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ASTON CHASE RECRUITS SAVILLS’ BART AS LETTINGS DIRECTOR

Arron Bart has moved from Savills to Aston Chase, to head up the lettings division.

North and Central London boutique estate agency Aston Chase has hired a new Lettings Director, recruiting Arron Bart from Savills.

Bart had been with Savills for 12 years, since joining the Hampstead lettings team in 2008, rising to become Regional Director of Lettings in North London. Before that, he did negotiator stints with Winkworth and Anscome & Ringland in St John’s Wood.

He’s now in charge of Aston Chase’s lettings department, operating out of the recentlyenlarged Park Road HQ near Regent’s Park. Mark Pollack’s firm took over the next-door office earlier this year (formerly Redac Strattons), with a view to turning it into a home for the lettings division. Bart will oversee the new digs, and will be recruiting “several” new team members to fill it.

Arron Bart, Lettings Director at Aston Chase: “I am delighted to join agency that is so influential in the central and north west London residential property market. The unique selling point of the Aston Chase Lettings Department is that every part of the lettings process happens in once place providing our Landlords and Tenants alike with a streamlined and customer focused solution to the lettings process.

“With 27 years working in the North West London property market I have developed some outstanding relationships and a great network of contacts which I look forward to harnessing at Aston Chase. Co-Founders Mark Pollack and Richard Bernstone share my core values of going above-and-beyond for our clients and we collectively have a desire to establish Aston Chase as the number one letting agent in North West London across all price levels to emulate the phenomenal success of the firms sales operation.”

Mark Pollack, Co-Founding Director of Aston Chase says: “We are delighted to have secured the appointment of Arron Bart as our new Lettings Director. We look forward to Arron overseeing our next phase of growth in the lettings sector and I have no doubt that his past board level expertise will help us to achieve our objectives.

“Having recently secured the services of senior London property expert Craig Draper from Knight Frank, this most recent appointment of Savills former head of lettings in North London is further evidence of Aston Chase developing a team of highly experienced senior directors in order to future proof the continued growth of the business and to provide our clients with the very best advice and customer service.

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HISTORIC LONDON MANSION UNVEILED AS BOUTIQUE DEVELOPMENT

The Georgian-era house, now six units, was home to a laundry list of London’s well-to-do

This historic London mansion has been transformed into a boutique apartment building.

After an extensive five-year makeover, a London mansion that’s been home to a veritable who’s who of London’s well-to-do has been transformed into a boutique apartment building with prices starting at £1.25 million (US$1.74 million).

Formerly home to the likes of Lord Arthur Hobhouse, a High Court judge; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s solicitor; and Oswald Vaughan Lloyd-Davies, a surgeon whose clients included members of the royal family, the Marylebone property’s six apartments hit the market Tuesday with listing agencies Aston Chase and Beauchamp Estates.

The units comprise a four-bedroom duplex designed around a central courtyard garden; an “ultimate bachelor pad,” with high ceilings, a balcony and a terrace; a pair of two-bedroom apartments; a three-bedroom spread; and a one bedroom home, according to a news release from the London-based brokerages.

At £7.25 million, the four-bedroom duplex is the building’s priciest offering.

The lengthy renovation—led by developer DAO Estate and architectural practice MWAI—involved the preservation of the building’s period details and the addition of contemporary features, the release said.

It “strikes a perfect balance between sophisticated contemporary living and the retention of the distinctive and beautiful character of this historically significant Georgian building,” Alessia Mosci, director at MWAI, said in the release.

All homes are fitted with bespoke kitchens with granite or quartz stone countertops, bespoke flooring, bathrooms with underfloor heating, state-of-the-art home entertainment, and restored or reinstated Georgian moldings, cornices and neoclassical fireplaces.

The development “represents a great opportunity for discerning purchasers seeking high quality accommodation in Marylebone,” Mark Pollack, co-founder and director of Aston Chase, said in the release.

As well as being available as separate units, the development is also available in its entirety, for a guide price of £20 million, for a buyer looking for sizable central London home, rental income, or a combination of the two.

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ASTON CHASE RECRUITS KNIGHT FRANK’S DRAPER; DOUBLES HEAD OFFICE SIZE

Top-end London estate agency Aston Chase has recruited former Knight Franker Craig Draper as an Associate Director.

Craig Draper has joined north London estate agency Aston Chase, as the firm doubles the footprint of its Regent’s Park HQ.

Top-end London estate agency Aston Chase has recruited former Knight Franker Craig Draper as an Associate Director, and promoted company stalwart Max Curtis to the same level.

The new appointments come as the central and north west London specialist agency expands its Park Road HQ, opposite Regent’s Park, taking over the adjoining premises to double its footprint.

Draper has been in the London property world since 2007, moving into prime residential sector when he joined Greene & Co in 2011. He moved to Knight Frank in 2015, working initially in the Marylebone office before being promoted to Partner and Hampstead Office Head in 2019. He has generated fees of over £1m a year, including personally handling some £50m-worth of sales at the Chiltern Place development alone.

His new gig at Aston Chase will see him work across the business, with particular focus on helping to develop the agency’s Central London activities and supporting the New Homes team.

In addition, Aston Chase has promoted Max Curtis from Senior House Sales Negotiator to Associate Director level, after a decade with the firm.

Craig Draper, Associate Director at Aston Chase: “I am thrilled to be joining Aston Chase who, in my opinion, are the leading independent estate agent covering central and North West London. The move enables me to handle both flat and house sales and to cover the Marylebone, Maida Vale and Hampstead markets which are all areas where I have previously excelled, so my appointment and role is a perfect fit for both myself and the agency.”

Max Curtis, Associate Director at Aston Chase: “My promotion to Associate Director at Aston Chase marks the next stage in my career with the company. Over the past ten years, I have proven myself as one of NW8’s best performing brokers. I look forward to continuing this success at Aston Chase as the company consolidates its reputation as the leading upscale independent estate agency in North West London.”

Mark Pollack, co-Founding Director of Aston Chase: “Craig is one of the most well-liked and respected senior agents working in the prime London market today and we have enjoyed an excellent working relationship in the past, which has been key to him choosing to join Aston Chase.”

“Craig has a deep knowledge of the Marylebone and West End markets which will add significant value to our offering. Our plan is for Craig to be part of the next generation of leadership for the Aston Chase business to ensure the long term continuity and success of the brand into the future.”

“Max’s dedication to Aston Chase over the past ten years is evident through his consistent results. His entrepreneurial approach to selling homes has established Max as one of the area’s most reliable and successful brokers. Max has become a key player at Aston Chase and we are delighted to be able to offer him this promotion as well-deserved recognition for his continued results and contribution to the business.”

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TROPHY ROADS VS. DISCREET ROADS

ON WHICH TYPE OF ROAD DO LONDON’S SUPER-RICH PREFER TO LIVE?

Some buyers choose wide high profile ‘trophy roads’, lined with trees and large houses, whilst others prefer a home in a ‘discreet road’, a low profile cul-de-sac or a quiet side-street, but which offers purchasers better value? These issues have been reviewed by leading ultra-prime estate agent Aston Chase who have also identified the most sought after ‘trophy roads’ and ‘discreet roads’ in London’s smart St John’s Wood neighbourhood.

Aston Chase define a ‘trophy road’ as a wide, typically tree lined road, which is bordered by large visually striking houses and mansions, with the appeal of the address enhanced by its prestigious history and notable past residents. Examples include Avenue Road, The Bishop’s Avenue and Kensington Palace Gardens. Aston Chase define a ‘discreet road’ as either a cul-de-sac (a road with only one inlet or outlet) or a side street, with far more low-profile, often low-rise homes or ones set back from the street behind walled gardens.

Aston Chase highlight that the most notable ‘trophy roads’ in St John’s Wood are Avenue Road, Acacia Road, Hamilton Terrace, Elsworthy Road and Queens Grove. Aston Chase note that it is no coincidence all these high profile addresses either have their own Wikipedia profile on the internet or are reviewed extensively on history or local area websites because of their local renown. Avenue Road and Hamilton Terrace in particular, two of the most famous addresses in Inner London, have numerous website listings dedicated to their history, past owners and the properties.

Aston Chase say that the most sought after ‘discreet roads’ in St John’s Wood are Cavendish Avenue, Melina Place, The Lane (off Marlborough Place), Wadham Gardens, Cavendish Close, Elm Tree Road, Eyre Road and Norfolk Road. Of these, only Cavendish Avenue has its own dedicated Wikipedia profile and this and other on-line listings emphasise the understated nature of the Avenue as having “elegant Regency style homes discreetly hidden behind tall entrance gates”.

Aston Chase believe that neither type of address is superior to the other. They simply tend to appeal to distinctly different kinds of buyers who tend to have particular objectives in choosing either a high profile or quiet address as their home.

Aston Chase highlight that the first things that help determine whether a buyer chooses a ‘trophy’ or ‘discreet’ road is the size of house they are looking for, and their budget. On the discreet roads, the houses are typically 4-8,000 sqft in size whilst on the ‘trophy roads’ such as Avenue Road, the houses are up to 30,000 sqft in size, on plots of 0.25 up to over one acre in size.

Given the differences in house and plot size, a house on a St John’s Wood ‘discreet road’ requires a budget of up to £10 million, whilst a house on one of the ‘trophy roads’ requires an investment of up to £20 million, with up to £100 million required for the largest palatial houses on Avenue Road.

Aston Chase say that buyers on the ‘discreet roads’ typically go out of their way to be low-profile and avoid publicity. In contrast, some of the buyers on the ‘trophy roads’ are flamboyant by nature and choose to live on a thoroughfare such as Avenue Road or Hamilton Terrace as a display of their business and financial success.

Mark Pollack, co-Founding Director of Aston Chase says: “St John’s Wood has some of the most important ‘trophy roads’ in Inner London, lined with large houses and mega-mansions. Avenue Road and Hamilton Terrace in particular are now graced by some of the largest and most luxurious homes in the capital. There is often as much below ground as above in some of the ‘iceberg’ mansions. But this it not for everyone, and just as some of our clients will only want a home on Avenue Road, there are many clients who choose to live on a ‘discreet road’ such as Cavendish Avenue, Melina Place or Wadham Gardens. It is often a matter of personal needs and lifestyle choice.”

Aston Chase calculate that Avenue Road in particular must now be one of the most valuable streets in London – ranking favourably against other elite roads such as Kensington Palace Gardens, The Boltons and Holland Park. Over the last three years over 12 new mansions have been built along Avenue Road, which have a combined market value approaching £500 million. Ultra-high-net-worth buyers have purchased existing houses on Avenue Road, ranging from 5-8,000 sqft in size, and replaced them with brand new mega-mansions typically 10-30,000 sqft in size.

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AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST CYRUS REDDING’S FORMER LONDON HOME ASKS £5.25M

Aston Chase brings the three-story 18th-century house in St John’s Wood to market for the first time in 26 years.

Location: St. John’s Wood, London

Price: £5.25 million (US$6.95 million)

18-century double-fronted house

Known as Hill House, the circa-1780 home was bought by Redding in 1831, and from the house he founded The English Journaland The London Journal news publications in 1841, according to Aston Chase, the brokerage handling the listing. He later became a highly respected wine journalist and went on to write 13 published books, many of which are still used by scholars and historians today.

“What’s lovely about the house is that it’s low built, with no basement, which is popular now,” listing agent Howard Kayman said. All of the space is on the three floors above ground. When you enter, to the right of the reception hall is a TV room or study, “or if you have children, this could be a playroom,” he said.

18-century double-fronted house

To the left of the reception hall is a large open-plan formal living room and dining room. The dining room, which can comfortably sit 10 guests, has access to the garden.

18-century double-fronted house

“The ceiling heights are really good, with lots of windows and lots of light,” Mr. Kayman said.

18-century double-fronted house

This floor also holds a utility room and the kitchen, which has “really nice views onto the courtyard garden,” he said. “The aspect is very private.”

18-century double-fronted house

The second floor holds the primary bedroom suite, which has a large bedroom that overlooks Hill Road, and dual walk-in closets and bathrooms.

Impressive arched doors lead into the principal suite, Mr. Kayman said.

18-century double-fronted house

18-century double-fronted house

Other architectural details include a brick-work façade with sash windows, period fireplaces, skylights, built-in bookcases, high ceilings, cornices and French doors.

The third floor has two more bedrooms, one of which has an adjacent storeroom, and a family bathroom.

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The 2,732-square-foot house has four bedrooms and three full bathrooms.

Amenities

Amenities include five fireplaces, a gated entrance, off-street parking for one car, an electric car charging station and a rear courtyard with a mature garden.

Neighborhood Notes

St. John’s Wood is a very desirable residential area, Mr. Kayman said. “It has lots of boutique fashion shops as well as restaurants.”

Nearby local shops include a grocery shop, a coffee shop and a pharmacy, he said. Both Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill are within walking distance.

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Agent: Howard Kayman, Aston Chase

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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE MOVING TO MAIDA VALE

Maida Vale Estate Agents

Maida Vale is an attractive, affluent suburb in northwest London, known for its picturesque streets, communal gardens, red-brick mansions and canals. The area has some of the most luxurious homes for sale – from period houses, designer apartments to amazing unique homes, there are so many options to choose from. Perfectly located moments from Regent’s Canal and a host of eclectic restaurants, bars and clubs, Maida Vale is ideal for those looking for a sense of exclusivity, a relaxing and entertaining vibe along with sweeping views.

Buying a house in Maida Vale, gives you the best possible contemporary London lifestyle.best possible contemporary lifestyle. All the properties for sale in Maida Vale are perfect examples of master planning and architectural excellence. With properties designed keeping in mind comfort and utility, the houses for sale in Maida Vale deliver no-compromise refined living in one of the most south-after locations of London. The scenic area around is another advantage of buying a property in Maida Vale. Residents of Maida Vale enjoy quick access to Paddington recreation ground that has an enormous range of activities and facilities. Impressive from every perspective, the properties for sale in Maida Vale come with an emphasis on style and sophistication. Maida Vale is a prime location in London, offering an enviable lifestyle.

Maida Vale has thriving art, shopping and cafe scene, along with access to some of London’s best schools making Maida Vale popular with families. Buying a house in Maida Vale is nothing short of magnificent. If you are looking to buy a luxury property in Maida Vale, Aston Chase makes it easy to find your dream home by presenting you with the best available properties on and off the market. The property professionals at Aston Chase will help you throughout your buying process, making it simple yet enjoyable. Reach out to us today!

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H.G. WELLS’ NASH TERRACED HOME BROUGHT TO MARKET BY ASTON CHASE

The Grade I Listed Regent’s Park property seeks £13m.

The ‘father of science fiction’ lived at this ‘one of a kind’ Nash residence on Hanover Terrace from 1933 up until his death in 1946.

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A very notable blue plaque home in Regent’s Park has come up for sale at just under £14m.

Hamilton Terrace

The Grade l listed Nash residence on Hanover Terrace was the home of author H.G. Wells from 1933 up until his death in 1946, and is “one of a kind” according to agents Aston Chase.

The “father of science fiction”, writer of The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Time Machine amongst other classics, moved to the handsome townhouse at No.13 after a stint in Woking, Surrey. Going against the advice of friends, Wells refused to leave during the Second World War and the Blitz, and lived out the remainder of his days there.

The 1822 mid-terrace was fully refurbished in 2004, and comes with a 1,045 square foot mews building – which would give the new owner the twin bonuses of a double garage and extra self-contained accommodation.

Hamilton Terrace

The main house measures just shy of 5,000 square feet over five floors, with three principal bedrooms and four entertaining spaces including a classic drawing room. There’s staff accommodation on the lower ground floor, along with a sauna. The big draw for many is likely to be the views, however, which are unobstructed and take in the famous boating lake across the road.

Hamilton Terrace

Mark Pollack, Director and Co-Founder at Aston Chase: “13 Hanover Terrace is an exceptional Nash property with grand entertaining spaces, period features and unobstructed views over Regent’s Park. Alongside the main residence, purchasers of 13 Hanover Terrace benefit from a mews house, which can host guests or be utilised as a private home office. This property is truly one-of-kind with a colourful history, commemorated by the blue plaque outside. The purchaser of 13 Hanover Terrace will be buying an iconic home, which seldom comes to market, as well as a piece of British history.”

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PROPERTY ST JOHN’S WOOD

St John's Wood Estate Agents

Looking to buy a house in St John’s Wood, you have come to the right place. At Aston Chase, we bring to you the top properties on the London property market. Whatever kind of dream property you have in mind, we represent the most exclusive houses for sale in St John’s Wood. St John’s Wood is a beautiful neighbourhood that is famous for its distinctive village feel and leafy surroundings. The region has a quiet and safe atmosphere that provides occupants with a secure sanctuary to call home.

It is a highly sought-after area in London, with many people willing to spend fortunes to buy a house in St John’s Wood. The neighbourhood is home to wealthy and famous resident’s past and present. Here, you will find many lavish properties complete with vast gardens and private parking spaces with breathtaking views over Regent’s Park. The spacious properties with their premium finishes and stately feel will make an immediate impression and would make a perfect home for those looking for grandeur and style.

St John’s Wood is situated close to West End and a short journey into the City of London where London’s business district is booming with office blocks and commercial properties. It is an ideal location for those looking to strike a perfect balance between work and play. There are also some great offers on luxury flats for sale in St John’s Wood to suit the lifestyle demands of professionals. These complexes comprise spacious, modern designer luxury flats offering a relaxed and convenient living. St John’s Wood is growing in popularity among professionals due to the convenience that this area has to offer. With plenty of options for entertaining, excellent transport links and community amenities, St John’s Wood has become the top priority for professionals and families alike.

Established over 35 years, Aston Chase has an unrivalled reputation as an independent agent. Whether you want to buy, sell, let or invest, the highly experienced team of property professionals at Aston Chase will assist you to find the house of your dreams. Reach out to us today for further information and to know how we can help achieve your property goals.

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KELLY HOPPED-DESIGNED PENTHOUSE AT THE COMPTON PRESENTED BY ASTON CHASE

The £4,250 pw apartment is set within a ‘pioneering’ new development near Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The ‘pioneering’ ten-storey resi tower near Lord’s Cricket Ground, designed by Simon Bowden Architecture, is one of the world’s first cast aluminium-clad buildings.

The penthouse unit at The Compton, Regal London’s recent high-end effort in St John’s Wood, has hit the rental market at £4,250 per week. The “pioneering” ten-storey resi tower near Lord’s Cricket Ground, designed by Simon Bowden Architecture, is one of the world’s first cast aluminium-clad buildings, and has been a big hit with buyers; we previously reported on the 49-unit project last spring, as it reached completion and rapidly closed in on sell-out status.

A tenant is now being sought for the marquee apartment occupying the top two floors, which has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study and a sizeable reception with bar and formal dining area; celebrity designer Kelly Hoppen has created the “calming” interiors, working with lashing of marble and installing bespoke sofas and furnishings. The outside space should be a significant draw in the current climate – four balconies on the ninth floor, and a landscaped terrace up top – and perks include secure underground parking for two cars, a gym and 24-hour concierge.

Ben Soane, Lettings Director at Aston Chase:

The duplex penthouse at The Compton is one of the most impressive apartments currently available to rent in St John’s Wood. The impeccable design by Kelly Hoppen makes the penthouse a desirable place to live with the roof-terrace providing highly-sought after discreet outdoor space. The Compton’s location in St John’s Wood affords a close proximity to the West End and centre of town, whilst still enjoying a position near to Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill.”

Mark Pollack, Director and Co-Founder at Aston Chase:

The Compton duplex penthouse is an example of the outstanding lettings instructions we have marketed over the past months. Despite the COVID 19 pandemic and ongoing travel bans, Aston Chase’s letting activity has increased year on year. This is due to the hard work of the team in difficult circumstances and the calibre of our rental portfolio. Properties such as the duplex penthouse atThe Compton will always be regarded as an exceptional lettings opportunity due to its design and the location which will soon be further enhanced by Regal London’s luxury new offering One St John’s Wood which is set to be the best new block in North West London when delivered at the end of 2022.”

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INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SUPERSTAR, ELLIE GOULDING, LISTS $7.7M LONDON MEWS HOME

Access and photography to this stunning celebrity home provided by estate agent Aston Chase.

The five-bed home in the upmarket Marylebone neighborhood combines traditional red brick walls and parquet flooring with floor-to-ceiling windows

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Ellie Goulding Lists $7.7M London ‘Mews House’ After Returning from Country Quarantine — See Inside!

Ellie Goulding’s stunning London home has been listed for sale for $7.7million. Nestling on a cobbled street in the upmarket Marylebone neighborhood of the British capital, the 2,961 sq.ft. architect-designed home is arranged over five floors and combines traditional brick walls and parquet flooring with a range of modern touches such as a mezzanine floor, lightwells, and a series of dramatic, floor-to-ceiling windows.

It also has a rich history: known as a ‘mews house,’ it was originally built in the 19th century as a stable for horses and to provide living space for stable-hands and carriage drivers in the rooms above. Mews houses can be found all over the UK and were generally built close to the grand townhouses of major cities like London and Edinburgh. Almost all are garden-less.

CREDIT: ASTON CHASE/TONY MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

CREDIT: ASTON CHASE/TONY MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

The “Love Me Like You Do” singer — who released her fourth studio, Brightest Blue, in July —returned to the mews home after social distancing with her husband, Caspar Jopling, at their cottage in Oxford amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was quite nice to have that escape and be in my own kind of world for a bit,” Goulding, 33, told PEOPLE in July, about the slower pace of life in Oxfordshire, adding that it allowed her to “think about my weaknesses and flaws but also my strengths and powers.”

“I’m still a little bit insecure, but I’ve got more love for myself than ever,” she said after her return to the busy streets of London. “I’ve learned things about myself that I perhaps would never have learned in the world I was in with touring and working as hard as I did.”

CREDIT: ASTON CHASE/TONY MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

CREDIT: ASTON CHASE/TONY MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

The lower ground of Goulding’s home provides plenty of space and style, thanks to its elegant lightwell and state-of-the-art kitchen designed with muted silver cabinets. It also has a double-height ceiling and windows which stretch all the way to the ground floor.

A dining area that seats eight and a casual living room area are nearby, as is the basement, which houses two bedrooms opening onto an outside patio, a shared bathroom, and a utility room.

CREDIT: ASTON CHASE/TONY MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

CREDIT: ASTON CHASE/TONY MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

Goulding’s three other bedrooms are found on the first and second floor, which is reached via a modern spiral staircase. Both have en-suite bathrooms, with the main bedroom providing views onto the historic cobbles below. “The modern interior of the home alongside its location in one of Marylebone’s most sought-after mews streets makes it a very unique offering,” says Mark Pollack, co-founder of Aston Chase realty which is listing the luxury home.

CREDIT: ASTON CHASE/TONY MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

CREDIT: ASTON CHASE/TONY MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

“The design is ideal for a London professional looking for an oasis in the heart of the Capital.” Better still it’s just a stone’s throw from the high-class shops, restaurants, bars, and boutiques of Marylebone High Street, while the leafy surroundings of Regent’s Park and the department stores of Oxford Street are no more than a five-minute walk.