Butting up against Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, yet still managing to retain the air of a peaceful, secret enclave, is Queen Anne’s Gate.
This historic Westminster street and its prized houses, most dating from the 18th century, are in Birdcage Walk conservation area, one of London’s most-scrutinised such locations.
Of the 30 houses in the street, 26 are Grade I listed. One bears the original family crest of master builder Thomas Cubitt, who laid out Belgravia. Past residents commemorated with Blue Plaques include prime minister Lord Palmerston, born in 1784 at No 20.
So it is remarkable that a major new project fusing ancient and modern has been built. One Queen Anne’s Gate is a scheme of 39 flats, including 12 “lower-cost”, plus a 4,900sq ft penthouse with wraparound terrace.
David Linley designed the interiors which include his trademark bespoke joinery and cabinetry
The complex project consists of 12 different plots and buildings, with the new homes created behind new and restored façades. Mansard roofs create an additional 35,000sq ft of space and there’s underground parking for 33 cars.
Interiors are by the Queen’s nephew, internationally recognised designer David Linley, with his trademark bespoke joinery and cabinetry. Linley also designed the entrance lobby and club lounge, and there’s a gym, sauna, therapy rooms and private dining space.
The homes are available to buy from £1.67 million, or to rent. Call 020 7344 1811 for more information.