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Victoria’s secrets: regally-inspired residences

Queen Victoria saw a huge house-building boom as workers flocked to cities. Solid and dependable, just like the monarch, these family properties are highly sought-after today, and loved for their decorative details. With Queen Victoria’s life being portrayed on both big and small screens, we look at the best Victorian homes for sale and to let in prime central London.

Hans Road, Knightsbridge SW3 £7.25m
Queen Victoria’s reign is the era of the handsome red brick mansion block. These attractive residences appealed to the new middle-class buyers who worked in the city – the early commuters. The first such block was built in 1876 and thereafter they sprang up to cater for high demand. They are still in demand today, and this three-bedroom apartment takes up the whole first floor of this beautiful building opposite Harrods.

Hans Road 34B-3

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Thurloe Place, South Kensington SW7 £1.375m
The Victoria & Albert Museum was founded in 1852 and it moved to its present site in 1857. It is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. Its collection covers 5,000 years of art. The laying of the foundation stone of the Aston Webb building to the left of the main entrance on May 17, 1899, was the final public appearance of Queen Victoria. This one-bedroom first floor apartment looks out to the V&A.

WW Chelsea Sales First Floor, 16 Thurloe Place low res

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Stratford Road, Kensington W8 £7.5m
The Victorians were keen on Gothic genres, in their fiction and in their architecture. The Palace of Westminster was rebuilt in grandiose Gothic style after a fire in 1834 and it was all the rage with the romantic Victorians. This unique six-bedroom property boasts plenty of Gothic touches along with practical open-plan living spaces.

62 Stratford Road W8-14

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Eccleston Mews, Belgravia SW1X £2.695m
These low-rise building were essentially the garages hidden away behind the grand town houses. In Victorian times, mews houses were home to the horses and the coachmen. This seclusion works to their advantage now – they are stylish homes in their own right, and they are not on a main thoroughfare. This two-bedroom home has the added benefit of planning permission for a basement extension and parking.


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Kinnerton Street, Belgravia SW1X 995 p/w
Did you know? As the technique for making plate glass improved through the 19th century, window panes grew bigger. The Crystal Palace, built in 1851, heralded new techniques and marked the end of window tax. Prices fell, and house builders soon swapped multi-paned Georgian style windows for two or four-pane sashes. This two-bedroom apartment is in a portered block in a quiet street.

Greville House Flat 5-9

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Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 £325 p/w
By the time Victoria came to the throne in 1837, the little country town of Hampstead was already growing from the 8,000 inhabitants recorded in 1826. By 1861, the year Victoria was widowed, it was home to 19,000 people. Its clean air and proximity to London attracted well-heeled professionals as well as artists and musicians. Arkwright Road is just off Finchley Road with its transport links and shops. This studio flat offers a separate kitchen and bathroom, which is on the third floor.


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Langland Gardens Hampstead NW3 £495 p/w
This short street of large Victorian houses was built towards the very end of the 19th century, as the old Queen approached her Diamond Jubilee. Cecil Beaton was born in 1904 at No 21, described as a “tall, red-brick house of ornate but indiscriminate Dutch style”. This one-bedroom third floor flat has a large living room with a balcony and a separate kitchen.


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