Cattle horns, cowhides, birds’ eggs and even a touch of taxidermy – here the animal artefacts could give the Natural History Museum a run for its money. But far from antiquated, vibrant travel posters, photography and tribal artworks ornament pale yellow walls, while the glowing neon sign and metal fans and lamps are truly contemporary. Style meets substance in the dining room – its walls lined with volumes of National Geographic, vintage atlases and Boys Own adventure books. And should you be tempted to embark on your own voyage of discovery, the green expanse of Hyde Park is close by.
Your host is a travel writer and has adorned his home with significant specimens he’s collected along the way. New York and San Francisco have been his home in the past, but he now spends part of the year in the Netherlands.
##Under the microscope
In this sophisticated home you’ve much to study – look closer at the bathroom’s delicately veined marble, or the intricate grains of the two bedrooms’ dark wooden furnishings.
Broaden your mind with a travel tome atop the sitting room’s chairs of slouchy leather and taut cowhide, and when it’s time for a caffeine break take to the sleek kitchen of cream and chrome. Whether you head north to uncover Little Venice’s aquatic charms or west to investigate the allure of multicultural Notting Hill.