Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fabulous TV Finale; Alistair Appleton Visits Bloomsbury

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fabulous TV Finale; Alistair Appleton Visits Bloomsbury

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Byline: Philippa Stockley

BOOK a seat on the sofa tomorrow for the last in our current series of Homes & Property TV, at 7.30pm on ITV1, writes Philippa Stockley.

Presenter Alistair Appleton says that now is a terrific time to rent, especially if you are a single metropolitan type. Central Bloomsbury is a fantastic choice.

Once dowdy and full of tired Georgian houses used as offices, the whole area has been undergoing a spectacular revamp.

The renovated Brunswick Centre is London's answer to Paris's stylish Beaubourg, with shops, a great piazza and a rapidly growing cafe culture.

The British Museum is on your doorstep and Bloomsbury sits inside the congestion zone, too, so you can walk anywhere and rents are about 40 per cent lower than in Soho.

Alistair also looks at the growing New York trend for lateral conversions sweeping the capital, making stylish one-floor apartments ideal for open-plan living. He meets Gerda, whose top-end pad features backlit onyx walls, suede and a fairy-tale bedroom starring a white leather four-poster bed. …

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