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A tale of two cities

Live within the cut and thrust of London's financial district, while enjoying all the cultural delights that the capital has to offer

During the week, the pace of London's financial heart is quickened by the beat of city workers. But when they depart at weekends, there's a pleasantly eerie peace and quiet about living in this part of the City. It allows you to get away from it all, while still being within touching distance of galleries, museums, markets, shops and the theatre. Ideally located to take advantage of both sides of City life, and with the financial district on its doorstep, Roman House features a walkway that takes you straight to the Barbican Centre. Europe's largest arts venue is renowned for its inspired programme of eclectic exhibitions (from pop art to puppetry), as well as theatre, dance and fi lm events, and classical concerts. The impressive food hall, with its quirky 'jar-delier' light installation, is just the place to grab Saturday morning brunch. Worth visiting for the excellent Monmouth coffee alone.

The Royal Exchange and One New Change shopping centres - both 15 minutes walk away - provide ample shopping opportunities. You can pick up everything from Hermès bags to Banana Republic sweaters here. Also nearby is the vibrant buzz of Leadenhall and Spitalfields markets, famous for showcasing new designers and peddling vintage fashion and street food.

Despite being in the centre of the city, Roman House is surrounded by pockets of historic parkland. Its magnificent Portland stone facade overlooks St Alphage Gardens - a leafy oasis partly bordered by an original Roman wall, which has inspired the luxurious interior design of the development's studios, apartments and penthouses.

Also located in London's cultural heartland is 190 Strand, which places you in the centre of the capital. This development is minutes away from the Royal Opera House, Drury Lane and Savoy theatres, while the world famous shops of Covent Garden and the West End provide something close to retail heaven.

Moments from your front door, The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square offers endless inspiration. Don't miss its exhibition exploring the history of colour in painting, from 18 June 2014. High-end restaurants nestled alongside pub favourites such as the 13th-century Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street will satisfy every appetite. And the intimate cellars of Gordon's Wine Bar, close to Embankment tube, provide the perfect hideaway for a post-work drink and inventive cheeseboard.

Nearby Somerset House also provides year-round distractions - you can catch a spring show at the home of London Fashion Week, take a spin around the ice rink from November to January or watch a classic movie at the open air cinema in the summertime.

To match its impressive location, 190 Strand offers beautiful bespoke suites, apartments and penthouses, its stone, glass and metal filigree facade marking out a distinctive new presence in an exciting and historic location.

If you love London, there's no better place to be.

 

 

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