IF YOU stroll down any of London’s busiest and most famous boulevards, you can generally look up above the shops and restaurants to floors of offices filling what were once grand residences. The opportunity to actually live in one of these places is rare enough, and to live overlooking the street that epitomises the glamorous side of London’s history more than any other – Piccadilly itself – is exceptional.
The lower floors of the building housing this huge apartment are occupied by one of London’s most famous restaurants, the Wolseley, in a vast space of marble and chandeliers reflecting the majestic colonnaded exterior. The apartment itself has been decorated in an altogether different style. Clarke & Reilly, the interior designers, specialise in sourcing old furniture and artefacts, restoring and reinventing them and creating environments that are romantic, nostalgic and lived-in.
This is no different. There are light fittings in the form of Victorian glass jelly moulds, sparse wooden floors and a centre piece kitchen table that was once an 18th century jewellers table.
It’s a huge place too, with four bedroom suites including a master bedroom with his and hers bathrooms and a separate dressing room, plus large reception room, kitchen, media room and dining room.
The entrance – a discrete, book-lined lobby, naturally – is on Arlington street, across the road to the Ritz. If glitzy nightlife is your thing, you can see who’s going in and out of nightclub Mahiki from the window (or judge how long the queue is to time your arrival). And obviously, you have the best of Mayfair, St James’s and the West End in walking distance.
Call Wetherell on 020 7529 5567 or visit www.wetherell.co.uk