Ladbroke Grove, W11
‘Character’ is a word used to describe almost anything these days, regardless of whether it has any. You have characterful bars, restaurants, shops, even cars. It is only when you come across something that really does have character that you are reminded what it really means. This beautiful flat on Ladbroke Grove really epitomises the word. With wide oak flooring, tongue and groove panelling, a hand-built kitchen and period bathrooms, this maisonette has character in spades. Its triple aspect views, commanding terrace and end-of-terrace position just off of Portobello Road only serve to heighten its appeal.
The lounge featured what must be one of the world’s most comfortable sofas, that faced onto a custom-built bookcase and audio visual unit. A pop art take on the Penny Black stamp hangs conspicuously. Our favourite aspect is leading into the kitchen. Not wanting to take away from the beautiful bespoke kitchen, the staircase’s banisters were replaced with transparent panes of glass. A vintage clock hangs at the bottom of the stairs above an antique chest of drawers, while in the kitchen itself, the hand-painted units are beautifully complemented by absolute nero granite and Tom Dixon pendant lights.
Although the bedrooms were minimalist, they still contain ample storage space that was clearly custom-made to work with the mansard roof. The decked roof terrace featured fragrant bay trees and had a plethora of seating in case you wanted to invite a few friends over for some al-fresco dining.
In fact, there are so many superlatives we would use to describe this flat, but in a world of mass production, it’s great to see that there are still homes that retain their charm.