The most beautiful period properties for sale in London

Anna Solomon

15 December 2021

From red-brick Victorian gems to glamorous Regency-era townhouses, period properties possess a certain je ne sais quoi that is missing from the – dare we say it – soulless superstructures of the modern era

15 December 2021 | Anna Solomon

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ou can keep your clean lines, fluid shapes, and metallic textures. When it comes to property, there's nothing like some old-world charm. We want sash windows and stained glass. Give us ceiling roses, corbels, and cornicing galore. More fireplaces than you can count? Yes please. If you too are a lover of all things ornate, then you’re in the right place: this is our edit of the latest, and most sumptuous, period properties for sale in London right now.

Lennox Gardens, SW1X

The houses on Lennox Gardens were built around 1886 as part of the development of Smith's Charity Estate. Today, they are some of the most exclusive in Knightsbridge, fetching prices of up to £40 million. This is a rare opportunity to snap up property on the coveted street, in the form of a charming two-bedroom balcony flat on the principal floor of a well managed period conversion. Despite being in perfect order for modern inhabitants, the property retains its Victorian charm, especially in the fabulous drawing room which offers high ceilings, parquet flooring, and a pair of French windows leading onto the balcony (from which views across the communal gardens are lovely). Accommodation-wise, the property offers a large master bedroom with ensuite to the rear, plus a central second bedroom and shower room.

£3,500,000, jll.co.uk

Empire House, SW7

It would be easy to say that the best thing about this property is its location. Overlooking the V&A and just a stone’s throw from Harrods – not to mention an abundance of dining, shopping, and cultural hotspots – it doesn’t get much more ‘prime’ than this. However, Empire House itself, which was built between 1911 and 1916 to house the British branch of the Continental Tyre and Rubber Company, is just as staggering as its situation. This three-bedroom apartment features a spacious open plan reception room, kitchen, and breakfast room, as well as a guest cloakroom, principal ensuite bedroom, and a further two ensuite bedrooms.

£4,500,000, beauchamp.com

Palace Court, W2

This seven-bedroom, red-brick conversion is Grade II-listed and, despite being finished to a modern standard, retains nods to its Victorian roots, including original cornicing, a mosaiced double-volume entrance hall and an exceptional glass fireplace. The rooms are vast, the ceilings dizzyingly high, and bathrooms clad in marble. Palace Court has four reception rooms, while the principal bedroom suite occupies the entire first floor, boasting its own bathroom, dressing room, private study, sitting room, and night WC. Elsewhere, you will find a bespoke kitchen breakfast room, a guest cloakroom, a secluded rear garden and four dedicated parking spaces.

£20,500,000, beauchamp.com

Regent's Crescent, W1B

Regent’s Crescent is a slice of London history, forming part of architect John Nash's grand vision of a Roman-inspired West End approach to Regent's Park. After a five-year renovation, Regent’s Crescent has emerged as a 120-metre curve of glorious stucco with all the classical beauty of Nash’s design. This is an rare opportunity for buyers to acquire a lateral apartment within this landmark Grade I-listed development – the property features a 75sqm private terrace which runs the entire width of the apartment, as well as a double-height entrance lobby, 24/7 concierge, meeting rooms, a 20m swimming pool, gymnasium, treatment rooms and a private cinema.

£4,250,000, astonchase.com

Springfield Road, NW8

This Georgian-style house is located in the up-and-coming St John’s Wood. After 2.5 years of painstaking renovation, which included excavating a new lower ground floor to provide additional leisure, recreational and bedroom accommodation, this 522.9sqm detached residence is the perfect family home. The property comprises a principal bedroom with an ensuite dressing room, bathroom and shower room, plus five further bedrooms, reception and living areas, a kitchen/breakfast/dining room and a study. Luxurious extras include a cinema room, split-level gymnasium and two guest cloakrooms.

£10,000,000, astonchase.com

Cadogan Square, SW1X

Cadogan Square’s imposing red-brick architecture, much of which was built in the Flemish style in the late-1800s, makes it one of the most sought after (and expensive) addresses in London. Presented to a high specification by interior designer and architect Viktor Udzenija, this west-facing, lateral apartment offers a combination of period features like wall mouldings, bay windows and fireplaces, and contemporary design including marble finishes, statement light fixtures and floor-to-ceiling mirrors.

Guide price £24,500,000, struttandparker.com

Chester Street, SW1X

This Grade II-listed townhouse is the epitome of period-meets-modern with its ornate fireplaces, original cornicing, and Juliette balconies. On the ground floor is an open-plan kitchen with a fantastic marble island, plus a dining room and cosy TV area. Formal entertainment is on the first floor, with a pretty drawing room, while a large master bedroom suite occupies the entire second floor. There are two secondary bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and a further two bedrooms sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom on the top floor. A bar benefitting from bi-folding glass doors opening onto a patio occupies the lower ground floor, as does a cinema room, wine cellar, utility area and a sixth bedroom with ensuite.

£12,750,000, struttandparker.com

Park Crescent, W1B

Like Regent's Crescent, Park Crescent comprises a semicircle of stuccoed terraces by architect John Nash, built under the patronage of the Prince Regent. Both the buildings and communal garden have statutory protection in the highest, rarest categories: they are on the National Heritage List for England and the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens (as part of Regent's Park). Much of Park Crescent has now been converted into ultra-luxe residences; this one is a two-bedroom apartment arranged over two levels, finished to a standard unrivalled in the development. On the reception level, the floor-to-ceiling height measures 4.2 metres, while the bedroom level provides two inviting suites.

£5,950,000, harrodsestates.com

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