‘We shape our buildings,’ Winston Churchill once remarked. ‘Thereafter they shape us.’ Wise words from the wartime Prime Minister of Great Britain and once resident of the fantastic Walton House. For those with a penchant for history, the original door to the safety deposit vault in the hallway will surely whet your appetite.
We have been delving in the archives
The grandeur of decades past remains with chandeliered hallways and plush velvet seats, but there are also hints of the present owner’s Indian heritage in the stylish flourishes around the home. Walking past a rather impressive red leather sofa in the hallway leads you to the lavishly appointed sitting room, bathed in light from the arched windows. When bedtime beckons, you’ve a cute patio on which to nurse your nightcap, as well as two bedrooms, both adorned with Indian artwork.
Not for nothing is Knightsbridge one of the capital’s most coveted quarters. You’ve Harrods and Harvey Nichols, as well as a whole host of glitzy boutiques just up the road in Chelsea. Walton Street is hardly short on elegant eateries, either, with Scalini, Toto’s and Jak’s coming highly recommended by your hosts. Take the air in Hyde Park, see a concert at the Albert Hall, or sip a cocktail in a plush bar on the Kings Road. When it’s time for the West End, the tube from Knightsbridge to Oxford Circus takes ten minutes.