Holland Park is one of London’s gems. Diamond rays of sunshine flash from tall townhouses, wide avenues glow silvered by moonlight and opulent patisseries bring a sparkle to the eye. But perhaps the finest jewel is one hidden away. You won’t find its name carved up in letters of gold, yet Lansdowne Walk is distinctly precious. Bay windows lend a crystal clearness to understated decor, while Eastern ornaments, twinkly downlights and bold artwork whisper of fine craftsmanship. There’s some awfully tempting eateries waiting up the road, and you’re mere minutes from the tube. This gem is may be dainty, but it’s fully 24-carat.
An eye for the finer things
Your hostess is a jewellery designer. Mainly based in Bangkok, she comes to London to visit her children who attend school in the capital.
Tucked on the basement floor of an icing-white townhouse, this home is perfectly formed. A gilded mirror and graceful rug beckon you into the entrance hall, and you’ll soon find yourself ensconced in the elegant sitting room. There, nestle into the sofa and run an eye over the cast of Eastern trinkets, or across at some colourful objets d’art. A round dining table seats six, who can nibble in the light from a large bay window.
The kitchen is well-equipped, and you’ve two rather shiny bathrooms. If your eyes need a rest from all that sparkle, draw the curtains in the master bedroom , plump the pillows and swathe yourself in the luxury linen of its double bed. Next door, the twin bedroom is light, airy and whisper quiet.
Diamonds are forever
Stroll to Holland Park Avenue, sprinkled with swanky shops, restaurants and independent booksellers. Then, do look in on Holland Park itself, where strutting peacocks, romantic woodland and even an opera are waiting to be found. Turn the other way for the boutiques of Westbourne Grove or the celebrated antiques market at Portobello Road. For the twinkle of the West End, just jump on the tube at Holland Park. You can be at Oxford Circus in ten minutes.
Additional amenities include: concierge, concierge service, 24 hour on call maintenance, hob (gas), communications/internet, entertainment.TripAdvisor property ID 2766501...Read more
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