This Grade-II listed London townhouse boasts eight storeys of Georgian grandeur with a 21st-century twist, and it could be yours for £21m.
Every so often in the smartest streets and squares of central London you’ll spot a black brick house, the most famous of which is surely 10 Downing Street. There aren’t many of them and, actually, No. 10 didn’t start that way. Its yellowy facade became discoloured over time and was jet-washed after the war, but the gleaming results just didn’t look like the old No. 10 anymore so the bricks were painted black to restore its iconic look.
It’s odd that something that came about as the result of city grime – or was a pre-emptive paint job to mask its effects – then became fashionable (people would actually soot-wash the front of their houses to achieve the effect). Now, because of their rarity, black brick houses are highly sought after. But it’s just one of many selling points that is likely to draw super-wealthy buyers to 26 Old Queen Street.
The Grade II-listed Georgian mansion – which in on sale for £21m through Hathaways and Knight Frank – boasts eight storeys of Georgian grandeur with a 21st-century twist. It directly overlooks St James Park and from the terrace of the top floor cinema room, you get what Emma Rickwood, development manager of the property’s developers Space, Design & Development, calls “the money shot”: views across Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. “You can even see into the House of Lords’ private gardens,” she informs.
Old Queen Street sits at the heart of the English establishment, with many a peer, industrialist and philosopher calling it home over the centuries. Today’s residents include three lords and a pop star (Sting). Parliament Square is just around the corner. And as is the case with many of central London’s towering townhouses, Number 26, which was built in 1770, began life as a family home before being knocked around in the mid-20th century for use as an office and is now going full circle to become a designer residence again.