Eye-catching development commands prime spot

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 June, 2011, 12:00am


As the only major new-build residential development for many years within the historic 'square mile' of the City of London, The Heron has claims to be special. Located off Moorgate on Milton Court in EC2, the eye-catching tower commands a prime position in the financial district and offers easy access to all the attractions that have long made London one of the world's great cities.

'It is the first significant development in the area since the Barbican Arts Centre,' says Peter Murray, a partner with King Sturge, which is marketing the property. 'There are the benefits of a stimulating cultural environment, since the neighbourhood offers the very best in terms of shopping, entertainment, the arts, dining and socialising.'

The lower floor of The Heron will serve as a new home for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. When completed, the school will boast a 600-seat concert hall and two theatres offering productions throughout the year.

Murray notes that with the nearby Barbican offering its diverse programme of exhibitions, film and performing arts, this will create an international cultural destination.

During the working week, there will be signs of all the bustle that goes with life in a global financial centre. There will also be the chance to explore the restaurants, bars, galleries and shops that have found their place among the churches, national landmarks, green spaces and quiet courtyards that define the city's character.

Residents of The Heron should have no trouble getting around. Three underground rail stations - Moorgate, Bank and Liverpool Street - are within easy walking distance.

That means areas such as Covent Garden, Soho or Knightsbridge, popular for their fine dining, vibrancy or luxury goods, are generally no more than a half an hour away by public transport.