Having been shortlisted for a RIBA award (Royal Institute of British Architects) and featured in the likes of The Times, The Guardian and The Evening Standard, this spectacular townhouse really is something special – there are hardly any residential Victorian properties in the area. The interior is awash with no-expense spared design, and the local area is arguably the most vibrant in London. Spend hours getting lost in the picturesque streets, then retire to your six storey sanctuary and open a bottle of Merlot, and let it breathe awhile as you recline on one of the benches in the mosaic-tiled steam room.
Your host works in luxury fashion, and he's poured his eye for style into his exquisite Soho home. Born in Australia, he moved to London 15 years ago to live the fashion dream, and still travels the world with his work. The industrial hanging lamps and sculpted, designer upholstery in the sitting room hint at his taste for the finer things.
The lower half of this altitudinous abode is designed for entertaining, so pull up a pew in the chic entrance room, and imagine it packed to the rafters with the fash-pack. Minimal white walls and black floorboards give it a sophisticated edge, and the cut-out wall overlooking a waterfall feature brings the outside in. The kitchen downstairs is similarly sharp, with high end appliances, clean lines, and a sprinkling of designer furniture. While up in the first floor sitting room, a collection of art and fashion books is bestrewn on the modern coffee table.
Sink into the graphite sofa with your pick of the bunch, or recline in the teal TV room next door, in front of the huge wall-mounted flat screen TV. Wander upstairs to the second floor, and pick either of the elegant double bedrooms which recline there – each with a muted colour palate, and a high end, grey-slate bathroom between them. And still higher, on the third floor, explore the impressive master bedroom, with its crisp, white king-sized bed, and large fireplace, before relaxing in the ultra-luxurious, spa-style ensuite. The fourth floor is home to a study and further sitting room – a calming space which overlooks the decked roof terrace.
Get ready to strut your stuff in your immediate surrounds, because this is the place to be seen in London town. During the day, explore neighbouring Fitzrovia – the erstwhile heart of the city's notorious Bohemia, or indulge in some serious retail therapy on Oxford Street, which is just down the road. When the sun goes down, make the short walk to theatre land, or join the glitterati in nearby Mayfair. Reach any part of London easily via Goodge Street underground station.