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Meet ‘Bankside’ Andy

It is our most loyal clients that make LL tick and we want to share this with you. So we asked our friend Andy at Gallery Lofts to post a guest blog describing what nearly two decades living there means to him. Here are his words….

”Walking down Hopton Street, you could be forgiven for passing by the entrance of Gallery Lofts. Tucked away up the little alley at the side of Nell Gwynn House (the oldest house in Bankside) Gallery Lofts is quite unassuming. However, once you enter through the sleek glass sliding door and you are greeted by one of the amazing concierge team you begin to realise that this is a pretty cool building.

Gallery Lofts was built as the final phase of the Bankside Lofts development. In the era of identikit apartments, the spaces at Bankside Lofts/Gallery Lofts are something special. Each loft space was sold as a shell space and then architecturally designed to suit each individual owner. My partner and I recently completed a total refurbishment of our loft in Gallery Lofts, totally rearranging the space to make the most of the double height ceilings and creating something bespoke to our requirements . This is one of the best things about living in Bankside Lofts/Gallery Lofts – you can let your mind run wild and create your own special little piece of Bankside.

Another thing you will notice is that this is an extremely friendly and sociable building. There is an eclectic mix of people in the building from the original pioneers who led the way 20 years a go to the younger hipsters who have also come to love this amazing building. Each year we organise a safari dinner where people go from apartment to apartment for different courses. Along the way you get to meet some super people and get to have a nosey at lots of different lofts. We also organise a summer party in the communal garden where everyone can come together and mingle and quaff some Prosecco!

Since my partner and I moved into Gallery Lofts there has been a maelstrom of change in and around Bankside. The once sleepy backwater has morphed into being one of London’s most exciting and dynamic neighbourhoods. It all started with the opening of the Tate Modern and since then it hasn’t stopped. The neighbourhood has become a who’s who of the world of ‘starchitects’: Neo Bankside by Richard Rodgers; Tate Modern extension by Herzog and De Meuron, One Blackfriars by Ian Simpson and so on. Bankside has also become a bit of a foodie heaven. Borough Market is a short stroll away and along the way there are numerous tasty places for a stop off: The Table, Hixter Bankside, Caravan, Lantana, Tibbits, Camino, Capricci, Gails Bakery, Tonkotsu, and Flat Iron Square to name but a few. If coffee is your thing that is also well catered for. Stop by Black Sheep Coffee for a Black Hoof; pop into Gentleman Baristas for a hipster chic latte on the hidden terrace or grab an amazing espresso from Coffee Works Project on your way to work.

I absolutely love living at Gallery Lofts. Everything that I need or want is on my doorstep, from the best modern art gallery in the world to great places to eat, cool cocktail bars and coffee hangouts. In summertime, there is no better place to hangout than by the river, a stone’s throw from my front door. It is there you will find me sauntering along with my dogs, Oscar, my chilled out English Bulldog and Lily, my trusty little Pug.”

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