Comedian Frankie Howerd has been a household name in Britain for decades, and his London home – a five-bedroom Georgian townhouse – in the heart of “Kensington’s most popular private square” is now up for sale.
With a grass tennis court, mature deciduous trees, manicured gardens and lawns, and a children’s play area, it’s no surprise that Edwards Square is considered one of London’s finest private squares. This is a green oasis in the heart of the metropolis.
Naturally, a property with access to such magical outdoor space in London is highly desirable – and the price often reflects this, especially in the case of today’s property: a five-bed, four-story townhouse in Edwards Square, currently listed for sale through Knight Frank for an estimated price of £5.95 million.
In addition to its own charms, this house has a famous past: comedian and actor Frankie Howerd lived in it for over 25 years. His career spanned six decades and he became a household name for his roles in Continue movies and, unforgettably, a Roman parody Up Pompeii. Since then, no one has been able to convey ambiguity in the same way.
The front door even has a blue plaque installed Dead Comedian Society – which serves as a reminder of the time he spent in this wonderful house.
Inside, on the ground floor, the space is elegantly presented, with hardwood floors and sliding windows into the reception area and a beautiful sleek kitchen with large skylights, a long island and double doors that open onto the terraced garden.
That’s right, a private garden: as beautiful as the gardens across the street are, there will be times when you don’t want to share them with other residents. It is a secluded and safe outdoor space ideal for al fresco dining, a green haven surrounded by shrubs, flowers and trees.
On the basement level you will find a storage room, enclosed patio, living room/study and utility room.
Five double bedrooms are located on the first and second floors, while the master bedroom has a large bathroom and two Juliet balconies.
Large windows are a common feature throughout the home, providing natural light to interior spaces.
In the center of the Georgian square is a public garden, listed as an architectural monument of the II degree. At the time of its creation, it was considered “unusual” in its style, with J. C. Loudon commenting that “the gardens at Edwards Square were laid out differently from most other squares… in clusters and winding paths.”
Much has remained the same today, with winding paths and a beautiful pink gazebo. There is also a garden house, built in the style of a Greek temple, where the (happy) gardener lives.
The hotel is located off Kensington High Street, which means that many shops, restaurants and cafes are practically at your doorstep. Holland Park is just a short walk down the road and the nearest tube stations are at High Street Kensington (District and Circle lines) and Earls Court Road (District and Piccadilly lines).
Edwards Square is currently up for sale through Knight Frank for an estimated price of £5.95m – see more photos or contact an agent for more information.