The Grade II-listed building, Sugar House, doubled as a sugar warehouse, and is an example of Victorian commercial architecture at its most ambitious and confident – with its ornate redbrick exterior, gothic arches and clock tower, it reminds one of St Pancras station. And the interior is no less extravagant, if rather more up-to-the-minute. There are 42 highly-designed apartments within, including several penthouses – and The Provenance is the pick of the bunch. That boardroom living space, designed in minimalist white, includes dining room, designer kitchen and even a grand piano. The whole place is pre-wired for multi-room audio, including an iPod docking station and hub, and there’s hi-tech Lutron lighting to set the mood. Anyone living here might just have too much fun to want to leave for work, but its location just east of Tower Hill at least means a canny City buyer will only have to walk to the office.
The Provenance, Sugar House, 99 Leman Street, E1 8EY. £2.25m. Other penthouses available from £999,950, with further properties from £424,950. For more information call 020 3217 1000 or visit www.cityquarter.co.uk.