Narrow winding streets, tasteful gardens, and period structures have long made London a Centre of old-world charme. But in the past few years this historic city has made a name for itself in the world of architecture and design, and nowhere is that distinction more evident than in its apartment dwellings, as this colorful volume clearly proves. If you thought living in London meant electric fireplaces and damp cheerless parlors decorated with your grandmother's furniture, think again. Windows that wow, rooms vibrating with color, kitchens so sleek they seem to melt into the walls and bathrooms so luxurious they seem to make other rooms unnecessary-all these and more can be found between the covers of this elegant book that will both inspire and transport. Forty intimate home tours of beautifully appointed apartments, each with its own character, take readers through the basics of space, lighting, and color. Blueprints, sketches, and an informative text aimed at professionals and laypeople alike present each apartment's unique challenges and design strategy. From the witty to the high-tech, the minimalist to the lavish, these London apartments showcase the best work of today's architects and designers and secure London's reputation as one of the most exciting places to live in the world.