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HEAVENS ABOVE

Portobello Road, W11


The perfect city flat should offer a window onto urban life and that is literally what this flat does. This maisonette makes the most of its top floor position with breathtaking large glass doors, leading onto a private balcony designed by Studio Bednarski.

Situated on Portobello Road, this surely has to be the best vantage point for the Notting Hill Carnival. The open-plan sitting room lends a feeling of year-round summer, with its beach inspired colour scheme and airy atmosphere. The striped blue and white sofa is evocative of seaside resorts on the Greek islands. Recessed above is a bookshelf brimming with books (unsurprisingly, many are travel guides). Even the nesting tables are in a colourful set of seaside hues. Close your eyes and you could easily imagine the contemporary kitchen doubling as beachside bar.

The master bedroom also evokes holidays abroad with its deep blue artwork and sisal furnishings. Venetian blinds complete the look. As Terence Conran once said, “To me, blue is the colour of distance and expansion, and makes me think of the sea and sky – immediately happy thoughts.” We’re sure this lovely flat brought the owner many happy thoughts. We can’t imagine anyone wanting to ever leave it… unless it was to go to the Electric Cinema directly across the road. Okay, we can see why someone might make an exception for that!