London City Island is a thriving new community created by Ballymore and EcoWorld and resembles a ‘mini Manhattan’, centred on a large public square and anchored by the new English National Ballet headquarters, which looks set to be a stunning building. Working as a development consultant in London City Island has always been one of my favourite developments in the capital, and my partner and I therefore bought a 2 bedroom apartment there off-plan. The communal areas are now completed and look fantastic: a retro-inspired gym, outdoor pool surrounded by planting, a grocer and Italian deli, bar and pizzeria and even more facilities still to come in later phases. A fantastic effort has been made with the landscaping, placemaking and creating a sense of community, with regular events being hosted by the developer and a series of artisans moving in. The scheme is easily accessible from the Canning Town tube station (Jubilee Line) and gives the perfect combination of big city life with its amazing connectivity, and simultaneously that of a small-town community, with the classic high-street occupants like a florist, art gallery and grocer. We can’t wait to see it complete!
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