Imagine livingin a gasholder!

Le Sommelier looks at cool conversions and new-build schemes across the capital

Prime-Time Viewing

Following a preview sell-out of 150 flats last autumn, apartments at Television Centre’s public sales launch range from £650,000 to £7 million through Savills (020 7409 8756) and Strutt & Parker (020 7318 4677). Designed by Stirling prizewinners AHMM and with first completion by 2018, the BBC’S former HQ in White City will ultimately deliver 950 new homes, cafes, restaurants, a new Soho House, office space and television studios. Retained grade II features include the external ‘atomic dots’ and John Piper’s mural inside the main reception, known as Stage Door.

Gentlemanly St Jame’s

Mayfair and Knightsbridge eat your heart out! St James’s is more genteel and sophisticated, largely free from glitz, and not on the tourist trail. So says Mark Dorman of Strutt & Parker (020 7318 5061) which is launching St Jame’s House, St Jame’s Street, SW1. Set opposite the Palace, this Grade II* office building was built to a classical style in 1904. Redeveloped by The Carlyle Group and Caraeno, it now offers eight apartments with a private spa, pool and gym, valet-parking and a 24-hour concierge. Prices start from £20 million for a three-bedroom residence.

Drum Roll For King’s Cross

Overlooking the Regent’s Canal, Gasholders is a feast of engineering. Three ‘drums’ of contemporary apartment buildings, complete with ‘green lid’ roof gardens, are being constructed within a Grade II-listed triplet of conjoined gasholder guide frames – without touching them. Wilkinson Eyre’s design will provide 145 wedge-shaped apartments to 120 different configurations. Available through Knight Frank (0333 077 0200), the initial release of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments start from £785,000, with first occupations at the end of 2017.

Gardens by the book

The Botanical Treasury

Whether they have medicinal properties, are featured in work of art or are simply alluringly rare, plants worth knowing about can be found here. The beautifully illustrated book includes 40 of the most fascinating plants and comes with botanical prints, suitable for framing.

Daniel Ost

A simple bouquet will seem outdated once you see what Daniel Ost can do with a flower or two. The Belgian floral artist and designer discusses the inspirations behind 80 of his biggest projects, and share some exceptional photography.

Great Gardens of London

It may seem a concrete jungle, but London actually has more green spaces than most other cities. The capital makes the most of unusual places, and this book reveals the stories behind the gardens of royal palaces, churches and parks.

The Gardener’s Garden

From courtyards to rooftops and vast vineyards, this illustrated compendium discusses the designs behind more than 250 of the world’s best-known gardens. It documents gardening trends from the 14th century to the present, and offers advice on planting and landscaping.

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