Stay in a Converted Victorian Cooperage in London

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By Jenny Xie / Published by Dwell
Built in the late 19th century, a former cooperage where barrels were manufactured for a local brewery now holds a bright, contemporary home that is available to rent.

Nestled in central London’s Clerkenwell neighborhood—a former industrial district with a burgeoning food and design scene—the four-bedroom, three-bath residence is perfect for traveling families. The building was used by a French polishing company in the 20th century before being converted for residential use in the 1980s. In 2015, the homeowners approached Chris Dyson Architects to renovate and extend the home. They expanded the basement and removed a mezzanine floor to create a triple-height living space that allows a dramatic feature staircase to take center stage. A living wall designed by Scotscape gives the dining room a lush, conservatory feel, while a roof terrace and outdoor shower further connect visitors with the outdoors. Tucked back from the street, the loft provides its guest with sense of seclusion and calm.

Stay in a Converted Victorian Cooperage in London - Photo 1 of 7 - Entering the apartment from the street level, guests meet a dramatic, three-story atrium and a feature staircase. A glass balustrade heightens the effect.

Entering the apartment from the street level, guests meet a dramatic, three-story atrium and a feature staircase. A glass balustrade heightens the effect.

Stay in a Converted Victorian Cooperage in London - Photo 2 of 7 - Interior designer Andrea Larsson Sanchez complements the polished concrete floor, original Crittall windows, and exposed brick with contemporary furnishings and graphic textiles.

Interior designer Andrea Larsson Sanchez complements the polished concrete floor, original Crittall windows, and exposed brick with contemporary furnishings and graphic textiles.

Stay in a Converted Victorian Cooperage in London - Photo 3 of 7 - A bespoke flue was manufactured for the wood-burning fireplace to reach the 10-meter ceiling height. 

A bespoke flue was manufactured for the wood-burning fireplace to reach the 10-meter ceiling height. 

Stay in a Converted Victorian Cooperage in London - Photo 4 of 7 - The living room, kitchen, and dining room sit below street level in an open, communal area. A large, operable skylight measuring six by three meters allows light to stream over the dining table—the four glass panes had to be craned over the neighboring buildings.

The living room, kitchen, and dining room sit below street level in an open, communal area. A large, operable skylight measuring six by three meters allows light to stream over the dining table—the four glass panes had to be craned over the neighboring buildings.

Stay in a Converted Victorian Cooperage in London - Photo 5 of 7 - Brass finishings and an eye-catching range hood contrast with cool Carrara marble.

Brass finishings and an eye-catching range hood contrast with cool Carrara marble.

Stay in a Converted Victorian Cooperage in London - Photo 6 of 7 - The living wall designed by Scotscape provides a refreshing backdrop to the dining area.

The living wall designed by Scotscape provides a refreshing backdrop to the dining area.

Stay in a Converted Victorian Cooperage in London - Photo 7 of 7 - Four bedrooms on the upper level feature wood floors, modern art, and ceiling beams, while the master bedroom on the third floor (pictured here) enjoys an ensuite bathroom and private terrace. On the rooftop, another bronze-clad terrace supplies a barbecue and city views.

Four bedrooms on the upper level feature wood floors, modern art, and ceiling beams, while the master bedroom on the third floor (pictured here) enjoys an ensuite bathroom and private terrace. On the rooftop, another bronze-clad terrace supplies a barbecue and city views.

Clerkenwell Cooperage sleeps up to 8 people and is available to rent at $1492 per night. For more information, visit the listing on onefinestay.