Christmas lights – a view lost to the city for 200 years!

Standing on the balconies of our north facing apartments, particularly at this time of year, the vista of Princes Street and beyond is spectacular, with the lights of the Christmas markets, the Edinburgh Wheel and the buzz of festive shoppers generating the most amazing feeling.

It’s a panoramic view of the city that had been lost for centuries and so it is quite a privilege to be enjoying it once more.

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By the mid-fifteenth century, Edinburgh was a walled city and heavily populated, forcing building upwards.  Because of the grid-like nature of the Old Town’s tightly packed tenements and narrow streets, it became a ‘medieval Manhattan’ of high-rise homes. Some buildings soared 12 storeys high.

Architecturally, today, the Old Town Chambers is a really stand out place. It emerges out of the fifteenth century foundations and the design of our purpose built serviced apartments is representative of the shaping of the buildings as they once were. It is a very contemporary take on Edinburgh’s Old Town and with it we have reinstated these very special views of the New Town.

So if it’s the Christmas lights you want to see, I can’t recommend a better or more unique viewing experience. If you are a bah humbug then watch out, this place could have converted Scrooge without all the ghosts!

Julie Grieve