Thanks to the pandemic, our TV time has gone into overdrive. In a locked down world, what else is there to do but stick on Netflix, catch up on our favourite series or take a trip down memory lane with a line-up of classic films? But, as much as movies have been a welcome source of escapism over the past 11 months, watching a streaming service just isn’t quite the same as a trip to the cinema. Lucky, then, for the future owners of these properties, each of which, along with spacious bedrooms, bucolic gardens and large reception rooms, is home to an enviable cinema set up — and there's not a sticky floor or irritating phone user in sight.
Carlyle Square, SW3
Located just off the King’s Road, Carlyle Square is one of Chelsea’s most prestigious addresses — and this six-bedroom house offers a rare opportunity to call it home. The square boasts one of the area's most sought after communal gardens — which was famously the site of broadcaster and former local resident David Frost’s annual summer party — as well as regular security patrol. Spread over six floors, the home benefits from spacious reception rooms and a triple-level landscaped garden. On the lower ground floor, an opulent cinema room is equipped with stadium seating and a professional screening system. Fancy a tipple while you watch your favourite flick? The kitchen has a built-in bar in which to store your drinks.
Sloane Gardens, SW1W
If you've ever hopped off the tube at Sloane Square, you may have seen and admired the beautiful red-brick townhouses of Sloane Gardens, which snakes off to the left of the station. Behind the traditional façade of this particular property, which was recently restored and refurbished, is a contemporary family home with five bedrooms and ample space for entertaining. A glass lift runs the height of the house, providing easy access to the swimming pool, steam room and gym on the lower ground floor. Post-dip, you can relax in the cinema room, which is equipped with a ceiling projector, surround sound system and dark velvet walls to amplify the cinema vibe.
Winnington Road, N2
Don’t be fooled by the traditional exterior of this Hampstead property. Behind the gated driveway and column-fronted door is a contemporary home equipped with some surprising modern amenities. Perhaps most unusual is the eight car garage, which, fitted as it is with rotating floors and spot lights, doubles up as a showroom for the owner’s impressive motor collection. On the same floor is the cinema room, which has surround sound and elevated platforms to create a true cinema-style seating arrangement. Not sure what to watch? Check out our list of the greatest car films of all time.
Park Place, SW1A
If the black brick façade of this St James’s property looks familiar to you, it’s because it was modelled on perhaps the most famous address in Britain: 10 Downing Street. The similarities end beyond the the front door, however, where you’ll find a home designed as much for hedonistic revelry as it is for modern family living. A grand, marble-floored entrance hall opens onto a sweeping staircase, which leads to the top three floors. Here you’ll find four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large dressing room and a sky lounge with a retractable roof. But it’s on the two basement levels where the real fun begins. The state-of-the-art cinema room, which is decorated with a low green velvet ceiling and textured walls, is fitted with equipment by JVC, Bowers & Wilkins and Oppo, and features air conditioning throughout. Next door is a club room, equipped with two wine fridges, a mirrored bar and a large drinks cabinet, plus ample space for dancing the night away.
Cottesmore Gardens, W8
This semi-detached white stucco-fronted home in Kensington was rebuilt in 2009 under the guidance of award-winning architecture and design firm Collett Zarzycki, with further alterations made in 2015. Located in the desirable De Vere Conservation Area, the six-bedroom home is spread over six floors and benefits from a large secluded garden to the rear, a gym, a bar and a games room, in which the current owners have a golf simulator. The spacious cinema is fitted with stadium seating with room for two large sofas, a surround sound system and a ceiling projector.
Culross Street, W1K
Located in an enviable location on Culross Street, which links Mayfair and Hyde Park, this newly-constructed six-bedroom mansion has been finished to a high specification. A standout feature is the reception room, which stretches nearly 30ft in length and provides space for up to 12 people to dine, as well as access to the split-level landscaped garden. The cinema room is located in the basement and provides an intimate setting in which to watch your favourite film. The best bit? There’s a marble-topped bar in the corner for any mid-movie top-ups.