Live the London dream in this impressive penthouse apartment between Notting Hill and the West End with a roof terrace overlooking Hyde Park
Words: Mark Kebble
Matthew Jordon didn’t have to do too much to wow guests at his latest house party, given the venue was a penthouse apartment in Hyde Park Gardens, W2: ‘When I held a drinks party, my guests spent more time drinking in the view than drinking my champagne,’ he laughs. ‘I doubt there is a better view from any apartment in central London.’
The penthouse overlooks Hyde Park and is located near Connaught Village: ‘This is London at its very best, says Jordon. ‘Being in the front line to the park and just above the tree line, it also has uninterrupted views south towards the Royal Albert Hall. But then just a few paces north through an old archway into the cobbled mews and one reaches a delightful collection of restaurants, cafes and a great gastropub.’
The view is complemented by a stunning 520sq ft roof terrace. ‘It is not overlooked and yet it has truly wonderful views,’ Jordon adds. ‘It is accessed by a pretty external staircase just outside the kitchen window and is a wonderful place to relax. I even take my laptop and work up there. But it is also unique in another way: it is fully permissioned, licensed and demised to the flat. To our knowledge no other roof terraces in Hyde Park Gardens enjoy this status, they are all “unofficial”, but this one is fully legal and is included in the 999-year lease.’
If you think it’s all about what’s outside, then think again. Head indoors and the penthouse is stunningly furnished and looks great, the result of a lot of work undertaken by Jordon. ‘When I bought the apartment two years ago, it was rather tired – having been a rental flat for many years – and it was much smaller,’ he explains.
‘We negotiated with the freeholder to purchase the long L-shaped balcony that wrapped around the western and northern perimeter of the apartment, and then built-out bedrooms two and three over the balcony. This transformed those bedrooms from rather small, odd-shaped rooms to generously-proportioned bedroom suites. We also purchased the attic space above the south-facing rooms enabling us to raise the ceiling to 3.1 metres, giving the reception room a sense of scale.’
The master bedroom suite is opulent, enjoying the same views over Hyde Park as the reception room, and with 3.2m ceiling height we have added a vintage chandelier
Likewise the master bedroom suite, which is certainly a stand out part of the penthouse. ‘It is opulent,’ agrees Jordon, ‘enjoying the same views over Hyde Park as the reception room, and with 3.2m ceiling height we have added a vintage chandelier. The pale silk wallpaper enhances the very light, airy feeling of the flat, building on the openness of the views across the park. The suite also includes a large dressing room and an en-suite bathroom finished in Areti white marble with double doors, which, if left open, allow you to enjoy the views of Hyde Park whilst in the bath!’ Jordon smiles.
You may have the views, but the master en-suite also features a bathroom TV, which nods to the fact that this penthouse is decked out with the very latest in technology. ‘The apartment has full Cat-6 wiring, Contol 4 AV, Lutron lighting and air conditioning throughout,’ Jordon says, throwing out numbers and letters at me with rapid pace.
‘My favourite feature is putting the chandeliers in the master bedroom and the reception room to very dim settings in the evenings, which gives the apartment a very romantic feel, and using the Control 4 app on my iPhone to switch on the air conditioning an hour before I arrive at the apartment. I also enjoy the electric sliding doors in the reception room and the kitchen – rather reminiscent of Star Trek.’
My favourite feature is putting the chandeliers in the master bedroom and the reception room to very dim settings in the evenings, which gives the apartment a very romantic feel, and using the Control 4 app on my iPhone to switch on the air conditioning an hour before I arrive at the apartment
Tech-savvy perhaps, but the lighting designs themselves also add to the overall feel of the penthouse. ‘The lighting is Lutron controlled with five mood settings. We enhanced this in the master bedroom with a vintage chandelier and some vintage wall lights. We had some fun here as the chandelier evokes a tree with branches coming out in numerous directions, and the wall lights are leaf shaped. They subtly enhance the leafy view.’
It’s not surprising to hear what Jordon will miss the most – ‘the view’ – but this is a property that has lots of little subtle touches that always keep things interesting. ‘I am a modernist so the large canvasses are abstract and very bold,’ Jordon adds about the art on show. ‘We had a bit of fun with the guest WC. We hung some very striking wallpaper enhanced by vintage Italian mirror, and a very beautiful wash stand finished in Areti white marble. It might not be to everyone’s taste,’ he admits, before adding with a smile, ‘but it’s certainly a talking point.’
Hyde Park Gardens, W2, is on sale at a guide price of £7.25m. Call Savills on 020 7578 5100 or see savills.co.uk