Fitzroy Park, N6
You would be forgiven for thinking this tropical haven is in Brazil, not Highgate, North London. "For all the refinement of its construction, the house maintains a beguilingly cave-like relationship to the outside world: a place from which to enjoy a privileged view, but also a site of retreat" quotes Ellis Woodman in the Architect’s Journal. Designed by Stanton Williams, the open-plan house overlooks the lush gardens and has views over Hampstead Heath – an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Upstairs, the four bedrooms on the upper level are amongst the tree canopy. Naturally ventilated, the sedum roof helps to blend the home into its surroundings, whilst proving natural insulation. In summary: a sustainable, tropical masterpiece in London's leafiest postcode.
Hatton Street, NW8
Used for the production of fighter-aircraft parts during WWII, this beautiful Art Deco building known as The Old Aeroworks was transformed by architects and designers Munkenbeck + Marshall into residential and office space in the late 1990s. Today, this extraordinary penthouse, owned and created by Sir Terry Farrell has three bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, and a dramatic industrial staircase connecting the various living spaces. May we also mention a few of NW8's gems: Panzer's (one of our favourite London delis), Lord's Cricket Ground, Abbey Road and Primrose Hill, all of which are within walking distance from the penthouse.
St Stephen's Yard, W2
Essentially occupying a mews all to itself, this five-bedroom house is a conversion of rare proportions, comprising several studios that have been knocked through and joined to create two floors of epic lateral living space complete with media room, study, roof terrace and conservatory. Somehow, this still seems to leave room for a stunningly open-plan reception/dining/kitchen area characterized by polished stone floors and a spectacular swooping staircase. The unique layout conveys a fantastic narrative – from the whimsical garden passageway to the vaulted master bedroom suite. Best of all though, with Portobello and Westbourne Grove around the corner you can be brunching at Granger & Co on Sunday, and partying at the Electric Cinema the night before.
Television Centre, W12
How do you make something really stand out in a room of winners? In the case of this three-bedroom duplex at Stanhope’s Television Centre, the answer is simple. Get Bella Freud on the case. One of four exquisite apartments designed by Piercy&Company as part of the Architects’ Series, this home has been dressed to the nines by the eponymous fashion designer to pack her signature punch of cheeky 70s glamour. A spacious, open-concept space plan connects the kitchen, living and dining areas, and is studded at each end by two epic roof terraces with unrivalled views over London city. White City House members rejoice, life has never been more convenient.
Powis Mews, W11
Highly unique and incredibly rare, this sensational three-bedroom home has been both the cradle of family life and a working studio for one of the world’s most influential design partnerships; that of Ross Lovegrove and his wife, Miska Miller-Lovegrove. Set within an unassuming cobbled mews, these four floors of phenomenal architect-designed space remain a surprising design archive of bespoke pieces that were created specifically for the property. For the artistically-inclined, we can think of no better space to combine work and play.