Lillie Square is part of the Earls Court master plan, 77 acres of development into four ‘urban villages’, shops and offices by CapCo and the first section to be approaching completion. The rest of the master plan, over on the north side of the Lillie Road, is a good 10 to 15 years away. Residents should expect relentless lorries on the Lillie Road and a skyline dotted with cranes for so long they’ll miss them when they go, at which point there’ll be no missing 7,500 thousand new homes and 10,000 workers arriving every day.
You could throw a stone from Lillie Square into the sunlit plains of Kensington & Chelsea but flats here are firmly in Hammersmith & Fulham and this precise location has always been the tatty end of Fulham. It still is. The developers are doing their best to spread a little Chelsea love by persuading a few fancy-ish shops and cool-ish bars to site themselves on the Lillie Road with leases for two years but will that be long enough?
Respect for effort and expense though. Neither has been spared, particularly in the lavish communal areas – everything soars, the light fixtures, the staircase, even the floral arrangements. The concierge is energetic and sweetly polite, there’s a cinema, function rooms, a wine cellar in which residents can have their own shelf, a gym, a spa with four treatment rooms and a pool (is 33 degrees just a bit too hot?). The Skandi-cool residents’ lounge found in all self-respecting new developments had real people in it and there’s a commendable amount of outdoor strolling space between the blocks.
Do the upper floors have views? Yes of course they do, every tall building has views. Is there anything to spoil the view? Just a little overground railway line on the east side. Can you hear the trains? Well, yes you can actually but you’d have to be listening for them. What’s that lovely park just there? It’s West Brompton cemetery. Will it offer peace, quiet and tranquility when there are four new ‘urban villages’ and 10,000 workers? God, let’s hope so.
Please review the location of this development:
Enjoy the lively community swearing and a wide selection of discount shops on the North End Road if you accidentally turn left onto the Lillie Road and keep going. Turn right and parts of the marketing video are marginally plausible, but only just. Maybe the magic dust liberally slapped all over Lillie Square will drag the surrounding area up however much it protests (and the locals have certainly been protesting). That will happen only as long as everyone benefits.
It is unfortunate that the building management of this development is a complete disgrace. It could be much better and offer a real outstanding quality of life experience but the service of the Estate Managers is lower than average. As previous resident in Kensington, living and having bought here is a complete disspointment. If the Estate Managers were changed the experience would be different.
My husband and I bought off-plan a 3 bedroom flat in Lillie Square back in 2014.
All the bedrooms are supposed to have a cooling system, which is part of all the anazibg features offered by Capco, the develooer.
To our suprised, one of the bedrooms in our flat does not have this cooling system, despite being promised at purchased.
We have raised the issue with the post sale customer service team but have had no luck getting an answer from them more than the developer was entitled to change the design at any point in time.
It is frustrating and disappointing. The customer service experience has been tiring, we are raising the issue with our lawyer.
The team here are great and always thinking of new things to give to help the residents. Last autumn they launched the Lillie Pass which they call the lifestyle pass as it has leading global brands and London favourites giving offers to the residents. There’s VIP access, unique experiences and added extras from Selfridges, Berry Bros. and Rudd and ESPA, Duck and Dry, Nikki Tibbles’ Wild at Heart and The Harwood Arms.
I love my flat, location and the new Clubhouse
West Brompton tube and overground is an amazing station for connections into the rest of london – it can be a busy platform but fantastic for quick links.
Avoid the North End Road – there are markets and things there but unless you want to go to iceland or buy some cheap shoes it is a ten minute walk down to Fulham Broadway which has more shop options and a few bars and restaurants. Instead I would recommend heading east towards South Kensington (few minutes on the bus or a 20 minute walk) where there are so many things on offer from shops, bars and restaurants.