The most beautiful period properties for sale in London

11 Apr 2024 | |By Anna Solomon

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

You 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.

Trent Park, EN4

This rural estate once served as royal hunting grounds, used by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I. To this day, the grounds are majestic – and it is within these 413 acres of rolling greenery that North London’s Trent Park resides. The 56-acre development consists of an assortment of new and restored two- and three-bedroom apartments, alongside houses with up to five bedrooms. All reflect the meticulous restoration of the estate’s heritage, which has also integrated plenty of modern upgrades – think a heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a fully-equipped gym, a club concierge, a residents-only shuttle bus, and 24-hour security.

Prices from £790,000,

West Court, GU31

This one is just outside of London, but, as period properties go, it doesn’t get much more spectacular than this. Plus, this home has a fantastic backstory. It was commissioned by the Bonham Carter family in 1858, and remained within the family until 1992 – yes, that’s Helena Bonham Carter’s ancestors, but her family has had many prominent members, including MP John Bonham-Carter, and Hilary Bonham-Carter, whose portraits of her cousin Florence Nightingale are in the National Portrait Gallery. This Gothic Victorian home sits within 32 acres of grounds in the picturesque hamlet of Adhurst St Mary, Hampshire. Today, it is divided into three properties; for sale is West Court, the largest portion with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms,


Bassett Road, W10

This building has recently been restored by a boutique developer – the result is five luxury apartments and one house within Kensington and Chelsea’s Oxford Gardens Conservation Area, which is protected due the abundance of gorgeous Victorian and Edwardian homes there. Out of this apartment collection, the two bedroom, two bathroom garden duplex is available. Although the homes are individually designed, all enjoy open-plan living spaces and contemporary styling – kitchens boast marble splashbacks and feature islands, and other luxury touches include glass and timber staircases and cornicing with LED lighting details. 


Newland Park, HP8 

When you think of a period property, you think of a gorgeous Georgian mansion in a vast estate – somewhere that has housed historic figures, and tells a story. In other words, Newland Park. This home has hosted illustrious guests over the years, including suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, poets and playwrights like H.G Wells, George Bernard Shaw and John Milton, and King George III. The homes that now reside within the Grade II-listed building include custom-built kitchens, walk-in wardrobes, and bathrooms kitted out with porcelain tiles and Renaissance Mirage bathtubs. Residents will benefit from amenities such as a 24-hour security and concierge service, as well as access to the flagship David Lloyd health club.

Prices from £675,000-£2,000,000,

Grosvenor Square, WK1

London has more than its fair share of stunning period buildings, many of which were once the homes of aristocracy or grand commercial premises but have, over time, been sold off and turned into luxury developments. The latest proposition of this nature is No. 1 Grosvenor Square; its final apartment, The Oval, named after the building’s past life as the former US embassy, has just launched. This three-bedroom residence spans 4,400 sq ft, with a 576 sq ft outdoor terrace, and offers future occupants access to five-star amenities including a private health club and spa featuring a 25m pool, private treatment rooms, a gym, a reformer Pilates studio, and a cinema.

The Oval Residence on sale for £21,500,000,

Vanbrugh Terrace, SE3

This stucco-fronted home is probably one of the most impressive Blackheath properties to come to the market in recent times. The townhouse, which is situated on the northern flank of the Heath, has been restored over the course of two decades. Inside, spread across 6,000 square feet of living space and four floors, there are six bedrooms, plus a large outbuilding which can be turned into ancillary accommodation. Period features include reclaimed French oak timber floors, flagstones, ornate coving, marble fire surrounds, stained glass windows, and large sash windows with working shutters. That said, number 8 Vanbrugh Terrace also features all sorts of modern touches, including underfloor heating.


Endsleigh Street, WC1H

This family residence has a great story: it was built by Thomas Cubitt, the master builder who developed many of the historic streets and squares of London, especially in Belgravia, Pimlico and Bloomsbury (and also, incidentally, is the great-great-great-grandfather of Queen Camilla). This Grade II-listed residence spans six floors and over 4500 feet, comprising six bedrooms, multiple reception areas, and a lower floor equipped with a gym, sauna, and steam room. There are also several distinctive period features, such as the exposed stone staircase, a luxurious dressing room, and an expansive mature garden.


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.


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