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Embassy Gardens at Nine Elms: Discover the chicest new address in London

From world-class amenities and bustling restaurants to sky-high apartments, here’s everything you need to know about the capital’s buzziest new destination

For decades, the area around Nine Elms was something of an urban wasteland – but that’s all changed thanks to the arrival of Embassy Gardens. Nestled on the southern bank of the Thames, between Vauxhall and Battersea, this stylish development is at the heart of one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in London. You’ll find buzzy restaurants, world-class wellness facilities and cultural events on your doorstep, as well as high-altitude apartments with unbeatable views. Here’s everything you need to know about the city’s most sought-after postcode. 

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Where is Embassy Gardens?

Embassy Gardens is in the heart of Nine Elms, on the southern bank of the Thames. A decade ago, the area was known for being one of London’s key industrial hubs – now it’s a vibrant, lively district filled with elegantly designed residential high-rises, beautifully landscaped green spaces, destination restaurants and independent shops. The arrival of Embassy Gardens helped usher in that change, along with some of the development’s prestigious neighbours, which include the striking American Embassy (which moved here from Mayfair in early 2018) and the glass-fronted Penguin Random House offices.

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Located in Zone 1, the transport links couldn’t be better, with easy access to the overground and underground at Vauxhall and Nine Elms, as well as boats and buses. You can also walk to many of London’s most desirable destinations. A quick stroll across Vauxhall Bridge and you’re at the Tate, while the iconic Battersea Power Station and fashionable stores of Chelsea are within striking distance. Yet despite its central location, the neighbourhood is an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle, filled with leafy trees, tranquil ponds and Linear Park, a continuous green corridor that provides a landscaped and car-free pathway from Vauxhall Cross to Battersea Power Station.

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The Embassy Gardens apartments

Walking into one of the Embassy Gardens apartment buildings feels like arriving at a five-star hotel. Soaring triple-height ceilings, an elegant monochrome colour scheme, modern artworks on the walls and curated bookshelves set the tone. The Embassy Gardens apartment interiors are as impressive, with floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive balconies to maximise the sweeping views. From the terraces – some of which are big enough to house an eight-seater dining table, with room to spare – you can spot many of the capital’s major landmarks. I spy the tops of the Power Station’s iconic chimneys, the BT Tower and the Gherkin, to name a few. 

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Even the one-bedroom apartments feel luxuriously spacious, with lots of clever design details. Ceilings are high, while blonde wood floors and white walls keep the atmosphere light and airy. The kitchens are fully equipped, many with built-in wine fridges and breakfast bars, while two-bedroom apartments feature walk-in wardrobes and ensuite bathrooms with rainforest showers. The contemporary-cool apartments are pleasingly versatile, too – there’s plenty of space in the open-plan dining and sitting room area for those who work from home, while families can opt for an apartment with one of the larger private balconies for extra outdoor space (all feature reassuringly high railings for safety).

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Restaurants at Embassy Gardens 

The buzziest place to eat at Embassy Gardens is Darby’s, an Irish-influenced restaurant, bakery and oyster bar helmed by chef Robin Gill. Located directly across from the American Embassy, its industrial-chic décor lends it a New York vibe. The menu is seasonally led and changes regularly; I feast on the early summer delights of English asparagus with seaweed mayonnaise, followed by whole grilled plaice with lemon and caper butter. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, go for the beef shin and bone marrow pie, which has already garnered quite the local following. And whatever you do, leave room for dessert – their elderflower and strawberry ice cream sandwich is sunshine on a plate. 

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Elsewhere, you’ll find modern izakaya restaurant Evernight, which blends Japanese cooking techniques with the finest British produce – standout dishes include chicken and black pudding tsukune and Devon crab with shiso and nori aguachile. The Alchemist bar is another popular spot, specialising in molecular mixology cocktails. Choose something from their ‘Chemistry & Theatre’ menu and prepare to be dazzled. Meanwhile, on a sunny day, residents all flock to the Sky Deck. Located next to Embassy Gardens’ iconic Sky Pool, it’s the perfect place for sipping sundowners and drinking in those breath-taking views.

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What to do at Embassy Gardens

Nine Elms is fast becoming a cultural hotspot and the area is abuzz morning, noon and night. One of its main entertainment hubs is World Heart Beat, a new live music venue that showcases jazz, contemporary, classical, folk and more. With an immersive d&b Soundscape system that was developed with Brian Eno and Bjork (one of only a handful in the country to be permanently installed), it’s been billed as the best live sound experience in London. The concert hall plays host to internationally recognised musicians, as well as gigs from artists on the capital’s jazz scene.

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Embassy Gardens residents have access to the Maureen O’Hara Cinema, which shows new releases and classic films, and can also be hired for private screenings. Or head to Tang Gallery – known for being one of the world’s foremost ambassadors for contemporary Chinese art, this is their first space outside Asia. Embassy Gardens also hosts a range of events throughout the year, including their hugely popular drive-in cinema, where you can catch a blockbuster in the comfort of a classic car, and their Bloomsday Festival on 15 June. Inspired by the legacy of James Joyce, the festival celebrates Irish gastronomy, music, literature and the spoken word, with free outdoor entertainment taking place all afternoon.

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What is the Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens?

The atmosphere at Embassy Gardens is surprisingly zen for somewhere so central, with the clever use of outside space and landscaped gardens softening the surrounding urban sights and sounds. The health and wellbeing facilities are high-spec, with the Sky Pool the undisputed jewel in the crown. The world-famous architectural marvel – which is solely for Embassy Gardens residents and their guests – is located ten floors up, suspended between two buildings and spanning 15 metres.

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If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to fly, this is about as close as you’ll get. With a glass floor overlooking the gardens below, when I go for a dip it feels as if I am floating amidst Nine Elms’ skyscrapers. There’s something thrillingly surreal about doing lengths or simply gliding along – the pool is only 1.2m deep, so you can stand throughout – and watching ant-sized people scurry about beneath you.

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Wellbeing at Embassy Gardens

There’s a real emphasis on the wellbeing of residents, and fitness fanatics are well catered for with a well-stocked gym complete with TRX suspension trainers, rowing machines and a bank of treadmills overlooking the American Embassy – indeed, it’s said to be the best spot to watch the arrival of the US President during state visits. The development is also home to physio-led Pilates studio Ten Health & Fitness, holistic wellness sanctuary Remedi and high intensity training hub UN1T.

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For all your beauty needs head to Linnaean, an award-winning hair and beauty salon, apothecary and spa where you can book everything from cuts and blow-dries to massages and face and body treatments. Men are looked after with grooming hub Neon Black, while a state-of-the-art dentist, Mouth Dental, has just opened to keep pearly whites in check.

What is the USP of Embassy Gardens?

Perhaps the most unique thing about Embassy Gardens is that it almost feels like a mini city within London – with so much on your doorstep, you never really have (or want) to leave. Anything you do need from the outside world can be handled by the 24-hour concierge, who knows every single resident by name. They’ll even come and sort out your laundry for you, as if you were at a five-star hotel.

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There’s a real sense of community here, too; all the shared resident lounges are full of bright young things tapping away on laptops and friends catching up over coffee, and there’s a bookable boardroom for business meetings, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for networking. During my visit, I’m told there are only a few apartments left – the majority have already been snapped up. As I head back out into Vauxhall’s busy streets, all I can think is: “Where do I sign up?”

Find out more at embassygardens.com and follow @embassygardens 

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