A lot of history imbues this City of London property designed by Bank of England architect Arthur Conran Blomfield as offices for Christ’s Hospital.
The two-bedroom apartment occupies the first floor of the Grade II-listed building on Great Tower Street, built in 1914 as an extension to Christ’s Hospital’s medieval site. Insignia for the hospital is still above the street entrance to the apartment complex. Step inside, and the building retains its high-quality Edwardian finishes with a grand hallway, inset with wood panelling, marble floors and original cornices leading up to the first-floor pad.
These details carry over across the flat’s 1600 sq ft interior. Originally designated as the chairman’s office and trustee’s boardroom, it features a grand hallway (complete with piano) that leads into an enormous drawing room with carved fireplaces and dual views of the Tower of London and the streetscape.
High ceilings and wood panelling are all original, and the flat has been decorated in a maximalist Edwardian style, highlighting the decorative features inherited from its former life. These include tiled fire surrounds, ornate acanthus leaves mouldings and elegant sash windows.
Inigo is listing the London property for £1.7m. Great Tower Street is at the heart of The City of London – the capital’s historical and financial nucleus – and the Tower of London (where Queen Anne Boleyn, nobles, traitors and spies all lost their lives) is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance, including the aptly named Hung Draw and Quartered public house, whose macabre tongue-in-cheek name is inspired by the Tower.