With Proms season in full swing, this home could be the perfect base for a music lover. Round the corner from the Royal Albert Hall, this elegant one-bedroom apartment also has a musical heritage.
It is the former home of Evangelos Papathanassiou, the composer better known as Vangelis, who composed the music for the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, including the famous theme song.
That landed him an Academy Award for best score, and it was considered to be far ahead of its time: the film, set in the 1924 Olympics, was accompanied by electronic tracks, rather than orchestral music.
He also co-scored the soundtrack to Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction movie Blade Runner.
His former home covers 1,969 sq ft of a grand Victorian townhouse, with a white stucco facade and a west-facing balcony directly overlooking Queen’s Gate.
Inside there are many period features and architectural details including Corinthian columns, an ornate ceiling and wall panel detail, two feature marble fireplaces and four French windows, filling the flat with light. It has a small study upstairs, a compact kitchen and a large en suite master bedroom.
The flat is centred around a huge, airy reception room which was the house’s former ballroom. With huge proportions, it currently houses a grand piano and would make a perfect intimate venue. If you don’t have tickets to the Proms, you could just create your own at home.
It is on the market for £4.5 million with Harrods Estates (020 7225 6508; harrodsestates.com)