THANKS to shows such as The Great British Bake Off, which returns to our screens tonight, people are being inspired to get creative in the kitchen more than ever before. We all know that the heart of the home is the kitchen: the room which is the most practical yet communal and often the focus for entertainment — for that family dinner, or for that perfect cuppa. And let’s face it, we all know where good parties end up.
A wow-factor kitchen often resonates with today’s buyers and can make a home really stand out. The question is, which homes offer one?
The kitchens in the Loft apartments of One Park Drive, located in Canary Wharf, are particularly ample and certainly have enough space for a KitchenAid (a must-have to show off your baking prowess).
Designed by Swiss design practice Herzog & de Meuron, One Park Drive is the signature development at Wood Wharf. The building is divided into three distinct typologies: Loft, Cluster and Bay. The Loft apartments, which feature interiors by Bowler James Brindley, are some of the largest properties available. Situated on floors two to nine, Lofts are designed to make the most of the connection to the surrounding green spaces and waterfront, with generous wraparound terraces framed by fluted terracotta panels, naturally sheltered within the building’s form.
The Lofts feature contemporary, free-flowing spaces, complete with sliding walls, cool resin floors and bathrooms clad in mother of pearl. But as you’ll have guessed by now, it’s the kitchens that take centre stage.
They offer oodles of space for all your essential baking accessories, such as Cuisinart chrome hand mixers and Circulon muffin trays, which no self-respecting kitchen should be without. Prices start from £875,000; see canarywharf.com/residential.
But many developers have steadily been making kitchens sleeker than ever before. On the facing page, we’ve rounded up some of the best…
Help to buy: Cane Hill Park
Coulsdon, Croydon, CR5 3YL
On the site of an 1880s hospital, in a desirable parkland setting, these family friendly homes have super-spacious, fully integrated kitchens, just made for friends and family to get cooking. Located half a mile from Coulsdon South station (Zone 6, 21 minutes from London Bridge). From £577,995 for a three-bed house, with London Help to Buy on all new homes less than £600,000, dwh.co.uk
Bollo Lane, Acton, W3 8QT
The spacious kitchens here are a baker’s dream, with stylish, German-designed kitchens featuring double ovens. The development offers two and three-bed apartments moments from Acton Town Tube station. Prices start from £575,000 for a two-bedroom home, countrysideproperties.com
Cresswell Place, South Kensington, SW5
A new three-bedroom, interior-designed penthouse with direct lift access and a stunning reception room with a spacious open-plan kitchen/breakfast zone, perfect for baking those delicious treats. There is also a roof terrace opening off the main reception area and two smaller separate roof terraces. £4.25million, harrodsestates.com
Borough Green, Sevenoaks, TN15 8PP
Here, 41 dwellings in contrasting designs will create traditional, Wealden-style street scenes. Borough Green & Wrotham Station, walking distance away, is 45 minutes from London Victoria. The homes have fully integrated kitchens with fancy Bosch appliances and quartz stone worktops, perfect for rolling your pastry. From £425,000 for a two-bed, with Help to Buy. fernham-homes.co.uk