The former London home of renowned music icon Sting has gone on sale – and it’s not quite what you’d expect…

Photography courtesy of Beauchamp Estates 

An elegant Grade II Listed Georgian mansion in Westminster, originally constructed in 1775, has gone on sale, with previous residents including politicians, apothecaries and 17-times Grammy Award-winning musician Sting.

Located on Old Queen Street, the seven-storey townhouse is full of carefully preserved period details such as marble fireplaces and intricate cornicing, and might even be described as a little chintzy – perhaps not what you’d expect from one of one of the world’s best-selling new wave rockers.

But with those high ceilings, the property does have ‘great acoustics’, says Gary Hersham, Founding Director of Beauchamp Estates, which is marketing the property, making it ‘the perfect home for any music mogul or performer looking for exceptional entertaining space’.

Also, according to the current owners, Sting and his wife Trudie Styler only rented the property, spending two and a half years there as they renovated their nearby Queen Anne’s Gate home.

Inside the 5,901 sq ft property with smart brick façade, Doric portico porch and huge Georgian sash windows, accommodation includes five bedrooms, a grand drawing room, contemporary kitchen, formal dining room and – thankfully – a lift

The home also offers a number of enviable outside spaces, including two roof terraces and a private rear garden backing onto St James’s Park.

On the raised ground floor you’ll find a large formal dining room with 10-seater dining table, grand marble fireplace and doors leading onto a private terrace. There is also a reception room overlooking the quiet street, an elegant drawing room overlooking St James’s Park and a separate study.

The principal bedroom suite occupies the first floor, overlooking the park, with beautiful wall panelling, parquet flooring, a Juliet balcony and two reading nooks. The en suite bathroom has a grand freestanding bathtub.

On the upper floors, there are a further four guest bedrooms, two of which are en suite, with the fourth floor a play room or additional study space opening onto a roof terrace.

On the lower ground floor is the most contemporary space in the house – a large kitchen with an island, integrated high-quality appliances including a wine fridge, and a breakfast room opening onto the private rear garden with gate access to Birdcage Walk and St James’s Park.

Passionate about property, Sting and Trudie’s other notable homes include Lake House, an Elizabethan country house in Wiltshire; a duplex in Manhattan once owned by Billy Joel; a villa in Tuscany; and an apartment at Battersea Power Station.

Born in Wallsend, Northumberland, as Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, Sting has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist and with The Police, and Every Breath You Take is the most played song in radio history.

Old Queen Street is for sale with sole agent Beauchamp Estates for £12,950,000. Call 020 7499 7722 or see