A Fantastic London Flat in the Shadow of Big Ben

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I'm experiencing an definite mix of emotions over this home: envy, jealousy, but mostly pure admiration! I discovered this amazing submission in my inbox today - a beautifully designed and decorated flat in central London. Here's the story from JP: The flat is located in a small Edwardian mansion block on a square in central London and enjoys not just the view of Big Ben, but also its chimes. It was bought a year ago and it was gutted: from a typical London flat with lots of small rooms which had not been renovated for 50 years into a modern open-plan home.

The original ceiling beams were kept to keep the maximum height and to show where previously the walls had been. The style is eclectic in architecture and decoration: from a minimalist kitchen to Edwardian doors and fenestration; from 18th century furniture and paintings to Saarinen and Karel Appel.

It is also used to exhibit African art as well as one of the owner's own paintings. The owners are a lawyer and a writer who moved to the United Kingdom twenty years ago. This was the owners' 6th restoration project (4th in central London). Its advantages? Within walking distance of everywhere worth walking to, the top floor light, and the uninterrupted views over Big Ben and the Westminster School playing fields.

Thanks, JP!

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(Image credits: Submitted by JP Floru)