An art collector would be right at home in this luxurious apartment in the former London war office

An art collector would be right at home in this luxurious apartment in the former London war office

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Location: London

Price: £14.25 million (US$16.12 million)

This three-bedroom apartment is one of the first of 85 branded residences available at The OWO Residences, a development in Britain’s Old War office building, which in its history has housed monarchs, hosted influential government events and even featured as the headquarters of MI6 in some of the James Bond movies.

The dramatic two-story foyer opens to formal living and dining rooms with a double-sided gas fireplace and French doors leading out to the grounds and dining terrace.

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The developers intended to preserve the historic significance of the building and entry to this home is through a solid oak door with brass hardware, framed with original arched architectural details.

“The hallway displays many of the building’s original features, including soaring ceilings and ornate mosaic stone floors,” said Charlie Walsh, director of sales and marketing for The OWO Residences. The spacious living room and dining room are already furnished with works of art and furniture from different periods, selected by the British interior design studio Angel O’Donnell.

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“A standout piece in this space is the banquet-sized dining table, polished from a single slab of Rosso Luana marble,” Walsh said.

The designers curated individual pieces from different genres, periods and from different media, he added, and the house’s collection includes two limited editions of Damien Hirsts and Chris Levine’s famous meditative portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as a special commission from the artist. Colombian. Dairo Vargas and a mix of mid-century summaries by Sandra Blow and Terry Frost.

British furniture maker Smallbone designed the kitchen, installing hand-finished oak veneer cabinets with walnut interiors and antique brass accents, Brazilian Taj Mahal stone worktops and Gaggenau appliances. It is accessible from the main entrance hall and the reception room. There is also a discreet utility room behind paneled doors.

Floor-to-ceiling wood-framed windows offer views of the mountains and vineyards, flooding the rooms with bright natural light.

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The second-floor master bedroom suite features built-in beech cabinets, a fireplace, a sitting area, an office, a safe, two balconies, and a bathroom with a soaking tub.

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The master bedroom has a large private walk-in closet that leads to an en-suite bathroom with an undermount tub and separate shower. Two additional bedrooms each have en-suite baths. The study is located between the two guest bedrooms and overlooks the residents’ private garden.

“In particular, I love the foyer of this residence, a soaring space topped by two spectacular chandeliers, which set the tone for the rest of the house,” Walsh said.

The listing price of the apartment includes the fixtures and fittings, but does not include the artwork.


This 2,807 square foot apartment has three bedrooms, three full baths, and a powder room.

Mod cons

“The OWO residents will have access to 30,000 square feet of amenities, including an arcade and 16-seat screening theater and fitness center,” said Mr. Walsh. “There is also a landscaped resident garden designed by Marcus Barnett, multiple resident lounges, work and meeting spaces, a dedicated residential lobby and guest lounge, as well as secure underground parking with license plate recognition system and valet service. ”.

The building will also house the UK’s first Raffles hotel, with 120 rooms and suites and 11 restaurants and bars. It will include a large wellness space and residents will have access to all 65 feet. hotel pool and a separate vitality pool. The adjacent OWO spa will be run by wellness brand Guelain and nutrition and movement experts Pillar, who will provide residents with personalized wellness offerings. Upon completion (slated for late 2022), the OWO will have nine destination restaurants and three bars, including three restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco.

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Neighborhood Notes

From its central location in Whitehall, the apartment is close to Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, the Tate, the Royal Academy and the South Bank, as well as popular shopping streets such as Regent Street, Bond Street and Jermyn Street. Nearby, St. James’s Park offers 57 acres of parkland; Westminster and Embankment tube stations are within easy walking distance.

Agents: Knight Frank and Strutt & Parker

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