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Ten chain-free London homes for sale — from a converted pub to a modern Camden mews

London homes for sale without a chain (ES)
London homes for sale without a chain (ES)

It is a tedious quirk of the house buying process that someone several steps removed can scupper the whole thing.

That is the reality of a property chain, which refers to a series of linked purchases vulnerable to major delays or even total collapse.

According to the latest Rightmove data, it now takes on average 145 days — almost five months — from having an offer accepted to exchanging. It’s little wonder that a home offered chain-free, perhaps due to probate or a cash-rich seller, is an attractive prospect.

We’ve rounded up ten of the best chain-free properties on the market now, from Victorian villas to slick new developments.

Woolwich, SE18

£800,000

Parade Ground Path, SE18 (John Payne)
Parade Ground Path, SE18 (John Payne)

This spacious end terrace home sits within a gated, Grade II-listed former Royal Military Academy designed by 18th century architect James Wyatt. There are three bedrooms, a low maintenance south-facing garden and an allocated parking space.

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John Payne, 020 8128 2226

Bethnal Green, E2

£1.1 million

Canrobert Street, E2 (Easthaus)
Canrobert Street, E2 (Easthaus)

This three-bedroom Victorian home was subject to a stylish renovation by its architect owners, who installed a bespoke kitchen in birch ply and refurbished the sash windows. It’s within walking distance of both Cambridge Heath and Bethnal Green stations.

Easthaus, 020 8033 0391

Streatham Vale, SW16

£700,000

Jolly Mews, SW16 (Marsh & Parsons)
Jolly Mews, SW16 (Marsh & Parsons)

A four double bedroom, three bathroom house with good energy efficiency in this unusual modern development overlooking Rowan Park. Inside is almost 1,200 square feet of living space, plus a private garden and small balcony.

Marsh & Parsons, 020 8671 0171

Twickenham, TW2

£1.7 million

Trafalgar Road, TW2 (Antony Roberts)
Trafalgar Road, TW2 (Antony Roberts)

An early Victorian double-fronted villa on a quiet leafy street within walking distance of Twickenham town centre. There are four bedrooms, a separate study and a large garden, as well as herringbone wood floors. Travel into Waterloo via nearby Strawberry Hill station.

Antony Roberts, 020 8891 3209

Stratford, E15

£400,000

Windmill Lane, E15 (Savills)
Windmill Lane, E15 (Savills)

This bright studio flat is on the second floor of Tanners House, a new nine unit development close to the station. It includes access to a communal garden, Smeg applicances and taller-than-average ceilings.

Savills, 020 3227 0488

Islington, N1

£550,000

Balls Pond Road, N1 (Winkworth)
Balls Pond Road, N1 (Winkworth)

A large split-level flat in an appealing converted pub minutes from Dalston Junction, with three bedrooms, a spiral staircase and decked terrace. The well-utilised footprint includes a family bathroom, a master bedroom with en suite and a WC downstairs.

Winkworth, 020 3879 5972

Forest Hill, SE23

£425,000

Vancouver Road, SE23 (Winkworth)
Vancouver Road, SE23 (Winkworth)

This two bedroom apartment occupies the top floor of a smart Victorian semi. It comes with joint access to the garden and a share of freehold, plus almost 1,000 sq ft of living space – think white walls, solid wood flooring and a modern kitchen.

Winkworth, 020 7277 7298

South Tottenham, N15

£750,000

Elmar Road, N15 (Brickworks)
Elmar Road, N15 (Brickworks)

This four bedroom period home has a bright, well-judged rear extension – leading out onto the south-facing garden – and was refurbished by a passive house construction company six years ago. There are good links to the Victoria line at Seven Sisters.

Brickworks, 0203 096 0065

Camden, NW1

£950,000

Camden Mews, NW1 (Portico)
Camden Mews, NW1 (Portico)

This terraced home is tucked away on a quiet cobbled mews but close to Camden proper and four stations. It comes with three bedrooms, a double height reception and a private patio.

Portico, 020 7482 1060

Chislehurst, BR7

£1.1 million

Highfield Road, BR7 (JDM)
Highfield Road, BR7 (JDM)

In need of cosmetic modernisation, this family home has four double bedrooms, two receptions rooms, a separate study and an integrated garage over 2,000 square feet. From here there is easy access into Scadbury Park Nature Reserve.

JDM, 020 8325 8000