Tucked a short way off Westbourne Grove, Kensington Gardens Square IV has mastered all its arts. The sitting room is arrayed with a still-life precision, and we think any landscapist would be happy with the view from the balcony. Shades of grey and white make the kitchen a winning study in simplicity, while modern sofas and charcoal chaise longues tug the eye one way, then the other. And as for shopping, dining or antiquing, you only need look to nearby Notting Hill for inspiration.
Not content with just collecting, your host is about to begin an art degree. When he and his family are in London, Kensington Gardens Square VI is their proud pied-a-terre.
Admire the brushwork on the white walls, or grab a book and install yourself on the chaise longue. The ceiling is high and corniced, the flooring light and wooden, and the dining chairs are a stylish set of six. Rest your eyes on the abstract portraiture, or open the arched sash windows and find the dainty balcony.
There’s a touch of purple to the minimalist bedroom’s palette, where a rattan chair flanks a crisp double bed. But before you perch on the former, or lie upon the latter, do look in on the bright, contemporary bathroom.