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PARK LIFE

Hyde Park Gardens, W2

This property sums up exactly why we do what we do in this city. As an ambassador of cool-Britannia style, we love the way in which HUB Architects and Designers took magnificent, original period detail and combined it with contemporary influences to deliver a sophisticated home with great design flair and eccentricity. Where else would you find a life-size giraffe in the front room?

Set in one of London’s most prestigious and exclusive locations, this 19th-century building is a grand, stucco-fronted terrace on the north side of Hyde Park. It epitomises the majesty of west London. The property itself, arguably the finest at this address, is arranged over three floors and has enviable direct access to award-winning communal gardens. The kind that tempt you to give up anything active on a warm Sunday afternoon.

Inside, a beautiful wrought-iron Victorian staircase connects each floor. The stairwell that sits central to the home reminded us that the property is far from ordinary; walls painted every colour imaginable with vibrant artworks and a Central line tube map print acknowledging the house's location. The marriage here between period elegance and contemporary daring works brilliantly.

The raised-ground floor features an excellent south-facing reception. The space has terrific ceiling heights and an abundance of natural light that acted as the perfect setting for the previous owners' sensational art collection, including modern prints, fine art and collectables. The love of visual adornments however doesn’t stop with what is hung on the walls or skilfully placed in certain corners, there is a ceiling of illuminated Union Jacks in the cloakroom which delivers nothing short of a blinding awakening in the most unique way.

A bank of three French doors provides views over the tranquil gardens below and also gives access to a terrace. To the rear is the adjoining contemporary kitchen and dining area, with two walls of bespoke units and workspace that has been superbly designed for entertaining. 

The enormous, and exceptionally luxurious, master bedroom doesn’t disappoint with its grand ceiling heights, a mezzanine level flanked by a glass balustrade and romantic views over the communal gardens. To the back of the main bedroom area is a sumptuous dressing area and en-suite bathroom, complete with a roll-top bath.

We found this property to be one of the most visually indulgent homes that we’d seen. The photos speak for themselves.