A kitchen this elegant deserves to be socialised in. This two-bedroom flat in Bedford Court, one of literary Bloomsbury’s refined red-brick mansions, offers an inviting open-plan entertaining area. There’s great natural light and high ceilings to create a sense of space. Then there’s the beautiful but durable herringbone parquet floors and soft cream cabinets lit by sparkling cut-glass chandeliers, high-spec appliances and enough surface areas for prepping party food and chilling drinks. If the sun shines, you also have access to Bedford Square private gardens, one of London’s coveted residential outside spaces.
This two-bedroom loft-style apartment on Berner’s Street, Fitzrovia, provides a proportionately generous amount of entertaining space. High ceilings, honey-hued oak floors and a large west-facing bay window blend to create an inviting living space, while the kitchen is packed with high-spec integrated Miele appliances for whizzing up your best party dish. Industrial touches keep things cool, from silver open ducts for the comfort cooling, to the brickwork feature wall.
For urban living with space to play, this Hanway Street duplex close to Oxford Street wows with a generous footprint of 1539sq ft. The open-plan kitchen/dining/living space sits on a roof terrace that’s almost as spacious, so party guests can admire the central London skyline from floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the penthouse with light and showcase the luxury of a space large enough to spread seating out. There is also a serene, green kitchen with a sociable L-shaped island next to a bright dining area, while another talking point will be the glamorous upwards curve of the stairs. If you run out of drinks you can nip to one of the wine merchants nearby to stock up.
Period charm throughout this three-bedroom duplex on Great Titchfield Street, in the heart of the West End, means original wooden chevron flooring, an open fireplace and panelling painted a soft shade of grey. Prepare canapes and drinks on the marble surfaces in the gleaming, streamlined kitchen before mingling in the double reception room with its pretty bay window. If the weather behaves, there’s a cute courtyard laid with neat artificial turf, for a low-maintenance city lifestyle.
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