Stairway to heaven
High in a nineteenth century Mayfair townhouse, atop a beautiful, listed staircase, sits South Audley Street, a gleaming jewel of a home. Outside, you’re two minutes from Hyde Park, and if you need to nip out for a pint of milk, then you may well find yourself in Selfridges.
While the location’s stunning, you’ll find that South Audley Street has as much to offer inside as out. You’re up in the eaves, where the servants once lived, so those who wish to indulge in fantasies of times past will have much to ponder upon. But with underfloor heating, funky furniture, air conditioning and some very high spec accessories, this is a home that’s all about the future; and that future could be yours…
Head in the clouds
Your host has lived in South Audley Street for a number of years. Originally something of a wreck, he gutted and lovingly restored it, injecting a little jazz into the interiors along the way. He works in art and publishing, and you’ll notice that creativity in South Audley Street’s sumptuous colours and fabulous furniture.
A room with a view
Climb the eighty eight steps into the sky and catch your breath in the magenta hallway. Then it’s on to the sitting room; lean into the deeply recessed original sash windows and peer out across the rooftops to Hyde Park. Inside you may want to flop down upon the blue leather chesterfield, perhaps pull up a seat at the designer glass dining table, or turn on that huge flatscreen tv.
The sweet kitchen’s glossy in chrome and jet black, while next door, you’ll find the bedroom restful in minty green. The bed’s superking sized, and you’ll love the fluffy rugs and antique chest of drawers. But best of all is the rather space age bathroom. The shower’s enormous, the lights, recessed, and the toilet and sink look as though they’ve been beamed down from another planet!
Back at the bottom of those stairs, your location really couldn’t be better. You’ve all of Oxford Street for shopping, and, tucked behind Selfridges, a European mix of some of the city’s best cafes and restaurants. Sun yourself in Hyde Park, before heading on for cocktails at The Connaught. Then, it’s up to you- a night of blackjack at The Ritz? Or a treasure chest at Mahiki? If you see Will and Kate, do tell them we said hello.