I’m completely biased, but I think that the best place to live in London is Wapping, near Tower Bridge. For me, it still feels like a quaint cobbled community, despite how close it is to Zone 1. It’s definitely to do with its geography. Wapping is conveniently nestled in the bend in the river, which means that there’s very little road traffic or noise.
Christian and I absolutely loved our old Wapping flat, which didn’t suffer from many of the downsides of London living (pokiness, damp, rats?!?). Unfortunately our landlord decided to sell up this year, so we needed to spread our wings and find somewhere new.
We found a lovely flat in the heart of Wapping, even closer to Tower Bridge (and more importantly, a Waitrose). Cue lots of bungling by the estate agent, lots of bungling by the landlord and lots of heavy lifting by Christian and myself and finally we’re moved in and somewhat settled. Below are some photos of the new flat with all our colourful wares in (you’ll probably recognise many of them from the previous flat). It’s not quite finished yet, but it’s already starting to feel like home. Happy browsing…
The New Wapping Flat:
Below are a few photos of the flat before we moved in. As you can see, it was pretty minimalist:
The Living Room / Kitchen:
Christian and I love a good open-plan kitchen/living room and this room was what sold us on the flat in the first place. It’s HUGE, by London standards at least, and gave me the space to create a sort of home office. Hooray! No more working off the kitchen table. The funny story about this room is that I accidentally bought a children’s desk online instead of a full size one… ooops! The happy ending is that we managed to repurpose it into a chic TV stand, so no harm done. Hilariously, everyone keeps bashing their knees into the glass coffee table (me, Christian’s dad, about five of my friends so far), but it came with the flat so nothing to be done about that:
Not the most exciting room in the house, but the bedroom is always a fun one to decorate. I’m still working on the feature wall, but here is how the space is looking so far:
The garden was probably one of the biggest transformations in the flat. Christian and I have been desperate for some good outdoor space for a while so we decided that we would make the most out of the outdoor space by laying down artificial grass (thanks for putting the idea in my mind Joyce!). It was less of a faff than we thought it would be and really helped to brighten the space. Fingers crossed that a squirrel doesn’t get in and ravage it like our balcony in the last flat!
Right, that’s it for now – I hope you found the “tour” interesting 🙂 If you happen to book onto a workshop at our Ragged Life HQ in London then you’ll get a chance to see the flat in person too.
As always, happy rag rugging, Elspeth x
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