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New Property – Blake Tower, Fann St. EC2Y


London, and particularly the City of London area, have a huge number of apartments available to rent. Many of these properties are non-descript new builds that lack the character and charm that really represents what the area is all about. This, unfortunately, is the outcome of increasing urbanisation. But, here at AW Childs estate agents – specialists in the Barbican, Clerkenwell, Farringdon & Islington, we have been offered the opportunity to bring an astonishing, character filled apartment to the market that is just perfect for those who are looking for a little more substance.


Based in Fann Street EC2Y, this property is located in the Blake Tower complex. The home of the former Barbican YMCA, Blake Tower was the brainchild of Chamberlin, Powell & Bon architects who are famous for their iconic work in the Barbican. Their architectural style is exhibited all over the area and Blake Tower was designed to perfectly complement the surrounding area. A building like no other, Blake Tower has been fully refurbished on the inside to an unbelievably high specification. The apartments in particular have been designed with almost obsessive levels of detail as they were designed by by Conran + Partners, an internationally renowned architecture and interior design studio.


Take a walk through any area of the building and you will feel a sense of the sheer technical brilliance of the design. Each apartment has been designed and finished with an incredible focus on specification, light and use of space that ensures that there is nowhere in London that offers a better living experience. Couple the aesthetic with the fact that there is a concierge service for 12 hours a day (07.00 – 19.00), the unbelievable location (Fann Street is located in the heart of the City of London) and the views (including the Shard, the London Eye and the Gherkin), there really is no better option available for those who love the city.


The Property


Ok so we have talked about the building, now what about the apartment itself? The apartment that we bring to market is a two bedroom apartment located on the tenth floor of Blake Tower – ensuring an incredible vista of the City of London that cannot be matched. Featuring a contemporary design, the apartment is a light and airy space that makes maximal use of the natural light that is available due to its intelligent design. The property is not only aesthetically pleasing, with large rooms and clever design, the property is also an ideal space for a professional couple or growing family.


So, what about the rooms? Well let’s start with the open plan living area. This space encompasses a stunningly well thought out kitchen and living area that work in total harmony. The useful addition of a breakfast bar offers a clean transition between the two spaces that complement each other perfectly. The kitchen features all of the storage and features that you could possibly need and packs them neatly into a compact space. The living room area also offers a clean, modern look that takes advantage of built-in storage and natural light to create an area for the owners to enjoy and relax in. The room is surprisingly large for an apartment of this type and there is enough room to entertain as there is a large table in the living room.


Now onto the bedrooms. Both continuing the modern airy look, the bedrooms are both on the large size, and are easily big enough to house a growing family, or even offer a place for visitors to stay. Both rooms have stunning built-in wardrobes that ensure a neat space and both have incredible views of the city available via the windows. The master bedroom also features a gorgeous ensuite bathroom that has to be seen to be believed.


Now, finally, there is the main bathroom. Like the ensuite, the main bathroom has been completed to a frankly incredible standard. Finished with floor to ceiling tiling (like the ensuite that matches), the bathroom is a beautiful place to finish the day with a long relaxing soak in the bath (both bathrooms also feature walk-in showers). The combination of the marble and tile offers a stunning look and a high specification finish that is also built to last a lifetime.


In Summary


As you can see, Blake Tower offers the cream of London living. Stunning design, large rooms and incredible vistas ensure that this property is among the highest specification in the city. For those who love living in London, but also want the highest specification, the property is a natural choice. If you wish to view this apartment, call AW Childs estate agents today on 0203 693 9444 or email us [email protected] and a member of our team will be happy to help you.




Exmouth Market Businesses Support The Homeless


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Local businesses in Exmouth Market have clubbed together to help the area’s homeless people with a “Take One Leave One” coat rail. The idea will help to provide the area’s homeless people by providing warm clothes, hot meals, oyster cards and even haircuts to give them some much needed support during the cold winter months. A move which we at AW Childs estate agents are keen to support in our local areas of Barbican, Clerkenwell, Farringdon and the wider Islington area. We ourselves are huge supporters of charitable endeavours in the local area and will be supporting this drive.


Placed outside the Holy Redeemer church, the “Take One Leave One” rail has been left so members of the business and wider communities can leave warm clothes out for those desperately need it in the area. In an interview with the Islington Gazette, organiser Stefan Simanowitz described how the idea hit him a little over a year ago. Describing the idea as “a simple, beautiful idea”, he got the idea from Twitter where he had seen someone using a rail as a way of leaving clothing for the homeless.


It isn’t only clothes that are available to the homeless. There has been the introduction of “pledge cards” that allow people to donate all manner of items that are supplied by local businesses. These include haircuts, hot drinks and even a hot meal. These are all supplied by local businesses that have signed up to help make a difference to those who are suffering in the local area.


The idea was for the rail to be in place for a week to start with, but there has been significant support from the business community that will help to keep the rail in place for the foreseeable future. Certainly with the support of not only the business community, but also the wider local community, the “Take One Leave One” rail has the possibility to make a real difference to the homeless in the Islington area. The future of the project is bright; as those behind the scheme look to extend it with their local business partners – a future we at AW Childs estate agents will be delighted to assist with.


The Rising Problem Of London’s Homeless


The sad news from last year that four men had died while rough sleeping in Islington brings sharply into focus the problem of homelessness in the capital. With approximately 1,297* homeless sleepers in Islington, and a steep rise of 18% in the previous 12 months, it is clear that homelessness is a growing problem. There are all manner of reasons that people become homeless, principally these revolve around mental health issues and drug use (which are unfortunately often interlinked to produce devastation to people’s lives). For these reasons the building of more shelters does not often fix the problem. While this may seem counterintuitive, rough sleepers often take to the streets because of the dangers that shelters bring.


So what can be done? Homelessness is a complicated problem that has an innumerable number of causes – a silver bullet cure is simply not feasible. The reason that the “Take One Leave One” rail offers such a help is that it simply helps to solve one of the myriad of problems of homelessness. While it is clear that the government needs to do more on homelessness, the kindness of the wider community, as displayed in the introduction of this rail, can make a huge difference to those who need it most. So if you want to help, pop down to  Holy Redeemer church and offer whatever you can – it will be most appreciated.


*Source Islington Gazette – click here for news story

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Conveniently situated in the heart of the City of London, our new property for sale in the Atlas Building development promises to deliver a premium living space in what is bound to become a striking and highly desirable feature of London’s sprawling skyline. The imposing yet understated design by acclaimed architect firm MAKE is intended to install the dramatically designed building mindfully into its surroundings. We at AW Childs Estate Agents – specialists in Barbican, Clerkenwell and Islington are proud to bring to the market an exclusive spacious two bedroom apartment in the soon to be completed development.


The Property


The property itself is remarkably spacious – with two well proportioned bedrooms – one of which (master bedroom) boasts a stunning ensuite – the space will be comfortably big enough to house a small family or professional couple. Featuring a high-spec open plan kitchen/living room that boasts integrated Siemens appliances, the property’s living space will be a joy to behold – designed to an amazingly high standard, the living space also features a private balcony that promises a dramatic and breathtaking view of the cityscape that surrounds this remarkable building.


The high standard of finish is continued into the main bathroom that has been completed in full-body tiles, and features chrome fixtures and fittings to ensure a modern and contemporary look. The bathroom does not only look stunning, the baths and showers of the property have thermostatic valves which help to ensure a consistently perfect temperature bathing experience every time. The bathroom is just one of the stunning rooms that this incredible property offers.


The bedrooms continue the modern look and also feature helpful design ideas such as custom designed built-in wardrobes that even have internal lights to help you to pick the right outfit every time. The master bedroom also has a superb ensuite bathroom, and the room continues the contemporary and high-spec look of the property with luxury broadloom carpet  fitted in both bedrooms.


All in all this is an extremely high-specification property that features beautiful design and excellent features all with the stunning backdrop of the City of London available from your own private balcony. It is the ideal home for those who wish to live in the city, but also want to live in an amazing space to appreciate it.




As you can imagine, a home in this prime area of the city is going to be surrounded by amazing amenities – you are not wrong. Located between Shoreditch, Islington and Clerkenwell, the property is ideally located for London’s transport system. It is also right on the doorstep of the City of London – making it an ideal property for city workers. As well as being surrounded by excellent transport links, the property is also surrounded by some of London’s most interesting and culturally significant areas – there is much exploring to be done in the local area.


It is all well and good being surrounded by amenities, but what about the amenities inside this incredible building? The building boasts an amazingly useful 24/7 concierge that is on call to help when you need it. The building also features the kind of leisure amenities that would put most health clubs to shame featuring the following:


  • Spa area
  • Swimming pool
  • Hydra pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • State of the art gym


There is also a screening room and even retail space for a unique experience all inside the very building that you live in – you may never need to leave!


Find Out More

With 80% of the apartments already sold, it is clear that the Atlas building is going to quickly become one of London’s most sought after addresses. So to find out more, or to register your interest in this unique opportunity, get in touch today with AW Childs Estate Agents on 0203 693 9444 or email us [email protected] and speak to a member of our team about this once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of London’s most unique and sought after addresses.

Islington City Pavilion estate


If you are looking for the perfect apartment for either a professional couple or growing family in Islington then you are in luck. AW Childs estate agents – specialists in Barbican, Clerkenwell, Farringdon & Islington are proud to present this stunning property to the rental market.


Ideally located for city workers who need close proximity to the City of London, City Pavilion offers a practical and stylish living space in an amazing central location. A rare 2 bedroom 2 bathroom property, this apartment also comes with amazing amenities such as a 24 hour concierge to help you whenever you may need it.


The Property


As for the property itself, it features a stunning contemporary style and makes maximal use of its space with thoughtfully designed touches that make this property feel roomy – a rarity in Islington!


Living area


The living room features an open plan design which allows for maximal use of space. There is plenty of room for all of the furniture that you need and the apartment offers a cosy space to relax or entertain. You can also make use of the private balcony which comes off of the living space, for a stunning view of London. The kitchen area is fully-fitted and comes with integrated appliances built into the kitchen to keep them out of sight. It also features stunning fixtures and fittings to complete the high specification finish that will please even the toughest of critics or aspiring chefs.




With two nicely sized (master and double) bedrooms, the property is big enough for the growing family – this is also a rarity in the Islington area, as designers move towards increasingly smaller properties. There is even a window between the rooms so that you can keep an eye on the little ones!


With two bathrooms, you can avoid the morning scrum and get ready for work and school in relative tranquility! While we cannot promise complete harmony, the addition of a second bathroom is always very welcome in a family home!


With wooden flooring throughout and an ultra modern fit and finish, this property will be a delight to live in for a professional couple or a growing family. It’s location is ideal for those who work in the city, but the property offers an ideal place for relaxation away from the hectic pace of the city.




Being located in the vibrant Islington area of Clerkenwell, the property benefits from amazing local amenities. Not only do you have an onsite concierge 24 hours a day, you have all of the benefits that come with being so centrally located – these include an unbelievable number of transport options that can get you anywhere you want in double quick time.


There is also an incredible number of options for entertainment and leisure in the area – among these are some of the UK’s finest restaurants. There are also cultural icons everywhere! With The Barbican and Smithfield on your doorstep, you will never be lost for something to do! The property is also ideally located for many local schools – also a huge benefit for growing families.


The property really is an ideal home for a professional couple or growing family looking to live in an ideal city location. It’s smart and contemporary and has enough room for a family to live in comfortably. If this ticks your boxes, you better be quick as it will not be around for long.


Call or email to view


If you would like to find out more about this or any other of our amazing Islington properties then please get in touch. Call today on 020 3693 9444 or email us at [email protected] and we can arrange a viewing or answer any queries that you may have.


New Property at New River Head


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It is not everyday that remarkable properties come onto the market. With a drive to build quickly and cheaply, much of the design of modern housing is about function over design. So when a property that has bags of character comes onto the market, you can be sure that we are going to be delighted to offer it for sale. With this in mind, we offer this property at the stunning New River Head building. This building was the former home of the Metropolitan Water Board (which later became Thames Water), and has been lovingly transformed into apartments that are full of character and charm. Indeed the property is so remarkable, it has Grade II listed status.


So what about the apartment itself? Well this delightful two bedroom apartment is ideal for a couple or small family. With literally no expense spared, the overall design and specification of the apartment is of the highest order. Exposed brickwork creates the design narrative, combined with wood flooring, light decor and plenty of natural light, the property is stunning from every angle.


The Rooms


The Living Room


Entering the property from the grandeur of the hallway and sweeping staircases you come into the living space. With the exposed brickwork framing the room, the contemporary design makes use of the available natural light. There is room for everything you need, including a dining table. All of the other rooms lead off from the living area which is most certainly the hub of the apartment.


The Kitchen


The kitchen has everything you need, from entertaining a group, to a weeknight dinner, the kitchen can handle it. The kitchen is light and features a stunning fully fitted kitchen. The room has all that you need to unleash your inner chef. There is an enormous amount of cupboard space which is rare for a London apartment and the kitchen features integrated appliances to provide a clean and tidy look. The room is also bathed in light from the flush downlights that are fitted to the ceiling to complement the contemporary look.


The Bathroom


What can we say about the bathroom but wow! Featuring a stunning walk in shower and beautiful basin, the bathroom has been designed for the ultimate wow factor. Tiled from floor to ceiling, it is a beautifully crafted room that befits the overall design feel of the apartment. The specification of this room really is of the highest order and literally no expense has been spared in creating it.


The Bedrooms


With two bedrooms – a master and a second bedroom, you have all the space that you could need for a couple or small family. Both rooms continue the light and airy feel of the property and have been carefully designed to make use of the space and natural light that has been afforded to them. Both rooms feature gorgeous traditionally styled windows that help to keep you connected to the character of the building while enjoying the natural light.




Being in EC1, this property puts you right in the heart of the City of London – so everything you could ever need is right on your doorstep. The property is surrounded by transportation options that can deliver you around the city and further afield in a matter of minutes. There is also a plethora of shops, gyms and even cultural icons such as Sadler’s Wells that are right on your doorstep. Talking of being on your doorstep, the apartment building comes with an astonishing communal garden (a real rarity for this area of London), and even a residents gym for those who are looking to get in shape.


All in all New River Head is an amazing apartment in the heart of the City of London. It comes with everything a professional couple or small family could ever need. It is ideal for those who work in the city and is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. If New River Head ticks all of your boxes, get in touch today with AW Childs Estate Agents – specialists in the Barbican, Clerkenwell and Farringdon to find out more about this absolutely stunning character apartment. For more information or to book a viewing, please call us today on 0203 693 9444 or email us at [email protected].

This delightful 876 sq ft two double bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is ideal for a couple or small family. With no expense spared, the overall design and specification of the apartment is of the highest order. Exposed character brickwork creates the design narrative, combined with wood flooring, light decor and plenty of natural light, the property is stunning from every angle.

The kitchen has recently been fully refurbished and has a large amount of cupboard space, new integrated appliances and flush downlights that are fitted to the ceiling to complement the contemporary look.

The family bathroom features a stunning walk in shower, separate jacuzzi bath and beautiful basin, designed for the ultimate wow factor. Tiled from floor to ceiling, it is a beautifully crafted room that befits the overall design feel of the apartment.

With two double bedrooms – a master and a second bedroom, you have all the space that you could need for a couple or small family. The master bedroom features a carefully designed en suite shower room and dressing area. Both bedrooms continue the light and airy feel of the property and have been carefully designed to make use of the space and natural light that has been afforded to them.

The property is surrounded by transportation options that can deliver you around the city and further afield in a matter of minutes. There is also a plethora of shops, gyms and even cultural icons such as Sadler’s Wells that are right on your doorstep. Talking of being on your doorstep, the apartment building comes with an astonishing communal garden (a real rarity for this area of London), a residents gym and concierge.

  • Lease Term – 999 years from 1 February 1996
  • Ground Rent – £50 per year

We are pleased to offer this bright and spacious 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment with a modern finish.

The property is wonderfully located on Farringdon Road at the top of Exmouth market and is offered as furnished, part furnished or unfurnished.

The property is located close to Farringdon, Kings Cross and Angel tube stations. Excellent bus routes on Rosebery Avenue offer easy access to the West end and City.

Available for immediate occupancy.

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It’s that time of year again. The evenings are drawing in and temperatures are dipping. This can only mean one thing: Christmas is almost here! Christmas time really is the most wonderful time of the year, and the Barbican in the City of London celebrates it better than anywhere. To celebrate the start of the festive period, AW Childs estate agents are proud to present this year’s essential guide to Christmas in the Barbican and the local area. Our guide features the very best in markets and entertainment for those in and around the City of London this Christmas.




Ah the traditional Christmas market. In London, the number and scale of Christmas markets has exploded in recent years. The opportunity to buy a unique gift, take in the festive feel and have a glass or two of mulled wine means that Christmas markets are extremely popular. Here’s our list of London’s must-visit Christmas markets.


London Bridge City


Taking on the tried and tested format of other successful Christmas markets by using wooden cabins and a vast selection of sellers offering unique wares, London Bridge City brings a festive feel that coupled with the stunning backdrop of the City of London skyline, offers a unique experience. Perfectly situated for city workers, the market brings a truly unique feel to the area and the option to pick up one-off items that you can’t buy on the high street.


South Bank


If you’re willing to venture a little further afield (or at least a couple of tube stops), then the Christmas market on the South Bank is another great option. This market also features the traditional wooden cabins that you expect to see, but as a market that’s been going for several years, attracts a huge number of vendors selling a huge array of unique treasures (not to mention lots of food stalls – nom nom). The Christmas market on the South Bank is now a huge deal and if you can’t find a unique gift there, you really will struggle to find it anywhere!  


Winter Wonderland


Yet further again (though still within Zone 1!) in the world famous Hyde Park we have Winter Wonderland. Winter Wonderland is a huge deal and attracts an incredible number of visitors each year. Like the other two markets mentioned, Winter Wonderland also features a host of vendors selling unique wares – but it also has much much more! Jam packed with events, a bar and even funfair rides, there is so much to do at London’s premier winter destination.




Of course as much as there are fantastic Christmas markets in London, there is also a huge array of entertainment options. Many of London’s cultural icons and performing venues have busy schedules over the Christmas period and 2018 is no different.


Barbican centre


Christmas season at the Barbican Centre this year is bound to be a classic. From the 20th of December to the 1st of January, the Barbican Centre has its very own Christmas festival. The festival features a different option every evening; from Christmas classic concerts to amazing orchestras playing music from world famous movies, there is something for every type of music lover at this amazing cultural icon on our doorstep.


Ice Skating at Somerset House


The ever popular ice skating rink is back again at Somerset House. With an alpine lodge and unique shopping experience from Fortnum & Mason, the option of late night skating with music from a DJ and a the stunning backdrop of the house itself, this is a unique experience that Londoners make a beeline for year after year. And for those who are not exactly the next Torvill & Dean, there is even a skate school with cute polar bears to help you on your way!


Royal Albert Hall


Talking about cultural icons, there are few in London that have patch on the Royal Albert Hall. This Christmas season features a full schedule of variety at the landmark venue. From a 30th anniversary live Whose Line is It Anyway to Christmas classic concerts and even special shows for Children, the Royal Albert Hall has something for all the family this Christmas.


As you can see, London offers a huge array of options at Christmas and we’ve barely scratched the surface. If you would like to move a little closer to the action this Christmas and rent or buy a property in the Barbican or the surrounding areas then please get in touch. Here at AW Childs, we are local experts in the Barbican and we absolutely love our local area. To find out more about what we do, or to see our properties, please call today on 0203 693 9444 or email us at [email protected]


Looking for a period property but without the renovation work? Well here at AW Childs, we have the ideal property for those who want a stunning home located in a quiet tree lined street but still within easy reach of all the amenities London has to offer. Based in the leafy De Beauvoir ward of London, this first floor property has been lovingly renovated to an extremely high standard and would be an ideal home for a city professional or couple.

The property features high ceilings through out, an open plan living space with a high specification kitchen, a luxury bathroom and good size double bedroom. With so much to offer we’ve listed the main features below –

Kitchen/ living area
Bespoke kitchen with plenty of storage and fully integrated appliances – dish washer, washer/ dryer, electric oven, gas hob, ducted extract fan, fridge with freezer drawer Quartz worktop and splash back Bespoke fitted desk unit and TV joinery Concealed automated Lutron blinds Engineered Oak flooring with new traditional skirting Refurbished sash windows – dual aspect south & west facing Mood lighting New sleek radiators

Bath & Shower
Marble sink top & tiles
Bespoke mirrored cabinet with integrated lighting Wall hung toilet Electric under floor heating and towel rail Ceiling speaker Quiet extract fan

Good size double
Super soft carpet
Refurbished sash windows
Mood lighting
New sleek radiator

Engineered Oak flooring with new traditional skirtings Additional storage Mood lighting

New Valiant Combi Boiler – App controlled heating New electrics and fuse board Feature lighting through out Fire alarm Private parking space Outside communal area

Available for immediate occupancy this stunning and elegant studio apartment is located on the 7th floor of FROBISHER CRESCENT in the centre of the Barbican. With wood flooring throughout, the building was completely refurbished in 2008 and the property compromises of a generous entrance hall with storage cupboard, shower room and studio room with concealed wall bed, access onto balcony and smart white kitchen with integrated appliances. . The double-width, full height sliding doors lead to a private balcony where you can take in views across the City.

Available furnished, all residents have access to communal gardens throughout the estate and underground parking and storage can be directly rented from the Corporation of London. Included within the service is refuse collection from your door and window cleaning.

The Underground stations of Barbican (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines) and Moorgate (Northern, Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines) are both within easy reach. Moorgate also offers National Rail services.

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