For sale: author H.G. Wells’ Marylebone ‘book club’ flat
PUBLISHED: 10:42 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:42 11 November 2015
A flat in Marylebone where neighbours H.G. Wells, Arnold Bennett and political cartoonist David Low enjoyed one of 1930s London’s starriest book clubs could be yours for £3,650,000
The elegant four-bedroom apartment in Marylebone’s Chiltern Court has been refurbished into a luxury pad offering a unique slice of London history and architecture.
The grand, nine-storey Edwardian building was constructed between 1911 and 1914 and originally served as HQ of the Metropolitan Railway Company and a luxury hotel before being converted into one of the best apartment buildings in London, counting the illustrious trio as residents.
Their weekly book club ran until the outbreak of WWII and hosted speakers including Beatrice Webb, Emmeline Pankhurst and Frank Podmore because the War of the Worlds author had links to the Fabian Society and the Labour Party.
No stranger to high society, Chiltern Court is also a short walk away from the Chiltern Firehouse, a former fire station turned restaurant, which today is popular with A-listers including Kate Moss, Simon Cowell, Lindsay Lohan, David Beckham, Bill Clinton, Bradley Cooper and Orlando Bloom.
There is a stylish contemporary dining room but if you'd rather dine out, the Chiltern Firehouse is a short walk away
The master bathroom has a free-standing bath, twin cantilevered basin and mirrored wall cabinets
Master bedroom with feature fireplace and walk-in dressing area with Wenge style built in floor-to-ceiling wardrobes
Fully fitted kitchen with a central island, dark Wenge wood style units, contrasting white Corian stone worktops and integrated Miele and Neff appliances
The flat hosted gatherings of some of the most illustrious guests of the 1930s
The weekly book club included H.G. Wells and Arnold Bennett and guest speakers Beatrice Webb, Emmeline Pankhurst and Frank Podmore
Author and journalist Arnold Bennett lived in the block from 1930-31
The building was disrupted by the outbreak of the First World War and replaced by a scheme of mansion flats in the 1920s
During the 1930s Chiltern Court was the largest and most luxurious apartment building in London
The building was originally designed to serve as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Railway Company and a luxury hotel
Chiltern Court is a nine storey Edwardian building fronting onto the Marylebone Road and Baker Street
HG Wells, author of War of the Worlds and The Time Machine lived at Chiltern Court during the 1930s
The apartment shares the modern glamour of the feted hotel following a complete refurbishment by architect Eamon McGurnaghan of EMGA.
Becky Fatemi, managing director of Rokstone who are marketing the property, said: “Chiltern Court is a grand Portland stone mansion flat building with an illustrious history.
“It is here during the 1930s that some of the leading writers and politicans of the day met to debate women’s and worker’s rights and political events then taking place in Europe.
“Now a new chapter is being added, with the unveiling of this beautiful contemporary lateral residence. It has outstanding dimensions and one of the best south-facing frontages, 13 windows across, of any West End apartment currently on the market.
“The sophisticated contemporary ambience, the fine attention to detail and the quality of the specification combine with the exceptional living spaces to deliver an outstanding lateral flat.”