Royalty, politicians and celebrities have all stepped over the threshold of this Westminster townhouse for sale.
Guests over the years have ranged from Queen Alexandra to Marilyn Monroe, the latter being a dinner guest of theatrical impresario Hugh ‘Binkie’ Beaumont who lived at the property for many years after the Second World War.
In addition to Monroe, Beaumont’s legendary soirees saw many other well-known names visit the house, including Sir John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Katherine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Noël Coward, Terence Rattigan and Cecil Beaton.
If walls could talk: The townhouse in London’s Westminster is for sale for £3.9m via estate agents Savills
Guests to the Westminster property over the years have included Marilyn Monroe
The three-bedroom property is currently for sale via estate agents Savills, with a price tag of £3.9million.
Matthew Morton-Smith, of Savills, said: ‘If a house could epitomise how London has transcended the most fascinating and diverse courses of history, then this would be it.’
He adds: ‘Blending the working classes with royalty, politics, celebrity and showbiz over a period of 300 years, there can be no question that this is a house with stories to tell.
‘Located in one of the best preserved enclaves of this period in London, this is the most charming house that retains so many classical features yet enabling still contemporary and versatile living for anyone keen to immerse themselves in a sense of history and intrigue in whatever stories those walls hold.’
The Grade II listed townhouse in London’s Westminster dates back to the 1720s
Pictured: The dining room, where Binkie Beaumont’s legendary soirees were held
The house spreads across five floors, with a drawing room on the first floor
The Grade II listed townhouse in London’s Westminster dates back to the 1720s and spreads across five floors, with a drawing room on the first floor.
The kitchen on the lower ground floor boasts an Aga, and breakfast room with a gas-fired wood burning stove.
On this level, there is also access to the private garden, which provides a tranquil and secluded entertaining space.
The modern kitchen on the lower ground floor boasts an Aga oven and seating area
The house retains plenty of period features, including sash windows
The house has been beautifully decorated while preserving its originally charm
The property is in one of the best preserved Georgian streets in the capital – Lord North Street One.
Lord North Street is between Smith Square and Great Peter Street, and within the renowed ‘division bell’ area stipulated by Parliament.
The division bell sounds throughout the parliamentary estate and beyond to neighbouring Westminster properties to give MPs eight minutes of warning before a vote in Parliament.
The area includes Michelin star restaurants from Michel Roux Jnr, Tom Kerridge and Andrew Wong; fashion houses from Mulberry and Tom Ford; and the Tate Britain Gallery, and all in addition to the offerings in St James’s, the West End and nearby Mayfair, Belgravia and Knightsbridge.
Transport connections include St James’s Park and Westminster underground stations providing access to the District and Circle Line and Jubilee Line access.
Victoria Station is also close, with underground connections and mainline rail network services including the Gatwick Express.
Hugh ‘Binkie’ Beaumont was a British theatre manager and producer who shunned the spotlight, and so his name was not known widely among the general public – but he was one of the most successful and influential manager-producers in the West End during the middle of the twentieth century.
Beaumont was brought up in Cardiff, where he joined the staff of a local theatre at the age of fifteen.
From there he built a career in theatrical management. His company, H. M. Tennent, which he co-founded in 1936, was based at the old Globe Theatre – now the Gielgud Theatre – in Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
His success was based on lavish productions, starry casts and plays calculated to appeal to a West End audience.
Among those with whom he was closely associated were Noël Coward and John Gielgud. His successes included new plays, revivals of classics, and musicals.
The property is in one of the capital’s best preserved Georgian streets – Lord North Street One
There are three good-sized bedrooms at the Westminster townhouse
This bathroom at the property includes a roll top bath and a large window
There is a private garden that offers a tranquil and secluded entertaining space