Lead image: Regents Canal (photo: Boris Ribard/Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Just north of Hyde Park and to the west of Regent’s Park, the areas of Maida Vale and Little Venice are synonymous with white stucco terraces, tree-lined streets, and the waterways of the Regent’s Canal.
Since its construction in the Victorian era, the area has been known as a home of artists, musicians and writers. Illustrator Sir John Tenniel and poet Robert Browning were among the most famous residents, while Lord Byron was a frequent visitor, and is said to have been the first to compare the area to the Italian city of Venice – ironically at the time, although it has since come into its own as one of the most charming of London’s villages.
Throughout the 20th Century and beyond, the area remained a magnet for creatives, with the world-famous Lisson Gallery opening in the 60s, around the same time The Beatles were recording just up the road at Abbey Road Studios.
Alfies Antique Market is another stalwart, attracting design lovers from across London to its unrivalled collection of furniture, jewellery, ceramics, and vintage clothing.
This rich tapestry of history is the inspiration for one of the newest additions to the area. Set at the meeting point of Maida Vale, St John’s Wood and Little Venice, Lyons Place is a boutique collection of 29 residences, designed by another local creative, the iconic British architect Sir Terry Farrell, who was a local resident for more than two decades.
‘Set at the meeting point of Maida Vale, St John’s Wood and Little Venice, Lyons Place is a boutique collection of residences designed by architect Sir Terry Farrell, who was a local resident for more than two decades’
Renowned for landmark buildings from the MI6 headquarters to Hong Kong’s Peak Tower, Farrell was one of the leading lights of the British post-modernist movement and is known for his exuberant and playful style. At Lyons Place, he brings this bold approach to a residential development that is both characterful and contextual, sitting beautifully within its surrounding heritage.
Taking its cues from the historic Maida Vale streetscape, Lyons Place features a row of five contemporary townhouses – a rarity in this part of London – offering residents the charm of a traditional townhouse, while benefitting from a highly modern, sleek design that prioritises natural light.
The townhouses, of which only two remain on the market, have been designed to offer ‘upside-down’ living, with reception rooms located on the top floor, maximising views over the leafy surrounding streets.
Apartments prioritise open-plan living, with full-height windows leading onto generous balconies and terraces, which act as an extension of the home. A verdant internal courtyard offers further outdoor space and includes a spectacular natural green wall.
One end of the development features a stunning royal blue ceramic façade; a touch of Farrell’s signature flair, but one that sits beautifully in harmony with the white of the townhouses. On the opposite façade a striking art installation is another funky addition, with three giant red ‘petrol pumps’ playing homage to the golden age of motoring, in reference to the site’s past as a 1930s petrol station.
Lyons Place sits at the heart of a bustling Prime Central London village, surrounded by the best that the city has to offer: opposite the canal and within walking distance of five tube stations, as well as world-renowned institutions such as Lord’s Cricket Ground and London’s Royal Parks, Lyons Place offers village-style living in the heart of London.
Find out more at lyonsplace.co.uk