Bethnal Green and Shoreditch are the twin poles of east-London’s microcosm. Church spires are as common as minareted mosques, and here you’re as likely to encounter the swish of a sequinned sari as the rope-soled tread of a hipster’s espadrilles. But if diversity is de rigueur, Claremont Court might be the sharpest apartment yet. A melting pot of the modern and the vintage, you’ll find old chairs made new with leather, safety deposit boxes reborn as bedside tables, prints that run the gamut from locals Gilbert & George to Caravaggio’s classic Cardsharps. To say nothing of the music venues, markets and art studios Bethnal Green is renowned for.
Your host is a travel writer whose pen is soon bound for Cape Town and Botswana. His eye is pleasingly eccentric, and his is an expert hand for upcycling – having turned one antique dining table into the two that enhance the chic sitting room.
While the artwork in Claremont Court is assorted and the furniture a pastiche of many periods, the sleek white kitchen is distinctly contemporary, overlooked by the slick grey dining table. Head for the cosiness of the white cushioned sofa, or the balcony and the bricolage of Bethnal Green’s architecture.
The bathroom is modern in shades of cream, while the bedroom is by turns arty and airy. But when it comes time to flick off the light on your repurposed bedside tables, do take time to admire the Gilbert & Georges and the scenic window view.