Our latest London development is the upmarket project, Pinks Mews, just a stone’s throw from Chancery Lane tube station – but what else is knocking around the area?
Chancery Lane tube station is one of London’s busiest. As a station on the Central Line, the main artery for a variety of law, banking and accounting firms, it is a crucial terminal for thousands of the capital’s professionals. For the majority who live nowhere near Chancery Lane, the station is a staging post to struggle towards during one’s daily commute. But for the fortunate minority within walking distance of its doors, it’s a rush-hour dream: westward lies Bond Street in 15 minutes and eastward lies the City in under 10.
It’s a benefit residents at the Pinks Mews development will come to know well. Located just off High Holborn, on a private walkway, the 35-unit scheme is quite literally a few steps from Chancery Lane Station. So much so that you could leave your luxury, high-grade Pinks Mews apartment at 8:30 in the morning and arrive at Bank Station comfortably before 9:00. A boast few of London’s haggard commuters can make.
But commuting efficiency, while important, isn’t everything. Likewise, Chancery Lane, while connected, isn’t just a transit hub.
For starters, those fond of the capital’s quick eating won’t be disappointed: Joe & The Juice and Hummus Bros neighbour Chancery Lane station. Luxury Italian coffee chain Caffe Vergnano is nearby, offering a more staid atmosphere. For those after a more local vibe, Prufrock Café – a self-desribed “gourmet coffee shop” – is a street away.
Fine diners will be impressed with the range of international restaurants within striking distance of the station: from award-winning Japanese restaurant ROKA to Cigalon, which serves French fare from Provence inside a magnificent former auction house. Closer to home, Vanilla Black – an inventive British vegetarian restaurant – is located on Furnival Street adjacent to Chancery Lane.
Night-owls won’t be disappointed either. Owing to Chancery Lane’s proximity to law firms, banks and other financial bodies a variety of late-opening pubs have sprung up around the station, most notably Ye Olde Mitre, which was founded in 1546 and is among London’s oldest taverns.
Moving into the 21st Century, trendy ping-pong venue and cocktail outlet Bounce has set up shop in the neighbourhood, as well fun new darts bar Flight Club. There are plenty of bars too: Scarfes Bar at the five-star Rosewood Hotel is an excellent business venue and, for a more chilled vibe, the Georgian bar at The Zetter Townhouse is perfect.
Historically, Chancery Lane hasn’t exactly been known as a retail paradise. But that is changing rapidly, as increasing numbers of professionals work and live in the area. Westfield has opened a branch a few yards from the station, catering for all conceivable consumer needs.
For those after a more boutique experience, Folk, Oliver Spencer and The French House (home furnishings) are on Lambs Conduit Street adjacent to Chancery Lane. But it’s not all terribly high-brow: Exmouth Market, comprising 32 stalls and located about a mile to the north of the station, sells a variety of cool nik-naks and casual wear.
Chancery Lane is fairly unique in that, as well as being upmarket, the area is also decidedly practical, with numerous conveniences on its doorstep. Members gyms litter the area – there’s a Gymbox very near the station – as do supermarkets and conveniences stores like Sainsburys Local and Boots. This means that, unlike St. James’s Park, for example, local residents don’t need to travel miles to buy a bag of pasta.
From Holborn Bars to Bank in minutes
With so many amenities no more than a short walk away, Chancery Lane is both a great place to live, as well as to commute from. And what better place to be than right in the heart of the lane and right next to the station with an apartment at Pinks Mews.