South Kensington has been one of London’s main cultural hubs since the mid-19th century, when the grand museums around Exhibition Road were built as cathedrals to the arts and sciences. The noted Victorian architect Sir Charles James Freake realised the opportunity to develop high-quality residential properties in the immediate vicinity, and the façades of Princes Gate Mews, Princes Gate and Princes Gardens still stand in testament to his elegant vision.
Today, behind the charming and sensitively restored frontage of 69 Princes Gate Mews, a whole new world of artistry and cutting-edge technology awaits. Where one might expect to find a Victorian museum piece, the interiors of this four-level mews home instead present a light-filled space more akin to an ultra-modern gallery. Every element has been rebuilt – from the brand-new basement level up – and the sense of space and flow comes as a genuine surprise.
“Contrast is the most striking thing about this house,” says Oleg Chulkov, development manager at The Leading Properties of the World (LPW), which masterminded the reconstruction. “Passing through the original façade to discover this spacious, contemporary family home truly is a delight. It’s a perfect blend of 21st-century luxury living and effortless period charm.”
The ground level of the property is a hub for entertaining, with a convivial island kitchen and dining room that leads out to a balcony terrace with an almost Mediterranean feel. Stairs lead up on one side to a light-filled living room with a further balcony, and down on the other to a state-of-the-art media room with a cinema screen, gym and temperature-controlled wine storage.
A stunning master suite spans the entire second floor, and includes a bathroom, shower room, walk-in wardrobe and a south-facing roof terrace. Throughout the home, innovative design by Hogarth Architects channels sunshine through skylights and the two stairwells, affording much more natural light than other mews properties allow.
“This really is a fantastic example of a beautiful and meticulously designed mews house with extremely versatile living space,” says Toby Anderdon at Savills Sloane Street. “LPW briefed Hogarth to build a ‘new contemporary home that exemplifies the highest standards of modern design and styling’. There’s no denying that is what they’ve achieved.
“The brand-new lower-ground level is a particular highlight, with its 3m-high ceilings, cantilevered floating staircase and fabulous glass-walled cinema room.”
Secluded, on a quiet cobbled lane, 69 Princes Gate Mews is not only ideally located for some of the world’s most famous museums, but also for Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and the Royal Albert Hall, all of which are just a few minutes’ walk away.