My penthouse flat in Parsons Green offers the best of both worlds – architect-designed modern living with all conveniences (including a concierge and an elevator – both rare in London!) in an exclusive, characterful historic neighbourhood. There is one bedroom with a floor-to-ceiling window with rice paper blinds and a beautiful hand-forged queen-size wrought iron sleigh bed with a Vi-Spring mattress. The bathroom has a tub with a massage showerhead, a heated towel rail, and four rubber duckies. There is a large combination living/dining room with several floor-to-ceiling windows and rice paper blinds. My building is one of the tallest in the neighborhood with great views from the sixth-floor living room balcony, and we share a lovely green roof garden with the small building next door. A single Aerobed is also available.
Like most London flats it’s not huge (though quite spacious by London standards) but the space is light and bright, with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique art and furnishings. With underfloor heating (including in the bathroom!) and double-glazing, it’s cozy in winter and cool in summer – a big change from some of the lovely but rather drafty Victorian conversions I have lived in! The kitchen includes stainless steel cooking appliances, a full size refrigerator/freezer (not an under-counter mini-fridge), microwave, and (unusually for London) a top of the line combination washer-dryer.
There is unlimited download wi-fi available throughout the flat and an external monitor which can be connected to a laptop to watch movies. A wireless HP colour inkjet printer/scanner and a mobile phone with a pay as you go UK SIM card are also available for your convenience.
The building has electronic keyfob access and a video intercom system. The concierge is on-site from M-F 10-6, and can accept packages and help with minor household repairs (e.g. changing lightbulbs). While I don't have a car, there is a Zipcar conveniently parked right outside the building.
Please note that while you may see my beautiful Egyptian Mau, Diva, in some of the photos, she sadly passed away this winter and the flat is now cat-free.
Located in a quiet cul-de-sac on a private road in Parsons Green, the flat is a few minutes’ walk away from shops, restaurants, and the Green itself. It’s literally around the corner from the Parsons Green Tube station on the District Line – 10 minutes to the museums in South Kensington, 15 minutes to the markets on Portobello Road, and 20-30 minutes to the rest of central London. Two 24-hour bus routes (14 and 22) stop about a block away (key if you like late nights out, as the Tube shuts down shortly after midnight!).
Parsons Green is a friendly, relaxed neighborhood centered around a lovely little park (the Green). It’s popular with young professionals and families. There are several grocery stores and supermarkets (including a large Waitrose and one of the few Whole Foods in London) within easy walking distance as well as a traditional butcher’s on New King’s Road and a weekend farmer's market.
The area is home to numerous cafes, bars, and restaurants, including the iconic White Horse pub, a great champagne bar (Amuse Bouche), London's only Michelin-starred gastropub (The Harwood Arms) and one of London’s top Indian restaurants (Chutney Mary). New King's Road with its boutiques, restaurants, and antique shops borders the Green and is only a few minutes' walk away. There are several gyms and a cinema nearby.
Please note that this is a strictly non-smoking flat. I have asthma and I'm very sensitive to tobacco smoke, so I cannot let a smoker stay here -- even if they did not smoke inside the chemicals cling to clothing and hair and would end up affecting the mattress, linens, and furniture.
Because of the art and antiques this isn’t an ideal environment for small children and the flat is definitely not child-proof. I’m willing to consider older children on a case-by-case basis.
I'm a former academic (Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford) and management consultant currently running a luxury travel company focusing on tailormade travel to sub-Saharan Africa (Timeless Africa - www.timelessafrica.com). I also serve on a number of boards for Africa-focused non-profits focusing on challenges in education and conservation.
My main hobbies are photography, food and wine, and of course travel! I've travelled extensively in Europe, North America, and sub-Saharan Africa, including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. I'm a serious amateur photographer who has exhibited at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and I collect contemporary sculpture (primarily African) and antique maps and prints, which are scattered throughout my flat. Let me know if you want any restaurant recommendations while you're in London!