London’s an ever-growing city, particularly when it comes to property. Every month, new glass-fronted apartment buildings, complete with sky-topping penthouses, welcome a new crop of discerning buyers. That’s all well and good; we’re partial to a cool, modern apartment ourselves. Once in a generation however, something truly special comes along – something that embodies the historical character of London. The majestic Grade II-listed Mansion House is just such a place.
Set on Cowley Street, right in the heart of the British Establishment, this is the first time the palatial house has been up for sale in generations. Originally designed by famed architect Horace Field, it’s a building as steeped in history and prestige as its famed Westminster neighbours.
That said, it’s not entirely as original. The 15-metre-wide building has been renovated inside by Saigol DDC into a magnificent central London palace that balances modern convenience with pure period beauty. Think sweeping staircases, ornate gilt cupolas and oak panelling. Even the bookmatched marbles and woods have been sourced from the same artisans that were trusted with the Palace of Westminster.
For home comforts, Mansion House boasts an eight-person lift – because simply walking up all those stairs is far, far too much effort – and a ten-metre swimming pool complete with spa/gym/jacuzzi set-up. The entire property has integrated audio-visual and lighting systems across the board, along with comfort cooling.
A property of this stature wouldn’t be complete without the kind of wine cellar to put a Bordeaux chateau to shame, plus its very own bar. The highlight however has to be the roof terrace, which hammers home its location with views of Big Ben, the House of Lords and Westminster Abbey. In total there are seven en-suite bedrooms so having guests over isn’t just a possibility, it’s a necessity. To ensure you can cater to that kind of crowd, there are also two staff bedrooms well suited to a maid or private chef. Well, there is a double kitchen after all.
Mansion House is a world apart from any modern property in London. Not only is it spectacularly large, it’s just as breath-taking in its historical aesthetic and subtly integrated mod-cons. More importantly, this kind of property just doesn’t come to market. It’s the sort of house that, once bought, stays in the family for centuries.
Now, however, is a rare chance to make it part of your own family’s heritage – and grab one of the most phenomenal properties in London while you’re at it. Discover more at www.knightfrank.co.uk.
Asking price: £29,950,000