London, England, United Kingdom
Brilliantly designed apartment by pioneering Modernist architect Lubetkin, in a famous Grade II-star listed housing development next to Sadler’s Wells Theatre, in close walking distance to the shops and restaurants of Islington, Amwell Village, Clerkenwell and Exmouth Market. 15 minutes walk through Georgian squares and terraces to British Library and British Museum, bus and Tube connections to everywhere including Paris via the new St Pancras International Station. Views from the large double-glazed windows include the new towers of the City, the London Eye, New River Head, Parliament (plus St Paul’s and the Shard from the roof terrace), but mature trees in the grounds and neighboring park screen you from traffic. Being six floors up, the flat has good light and breezes as well as views. The lift brings you to a private landing shared by only one other resident. Secure keyed entry system at vestibule level. Set up as the owners’ own sabbatical and summer home: art, architecture, literature and London history feature in the small library, though plenty of shelf space will remain for renter’s own books and research files. Furnished with a mix of antiques inherited from family and new Modernist and contemporary design - Alessi, Aalto, Eames, Philippe Starck, Ercol, textile art by Wallace and Sewell, and a rug design specially commissioned in tribute to Lubetkin. Original wood or tile floors throughout. Large fitted cupboards in bedroom. Bathroom and separate WC small but with new wall tiles and up-to-date fittings including a real shower (unusual in London). Fitted kitchen contains all modern appliances, set within the architect’s original (1947) design for a rational, bright, working space. Two separate study/sitting rooms make this ideal for an academic couple or scholar/designer duo. Both have comfortable upholstered arm chairs or sofa, as well as ample desk space and shelving. One is more the traditional den, though it also features a printer/scanner/copy machine concealed inside a custom-made cabinet. The other, more contemporary in style, incorporates built-in HD television and sound system. This also doubles as the guest room since the sofa opens into a bed. WiFi works throughout the apartment. Meals, entertainment and conversation all focus round the great Victorian dining table – but can also flow out to the private balcony which looks down through treetops to the park, the formal gardens across the Avenue, and the world-famous dance theatre Sadler’s Wells. An illustrated brochure can be emailed to you, giving more detail of the layout, historic photographs, and guides to the many walkways of this splendid neighborhood, all of which falls inside one of London’s historic and architectural Conservation Areas. The flat was featured several times in London's Open House/Open City.
3 Months | Dates are flexible for this listing
Comments: academic year preferred; exact arrival and departure dates negotiable
City University, LSE, UCL, Birkbeck, Courtauld, London Metropolitan
Comments: Clerkenwell, Islington, Amwell Village
Comments: rent is negotiable and includes ALL utilies including phone
Balcony or Patio