A grand entrance, high ceilings and subtly decadent decor – Horbury Crescent is as lovely as the treasures at nearby Portobello Road Market. But as you head left into the open-plan living area, the crowds feel far away. A delicate chandelier and gilded landscapes are offset by the bold abstract that hangs above the linen sofa, while the original fireplace and sash windows remind you of this building’s heritage.
Return to the entrance to find the master bedroom, where birds decorate the wall behind the upholstered double bed. The bathroom has a bath and shower amidst slabs of marble –look closely at the sink and you’ll spot a pair of Orthoceras fossils. This home is both old and young, classic yet avant-garde – but always ahead of the curve.