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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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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