. We’ve also created 5,773 units of student housing to give the nation’s future workforce quality accommodation while they learn the skills that will power the country’s economy.

At Berkeley we also value the enormous impact that quality outdoor spaces have on people’s physical and mental well-being. So when we build houses we also create public space. In the last 10 years we’ve created 436 acres of public open space for people to enjoy.

When you buy a Berkeley home you get more than just a house. You get a home in a thriving community, one you can be as proud of as we are.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Elena Shuhkina

London has some of the world’s most fabulous art galleries, especially when it comes to those at the leading edge of the art world. The recently opened Gallery Elena Shchukina has been attracting high praise from critics and art aficionados for its unique take on the presentation of art exhibitions.

Instead of a traditional ‘white cube’ format where works are displayed in stark surroundings, often against blank walls, gallery owner Elena Shchukina creates a living space around each exhibition. By combining paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, decoration and lighting Elena and her team create a unified and complimentary environment, one inspired by the exhibited work that draws the viewer into the art as opposed to leaving them a detached observer.

It’s a radical and successful approach and one that makes a visit to Gallery Elena Shchukina an incredible experience. We were delighted to catch up with Elena herself, who took time out of her busy schedule to explain more about her love of art and her daring approach to curating exhibitions.

When did you first develop an interest and passion in art?

I have always been passionate about art since I was young. The idea of translating themes and emotions to viewers through an image is a concept that has always intrigued me. When I studied design in Moscow, this concept, combined with my own interest in art helped me realise my passion for mixing interior design with artworks in curated spaces.

You have a degree in Law from Moscow State Law Academy. What prompted you to move into the art and design world?

I believe art has the power to inspire and uplift, to relax or provoke. As well as my law degree I have also studied at the Moscow Design Academy, Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and the Istituto Marangoni in Milan. The combination of my studies and my passion brought together my own knowledge of art and design into a corporate, working world. This understanding is especially important when owning galleries in London - I knew that I wanted to create a space where people living in this busy city could break away and connect with their senses through the universal appeal of art.

Before opening a gallery what was your involvement/work in the art world?

Before opening the gallery in Mayfair, I had spent over a year hosting temporary art exhibitions and events in London and Monaco. These were an excellent way for me to develop the ability to interact with both artists and viewers.

What brought you to London and why did you choose to open a gallery here?

London has always excited me as I love visiting the progressive galleries here. I noticed that there were no spaces merging interior design with art. Most exhibitions were still using the ‘white cube’ format and I felt they weren’t truly connecting the art with the viewer. The more I encountered the same gallery format, the more I felt that opening a gallery here would serve two purposes: it would bring a greater respect to this concept and provide under-represented high-end artists with a space to display their work.

Why do you present art in a curated space as opposed to a blank gallery?

While studying at Istituto Marangoni I was offered the chance to learn about the combination of art and interior design. I designed an apartment incorporating the works of Salvador Dali and brought everything together within this theme - from the paintings on the wall to the furniture and decorative objects around the space. The aim in my galleries is to create a world inspired by the paintings so that visitors feel as though they are walking into the art rather than simply looking at it. This idea came to life in the Laure Hatchuel-Becker exhibition that is currently on at the Knightsbridge space. Everything came together through details such as the accessories worn by the staff and the tailor-made furniture from NOI Paris. The Italian art design company SICIS provided a beautiful mosaic mirror for the exhibition, there was exquisite glasswork from Notarriani glass and personalised scarves designed by myself and Yaelle Caplan. I believe that this approach ensures a dialogue between the art and the viewer which helps to translate the true emotional message of the pieces.

How do you go about selecting the art that you will feature in the gallery? Is the artist and their story as important as the artwork itself or do you prefer the art to speak for itself?

I work hard to stay on top of the contemporary art scene so I can ensure that I’m aware of the trends and artists on the scene, with a consideration of who I believe will embrace the concept of my galleries. I prefer the art I exhibit to speak for itself - when a viewer visits my galleries the art is what they will remember and the message behind the art is what they’ll take away with them. I still like to know the context of a piece and speaking to artists about their influences always enhances the understanding of their work. It also helps me when I source items to complement their work.

When putting together an exhibition how closely do you work with the artists and interior designers to achieve the final effect?

It depends very much on the art being presented. For example, when curating designs for the Laure Hatchuel-Becker exhibition I designed scarves with Yaelle Caplan, and working closely with both artist and designer ensured that the energy and passion of the work was presented through the designs. However, with artists who have passed away, such as Miguel Kohler-Jan, currently on display at the Mayfair Gallery, it is down to me to present their themes with my own interpretation. This gave me the freedom to decide which elements of his works to draw out and I brought in the sculptor Katusha Bull with her stunning pieces for the Miguel Kohler-Jan exhibition that really highlight the earthen quality of his work.

Can you talk about the current exhibitions of Miguel Kohler-Jan and Laure Hatchuel-Becker? Why did you select these artists and what do you think is uniquely interesting about their work?

It’s such a pleasure to exhibit these two artists, they are so different but both are riveting in their own ways. Laure Hatchuel-Becker’s work is incredibly positive and colourful. She combines a distinctive texture with a range of colours. Her works are inspired by the aboriginal ‘dot’ style though she manipulates the technique avoiding colours that represent the earth, and instead uses bright tones to display themes that are close to her heart. She presents images inspired by the sea, the elements and human nature. She portrays an idea of positivity throughout her work and in doing so she represents a concept that I want to portray in my galleries- the ability art has to uplift and celebrate life. Miguel Kohler-Jan’s pieces are incredibly different. Kohler-Jan uses a different technique to Laure - he uses numbers and shapes with colour and has some incredibly intense sand works that represent the military dictatorship in Uruguay in the 70s and 80s. Miguel’s works use consistent hues and pallets, geometric shapes and numbers to present an idea of depth and movement.

What has been your most satisfying exhibition at the gallery to date and why?

All of my exhibitions have been satisfying so far - the challenge of sourcing relevant pieces to go with the art is always a challenge but is incredibly rewarding when completed. As a gallery owner, the amazing public response is always immensely important and the Allan Forsyth exhibition last spring was received incredibly well. I think the sheer natural beauty of his works spoke volumes to those who viewed the exhibition and seeing that positive reception was wonderful.

Do you have any upcoming events that you want to highlight?

Due to the popularity of Laure Hatchuel-Becker and Miguel Kohler-Jan’s art we have extended the exhibitions until August and September. I couldn’t tell you anything about the next exhibitions and events as we are still very busy with the current ones! All I can say that I’m hugely excited for what the future will hold for Gallery Elena Shchukina, I have my eye on some very interesting prospects…

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Living in London has many perks: incredible culture, endless opportunities for entertainment and enrichment and excellent business opportunities. But sometimes the 24/7 nature of the city can become overpowering. That’s why One Tower Bridge has been designed to offer residents an oasis of calm right in the centre of the world’s most exciting city.

We know that the setting for a home is as important as the building itself, which is why we always seek to create remarkable external paces around our developments. For One Tower Bridge award-winning landscape architects Murdoch Wickham brought their formidable powers to bear and have created a truly special environment for residents to enjoy.

John Murdoch and John Wickham took a hands on role in the design of One Tower Bridge’s external space and looked to make the views a major feature by situating the private gardens at first floor level.

“We have embraced the quality of the views, not only of the Tower of London, but also of the city skyline and Shard on the South Bank,” John Murdoch explained.

Residents can relax amid the private courtyard garden which has been divided into three distinct areas. Each area has a beautiful water feature as its focal point, consisting of a lily pond, stone bubbler fountain and a dancing fountain. A variety of shrubs and trees have been planted throughout while lavender has been made an integral component of the flora to evoke a sense of calm and serenity.

Juxtaposed against the vibrant urban surroundings the gardens offer a sublime escape to allow residents to reenergise themselves in a natural space. Just another example of the meticulous attention to detail found throughout the development.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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A beautiful living space has to start with the building design. The external visuals, the materials used in construction, how buildings are placed relative to each other and how the internal space is divided up have an enormous impact on how we late to our environment.

These were the considerations that were front of mind when One Tower Bridge was being designed by award-winning architectural practice Squire & Partners. Given their enviable reputation for building some of the most incredible buildings in London, Manchester, Europe and Singapore it’s no surprise that One Tower Bridge is a design that projects an air of assured confidence.

Led by founder Michael Squire, the team decided to make the location and view the core of the design. “The vision for One Tower Bridge is to root it firmly in the heritage of the area,” Michael explains. “Confidently adding to the rich architectural variety you find along the river.”

The resulting design never overpowers the iconic landmarks of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, but instead takes its inspiration from the surrounding area seamlessly blending with local character while also having its own unique energy and presence.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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When we were designing One Tower Bridge we were concerned with the form of the buildings. Were they aesthetically pleasing, and would they complement the surrounding area? Which construction materials would best suit the environment?

We also gave a lot of thought to internal layout of the properties so that the space flows naturally and gives a pleasant living experience. And a lot of consideration was given to the outdoor spaces, because the nature and design of outdoor areas is vital to people’s wellbeing.

But what makes One Tower Bridge special is the meticulous attention to detail in the interior design. Because the exterior of the buildings had been designed to pay homage to the architectural and cultural heritage of the surrounding area while also maintaining a contemporary and forward-looking feel we wanted the interiors to match.

At every stage each aspect of the apartment interiors was painstakingly considered to create contemporary spaces with a classic edge.

Kitchens: The Heart Of A Home

For many people the kitchen is a focal point of a home. It’s where the meals we share as a family are created, where we grab coffee and breakfast before the day begins and often it’s where we’ll gather to consume informal dinners after a day of work, sharing the day’s events with the ones we love. And that’s why we’ve created kitchens of the highest quality.

The kitchens have been ergonomically designed to make cooking in them a smooth and easy experience. Composite stone worktops and stainless steel fittings add a graceful modern elegance to the design, while branded appliances and features such as built-in coffee machines ensure that every culinary task is catered for.

Exquisite Finishes

The combination of oak, stone and steel throughout creates a sleek, timeless feel. With individually designed oak cabinets complementing the gorgeous oak flooring, and lacquered wardrobe doors reflecting light to create an open, airy feel, each element has been carefully chosen.

State Of The Art Technology

Each apartment features a fully-integrated IP-based control and monitoring system. This system allows you to control every mechanical, electrical and communication system within your home. Raise or lower the ambient temperature, control the underfloor heating and lighting. It’s all possible, from either the wall-mounted control panels or via a handheld device such as a smartphone or tablet computer. All apartments come wired for sound, with discreet ceiling mounted speakers so you can have music wherever you go.

Make It Personal

What really makes a house (or apartment) a home are the small, personal touches. That’s why we provide a range of options so that each home can be tailored to your individual tastes. Bathroom floor, splashbacks in the kitchen and utility room and living room, kitchen cabinet and wardrobe doors are all available in three colour options.

We believe the bigger picture is important, but it’s those tiny details that take a home from the ordinary to the extraordinary. And we’re sure you’ll agree.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Rob Burton

We all know that it’s the finer points, those little details that the eye almost brushes over, that turn a home from ‘nice’ to extraordinary. The art of great interior design involves bringing together colour schemes, bespoke furnishings and high spec appointments to create a cohesive and satisfying whole. Careful and considered choices can make an apartment airy and modern, classic and comfortable and all points in between.

When it came to preparing the show apartments at One Tower Bridge we knew that we wanted to work with only the best in the British interior design world, so DAPA (www.interiorsbydapa.co.uk) was a natural choice. With a reputation for tackling each project with fresh eyes based on its unique requirements DAPA has established itself as an interior design agency that creates stunning spaces wherever they are located.

We talked to Rob Burton, DAPA’s co-founder and Sales Director, about the company’s history, approach to interior design and found out who his dream client would be.

How did you get started in interior design?

I have always had a passion for interior design so once I had completed my business degree in the summer of 2006 I went seeking opportunities in the industry. I started my career with a well-established interior design agency working in business development. Whilst at the agency I met Daniel Mumford and Brad Carman who had over 20 years combined design experience and they also shared my passion for design and drive to succeed. We wanted to breathe life back into the industry and re-establish the standards so we started DAPA together in June 2009.

How did DAPA come together?

DAPA was formed by Daniel Mumford, Brad Carman and myself in June 2009. Combined, the three of us had the skills we needed to cover all aspects of the design process. Even though many people thought we were crazy as the UK recession had hit the industry very hard. We all had a passion for design and knew that if we got the product right and serviced our clients impeccably we could fight the odds and succeed. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength now employing over 20 staff and working on luxury projects in London and surrounding areas. Through the evolution of the company we have recently launched our new brand Dapa Atelier, which will specifically work with luxury developers and select individuals.

What is the DAPA approach to interior design? Do you have an identifiable or trademark style?

Our approach is to treat each client or project on an individual basis. There is no ‘one rule fits all’ with interiors and we have to be understanding of our client’s objectives and constraints. We work on many different projects from super contemporary city centre penthouses to rural country manors, so we have to have an appreciation and understanding of the differences. The company as a whole has built a reputation on quality and innovation in design. The directors have created an ethos within the company to constantly test new ideas and we actively encourage people to not be afraid to push the boundaries and break the rules. This is very evident with the bespoke pieces of furniture that we have designed and manufactured over the last few years. Although we source products from all over the world we always promote British talent and design. With One Tower Bridge we are working with an up and coming artist called Anna Gammans who has produced several pieces that will be showcased within our apartment. Anna currently has her work promoted with Saatchi & Saatchi and we are confident she will be very successful in the future.

How did your work on One Tower Bridge come about?

DAPA has been working with various parts of the Berkeley Group since 2011 on projects across London including Royal Arsenal Riverside, Kidbrooke Village and Saffron Square. When we discovered their plans for the new development at One Tower Bridge I immediately called Rebecca Lodge, to discuss the project. Although I had never spoken to Rebecca she was aware of our existing relationship with the group so we met to discuss the brief. After a very successful presentation to the Board of Directors, DAPA was appointed to install the 2 bedroom show apartment.

Were you given a close brief for the show apartment or were you given lots of leeway to experiment?

It was clear from the start that due to the location and target audience of the development, a luxurious and classy design was essential. Berkeley provided an in depth brief for their development but they allowed us freedom to demonstrate our understanding of the project through the design. With our apartment we wanted to demonstrate understated elegance through carefully sourced products and subtle colours. Like a Michelin star dish, we have let the combination of ingredients tell the story.

What was the working process like? What considerations were of primary importance when working on the apartment?

The development of the design was a meticulous process taking inspiration from several designers and external influences. The primary objective was to showcase the space and the second to none views of Tower Bridge. With a very upmarket target buyer in the forefront of our minds we had to reflect the uniqueness and luxury of the space through our design.

Other than choosing high-spec materials and appointments how do you evoke a sense of luxury without it being ostentatious or vulgar?

High specification materials can be very understated; the elegance is in their simplicity. The key is ensuring the quality is in the detail. We have worked with many natural materials including handmade silk wallpaper, Highland wools and Italian leather. There are touches of grandeur in the lighting and furniture however we have been very careful to ensure that it is expressed in an elegant manner.

What aspects of interior design do you feel most impact a person’s relationship with their living space?

People have a very emotional relationship with the space they live in, and interior design has a huge part to play in that. There is a fine balance to be drawn between creating a sense of aspiration whilst maintaining a sense of comfort and practicality. The desire is always to create a space that is not only functional at a very high level, but that also makes the owners mood lift when they enter their interior. Whether this is to make the individual feel aspiration, happy or calm, interiors must promote an emotional response. There is no one part that plays a more important role than another; it is the combination of materials that creates the impact. The furniture has a very important role as it creates the layout and flow of the space as well as the comfort for the person, however the furniture would not create the emotion without the soft furnishings.

Are there current trends in interior design that excite you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

DAPA has always enjoyed working with natural products and materials which are very on trend at the moment. We are delighted to see so many wools, silks and linens coming through our array of suppliers. There is a huge focus on the process of making the materials as well as their origin including many handmade British products. We are inspired by the life of a product from its beginning to its destination in one of our schemes. The products tell a story.

Is there a space in London that you find particularly inspiring?

London is spoiled by a variety of inspiring spaces boasting British architecture, innovation and history. It may sound obvious but Tower Bridge is a hugely inspiring structure as it is such an icon of London which was evident in its use to promote the London Olympics last year. Personally I have always adored the Midland Grand Hotel (now called St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel) which was designed by George Gilbert Scott in 1873. The stunning building shows off British gothic architecture with fine details throughout the building’s construction.

Is there a particular part of the South Bank and the area surrounding One Tower Bridge that you love?

There is a stunning mix of historical and modern buildings that dress London’s South Bank. You have great views of City Hall from the development at One Tower Bridge. The bulbous glass structure shows the evolution of modern architecture in London. Personally I love Battersea Power Station. It’s another icon of London that is an ugly, dominating structure which is somehow beautiful.

Do you have future projects that you’d like to mention?

DAPA is currently working on a number of exciting projects across the country including a penthouse on the London square mile. However, our biggest project at the moment is the launch our new brand Dapa Atelier onto the market. The handpicked team at Dapa Atelier will combine their creative minds and wealth of experience to produce exclusive interior design concepts for a very elite audience. The brand will be launched in unison with One Tower Bridge by Berkeley Homes and we’re very excited about its future.

To find out more about Rob and the DAPA team visit their website

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Coming Home

Stepping away from your car, you hear the soft, precision click of the automatic locks as you slide the keys into the pocket of your tailored suit. You admire the sleek lines, the fine German craftsmanship combined to create the finest cars. You stride towards to lift, your fine Italian brogues clicking on the concrete surface of the garage. The lift doors open to a mahogany compartment ready to bring you to your one-of-kind home above the Thames.

Cars, shoes, clothes – more than just labels, finely made products are worth more than just money. They are a reflection of the attention to detail embodied by their creators. They are the result of generations dedicating themselves to making the very best and maintaining the highest of standards. Home builders are no different. As one of the industry’s best, Berkeley Homes embodies this belief in creating luxury.

The lift doors open just steps from your final destination for the day. After tapping your code into the brushed nickel keypad, as you open the door, your senses are bombarded. The smell of fresh flowers, the dancing lights of the city, and the warmth of heat emanating from below the tropical hardwood floors at your feet. After laying your keys and Hermès tie on the finest Venetian marble countertop, you walk towards your bedroom, taking time to nod to the Bridge that dominates the view before you.

One Tower Bridge, Berkeley Homes’ latest masterpiece, overlooks London’s Southbank. Its crowning achievement is three magnificent towers offering the best in beauty and designer function. Surrounding by other amazing luxury homes, each tower is uniquely appointed to reflect the style and sophistication of its homeowners.

Floor to ceiling windows make you feel as if your bed is floating over the world. With a press of a button, bespoke blinds lower from their hidden channels to give you your privacy. Your suit, shoes, those antique cufflinks you found in Nice, they all find their place in the walk-in cherry wardrobe that serves as the walkway to your luxury bath. Everything has been conceived and designed by the award-winning architects and designers from Darling Associates.

With 5-Star services including facilities managed by a 24-hour Harrods concierge, spa and pools, a fully-equipped fitness centre, business lounge, and its own luxury boutique hotels, One Tower Bridge creates so much more than a home. And with many of the city's best restaurants, bars, galleries, theatres and cultural attractions located just a short walk away, your new home truly is centre of your kingdom.

Your day ends with a glass of Cabernet from your own wine cellar just off to the left of the butler’s pantry. You settle into your Eames Chair, put your feet up, and listen to the reports of the American markets closing in New York. Your home is in the centre of London, the greatest city in the world. It has been built to your exacting standards and it is a reward for all your hard work. This is why coming home is the best part of your day.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Happy Birthday

We're delighted to announce that on the 25th of June One Tower Bridge will officially launch and, as fate would have it, it's a date that coincides nicely with the upcoming 120th anniversary of our neighbour, the engineering marvel, Tower Bridge on the 30th.

On one hand the bridge looks as pristine and timeless as if it sprang into existence yesterday. On the other it feels like it's always been a part of the landscape of London, a permanent bulwark against the ever changing skyline of this incredible city.

Originally opened on the 30th of June 1894 by the Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VII) reactions to the bridge were not unanimously positive. But now few can doubt the impact of the bridge in terms of its imposing aesthetics and it has become an indelible cultural icon recognised around the world.

To celebrate the Bridge's landmark birthday we thought we'd share with you a brief history of the bridge and some interesting facts about its illustrious history.

  • 1876. Following growing demand for a bridge to the east of London Bridge, due to a rising population in the East End, the City of London Incorporation created the 'Special Bridge or Subway Committee' and tasked them with finding a suitable design.
  • 1884. After more than 50 designs being submitted, Horace Jones and John Wolfe Barry's design was selected.
  • 1886. Construction begins on Tower Bridge. The construction would take 8 years, involving 5 contractors and the unceasing labour of 432 construction workers.
  • 30th June 1894. Tower Bridge officially opened by the then Prince of Wales.
  • 1910. The high level walkways, which were intended to allow pedestrians to cross even when ships were passing through the bridge, were closed through lack of use.
  • 1912. Pioneering aviator Frank McClean flew his plane between the upper and lower parts of Tower Bridge before passing under London Bridge.
  • 1952. A London bus made a dramatic leap across the two bascules while they were being raised. Albert Gunton was rewarded with £10 for his bravery in avoiding disaster when no emergency signal was made to warn of the bascules being raised.
  • 1968. Flight Lieutenant Alan Pollock, angered that senior staff in the RAF weren't going to celebrate the air force's 50th anniversary with a fly-past, decided to take his Hawker Hunter jet down the Thames, past the Houses of Parliament and under Tower Bridge's bascules. He was discharged on medical grounds shortly after.
  • 1977. To coincide with Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee, Tower Bridge was painted red, white and blue.
  • 1982. The pedestrian walkways were reopened to the public and housed the Tower Bridge Exhibition which reveals the bridge's history.
  • 2014. Tower Bridge celebrates 120 years of service as an iconic crossing of the Thames.

Tower Bridge By The Numbers

  • Over 70,000 tons of concrete were sunk into the Thames to support the bridge.
  • More than 11,000 tons of steel were used to build the framework.
  • Tower Bridge is 244 metres long and reaches 65 metres at its peak height.
  • The bascules are raised more than 1,000 times a year.
  • Any vessel that requires the bascules to be raised has to give 24 hours' notice.
  • In excess of 40,000 motorists, pedestrians and cyclists cross Tower Bridge every single day.
  • There is a 20 mph speed limit and an 18 tonne weight limit on the bridge to maintain structural integrity.

So join us in celebrating the 120th anniversary of this modern marvel of construction and engineering on the 30th of June. Without it, London's incredible skyline just wouldn't be the same.

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One Tower Bridge opens on the 25th of June and occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Launch

June 25th saw discerning Londoners gathering at our exclusive luxury development One Tower Bridge as it was officially opened to the public. To celebrate we held a special, intimate evening event and allowed special guests to visit the site and see exactly why One Tower Bridge is the one of the most talked about developments in London today.

It was a beautiful evening with the low orange orb of the sun glittering off the Thames as Berkeley Homes Managing Director Harry Lewis gave a speech to the gathering of 150 VIP guests. There was even an opportunity to watch the majestic Tower Bridge in operation as a ship passed down the Thames. It’s a sight that residents will get to enjoy on a regular basis thanks to the sweeping views of the area from One Tower Bridge.

While enjoying glasses of delicate Ruinart champagne (www.ruinart.com) guests had a chance to mingle and meet the developers behind the creation of One Tower Bridge and find out about the skill and care that has been put into every aspect of the development, from apartment layout to flooring and fittings choice.

Guests were then given the opportunity to explore and relax in the show apartments as if they were their own home and get a glimpse of the luxury that awaits them in their own personal piece of One Tower Bridge.

There was a palpable air of excitement rippling through the evening as people wandered around the development and took in the breath taking views and experienced the incredible craftsmanship of the apartments.

It was an evening to remember and we send our thanks to all those who attended the event.

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One Tower Bridge opened on the 25th of June and occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Ruinart

We were delighted to have the original luxury champagne house Ruinart, provide the refreshments at the recent opening of One Tower Bridge. With an unrivalled pedigree The House of Ruinart creates only the finest champagnes and to celebrate the 250th anniversary of their fragrant and delightful rosé champagne they are running the pop-up Rosé Salon 1764 in the elegant surroundings of The Goring Hotel.

Where better to enjoy the cool, sweet taste of Ruinart’s rosé than on the Goring’s lawn, currently furnished with cast iron furniture and a bar built from whitewashed champagne crates. With bursts of colour provided by collections of roses it’s a refined atmosphere that’s perfect for relaxing with a glass of champagne.

To add to the opulence each glass is served up with a raspberry macaron from exclusive London patisserie L’Orchidee. The bitter-sweet tang of the raspberry blending with the light palate of the fizzing rose is a match made, if not in heaven, then certainly close by.

As you relax in the beauty of the outdoors you’ll be treated to a calm and tranquil experience, with gentle piano music in the air and the sunlight streaking through your glass bringing out the copper tones of the rosé.

The whole experience is designed to take you back in time to the birth of Ruinart’s rosé. An antique apothecary will be on hand where you can experience vials of scent that will help you detect and unlock the hidden subtleties of the champagne. And to immortalise your visit an in-bar artist will be happy to draw an 18th century style portrait for you to take home as a memento.

Don’t miss out on this magnificent and sumptuous experience. The Ruinart Rosé Salon 1764 at The Goring shuts up shop today, the 3rd July, so with this blissful weather - why not pop down?

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Aston Martin

Few car brands are as synonymous with luxury as Aston Martin. Over one hundred years of dedication to bespoke design and hand-built craftsmanship has established the British marque as a motoring icon with unparalleled appeal. And the Bond association certainly hasn’t hurt either.

Now Aston Martin has revealed the futuristic DP-100, a concept car that retains the classic Aston Martin heritage with cutting-edge technology and design.

The mid-engine sports car took the Aston Martin design team six month to design, style and engineer and the time and care taken shows in every inch of this sleek racer. It all starts with the striking colour combination: a brilliant white body shot through with a deep, majestic purple centre section that is set off by a bright fluro-orange coach stripe bringing together classic beauty and modern energy.

The two qualities that define Aston Martin are proportion and beauty, which the company combines to give every car a timeless look. That’s why any Aston Martin, regardless of era, always turns heads and evokes admiring glances as it cruises along the street. And the DP-100 maintains this dedication to form. The S curvature at the front of the car sweeps out from the signature Aston Martin grille, wrapping around to form the fender and arching up to the low, aerodynamic bonnet.

The hallmark Aston Martin side strake is still apparent, but due to the mid-engine configuration it runs from the front wheel arch along the length of the body. And with no visible side air intake a floating cant rail directs air in to cool the engine. Both element combine to create the beautiful Aston Martin line and form with no interruption to the flowing contours.

At the rear of the car the Aston Martin C-shaped lights are given a futuristic update. Instead of an enclosed assembly individual light tubes are exposed, revealing the heat sinks.

The DP-100 is a truly magnificent beast. And now the bad news. If you want to take the car for a spin you will have to suffice with a virtual drive in Gran Turismo 6. The car has been specially designed for the latest instalment of the multi-million selling game, along with special designs by other manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz.

However, Marek Reichman, head of the Aston Martin design team, has said that the design shouldn’t be discounted as many of its features may well trickle down into future sports cars released by the prestigious manufacturer.

But don’t be surprised if the DP-100 does crop up outside the virtual roads of Gran Turismo 6. Aston Martin has previously designed similar concept-only cars such as the CC100, designed purely as a centenary celebration. Last year they built a second one for a customer who simply had to have one.

So, will you see a DP-100 sliding into a parking bay at One Tower Bridge in the future? It would certainly be the perfect pairing, with both exhibiting a seamless blend of vintage heritage and modern sensibilities.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Kate Moore

A beautiful home is the perfect synthesis of exceptional exterior architecture, perfect spatial planning and sumptuous interior design. For One Tower Bridge we turned to Darling Associates to create interior spaces that would be luxurious, timeless and make the most of the beautiful views along the Thames and beyond.

We spoke to Kate Moore, head of the team responsible for the spatial planning and interior architecture on three of the blocks at One Tower Bridge, about the Darling Associates approach to interior architecture.

What was your path into architecture?

While studying my A-levels I wanted to go to art school, which my Dad was fine with but he asked me "What do you want to be?" and I didn't really know. He wanted me to study architecture and we reached an agreement whereby I would apply for both an art foundation degree and an architecture degree, but I had to go to an architecture summer school in Liverpool. I loved it and I had such a fabulous time I decided to be an architect.

I then moved into interior architecture because Chris Darling, myself and several other directors here were at Hamilton Associates and Chris left to set up his own practice in 2003 and I followed in 2005. At that point a lot of the architectural work was residential in nature, and one of Chris' first projects was Trevor Square in Knightsbridge. Candy & Candy had purchased three units at the development and wanted them combined into one. This led onto a lot of work with them.

Knight Frank had been selling Trevor Square and we had been doing the spatial planning, layouts and spec and we achieved a much better price per square foot than expected which began our relationship with them. This led onto a slew of work where we began to undertake the spatial planning on projects and make the spec more efficient and developer friendly.

When did your relationship with Berkeley Homes begin?

We started working with Berkeley on the St. James development in 2011. One Tower Bridge is our first project with Berkeley Capital beginning in 2012.

Berkeley became aware of us due to our work on One Hyde Park, where we weren't doing the interior layout but were in charge of creating the working drawings and making the concepts actually work. I think we drew about 15,000 different bathrooms on that project! Berkeley then came to us and talked to us about the One Tower Bridge concept and we were employed for three blocks with United Architecture and Conran and Partners handling the remaining blocks.

Your team has a reputation for tackling each project afresh and not stamping a trademark style on everything. But what factors do you have to take into consideration when beginning a new project?

The first thing is always the location, then secondly the client aspirations.

For One Tower Bridge it's obviously a fantastic location, but it's slightly off pitch in that the traditional buyer for this kind of development wants the Chelsea, Knightsbridge, St. John's Wood triangle. However the iconic bridge and river views have worldwide renown and the architecture by Squire and Partners emphasised them. So we were very conscious of the views, and this was the main influence on our choices.

We decided to use classic materials like natural stone such as travertine and limestone, and timber. We kept the palette quite neutral but detailed the apartments in a contemporary way by incorporating elements such as Dornbracht brassware.

We really put a lot of emphasis on living space too and we wanted to prioritise the master bedroom, as these apartments aren't for sharers or investment units.

Did Berkeley give you a very specific brief?

At first we were given a strict budget but then the decision was made to instead follow the project aspirations instead of a price point.

How did you approach the layout and spatial planning of the apartments?

We always wanted to ensure a great experience on arrival, so where space allowed we made a feature to create the feeling of a grand entrance. We would emphasise a view or create a feature recess for some artwork or something similar. It's important that people don't feel cramped, especially when they first come into a space.

Also we aim to have an obvious hierarchy of rooms. Often when you first enter an apartment you end up opening a utility cupboard because you're presented with a sea of doors. To avoid that we ensured that the entrance, living room and reception doors are slightly larger, bedroom doors are distinct and utility cupboards are obviously cupboards so people can easily identify where they want to go. On the higher levels we always utilised the views where possible. Once we were above sevens storey's we got Berkeley to use a remote helicopter camera to show us the views. So when designing the penthouses and roof terraces we were very aware of both the views and also lines of sight, which in a dense project is important for people's privacy.

How did you approach the smaller apartments to ensure they felt spacious?

A good example for how we do this would be Block 5 where there is only a single one bed apartment per floor. We wanted to achieve a unity from the lift, through the corridor and into the apartment. So in the corridor the flooring was the same as in the apartment, we had a feature light fitting, riser cupboards were detailed to look like interior space. Then as you enter the apartment you could see the view immediately giving a sense of openness.

We also created a small cloak room in each apartment which wasn't there in the original plans. We felt it wasn't acceptable for a guest to have to go through the bedroom to use the en-suite. For the en-suite we decided to make it solely a shower room with two large shower heads, as opposed to having a bath with shower over.

Where do you draw inspiration from when approaching layout and materials?

Although we don't have a house style we do have house principles. We only work with developers, which means we are very aware of what's Marmite in the market as it were, so we're always careful to spec out in a way that appeals to the market.

We pay close attention to trends and cycles and always have an eye on longevity, which is why we tend to use classic materials because they don't date.

In terms of inspiration we look at the local area of the project. So we'll look at the buildings and community around it and think about what the project is akin to and what it is aspiring to be.

To give some examples we currently have a project in Fulham near The Hurlingham Club, so a lot of the choices in terms of materials and artwork have been drawn from polo. We're also doing work for Berkeley in Woodberry Down in Hackney, up by a reservoir with stunning views and a nature reserve. So there we wanted to bring that beautiful outdoor space into the apartments. So we made the space bright and light.

We feel that everyone's space is important and so we use the materials to make the space special. Even on lower budget developments we'll typically emphasise the bathroom and living space because that's where people want to relax.

So you don't work solely on luxury developments?

No we work across the spectrum. We won an RIBA prize last year for a project called Fermoy Road for Pocket Living which provides affordable housing for people to buy. The apartments are one bed and compact so we had floor to ceiling glazing to emphasise light and space, under floor heating to save space on radiators, individual bike stores off communal corridors. We also managed to offer a private communal roof terrace to give some outdoor space.

Finally, what do you think are the unique elements about One Tower Bridge and its area that will draw people to it?

The area is one of the most exciting places in London. I've always had a real love for Shad Thames, with its heritage connections. Now with More London and the inclusion of the Mayor's Office it's made it even more vibrant and a tourist destination. It encapsulates London. You've got green space, the river, the heritage, beautiful restaurants and bars. All of that makes it a very special place and I think that's been celebrated in One Tower Bridge. It's been a pleasure to work on the development because of the team's love for this area of London.

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One Tower Bridge occupies a prime position on London's South Bank, between three of the city's most important icons: Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London. It is an exceptional new development of contemporary residencies, thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed throughout.

Within walking distance of the City's financial heart, close to Canary Wharf, next to a string of world-class cultural attractions and enjoying first-rate transport connections, One Tower Bridge justifies the description 'extraordinary'

This is a London address like no other. Register your interest here.
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