London architecture: Contemporary homes in historic buildings

Living in a notable building gives you an opportunity to own a piece of history. Read about home conversions available to buy, to get inspired by the charm of these designer homes.

Commercial to residential conversions have become increasingly popular over the last decade. Repurposing buildings often creates something modern with a twist, blending old and new. Having that extra charm and meaningful story behind the building, makes these conversion homes uniquely individual. 

We asked our Head of London Residential Sales, Shaun Macnamara, about the challenges and opportunities that home conversions offer: "The complex and difficult process behind home conversions in Grade II buildings requires an incredible attention to detail alongside strong industry knowledge, that individuals often struggle with. We are proud to work together with industry-leading property developers, to create well-thought solutions and livable homes to our clients, and make their purchasing journey as effortless as possible. These homes are highly sought-after due to the limited availability and exclusivity as these opportunities come up few and far between."

There are some great examples of interior design in historic London buildings that blend history with the modern world. Historic elements such as period façade, exposed beams or rustic flooring combined with modern interior design such as minimalist furniture and harmonious colour palettes blend together to make memorable, livable homes. 

We have hand-picked some of our favourite sales properties currently available to buy, where historic architecture and contemporary design come together; continue reading to find out more. 


Westminster Fire Station


Westminster Fire Station is a significant Grade II listed Edwardian Fire Station from early 1900. This handsome redbrick building is situated in Victoria, SW1 and has been repurposed into 17 bespoke boutique apartments - some in the courtyard annexe. 

These luxurious conversion homes are full of character and quirky London vibe, showcasing elegant and modern design with respect to the history of the building - designed by Studio L, London. Alchemi Group has put sustainability at the heart of the project and will deliver up to 60% reduction on carbon emissions, exceeding the target of 35% set by the City of Westminster.* 

If you are looking to invest or live in a property that celebrates sustainability, heritage and design - register your interest now.

Launching in Autumn 2021

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*Subject to the final energy assessment been carried out, post completion when outstanding information such as the air test results for each dwelling have been received 


Chapter House


This dramatic Victorian building is an intimate collection of 40 contemporary apartments in London’s most celebrated cultural neighbourhood. Chapter House was originally designed and built in the late 19th century by architects known for a mild-Baroque style. 

This hidden gem is nestled just off the vibrant Covent Garden, offering luxurious living experience in this highly sought-after location. Chapter House is an opportunity to buy a piece of history and live in an eccentric design home.  

This masterpiece has been designed in collaboration with the renowned interior designers and architects, including ELLE Décor and Apt. London, creating this ultimate combination of contemporary design with British heritage.  

Most apartments have outside space alongside with access to residents' amenities. 

Prices from: £995,000

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Brigade Court


The former home of the London Fire Brigade reimagined for modern living. Brigade Court was built in 1878 and has been passionately restored into a collection of new-build and Grade II listed period-conversion homes on the Southbank. 

Showcasing the finest contemporary architecture and interior design by 1.61 London, the rich heritage is beautifully restored and combined with a 21st century aesthetic. The buildings are centred around the original fire station courtyard, which has been immaculately landscaped to form the heart of the residents’ community. 

A range of other amenities are available as well, to make the lifestyle simple and social at Brigade Court. 

Prices from: £755,000 

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D'abrlay Street


This Grade II listed freehold townhouse in Soho is a truly unique find. 

Dating from 1741, this charming home holds a lot of history as it is situated in one the oldest areas in London just off Wardour Street. The historic charm has been perfectly preserved during the outstanding renovation, providing all the comforts of a modern home including, spa facilities, sauna, steam room and private rooftop terrace – occupying nearly 3,300 sq ft over five floors.

The tasteful interior design alongside the 18th century features, including exposed wooden beams, brick work, panelling and several fireplaces, brings warmth and character to this rare original house. 

Asking price: £4,750,000 

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If you have any questions about these properties, or would like to discuss your property search, please get in touch with us.